These are not normal times. As political tensions mount in the All Peoples Congress, the death knell of many a political pretender and usurper is being sounded. For one thing, the definitive conditions imposed on the preference for a successor to President Ernest Bai Koroma as leader of the APC Government opens up clear gaps between the contenders. The recurring narrative is for a person with institutional knowledge to lead the succession and take the Party to victory in the next elections. Now many would ask what criteria would dictate the level of institutional knowledge that can be judged as requisite to pass the threshold that is required. To mention service to the government as institutional knowledge of the Party is like describing sleep and death. They may seem similar but one of them is not desirable as an option for the contender.
Almost two years ago – 2nd November 2015, one of the most underestimated candidates for the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) presidential flagbearership – Dr. Jonathan Tengbe, spoke exclusively to the editor of the Sierra Leone Telegraph about his chances of winning the race.
He told the editor – Abdul Rashid Thomas (ART) back then, that he was travelling to Sierra Leone from the Middle East where he currently works as an Engineer, to attend a conference along with all the other party presidential aspirants, to find a peaceful solution to the infighting that was threatening to destroy the party’s chances at the general elections in 2018.
As the uneasy debate about the causes of the flooding disaster in Freetown and who must be held accountable and responsible continues, there are growing concerns about the misuse and misappropriation of funds meant for the survivors and victims of the disaster, by government officials.
Saturday 29 July 2017, in Makeni City, Bombali District – President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone pronounced the rebirth of one more region [Northwest], two more districts [Karene and Falaba] and 49 more chiefdoms [see footnote] in what he referred to as “correcting historical wrongs” in Sierra Leone. This is against the backdrop of the Berlin Conference [1884-5] outcomes. Before then, the whole of pre-colonial Africa was made up of few empires and kingdoms until that action of the partitionists that divided Africa and subsequently created chiefdoms.