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Pictorial display : President Koroma in Libya for EU-AU Summit

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Published on November 29, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   2 Comments

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By  Razia Sadique , State House Press :

President Ernest Bai Koroma has arrived in Tripoli, Libya to attend the Third African/ European Union Summit with the theme Investment, Economic Growth and Job Creation.

The Summit is attended by ninety seven African and European Presidents and is expected to provide an opportunity for the African and European Union to take stock of the progress made so far in the implementation of the Joint Africa/ EU Strategy and its Action Plan of 2008-2010. The Second Plan to be adopted at the Tripoli Summit is designed to discuss new challenges and govern future cooperation. President Koroma was earlier received by the member of the Libyan General Committee

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Readers Comments (2)
  • African is looking to the future

    This is without doubt a positive move – As a young Diaspora, Sierra Leonean – I suggest we should make the past history and look to the future just like many other nations did. History show that the developed world has struggle before its sustain good standard of living today – for instance; the French revolution, Normandy, The great American wars, and most recent the cold wars. Just to name few – these are wars that developed countries fought to secure mutual interest, and many African die in most of these battle field, fighting for their colonial masters.

    In the twenty first century, the petition planed to set up the United Nation under per-condition which initiate from the western country, with no African state or African country. And after the birth of the UN in 1945 – its electorate had drawn a plan of introduction: (which I called the plan of manipulation). This was a system setup to introduce the panel to rest of the world including Africa. The system was aim to imposed tolerance and democracy on Africa – believed that Africa is incapable to manage its self. Nowadays the world is at its stature of global-insecurity by terrorism because of the selfishness and mismanagement of the neo-colonial masters and yet they believe that they are responsibility good to the world so they are using wealth and the media to manipulate their lies and endeavour.
    Infect Africa should have its own central media equivalent to CNN/BBC or even bigger than those one because Africa deserve respect and Africa is worth to maintain its uniqueness.

    Because Africa is growing with expectations – the days when its image in the developed world was one of rolling vistas of unspoilt safari parks, natural disasters and war are over…

    In its World Economic Outlook, the IMF predicts sub-Saharan Africa will grow by an average of 4.7 percent this year, a rate that is second only to Asia. Especially today, the continent of 1 billion people – Africa, offers a higher rate of return on investment than any other region in the world (Standard Chartered Bank -London: 2010).

    Today the global economic competition is different and of course African is no longer a reserve for self interest by the developed countries. So Africa should continue to thrust good governance and strive for production. In reality we have potential: Africa has so many vital natural resources including the human resources as well – so Africans let move on.

  • Great site, figured out a few new things! Subscribed RSS for later, hope to see more updates like this one.

PPRC Investigative Report finds no evidence that APC attacked SLPP in Kono

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Published on November 27, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   5 Comments

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COCORIOKO  has obtained the full report of the investigations into the Kono disturbances conducted by the non-partisan Political Parties Registration Commission ( PPRC). Despite all the vuvuzela  noise in some sections of the opposition media accusing the All People’s Congress ( APC ) of staging the said attacks, the PPRC Report has found no evidence to support these wild allegations. “The PPRC could not get any prima facie evidence as to whether the violent attack on their(Ed-SLPP) delegates was prompted or motivated by the leadership or supporters of any party or movement. “   This finding by the PPRC is a blow to the credibility of the SLPP  newspapers which had been pointedly accusing  the APC  of orchestrating the attacks and even blaming the leadership of the party.  Surprisingly too, the APC too suffered during the disturbances as the PPRC  found that “On the 15th November 2010, the houses of the APC District Secretary-General, an APC Councillor, Mr. Sondifu and the Beth Konold Pre & Primary school, Kono were splashed with human faeces. It was learnt that the school is headed by the elder brother of Councillor Sondifu of APC “.

According to the PPRC , ” This report is based on an eye witness account (observation) of the violent events as seen in Koidu City by the PPRC Regional Staff;  Interviews … conducted with members of the APC, PMDC and SLPP in Koidu City. This was done with the view to present a balanced and true report of the political violence that took place on the 12th and 13th November, 2010 in Koidu City; Personnel of the SLP based in the Tankoro Police Station were interviewed to get h own side of the story.”

Many questions immediately come begging after looking at the methodology of the investigations and the conclusions arrived at by the PPRC. Why was the SLPP press so  absolutely certain that the attacks  were conducted by the APC ? If the APC was responsible for the attacks ,  why were the PPRC regional staff, members of the SLPP, APC and the PMDC , as well as the Police unable to lay a finger at the real perpetuators of the feces -smearing attacks  and disturbances ? Did the Freetown-based opposition media rush to judgement once again ? Who is more credible and more likely to speak the truth –The PPRC or the SLPP press ? Is this another cock-and-bull story stagemanaged by the SLPP , like  the so-called “rape ” of women at the SLPP Headquarters last year ?

WE ASK OUR READERS TO GO THROUGH THIS REPORT DILIGENTLY AND COMPREHENSIVELY AND SEE WHY THIS NEWSPAPER HAS A FUNNY FEELING THAT WE HAVE NOT HEARD THE TRUTH YET ABOUT THE KONO ATTACKS . READ :

Report Title: ATTACK ON THE SLPP IN KONO DISTRICT, EASTERN SIERRA LEONE

Report submitted by: THE POLITICAL PARTIES REGISTRATION COMMISSION (PPRC)

Reporting Period: 13th – 15th November 2010-11-22

1. Introduction

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) is a constitutional body established by an Act of Parliament. PPRC has the mandate to register and monitor the conduct of political parties in accordance with sections 34 and 35 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone and all the provisions of The Political Parties Act (Act. No 3) of 2003. The monitoring of the political situation in Koidu City by the PPRC is in line with its constitutional and statutory mandates.

On the 13th of November 2010 the PPRC set out to monitor the simmering political tension in Koidu City, Kono District in which it was alleged that the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) offices situated on Kainkordu Road was splashed with human excreta by unknown persons. It was confirmed that this incident occurred on the eve when the SLPP leadership, party supporters and aspirant flag bearers were all set for Kono as part of the SLPP national tour to present their flag bearers to its members in that District. Based on these allegations, the PPRC dispatched its regional staff to monitor the situation in Koidu City with the following objectives:

a. To ascertain whether the SLPP office in Koidu City was splashed with human excrement and gather information on who the perpetrators were;

b. To ascertain whether the splashing of human excrement on the SLPP office on Kainkordu Road in Koidu City was orchestrated by any political party operative;

c. To monitor and present a report on any political violence and its perpetrators in Koidu City;

2. Methodology

• This report is based on an eye witness account (observation) of the violent events as seen in Koidu City by the PPRC Regional Staff;

• Interviews were conducted with members of the APC, PMDC and SLPP in Koidu City. This was done with the view to present a balanced and true report of the political violence that took place on the 12th and 13th November, 2010 in Koidu City;

• Personnel of the SLP based in the Tankoro Police Station were interviewed to get h own side of the story;

3. Limitations and constraints

a. The PPRC was constrained by the lack of financial and logistical resources to deploy its staff in Koidu City prior to the arrival of the SLPP delegation in Kono. However, the Commission was able to respond to information on alleged political violations.

b. It was difficult to get prima facie proof to link the behaviour of the riotous youths to any political party. Therefore the Commission cannot say with certainty whether the actions of the youths were motivated by any political party;

4. A call to commitment of Political Parties to non-violence

On the 20th October 2006, nine political parties mentioned here below endorsed the Political Parties Code of Conduct. This was a clear commitment by the leadership of parties that violence and intimidation are unacceptable in electioneering processes. Paragraph 17 of the Code of Conduct for Political Parties states thus:

“All Political Parties that have subscribed to this Code accept that intimidation, in any form, is unacceptable, and leaders of these Parties will direct their officials, candidates, members and supporters not to intimidate any person at any time.”

