Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 January 2016
Where are you SLPP, when assertive leadership is in such high demand in Sierra Leone, to stand up to the vagaries and excesses of the inept and corrupt Koroma regime? Where are you?
The APC party has been allowed to rape the country’s constitution and produce an illegitimate caricature of a vice president, who is a record holder in the dirtiest annals of our national corruption history. Yet, the opposition SLPP quietly acquiesced.
The government allowed a dangerous laboratory to carry out research and manufacture strange diseases – never heard of on our serene shores, since Adam walked our earth with Eve. How much did ministers get out of this killer deal, we may never know.
What we do know for sure is that long after the Koroma government’s approval to set up an Ebola lab inside a general hospital in a densely populated area, came the Ebola virus, killing thousands and destroying the lives of millions of people.
On the eve of the Ebola outbreak, government hastily closed the Ebola lab, and “the Ebola experts” quietly melted from our shores, leaving us to bury our dead in detached industrial manner.
Then the cheques, (“blood money”) millions of dollars, came flying into State House from far and near, in every shape and colour. Watch the pictures again. You can touch the smiles that lighted State House as the president receives the fat cheques, in person.
In the absence of safe protective wear and regular payment of fair salaries, grave diggers saw it necessary to use fly-festering Ebola corpses as ‘bargaining tools’ to demand their overdue salaries.
And then came a brave Auditor General (Photo: Lara Taylor – Pearce), risking the backlash from a rogue regime, to reveal that even as we were mourning our dead, some FAVOURED goons were busy playing the fine art of magical DISAPPEARANCE with the fat Ebola cheques received by State House.
We complained! Then our government slapped us with a new retort. This time, instead of “GO POLICE” (when they stole our votes), they went for “GO PARLIAMENT”, if we thought we had a case.
Well, we knew the reason for that mocking response: it is called 63 million “set-mot” Leones, “for Ebola sensitisation”, with secret State House pictures to prove the take.
And we were reminded that there is a picture for every “visitor” – our SLPP leaders went dead quiet.
To further cement the already-sealed-lips, the president has now, “in his supreme wisdom”, appointed the man who was supposed to chase the thieves away, to an even more “lucrative” position.
Joseph Kamara (Photo), the “smooth operator” and former head of the “Anti Corruption” Pretence, is made Attorney General and Minister of JUSTICE. BAM!
Line up all your cases and grievances now! They will be honestly and earnestly heard!
Who just coughed? …Not SLPP, I hear you say!
Then came the $12 million BUSES to grace the comedy circus! Carefully Choreographed by a convicted con-man called Logus Koroma, with millions of dollars flying out to accounts unknown. $12 million dollar mountains, in all, we are told.
Even the 50 old tired RED looking scrap metals (buses) were not happy to be used as accomplices in this state-siphoned racketeering show. Many of the buses simply refused to move, on the very first day – stuttering and leaking the thickest of black oils, in unsmiling protest!
And where was the opposition voice? You can ask that again.
Okay, let us be fair. Some did speak – even non-SLPP members. There was a mighty roar across the oceans.
Opposition leader -ALIE KABBA (Photo) was one of the very few voices that rose way above the clattering ding of the crowded echo chamber, registering a strong unmistakable call for the restoration of sanity and probity in Sierra Leone.
His is a voice that has been clear, constant and consistent, with every out-of-order antic of this failing government.
This is the voice that is now at risk of being silenced by those who would prefer us to be led by “Silent Saints”, who are either not interested or not inclined to speak out for the voiceless.
At one critical moment, it took an APC member to remind the world about how utterly ROTTEN our system has become in the choking grip of a heartless APC led government.
As our nation plods along, under the heavy heartless hammer of this APC cabal, the nation misses the voice of Alie Kabba.
And we pray for his quick return to the very frontline of the struggle to redeem a nation in such peril, for he has proven his unbendable mettle, far beyond the shred of a doubt.
Where art thou SLPP – where art thou!?
About the author:
Abdulai Brima is the Secretary General of the Alie Kabba Campaign Group (UK & Ireland).