Those who have been comfortably trumpeting lies that this government of the people – The Government of President Ernest Koroma — cannot deliver democracy have been put to shame once again by dramatic political events within the past two weeks. .
Though operatives of the ruling political establishment gave all they have, the All People’s Congress (APC) were defeated in their own stronghold on Kambia, Northern Province, in a crucial bye- election last Saturday by an independent candidate put up and supported by opposition politician, Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella.
The worst thing that can happen to the SLPP is to encourage Dr. Kandeh Yumkella to re-join their ranks. Yes, his departure will hurt the party in some way, because multiparty politics is about numbers. Similarly, the party will be hurt if any of the other Flag bearers or stakeholder leaves at this material time.
But if that flag bearer or stakeholder is a disruptive factor who wants it his/her own way all the time, it is better to go in different directions rather than putting up with his or her aches.
Tribal politics in Africa is one of the reasons most communities across the continent are suffering massive under-development, social injustice, marginalisation, and at worse – violent conflict and loss of life.
Even a small country like Sierra Leone where the majority of citizens live in almost perfect harmony with each other, politicians cannot help using tribal differences to wield power and exert influence in key political decision-making, with catastrophic consequences.
By Ibrahim Badamasi Kamara, grandson of Sammy Sarata Pangana, Quebec, Canada.
When news about the APC Press Conference filtered on June 2nd, curiosity took over the press.
It was like a sprint event (a competition) among media practitioners as they flocked at the APC Party headquarters. They listened to the Honourable National Secretary General of the APC as he rolled out the blue print for the APC National Delegates Conference in September, 2017.
Honestly speaking Sierra Leoneans are well known for their hospitality all over the world, especially in Africa.
But ironically many of them hate each other. But they love foreigners. They have high respect for strangers; unfortunately they do not have respect among themselves. You can attest this to what is happening in the social media. Where they are currently showing their pull him down (PhD) syndrome. By castigating their compatriots unnecessarily. Some of them just because of jealousy and envious evil spirit they possess. They prefer to promote foreigners than their own brothers and sisters both in and out of the country.
The predominant discourse on agricultural paradigms in sub Saharan Africa reflect production methodologies and land management systems, the implications of which are critical in any assessment of the future of agriculture within the Sierra Leone economy.
A survey of more than 8,000 people across Sierra Leone suggests fathers and mothers are the biggest influence on people’s lives, with fathers scoring slightly higher than mothers, in a poll carried out in the last few days by the U-Report platform.
But when asked about whether fathers in Sierra Leone were taking their responsibilities seriously, half of respondents selected ‘a little bit’, with only 20 per cent saying ‘definitely’. UNICEF is using Father’s Day, marked this year in many countries on 18 June, to celebrate fatherhood and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.
It is interesting how people easily forget the past and for political expediency feels confident that their falsities and fake news in the present days will in some way cover up their faults and misdeeds of the past.
When opposition politicians start talking of unexplained wealth, what they are propagating is the politics of envy and nothing to do with public accountability. If they were talking about public accountability, then politicians should the institutions already set up to deal with issues of public accountability.
Just when I thought our good old Sierra Leone could not sink any lower than the demeaning decade-long civil war that stripped us of able-bodied compatriots, along comes Ebola to show that there are depths lower than that low.
Right now, no thanks to the dreaded virus, our streets and mortuaries are strewn with litany of bodies.
As I normally say and continue to say it loud and clear that not because I am currently living with my family in a relatively peaceful country, therefore, I should forget about the safety of the precious lives of my poor, defenceless and powerless people in Sierra Leone. Who have no money to travel anywhere in the world for the safety of their valuable lives and those of their children in case there is any unrest situation in the country. Neither will they have money to pay for a passport to escape from the wrath of the warmonger politicians. That are always desperate to grab political power in the country by all means possible.
As I normally say and continue to say it loud and clear that not because I am currently living with my family in a relatively peaceful country, therefore, I should forget about the safety of the precious lives of my poor, defenceless and powerless people in Sierra Leone.
Who have no money to travel anywhere in the world for the safety of their valuable lives and those of their children in case there is any unrest situation in the country.
I often get into debates with people about women in Islam. How we dress. How we don’t dress. What we think or don’t think or should-be-thinking. I get into debates about feminism. What it is and what it isn’t. I think I’ve spawned permanent foes because I don’t care to apply the label, feminist, to describe myself.
Social media is a mixed blessing for information exchange and with the easy use of mobile phones to record and capture pictures of events, there is now no hiding place for those who threaten the security of their nations.In the UK, it is now a common practice for those who go abroad to engage in nefarious activities such as terrorism training and become members of ISIS or Al Quaeda to have their citizenship stripped off them and deported to their second country of nationality for those with dual nationalities. Whether this is something we must consider in Sierra Leone is one for the security agencies to contemplate but events of the past weeks are resulting in ominous signs that there are those in this country who may be planning to gain political power by the use of force or a reversion to anarchy and civil war.
In a recent meeting to update His Excellency, President Ernest Bai Koroma on Operation Clean Freetown (OCF), Sulaiman Zainu Parker, Environment and Social Officer at Freetown City Council, said that everyone pays a heavy price for the widespread illegal dumping of household waste.
“Too many people refuse to pay for door-to-door household waste collection. Everyone has the right to live in an environment safe from the anti-social behaviour of others. Instead, the individuals who try to avoid paying for the disposal of their waste are simply transferring the costs to their neighbours and the nation as a whole. We are paying higher medical bills because our family and friends contract malaria, typhoid or other illnesses as a result of the waste produced by others.
The reformation of our society requires, first of all, self-esteem.
There can be no self-esteem without self-conscious knowledge, especially of our history. Then the knowledge of a common ideal that will give direction, measure and value to effort, from which the aim and the ways and means of reformation must be derived.
BY ALHAJI M.B. JALLOH, PRESS ATACHE, SAUDI ARABIA AND THE GULF STATES
Actually, this is a tribute I had wanted to write immediately after the funeral of my brother, friend, mentor, and boss, His Excellency, the late Sierra Leone’s Envoy to the Arab United Emirates ( The UAE), Siray Alpha Timbo, who met his appointed time and ultimate destiny on 17th April, 2017.
It is disappointing – but sadly, unsurprising that amidst the clamour for a new brand of politics in Sierra Leone ahead of 2018, another tranche of clapped-out politicians and chorus cheerleaders have been aroused from their slumber. Their existence has inevitably stirred a fresh round of anti-democratic utterances and actions.
Behind their interest of dictating who fits their bill rather than who is good for Sierra Leone, is a determination to ruthlessly prevent a change from the ‘paddy-paddy’ arrangement that has brought us down to our knees and which has us fretting about the future of our children.
Independence Message – 27 April, 2017 Fellow citizens, today, once again, we celebrate the great event marking the decision of those before us to take charge of our destiny; to make our own laws, formulate our own policies and to implement our own programmes. Today, we celebrate fifty six years of the freedom to manage our own affairs. It was a great decision and as a nation, we started well on the path of greatness. Then, we stumbled along the way, and the enthusiasm and joy of freedom and independence, shrunk. But collectively, we have reclaimed the vision that inspired our independence.