The parties that endorsed the Code of Conduct for Political parties are:

• All Peoples Congress (APC);

• National Democratic Alliance (NDA);

• Peoples Liberation Party (PLP);

• Peoples Democratic Party (PDP);

• Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC);

• Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP);

• Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP);

• United National Peoples Party (UNPP);

• Convention Peoples Party (CPP);

5. Detailed Findings

Below are detailed findings of the simmering political situation in Koidu City:

a. The SLPP party office situated on Kainkordu Road, Koidu City was splashed with human excrement on the morning of 13th November, 2010 before the arrival of the SLPP Delegates to Kono. The SLPP Young Generation Leader in Kono District was also a victim of this uncivil act. His residence was also splashed with human faeces. These allegations have been confirmed by the Chairpersons of the APC and PMDC in Kono. Unfortunately, the PPRC staff could not obtain any clue or information on the perpetrators of this uncivil act;

b. That while the SLPP meeting was in progress at the Fachima Hall in Koidu City, the PPRC Regional Staff (East) saw a Jeep with registration number ACF 620 allegedly belonging to one Adamu Eze, widely believed to be a supporter of the All People’s Congress (APC) Party entered the precincts of the Fachima Hall in Koidu City. The back wind screen of the Jeep was largely covered with red clothe. This was in the full view of the public and the Sierra Leone Police. The vehicle was seen full of youth chanting provocative slogans. However, they were ordered by the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) to vacate the precincts of Fachima, but no arrests were made at that time;

c. The Chairpersons of APC and PMDC in Kono District as well as the Young Generation Leader of SLPP interviewed confirmed that the SLPP meeting held in Fachima Hall was largely peaceful. The PMDC Chairman further confirmed that the meeting ended peacefully and after which participants and observers retired to their various destinations;

d. It was witnessed by the PPRC Regional Officer when the SLPP delegation in Kono was pelted with stones by irate and unidentified youth damaging vehicle wind screens and injuring some members of the SLPP delegation as well as passers-by. The PMDC and APC Party District Chairmen interviewed could also not say those responsible for the attack on the SLPP delegates;

The PPRC staff saw unidentified youth on the rampage setting up road blocks at strategic road intercessions and the Koidu City Centre. Youth were evidently seen molesting individuals they perceived to be supporters of the SLPP. In the process, two cars belonging to SLPP members – Alpha Timbo Esq. and Dr. Kaddi Sesay were damaged during which Hon. Emmanuel Tommy was injured;

e. On the night of Saturday 13th November 2010, Boie Enterprise belonging to the brother of one of the aspirants for SLPP flag bearer ship, Mr. Usman Boie Kamara, at the Opera Complex was attacked and some of the furniture vandalised.

f. A Blue 4 Runner Jeep with registration number AAF 388 belonging to a local businessman was vandalized along Kainkordu Road. The driver was seriously beaten and stabbed in the head by youth because he was perceived to be a supporter of the SLPP;

g. On the 15th November 2010, the houses of the APC District Secretary-General, an APC Councillor, Mr. Sondifu and the Beth Konold Pre & Primary school, Kono were splashed with human faeces. It was learnt that the school is headed by the elder brother of Councillor Sondifu of APC;

h. The Sierra Leone Police provided security to the SLPP delegates during their stay in Koidu City. However, it was observed that the police were outnumbered by the irate youths. In the circumstance, it was observed that the Police had to seek reinforcement from the Motema Police Division to help quell the situation. In the process, the Police arrested two youths for their alleged involvement in riotous behaviour.

6. Conclusion

The Commission having examined the entire situation in Kono based on eye witness accounts and interviews has made the following conclusion:

a. That the uninvited entry of Adamu Eze widely believed to be a supporter of the APC into the precincts of the Fachima Hall with Youths where the SLPP was having their meeting is in the least an act of provocation and a show of political intolerance;

b. It has been confirmed that the SLPP delegates were attacked and pelted with stones through no fault of theirs. They did not provoke any situation that could warrant an attack on them by any group or group of individuals. Furthermore, the Commission concludes that there is no logic in the argument that SLPP supporters had attacked themselves in Kono. The APC and PMDC representatives invited in the meeting have confirmed that the meeting in Fachima Hall went on peacefully and there is every reason to believe that no differences arose that could have led to a spontaneous attach on the SLPP;

c. The PPRC could not get any prima facie evidence as to whether the violent attack on their delegates was prompted or motivated by the leadership or supporters of any party or movement. However, the Commission urges the Sierra Leone Police to further investigate the attack on the SLPP delegation and bring perpetrators to justice without undue delay;

d. The number of Police personnel responding to the attack against delegates of the SLPP and other citizens was not commensurate. This was evidenced by the fact that police reinforcement had to be brought in from the Motema Police Station.

7. Call to Action

Political Parties

a. The leadership of all the Political Parties are urged to unreservedly condemn the violent attack against the SLPP delegate in Kono. The attack on the SLPP is a demonstration of lack of political tolerance and civil behaviour. Violence must be condemned at all times irrespective of any political affiliation or status;

b. The leadership of the APC must rise to the occasion and condemn the attempt by Adamou Eze to enter the precincts of Fachima Hall where the SLPP members were having their meeting. This is more so when he was seen with youths chanting provocative songs. This does not augur well in any democratic dispensation;

c. Political Parties are urged to adhere to all of the provisions in the Code of Conduct for Political Parties to which they are signatories. Furthermore, Political Parties are called upon to sensitize their membership and supporters on the content of the Code of Conduct for Political Parties;

d. PPRC urges restraint on the part of all political party leaders and their supporters in Kono District to refrain from provocative actions that will breach the peace and security of the District.

Government of Sierra Leone

The PPRC calls on the government of Sierra Leone to activate the implementation of the Joint Communiqué signed between the All Peoples Congress Party and the Sierra Leone People’s Party on 2nd April 2009;

a. Given the involvement of youth in the violence in Kono, the Commission wishes to draw the attention of the Government of Sierra Leone to Paragraph (9) of the Joint Communiqué which states:

“Both parties [APC & SLPP] recognize the problem of youth unemployment and, if not solved, the risk that this could pose for peace and stability in Sierra Leone.

Both parties re-affirm their commitment to disband all so-called youth task forces

Or any other militant youth groups…”

b. The Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Finance to provide adequate resources to the PPRC to engage in activities aimed at building the culture of political tolerance, hosting of inter-party dialogue and the fulfilment of all of the mandate of the Commission;

Sierra Leone Police Force

The PPRC calls on the Sierra Leone Police Force to investigate the violent incidents and the uncivil behaviour in Kono and bring the perpetrators to justice in accordance with the General Criminal Law, the Public Order Act of 1965 and duties of law enforcement officials;

International Community

a. The PPRC calls on the international community to support the Sierra Leone Police in processes involving elections management, crowd control and other professional skills.

