Abdul R Kabia
Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 April 2016
Challenging the APC government’s 2015 flawed census process and its incredible result, is an obligation for every conscious and non-conformist Sierra Leonean, who refuses to buy into the ruling APC political trickery.
Dr Alie Kabba as an opposition presidential hopeful, is quite rightly responding to his responsibility and obligation, by speaking up for the Sierra Leonean people. His call for an independent review of the 2015 census process is laudable.
The pressing question that follows however, is this: Where are the other SLPP opposition candidates that are vying for the presidential flagbearership, and what is their position on this thorny issue?
At a time like this, Sierra Leoneans need strong opposition leaders to publicly raise concerns about the government’s handling of the 2015 census process, and other burning national issues.
This is the least Sierra Leoneans would expect of them – challenging the government’s continuous breach of the rule of law. Such sincerity of approach to issues that matter most to the people, will reflect on the support they are able to garner across the country.
But I disagree with some of the commentators posting here in the Sierra Leone Telegraph, who seem to be taking issues personally, with statements that could result in opening further the regional and tribal divide in the country.
We must desist from such political approach, and the editor is quite right to firmly nip this in the bud.
I know some issues might be nerve wracking, but we need to act with cool heads and avoid falling into the temptation of offending tribal feelings.
Our common challenge is bad governance in Sierra Leone, especially the attitudes of our governing class, the massive corruption, abuse of power, impunity, and the failure of government officials to deliver on their duties.
What we are portraying here is the exercise of our inherent right to safeguard our democratic system. This is our common concern, irrespective of tribal lineage and regional origin. We must all forge ahead together politically in opposing bad governance.
We must have confidence in our ability and capacity to bring about the democratic change we desire in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leoneans may all agree on one thing, that the veteran politicians of the traditional parties and the generation after them – in both the APC and SLPP have failed the people woefully, and the people are losing trust in them.
Both parties need regeneration, reform and rebranding. Their party elites must give way to more duty conscious, progressive, competent and service delivery individuals, but not treasure seekers for personal enrichment.
A change of mentality in the way politics is practiced in this country today is needed.
We are now in the twenty-first century – a modern age of global human development.
Sierra Leone must not miss this opportunity for human development, by embracing technological innovation, education and industrial development.
Furthermore, it is time we stop labelling political parties after their leader’s tribal origin, as a prerequisite for identifying oneself with them.
Such mentality is one of the main reasons for our backwardness today. We should focus our attention on leadership qualities, shy away from regional and tribal divisions.
We need to sensitize the masses to make them understand that regional and tribal considerations are not legitimate factors for supporting politicians.