Sierra Leoneans must learn to thank God every day for his goodness

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Published on November 26, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

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By Rev. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu :

Today,  Thanksgiving Day , brings to the fore a topic much discussed in Sierra Leonean circles –That is  our lack of cheer and a thankful spirit. We always seem to be complaining all the time .Why do we as a people love to grumble and complain a lot when we should be thanking God for his goodness and his tender mercies ? The reason is that we do not like to acknowledge how much God is doing for us and as a nation we have not learnt to count our blessings. Merely going to bed at night and waking up in the morning hale and hearty is something to thank God for everyday. We do not need a special day for thanking God for his goodness . Everyday should be a thanksgiving day in our lives.

One of the psalms of thanksgiving in the Bible, Psalm 107 , begins by enjoining man : “O give thanks unto the Lord ,for he is good” and it continues the admonition in Verse 8 : “O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness ,and for his wonderful works to the children of men. ” As I said earlier, this spirit of thankfulness is missing in the Sierra Leonean psyche. When one listens to some Sierra Leoneans, it is as if there is nothing to be thankful for  in our country.

During the war years when all one saw around him were death, merciless slaughters , pitiless amputation of limbs of innocent people ,wholesale looting, vandalism and destruction of property and indescribable suffering, one could have found reason to justify the grumbling and complaining .But  the war has ended in Sierra Leone and there has been peacebuilding and peace consolidation .The country is now in complete peace and indeed Sierra Leone has been declared by the World Bank  the most peaceful and the safest place to do business . We have a very good government in power today led by a reform-minded and progressive President in the person of Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and as a result noticeable and magnificent infrastructural developments are taking place all over the country . The economy is improving ; businesses are being set up and commerce is flourishing. Lots of foreign investments are being made and mining activities have resumed all over the country. Best of all, oil has been discovered off the shores of Sierra Leone . You refuse to understand therefore why all you hear from opposition members in Sierra Leone is whinning and grinning, complaining and grumbling. It is because they are not thankful to God. We have spectacular problems and challenges in Sierra Leone . Nobody can deny that. But at the same time God is doing wonderful things for us and we need to praise him for them.

God is infinitely good and he blesses his creation but we have chosen to think only about the bad things .That should not be the case . That is probably the reason that the hymn-writer  Johnson Oatman jr admonishes in one of the most immortal of hymns :

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

If we examine our lives,  we will find that inspite of our many problems there are things that we must thank God for. The philosophizing writer said that he was complaining that he did not have a pair of shoes and was walking bare-footed until he saw somebody who did not even have feet to walk with, let alone wear shoes. Let us cultivate the habit of positively seeing the good and blessed things in our lives and praise God for them. One day, I was in the bus heading for New York and grumbling in my heart about a headache that was not making any attempt to go even after I had taken aspirin. When we came upon an accident on the turnpike where a man’s head was literally sheared off  his car by a tractor-trailer, I did not know how my headache went.

I am therefore using this Thanksgiving holiday to appeal to my people to cultivate the spirit of thankfulness to God. I don’t care what  problems  you are confronted with today ; have faith in God and start counting the blessings in your life and you will see wonderful things beginning to happen in your life . Life is not as very bad as some people often make it seem. God is so good that there is nobody who cannot count at least one good thing that God has done for him./her.

It is at times very difficult to praise the Lord when upon life’s billows you are being  tempest-tossed and the devil makes it seem like there is no way. But God is good and I admonish you today to keep trusting in him and one day you will come back and testify to your pastor or church about his goodness. Please enjoy the hymn below and may the words of this immortal song minister to you as you listen to the instrumental.

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/c/o/countyou.htm

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.RefrainCount your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

Refrain

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

Refrain

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

President Koroma assures Sierra Leone Police Force

Friday, November 25th, 2011

President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has assured the Sierra Leone Police Force of Government’s determination to support the force and ensure they perform their duties without any political interference. He gave this commitment at the Passing-Out Parade of 711 new recruits at the Police Training School, Hastings on Saturday 19th November, 2011.

President Koroma told the new recruits that development and transformation can only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace and stability, noting that maintaining security within a democratic framework is impossible without a very capable and vibrant police force. The Sierra Leone Police, he said, occupies a central place in government’s Agenda for Change, because it believes in a committed and professional police force which takes its scared duty of maintaining law and order very seriously. President Koroma maintained that nothing will distract his government from that goal as they will continue to engage their international partners for support to develop a highly motivated force in the ongoing democratic dispensation, especially to consolidate the country’s status as the largest contributors of police personnel to Darfur, Sudan.

The president also noted that in performing their policing duties, they must preserve the peace and public tranquility under the constraints of human rights legislations, whilst adding that, they must be able to strike the correct balance between keeping the peace and allowing people to exercise their democratic rights.

Moreover, President Ernest Koroma urged the new recruits to display a high sense of integrity not just as custodians of law and order, but also to work with and earn the respect and confidence of the people and communities they serve. He also reminded them of the many challenges and opportunities awaiting them in their new career and hoped that they will perform their duties very well.

He however admonished them to desist from political activities and therefore remain neutral noting that government is dedicated to ensuring that the Inspector General and his top management provide the leadership necessary for the police to sustain a safe and secured environment for the 2012 elections to take place in a free, fair and credible manner.

In his welcome address, Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu assured President Ernest Bai Koroma that the police will do everything within its power to improve on quality police service that will be a credit to the nation.

He maintained that apart from basic recruit training, the training school provides various courses ranging from in-service courses, junior, intermediate and senior management courses to specialist areas, including the Criminal Investigations and Family Support Unit (FSU) and gender-laws. He revealed that the bidding process for the construction of hostels to accommodate local and foreign trainees and an administrative building is well under way.

The Inspector General of Police maintained that the police continue to make progress not just in law enforcement but also in overall capacity building and commended the Government and its development partners for their support to the Sierra Leone Police while appealing for additional support to motivate the officers for them to deliver, guarantee peace, stability and security necessary for the implementation of the Agenda for Change.

Compiled by the State House Communications Unit

President Koroma assures Sierra Leone Police Force

Friday, November 25th, 2011

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President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has assured the Sierra Leone Police Force of Government’s determination to support the force and ensure they perform their duties without any political interference. He gave this commitment at the Passing-Out Parade of 711 new recruits at the Police Training School, Hastings on Saturday 19th November, 2011.

President Koroma told the new recruits that development and transformation can only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace and stability, noting that maintaining security within a democratic framework is impossible without a very capable and vibrant police force. The Sierra Leone Police, he said, occupies a central place in government’s Agenda for Change, because it believes in a committed and professional police force which takes its scared duty of maintaining law and order very seriously. President Koroma maintained that nothing will distract his government from that goal as they will continue to engage their international partners for support to develop a highly motivated force in the ongoing democratic dispensation, especially to consolidate the country’s status as the largest contributors of police personnel to Darfur, Sudan.

The president also noted that in performing their policing duties, they must preserve the peace and public tranquility under the constraints of human rights legislations, whilst adding that, they must be able to strike the correct balance between keeping the peace and allowing people to exercise their democratic rights.

Moreover, President Ernest Koroma urged the new recruits to display a high sense of integrity not just as custodians of law and order, but also to work with and earn the respect and confidence of the people and communities they serve. He also reminded them of the many challenges and opportunities awaiting them in their new career and hoped that they will perform their duties very well.

He however admonished them to desist from political activities and therefore remain neutral noting that government is dedicated to ensuring that the Inspector General and his top management provide the leadership necessary for the police to sustain a safe and secured environment for the 2012 elections to take place in a free, fair and credible manner.

In his welcome address, Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu assured President Ernest Bai Koroma that the police will do everything within its power to improve on quality police service that will be a credit to the nation.

He maintained that apart from basic recruit training, the training school provides various courses ranging from in-service courses, junior, intermediate and senior management courses to specialist areas, including the Criminal Investigations and Family Support Unit (FSU) and gender-laws. He revealed that the bidding process for the construction of hostels to accommodate local and foreign trainees and an administrative building is well under way.

The Inspector General of Police maintained that the police continue to make progress not just in law enforcement but also in overall capacity building and commended the Government and its development partners for their support to the Sierra Leone Police while appealing for additional support to motivate the officers for them to deliver, guarantee peace, stability and security necessary for the implementation of the Agenda for Change.

‘Leaderless’ SLPP delegation comes to the U.S : No Maada Bio, no John Benjamin

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

 

The Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) has set  tongues wagging once again . The National Executive Council delegation of the party arrived in the United States yesterday strangely missing the party’s Presidential candidate for next year’s all-important elections, Mr. Maada Bio, and the Chairman of the party, Mr. John Benjamin. The delegation was to have come here on a sensitization tour. However with the leaders of the party missing, SLPP  officials are now saying that the team is here to bring peace to the diaspora branch of the SLPP.

MR. ALLIEU I. KANU

The SLPP delegation is led by the party’s Secretary General, Mr. Suliman Banja Tejan-Sie and other members include former Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN for Legal Affairs, Mr. Allieu Kanu and  the Hon. Emma Kowa .

Originally , Mr. Maada Bio was billed to have led the delegation and all arrangements had been concluded when the SLPP  announced that he had been dropped from the delegation, leading to speculations  in some newspapers that he may have been denied a visa by the U.S. authorities. The SLPP  never addressed these speculations . It was expected that the delegation could have been then accompanied by the next most senior official, Chairman John Benjamin. But that too did not materialize.

When John Benjamin arrived here a few years ago, he was detained at the Dulles International Airport in Washington DC by U.S. Home Security officials and was subjected to the most intense grilling on his human rights records . It took the intervention of Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the U.S, H.E. Bockarie Stevens, for Mr. Benjamin to be released.

If Maada Bio was indeed denied a visa by U.S. as is being speculated, then it represents an alarming commentary of the indescribably  embarrassing and  anomalous fate that Sierra Leone will face in the international community if people with human rights problems like Mr. Bio ever become President .  The idea of Sierra Leone not being able to engage in any bilateral relations with the only superpower of the world, not to mention the multilateral fallouts it will provoke with the UN and other international organizations , will be a price too dear for the country to pay for electing a leader rejected by the international community because of his bloody past. We await to hear the truth.

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7 Responses to “‘Leaderless’ SLPP delegation comes to the U.S : No Maada Bio, no John Benjamin”

  1. None of your business. P.M.Y.O.B. Please. Mind. Your. Own. Business. APC,why you so worried about SLPP fool?
    Lansana Sankoh

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    • Lansana,

      Let me first of say I’m not SPP of APC I’m for the people of Sierra Leone. APC has a rude awakening foucssing on these petty issues. Maada I believe weill come stateside in 2012.

      Also APC needs to focus on succession after 2017 coz Sam Sumana cannot lead their party. they are not deep at all in the ranks.

      Right now they need to address the illegal timber trading. The press release was GARBAGE!!!!

      C’mon Ernest you need to investigate this shit not unless you know more than us.

      Ben,

      Dallas Texas

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      • Lasan, APC is a strong political party that is here to politically excell in terms of charismatic leaders like Ernest Bai Koroma. Make no mistake, the blessed son of our land Ernest Obai Koroma will be elected with flying colors and Madda Bio will be
        sent to retirement by the SLPP and be in search of another leader, may be it will be you.

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    • Gentlemen, you all have to face the truth. No one to blame on this issue, but yourselves. Why in the hell you all decided to chose a criminal as a leader common guys. shame on you all.

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  2. Well it says there will be investigations.

    I would like to hear the findings and see ACTIONS taken based on the findings – hopefully they’re aren’t faulty findings. Action needs to be taken and the results need to be published for the world to see.

    Ben.

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  3. Ben , If you go back to the past records of the SLPP administration, your party did more harm, not only to the present generation of Sierra Leoneans but those yet unborn. Whatever happens today, has already happened during the Kabba administration. The SLPP used to put everything under the rug, by paying the whislte blower. President koroma is trying to be transparent and accountable ok.
    From the Voice of Peace,
    Umaru Jalloh.
    11/26/2011

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  4. I would be greatful if Maada Bio can address certain issues to help us in deciding who to vote for come 2012. Some of us are undecided, so this will help us choose the right person to lead us

    1. In his press release after the his victory, he addressed the issue of the execution carried on by NPRC, but failed to make a mention of the allegation made against him for fleeing the country over $400,000 prior to the handover to Tejan Kabbah.

    2. Whether he will make tour of the US and UK before the elections, as has been done by all previous leaders.

    3. Why did he established business in Ghana when he would have done it in Sierra Leone and create employment.

    I just want to make sure make the right choice.

President Ernest Koroma has done more to empower women in Sierra Leone than the SLPP or any other regime

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Filed under: Breaking News,Diaspora,Editorial,Headlines,Lead Story | 

By KABS KANU :

When hypocritical pro-opposition journalists talk glibly  and try to make capital out of Maada Bio’s selection of a woman as his running mate as if no women’s empowerment is going on ,  what they are ashamed to acknowledge is the fact that President Ernest Bai Koroma has done far more to empower women in Sierra Leone than ever done by the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) or any other regime in Sierra Leone . Any honest person looking at the way women have been brought into the mainstream of governance and decision-making in the country since President Koroma came to power in 2007 will admit that empowering women is one of the strengths of the present All People’s Congress ( APC ) Government led by President Koroma.

PRESIDENT KOROMA : WHO HAS EMPOWERED WOMEN IN SIERRA LEONE MORE THAN HIM ?

One of the key focus  of the APC Government has been women’s empowerment and this is why we have women in key positions in society. Women are not only holding top ministerial positions; under President Koroma’s government, women are ambassadors , deputy ambassadors, leading diplomats , top government functionaries and high-ranking public servants.

The  present APC  cabinet outscores  the various cabinets of  the SLPP in the number of female ministers.  At the moment , there are 5 female ministers , including deputies . There were 6 but one died in August (  http://www.sierra-leone.org/cabinet.html ) .  In the APC cabinet, illustrious women like Madams Zainab Bangura,  Ebun Jusu , Victoria Saidu Kamara, Rosaline Oya Sankoh and  Mabinty Daramy are functioning in major ministerial positions ( Mrs Jenneh Kandeh died few months ago ). Throughout the reign of the SLPP, at no time did 6 women serve as ministers in one cabinet. Never.

When  Ex-President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah first came to power, for long the only female minister was Mrs. Shirley Gbujama . See http://www.sierra-leone.org/cabinet-kabbah3.html. This was a serious relapse after the second cabinet consisted of  three ministers ( http://www.sierra-leone.org/cabinet-kabbah2.html ) and the  first cabinet only two female ministers (http://www.sierra-leone.org/cabinet-kabbah2.html ). The fourth cabinet had only  two female  senior ministers and two deputy ministers (http://www.sierra-leone.org/cabinet-kabbah2.html ). Kabbah’s fifth cabinet had only two women ministers and one deputy (http://www.sierra-leone.org/cabinet-kabbah2.html ).  When President Kabbah left power in 2007, there were only three women ministers (http://www.sierra-leone.org/cabinet-kabbah6.html ) .

Even at the seat of power –State House– you would  be able to name no female empowered by the SLPP Government in all the 11 years that the party held power. State House was the hotbed of male dominance and chauvinism. However, under President Ernest Koroma, women hold sway at State House. Powerful women like Khadija Sesy, Nannette Thomas,  Isata Jabbie , Razia Bash-Kamara and Yvonne Tagoe are playing outstanding roles in key positions. In the diplomatic field, the APC has women playing important functions as ambassadors –Rev. Marie Barnet , Khadi Bassir and Rasie Kargbo . Government ministries, departments and institutions have women in vital positions.

Under other governments that had ruled Sierra Leone before 2007, the wives of the heads of state –Or First Ladies– were moribund, undistinguished and underutilized . They were nothing more than mere housewives who  spent their time in the kitchen cooking for the heads of state . Their names appeared in newspapers only for flashiness and ostentation or scandals. But the maverick President Ernest Bai Koroma , in his splendid program of women’s empowerment , gave a new meaning to the concept of the First Lady in Sierra Leone . President Koroma , who has tremendous respect for women , and has demonstrated it at different phases of his life,  even while he was an insurance executive, recognized the fact that beside every successful man, there is a woman ( Guys, note : It is no longer “Behind every successful man, there is a woman” . I have heard women activists cry down this old-fashioned rendition of the saying  when unsuspecting men expressed it during UN meetings ).

The President gave impetus to his philosophy by elevating the concept of the First Lady into an important  office and handing his wife very significant  roles to play in the country’s postwar reconstruction and development .  For the first time in the history of Sierra Leone ,  we have a very proactive , vibrant and and powerful  Office of the First Lady , with the President’s wife , Madam Sia Nyama Koroma, utilized as ain integral part of the Head of State’s nation-building machinery. There is no Sierra Leonean who  system . All these facts demonstrate that gender equality and women’s empowerment are at the heart of President Koroma’s style of governance.

The SLPP  therefore has  nothing to teach President Ernest Koroma and his government about gender equality and the empowerment of women. Even the International Community has highly commended the manner that women have been empowered in Sierra Leone. In April this year, women empowerment in Sierra Leone was celebrated at the Review meetings at the UN of the Sierra Leone Peacebuilding Country Specific Configuration. Cocorioko , it must be recalled reported : “ In his remarks, Mr. Shulenburg(The UN Secretary General Executive Representative in Sierra Leone )  emphasized the important role civil society groups were playing in Sierra Leone ‘s progress towards a democratic and transparent society and this , he said, was manifested by the presence of representatives of the civil society . According to him, while other countries were having problems with democratic governance, Sierra Leone is a vibrant society where political parties , civil society and Gender representatives were thriving .  He disclosed that all these groups are working together and he  also noted the participation of women which was good. He noted that “the last frontier we have to win is women’s participation ” and Sierra Leone has made progress also in this aspect. “

The APC Government even has structures in place already that will see more women brought into governance and the decision-making process  during President Koroma’s second term . Readers can also recall this exclusive report in Cocorioko : 08 March 2010:  Another Day of Pride for Sierra Leone at the United Nations

Thursday March 4, 2010 was another day of pride for Sierra Leone at the United Nations , as the country received tremendous all-round praise from stakeholders and representatives of the International Community  for becoming one of the short-list of  African nations and the 17th in the whole world to showcase the National Action Plan  on the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 on women’s empowerment .

Also, President Koroma is working with the female parliamentary caucus to ensure that Sierra Leone women get  30 percent  representation in all levels of government.

The Kadi Sesay candidacy does not therefore mean anything to President Koroma.

He is an exponent of women’s empowerment and upliftment already . As a matter of fact, he has done more to empower women in Sierra Leone than any President has ever done . This is why the Sierra Leonean people should mobilize to give him his deserved second term at next year’s elections.

Between God, Sam Sumana and Koroma’s choice of Running mate

Friday, November 18th, 2011
Mallam Osman,
Your analysis on the present political events in Sierra Leone are the most powerfully written yet in the present circumstances. Thank you very much for such a fantastic job. You really understand the political parity in Sierra Leone. As you mentioned in your article on Sam Sumana’s appointment as running mate appointed by the APC’s then Opposition Leader Ernest Bai Koroma, my response to it by an article in response to yours by an SLPP insider in New Jersey brought great rift between us; we who are Family members and religious brothers in our community.
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AZIZ NABE
I was the Chairman of the Rapid Response Committee of the Opposition APC in North America and President of the APC Chapter in New Jersey. The gentleman was condemning the appointment as nonsensical in that, Sam Sumana was a novice and an alien in the political arena in Sierra Leone. That, even when he was in the United States, no body could identify him as a socialite or political firebrand , therefore, his appointment just sealed the defeat of the APC Party more than the Wootetteh defeat of 2002. He boasted of being popular than Sam Sumana in the United States and in Sierra Leone, so if put in the SLPP Ticket, it will be a done deal. But here was someone who went to contest for the Freetown East Two constituency from Fullahtown where he did not get a symbol with all his popularity and boisterous attitude, and “Borku Talkology”
In my response, I reminded him that the onus of naming a running mate , as enshrined in our constitution, was the sole prerogative of the candidate. He could confer with his party loyalists , but was not bounded to take their advice. The decision should be his, and his alone. On being popular in his own merit, this scenario was not a popular nor a beauty contest. He might have little  or big impact on the ticket, but that was the choice made by the candidate, chosen from a long list of possible candidates. He knew why he chose him to be his running mate. The bottom line here was that, they were both young and smashing to look at as against the incumbent whom they were trying to knock out. And they did thumped him out of office like no body’s business.
I believe the President understands the work his deputy has done for him over the years. He made up his mind to chose him, but he has the discretion to change him for someone else. I believe the choice is his,and anybody flouting around with rancorous rumors about him or her being the speculative choice this time around is simply digging his or her own grave. Non will be. We shall know when the time comes, but at this time, the President will not say ” finng ” to no one, even to Madam Sia, his beloved half. You  have to know  the President too well to understand when he is up to something sneaky. As he is an aggressive listener, so is he an abrupt decider when things do not work well with him, things he won’t discuss with no one, but himself , only at the last minute when it would be too late to convince him to change his mind.
Those who should be worried about going back to their jobs should know themselves by now. Their arrant behavior in dispensing their temporal political power in their designated offices should trigger their fickle consciences and make believe that, their days are almost over. One thing that is certain, which most of these people in their present positions should understand is that, their appointments in those positions were temporal, based on the term of office of the President. As his term will expire next year, so will theirs be expired. Therefore, it is foolhardy to think that all of them will be automatically transfigured in their positions when he shall have won a landslide victory over the box -up- mix- up- union of the Grandmother and Grandson ticket of Convenience. As we know them, they are Strange bedfellows with dubious characteristics and immoralities. Dr. Kadi Sesay had simply compromised and mortgaged her principles and her academic prowess in her political pursuits. On principle — because of a principle, or rule of conduct, such a highly educated woman should never have compromised her principles  We are looking up to her type to use those standards in order to teach those of us that do not reach up to her level and standard of education how to behave and conduct ourselves in the political landscape. But if because of the whiff and arrogance of power, she flaunted her principles–the following of the rules of right conduct; honesty and fairness, what’s new in her political pursuit will she bring to the nation differently from her colleagues who had done the same in past decades ? The mere truth that she ignored the fact that her grand “pikin” Boss is a complicit extra-judicial killer, a national passports thief, an economic saboteur–stealing national revenues from the national coffers while in office and after office through his elder brother Steve Bio, and the hasty sales of a government owned Hotel which proceeds he stashed in his private account overseas, should have tickled the conscience of this wonderful woman to deny being in that hopeless team she now finds herself.
True, both of them served in the NPRC Junta government. We thought having people like her in that government would have made a difference in the lives of the people of Sierra Leone. I believe the only achievement she earned was, when she was part of the National Commission for Democracy, the stern decision she and her counterpart Mr. James Jonah took against the rapacious commands and persuasions to cancel the elections in 1996 by three months old coup leader Maada Bio to give him more time to loot our coffers. That refusal, perhaps, by the persistence of  Mr. James Jonah. gave her merit in making the other delegates voted for the holding of the elections at the appointed time. When she was appointed Minister in President Kabbah’s government, she suddenly lost her cool by supporting the  executions of her Northern brothers in the army they termed as APC collaborators, and the mutilations and slaughtering of so many innocent lives in Freetown by the commands of the Kabbah and Berewah presidency from the Kabassa Lodge.to the ECOMOG Troupes.down town Freetown. The trio gave commands to ECOMOG to kill everybody who stand their way, and to destroy every building even if it means they have to reconstruct the whole city afresh after all the impasse had faded away. That was when she became a cold blooded conspirator to the murdering of our people who had ran away from the provinces to abide in Freetown — who could not find their ways around to hide from those atrocities. That was why vultures feasted on so many unfortunate souls during the  take over by the AFRC in Freetown. She could not use her power of conciliation of the womanhood to revert their bad decisions, but spurred them up to commit such heinous atrocities to their country folks. The simple tenet of resigning from such a bad governed government became invincible to her, and she was there overseeing the liquidation of our country to the stage of poorest country in the World, darkest and most squalid city in the world. Now I wonder why she is trying to be the first woman President of Sierra Leone when her track record is so stinky than a racoon.
Maada Bio simply has an incurable desire to become President, and the arrogant character of a cold blooded killer who could careless about his past crimes. His denial of his crimes are sprouting out now that he is frantically choosing a running Mate when the elections are yet 12 moons away. What has he to do that is so serious to drop himself out of the gang of thieves that planned to visit the United States and the United Kingdom to show off his candidacy to honest Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora if all is well with him within the Laws of those nations ? Although Bio is still denying about participating in the extra judicial killings of Northerners in the armed forces and civilians amongst the 29 people being killed extra-judicially by his Junta, people should simply see his track record when all the comic show of power started.
Captain Julius Maada Bio was one of the junior officers who had participated in the April 1992  coup that had ousted the President J. S. Momoh led  A.PC government. His first assignment when the NPRC was formed was as the Secretary of State Southern Province, and was stationed in the city of Bo which is the second city of the nation and capital of the South. Later, he was moved to the state capital,  Freetown, to serve as Secretary of State in charge of Information and Broadcasting. As a leading member of the Junior Army Clique that conspired the overthrow of the APC Government,  Julius Maada Bio served as member of the Supreme Council of State (SCS) throughout the NPRC’s stay in power. Unfortunately, when Captain Valentine Strasser’s deputy, Captain S.A.J. Musa was sacked and exiled to the United Kingdom, Bio was appointed to the position. A few months later, he was promoted by his Boss from Captain to Brigadier -General surpassing all other earned positions in the army to become the second highest ranking member of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces in the Republic of Sierra Leone (RSLMF). , to become senior in military rank to his political Military Boss Valentine Strasser. I believe that was a great blip that boosted his undying and incurable ambition to become president of the Republic.
There was a rift within the governing membership of the Supreme Council of State over whether to seek Peace with the RUF before multi-party elections which was slated for March, 1996, a stance he had taken religiously, or to go ahead with the election, notwithstanding the ongoing unfettered war they could not stop,  a solemn promise they had made to the people in the country to end the war, and the conditions for participation or disqualification of junta members in the forthcoming elections, a stance taken grudgingly by Valentine Strasser through the advise of his Mother.
However,  Valentine Strasser was too ambitious to contest as a civilian candidate, but was disqualified in age by the 1991 constitution that was prepared to usher in a multi-party political system in Sierra Leone by the APC Government of President Momoh. He was just 33 years old, and the age limit was slated at 45 years in order to contest for the presidency of the Republic.. That brought about his problems with the Maada Bio camp that caused his overthrow from power and sent in exile in the Republic of Guinea in Cuffs and a little port mantle. But Bio’s motives were misunderstood , partly because his elder sister, Mrs. Agnes Deen Jalloh was a member of the Rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF), but to his surprise, even though he used all kinds of tactics, including making a personal peace with his uncle by marriage Coporal Foday Sankoh within 5 days to the elections to disrupt the political process  that was on going, with a promise to making him deputy leader of the NPRC should the elections were postponed or nullified ,very vigilant Civil Society Organizations unconditionally rejected his ” Peace before Election ” campaign, and forced his junta to proceed with holding the elections and restoration of constitutional order.  After a winner in the SLPP was found in Tejan Kabbah after the second rounds of elections on March 15, 1996,  Bio handed over to Mr. Ahmed Tejan Kabbah as the elected President of the New Republic of Sierra Leone. His handing over to Tejan Kabbah promulgated an NPRC Indemnity and Transition Decree, 1996. See (http://www.sierra-leone-.org/Laws/1996-NPRC6.pdf) which provided indemnity to the whole  Army and all members of the NPRC and their appointees for all actions, intentional or otherwise, including the very coup that brought them to power, and all extra-judicial killings during their time in government. Bio retired from the Republic of Sierra Leone Military Forces (RSLMF) upon stepping down from power as 3 months old head of state of the   country. People close to him intimated that he looted the National Treasury and hurriedly concluded the sale of a prominent government -owned hotel for millions of United States Dollars which was paid for partly in cash and in gem stones, and property in Ghana to a rogue and shady foreign businessman and stashed the proceeds in a private account in his name in an Island, details which were confirmed by both President Kabbah and his vice, Mr. Solomon Berewa. They even accused him of conspiring to have sold our national passports and stashed $400,000 US dollars into the same account. Charges he could not make comment on either to deny, refute or accept and apologies for misdeeds. We all know that absolute silence is a sign of guilt, yet Dr. Kadi Sesay could not decipher between wrong doings and honest doings, and woefully accepts to work with him. What a disgrace of human lapses. I wish she had thought wisely before accepting to be his running mate in an election she verily know they will lose with indignity.  When God wants to help you, He will always confuse your adversaries to blunder beyond measure.
The struggle continues unabated.
Mohamed Aziz Nabe
APC,  New Jersey, USA.
In a message dated 11/17/2011 11:25:48 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, mogbuama@yahoo.com writes:
Emmanuel,
Good analysis. But my question is watin nar pipul den problem?
Koroma en tem nor done yate. Parliament has not been adjourned for
elections so why should the president be in a hurry to name a runnig mat e when his party has not even named candidates for parliamentary elections. The president knows that unlike other countries where parliamentary/ congressional candidates sometimes win on the coattails of a sitting president, in Salon the president wins on the coattail of parliamentary candidates. A presidential candidate is likely to win the area his parliamentary cnadidate carries.
The president may not want to rock his smooth sailing boat with such an announcement at this time.
We have the same problem here. Rumours are making the rounds here pitting Biden against Clinton. But that’s politics.On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 10:37 PM EST Sahr Musa Yamba wrote:>Awesome! Just awesome analysis!
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>Cc: Nanette Thomas; leonenet@lists.umbc.edu; Foday Morris; apc-worldwide@googlegroups.comfoisl@yahoogroups.co.ukalbertacademy@yahoogroups.com;salonefreeflow@yahoogroups.commgibrilsesay@yahoo.co.ukmgibrilsesay@yahoo.com; APCNA
>Subject: [foisl] Between God, Sam Sumana and Koroma’s choice of Running mate
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>Between God, Sam Sumana and Koroma’s choice of Running mate
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>By Osman Benk Sankoh
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>The first time I ever heard the name Samuel Sam Sumana was few hours after he was selected by then All Peoples Congress (APC) opposition leader, Hon Ernest Bai koroma as running mate. Their first outing together was at a gathering organized by the US Ambassador to Sierra Leone.
>Koroma brought with him a young man from Kono. He was not a politician but a businessman. Koroma introduced him as his running mate and as politicians always do, he followed his boss shaking the hands of whoever came across.
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>I was out of the country. I got the first text. I ignored it. A second came in, and a third and fourth in quick succession, I became curious to know what was going on. The breaking news: “Ernest Koroma selects Sam Sumana as running mate.”
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>Koroma’s choice prompted me to write an article titled: “Sam Sumana who?” Well, that was four years ago. Sam Sumana is now the Vice President and a household name in the country. Over the years he has assisted Koroma in steering the ship of state. But as their term of office comes to an end, the President has to decide whether he wants to continue with Sumana in his second term bid.
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> Speculations have gone overdrive; the rumour mill is busy; newspaper reports and columnists are wading in – in the wake of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) presidential aspirant, Julius Maada Bio’s announcement of Dr. Kadi Sesay, a onetime university professor and former Minister, as his running mate.
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>And as if the harbingers of this rumor know what tickles the President, they have gone to the extent of naming Sam Sumana, JB Dauda, Diana Konomani and Musa Tarawallie as among a short-list Koroma has his mind on.
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>While the President continues to keep sealed lips, what beats my imagination is the thought that whoever he eventually chooses will be a bombshell. Why a bombshell, I cannot say, but I don’t see how Hiroshima will happen if Koroma sticks with Sam Sumana, who it may seem, has all this while been a worthy and loyal number two.
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>I may not be a specialist on the various parties’ constitutions, but even Abacha street traders know that when Koroma in 2007 decided to make then little known Sam Sumana his running mate, he didn’t need to call for some village Headmen or ‘court barray’ to help him make up his mind. The same could also be said of then Vice President, Solomon Ekuma Berewa who chose one time Foreign Affairs Minister, Momodu Koroma to ride with him on the same ticket. Obviously, some consultations may have been made by these leaders. They may have asked questions and answers may have been provided. However, if interested persons had lobbied and even distributed brown envelops to some Council of Elders, then it could best have been described as an action in futility.
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>In 2002, when Former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was about to offload his Vice, Dr Albert Joe Demby, names like Solomon Berewa who was then Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Professor Septimus Kai-Kai, once Presidential spokesman and John Ernest Leigh, among others, were peddled. In fact, John Leign even hosted a press conference at the British Council to tell the entire world why he should be positioned a heartbeat to the presidency.
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>For Demby, t-shirts did the talking for him and at an event in Bo; his Jerihun kinsmen were out in their numbers with t-shirts bearing: “together in war, together in peace.” Meantime, Kabbah kept his cool. Berewa followed suit and in an exclusive interview Concord Times then had with him, his response to, “is it true that HE is highly considering you for the number two position,” was, “I am ready and willing to serve the President in any position once it is within the law.”
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>Well, while John Ernest Leigh was literally taken off a flight from Lungi to appear on the SLBS (now SLBC) TV to clarify a statement in his ill-fated campaign that might have embarrassed the then President, Kabbah waited until a Friday, after the Jumat prayers in Port Loko, to unveil Berewa as his running mate. Interestingly, it happened the same day Concord Times published a screamer which turned out to be exactly the opposite, “Septimus Kaikai gives Solo B sleepless night.” Of course, there were a few surprises but it was entirely Kabbah’s decision.
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>I may not be privy to the President’s inner circle but I don’t see any reason why he should be wasting his precious sleep on whom he eventually chooses as his running mate. Apart from the Internal Affairs Minister, who it was alleged, went to Kono to be introduced as a contender for the second highest office in the land, others like JBD, Chukuma Johnson and Daina Konomani may not brazenly come out to say they are interested in Sam Sumana’s post. For Tarawalie, at least he is on record to have openly expressed his disquiet for the sitting Vice President to the extent of emphasizing that he has respect for the VP office.
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>Sumana has kept his cool, invoking divine intervention to either keep him or out of office. In God, he has entrusted his hope even as he wonders whether Koroma will extend his contract or throw him under the bus just as Kabbah did to Demby. Those that have followed his stewardship though say Sam Sumana has been a loyal lieutenant who has not expressed any vaulting ambition even though he was unable to win his parliamentary seat in Kono in 2007.
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>It is important that as 2012 draws to a close, the APC tries to cement its grip on Kono where often than not, the people tend to vote in block. That the opposition has a southerner as its Presidential aspirant makes it all the more ludicrous for the APC to imagine that southerners in 2012 are going to vote Koroma even if he constructs diamond paved roads in Bo and other southern-eastern towns. In the same vein, it will only be a dream if SLPP think that getting Dr Kadi Sesay, a northerner from Port Loko but born and bred in Rotifunk in the South will give them a landslide in the North.
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>Maybe it is true, maybe it is not but what value does JB Dauda, the man who is only Foreign Minister in name, bring to a Koroma ticket? Why in fact, he is foreign minister I would not know. JBD has passed his prime – he has lost his political mojo. He has been APC, SLPP and APC again. People who have principles stick to them and live out the principle of: “principles are indivisible; they are either wholly kept or wholly sacrificed.” JBD’s principle is AGIP, an acronym for Any Government in Power. Hopefully, Koroma is not even contemplating JBD as Vice President.
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>Diana Konomani, I have not met. Yes, somebody may argue that because the SLPP has a woman running mate, the APC should also have theirs. Nonsense! Is she really interested in being running mate? Is this not another joke? Do you even imagine she could face Dr. Kadie Sesay in any vice presidential debate? What is her area of specialization? Does she have the clout to address both national and emerging international issues? How can she keep Kono intact for the APC if Koroma decides to send Sam Sumana to the dressing room?
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>Next is Chukuma Johnson. He has been with the President in and outside the Law Court Building. Of course, he has the Western area as his own constituency. If there are indeed Independents in our present day politics, he may possibly be the man to sway them to voting APC. However, that he is from the Western area, a zone considered to be firmly under the grips of the APC makes it more compelling for him not to be considered for Sumana’s post. Like JBD, he has also passed his prime.
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>Like JBD, the current Internal Affairs Minister, Musa Tarawallie has tasted both sides of the watermelon. He was SLPP and later APC. Unlike his predecessor, Ambassador Dauda Tarawallie as Internal Minister uses heavy police escort and convoy whenever he drives around, much to the dismay of tax payers. It appears his name invokes violence. He has himself not helped matters by his abrasive actions and reckless utterances. That he went on Radio to clearly show what I consider to be gross disdain for the authority of the Vice President, no matter what differences exist between the two, is not a good sign of leadership.
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>Interestingly, all these names continue to (well at least) win the confidence of the President. His party recently elected Chukuma Johnson as Deputy Speaker of Parliament. Sam Sumana continues to step in the stead of the President whenever he travels out of the country and so far, he has not yet complained of gross insubordination. Despite all the allegations of violence, Musa Tarawallie continues to swing past other vehicles in his convoy and Diana Konomani continues to be number one citizen in Kono.
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>Yet Koroma’s graveyard silence is getting too loud for comfort. Certainly for Sam Sumana. Is he giving hope to Musa Tarawallie? Is Diana Konomani now secretly rehearsing how to be VP? Is Chukuma secretly beaming in smiles thinking that Sam Sumana’s days are numbered?
>Questions! Questions! Questions!
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>Osman Benk Sankoh
>Community Outreach/ Media Analyst
>Sierra Leone Conference on Development and Transformation
>033-319-155/078-826-764
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Kadi Sesay painted Port Loko green ? Not really

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Kadi Sesay painted Port Loko green ? Not really

Filed under: Breaking News,Diaspora,Editorial,Headlines,Lead Story | 

KADI SESAY  did not paint Port Loko green as some SLPP  fanatics stated in their discussion forums. Nor did she draw the kind of sizable crowd that should let the ruling APC  lose sleep. The photos being displayed by SLPP  supporters speak for themselves. We will shortly bring you an analysis of the Mada Bio/Kadi Sesay misadventure in Barkeh Lokko , based on reports received from the town itself , which demonstrate that the SLPP  has made another serious miscalculation that will cost them 2012. Stay tuned.

THE ONLY GREEN OF NOTE IN THIS PHOTO IS MAADA BIO’S AGBADA.

Better a Grey Head with Blessed Hands than a Rogue Head with a Bleeding Skull and Bloody Hands

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Maada Bio is a trash talker that is biting more than he can chew. During the introduction of his obvious preference as running mate Dr. Khadi Sesay, he made a bad taste hint to President Ernest Bai Koroma’s grey hair. If Maada thinks his ‘youthfulness’ is the dominant factor taking his head to the clouds of victory, there is a rude awakening in the making for exactly one year from today. Bio should not underestimate the resolve of Sierra Leoneans to make the right choice and vote for the most excellent candidate given the unadulterated facts.  These facts did not favor Bio yesterday. They serve as barriers to his electability today. They won’t go away tomorrow.  Moreover, before the conclusion of the 365 days, Sierra Leoneans will leave no doubt that keeping the grey hair President in office is fitting than electing a “VAGABONE” to that office.

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Maada fooled no one but himself choosing Dr. Khadi Sesay to join his scarred ticket. He told his small group of supporters that he was back in town to make good on an earlier promise. He had pledged to select a descendant from Port Loko District as his running mate. Also, he talked about his commitment to meet the constitutional mandate of getting more women involve in the governance of the nation. As things currently stand, this requirement calls for a 30% involvement. He said that by selecting Dr. Khadi Sesay, he has kept his pledge. Outlandishly, he promised to increase women’s involvement to 50% if elected.

First, there was no need to appoint a search committee for a running mate, because his mind was made-up about his pick from the start. All the committee did was to adhere to Bio’s decree. They had no choice but to agree with Bio that Dr. Kadi Sesay is the individual. Second, his promise of 50% female involvement if elected is more idealistic than pragmatic. The women suffrage movement has not yet peaked in underdeveloped Sierra Leone to make Bio’s 50% feasible. IT IS A BIG LIE THAT WE MUST CALL BIO OUT ON. He is jumping the gun by saying anything to get to State House.

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Instead of telling Sierra Leoneans about being a consistent molester of Sierra Leonean women at home and abroad, he wants people to believe that Dr. Khadie Sesay is now his magic bullet that will seal his past and bring down the insurmountable odds against him. If Bio was serious, his unimpressive speech should have been made to a female dominated crowd or at least a 50/50 gathering with pictorial display supporting his position. However, Dr. Khadie Sesay looks like a FEMALE DETAINEE amidst 99.9% frenzied SLPP male stalwarts. As he continued to entrance himself Bio said, “I am not like other leaders who have not fulfill their promise until they turn grey.” Clearly, he was referring to His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma.

 

Did Bio forget that when Sierra Leoneans became appalled with their juvenile delinquent NPRC regime they coined the phrase, “Nar Pikin Rule Contry” (NPRC)?  Did he forget that consuming all the ostentatious promises NPRC 1 & 2 made, was the pestering of Sierra Leoneans at record levels? Sierra Leoneans developed the resiliency to say “NO” to the AFRC because of the atrocious and pungent precedent of Strasser and Bio NPRC infantile leadership. Nearly two decades later, Maada who is more specious and unceasingly frantic is back portraying himself as the “redeemer” of the youths, “champion” for women’s rights, and the younger candidate without grey hair. Not this time Maada Bio.

 

The child that ruled the nation in 1996 will not return 15 years younger to complete the “ethnic cleansing” they started in 1992.  Sierra Leoneans are wiser and more sophisticated to defeat Bio’s course with their ballots. Sierra Leone needs a lucid and experienced leader than the jokey and heartless leadership Maada Bio wants to provide. Bio became a fool at 40 thinking there is no need to atone for his grievous acts against God and the Sierra Leonean people. If making fun of President Koroma because of his grey looks is one of Bio’s arsenals, then he is unquestionably childish. He has retrogressed because immaturity is still evident in his manner of thinking. Which sober leader makes an out-and-out promise of 50% fulfillment of a constitutional mandate they have only kept 1% of? Maada Bio would because he is irrational, unreasonable, nebulous, and naïve. Adolescence is still part of his outlook because he is unaware of the current era in Sierra Leone.

 

With God’s help, the people of Sierra Leone will not allow a scoundrel with a scandalous past to lead them. With God’s help, the scales of Karma will not remain unbalanced forever as the manifestations of Bio’s gruesome acts shall overturn his lofty fantasies.  Therefore, better a grey head with blessed hands than a rogue head with bleeding skull and bloody hands. Whereas President Koroma’s “hands are blessed with the blessings of the Lord,” Maada Bio’s hands are cursed by the God of right and wrong. Bio nar ‘Haram’ and a Haram individual will never ever again lead Sierra Leone. Let’s reelect Ernest Bai Koroma in 2017. Think Salone!

Solomon Sesay