President Bio holidaying in luxurious Kenyan safari resort

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 July 2019:

The ‘earth shattering’ mystery surrounding president Bio’s disappearance has now been unravelled, despite efforts by State House to keep his whereabouts unnecessarily and unprofessionally secret.

The Kenyan government yesterday reported that president Bio is in the country, where he is enjoying a luxurious safari holiday, few in Sierra Leone can afford.

The president also held ‘unofficial’ talks with the Kenyan president – Uhuru Kenyatta, about developing trade between the two countries, contrary to erroneous report that president Bio is in London enjoying a well-earned rest from his busy private schedule.

The facts are out – president Bio is out of the country on business and pleasure, leaving behind a country broken by decades of economic mismanagement and corruption.

Economic hardship is biting really hard for most Sierra Leoneans whose average daily earnings is not more than $1.50.

Successive presidents have been accused of health tourism and for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars enjoying luxurious holidays abroad at the expense of the country’s beautiful tourist resorts that are struggling to attract visitors.

Sierra Leone is not only endowed with vast precious mineral resources, but has a small pocket of very rich political class who needs to inculcate the habit and patriotism of spending their cash locally, in support of local industries that employ the millions of poorly paid Sierra Leoneans.

The economics concept of ‘the multiplier effect’ of local spending in order to boost the circular flow of income in the economy, must be respected and practiced seriously by those in power, rather than keep looking up to foreign investors for salvation.

If those in political leadership continue to spend the bulk of their wealth on holidays and business investments abroad, then Sierra Leone will always depend on handouts from the international community and loans from the IMF and World Bank. Charity must begin at home.

So why is president Bio in Kenya, apart from enjoying a luxurious safari holiday few in Sierra Leone can afford?

According to the Kenyan Brodcasting Corporation, president Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday, Thursday, held talks with Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio and Mauritius Acting President Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, where tourism and trade topped the agenda of their discussions.

At the meeting between President Kenyatta and President Bio, the two leaders discussed ways of promoting tourism and boosting trade between Kenya and Sierra Leone.

President Kenyatta commended his Sierra Leonean counterpart, who is in the country with his family for vacation, for choosing Kenya as a holiday destination. But is this not at the expense of Sierra Leone’s local tourism operators that are struggling to stay afloat?

Less than 20,000 tourists visit Sierra Leone every year, which as a result, there are very few airlines flying to Sierra Leone. And when they do, the cost of flying to the country is beyond the average visitor looking for a cheap holiday.

Not surprisingly, the Kenyan president encouraged other African leaders to pick Kenya as holiday destination of choice, which he said has a well-developed tourism and hospitality sector with so much to offer its visitors, such as president Bio of Sierra Leone.

Those criticising citizens for requesting information about the whereabout of president Bio must keep in mind that president Bio was elected by the people, and is therefore the most senior public servant in the country. His affairs of state are of public interest; and will be held accountable as long as he is the head of state.

To lie about his itinerary or failing to inform the public as all leaders before him have done, is a betrayal of trust and the principles of probity and transparency, which president Bio himself promised to uphold.

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1 Comment

  1. Where is President Bio. He is working (Dae pa dae woke). When in 2008 former president Obama (the first Black American, of African origin, via Nairobi, Kenya, became the first to win a country-wide presidential election in the history of the United States, the leader of the Republican party in the upper house of the US congress (parliament), the senate, Mr. Mitch McConnell, of the southern state of Kentucky, wasted no time in professing his disdain for President Obama by implying that he intends to make president Obama a one-term president. He said he would certainly do anything within his power to make sure this becomes a fait accompli.

    It is historically noteworthy to acquaint oneself with the State of Kentucky as one of the southern border states of America that toiled with slavery in its hesitance to join the confederate states that were hell bent on maintaining slavery and those who were teetering on both sides of the controversy.

    However, the one term presidency as advocated by no less the Republican leader of the opposition in the senate, was never to come to fruition, as it was all fake news, because president Obama went on to win re-election, a campaign that was hard fought, however.

    After winning the 2012 re-election with a higher margin of victory propelled by a cacophony of a myriad of voters and after his four-year mandate, constitutionally, he could not run again after 2016, and he followed the imbedded mandatory constitutional provisions without any fuss of “after you na you mantra”.

    In western democratic dispensations, rules are rules; designed to be followed, in a political context, to the letter, as well as to adhere to constitutionally mandated tenets not to be flouted by the likes of politically unscrupulousness and undisciplined politicians, African style.

    Recall, president Obama gave a speech during his official state visit to his father’s homeland of Kenya, to the effect, that: “Africa don’t need strongmen”, such as dictators, but rather politicians who are patriotic enough to care for their people and for love of country.

    In similarly ignominious vein, as a copycat, albeit, dissonant and far fetched, the so-called Chief Executive Publisher (CEP) of the now almost defunct, newspaper based in a small county of somerset, New Jersey, cocorioko tablet of a newspaper, The “Right” Reverend Pastor Kabs Kanu, (a graduate of a Liberian Gospel secondary school in Monrovia), likewise implied that it is so powerful that his newspaper will bring down the president.

    By implication, pastor Kabs Kanu was trying to inculcate into the minds of gullible Sierra Leonean voters, that president Bio should not be accorded the privilege and the long standing process of another term in governance, ”no re-election, no second term, no second time, no extension of his mandate, no third term, (“no after you, na you”), but you got the idea,
    We are talking about President Bio here.

    A much more resilient and determined head of state focused on changing the disheartening narrative of Sierra Leone, than all the previous presidents combined, has nevertheless come under devious inclinations of mischievousness as to see his downfall even before he get started.

    Also it is absolutely necessary to note the fact that the famed APC party, during 2016 presidential election, has professed that it has 101 strategic plans and ways to win any and all elections. Heaven knows what happened. And we all now know that it was proven to be, not only untenable, but also patently false.

    The chief operator of Cocorioko fame had based this flimsy opinion of bringing down the president on a porous tenet and the fact that it has a large presence and following on social media platforms, the likes of whatsapp (1.5 billion users), You Tube (1.9 million users), twitter (335 million users), facebook (2.2 billion users), We Chat (1.06 million users), Instagram (1 billion users), Tik Tok (500 million users), Sina Weibo (392 million users), Messenger (1.3 million users), Face time (12 to 20 million calls on a daily basis), Duo (100 million use on a daily basis and the list goes on.

    These worldwide social media characteristics have absolutely zero bearing on the populace of Sierra Leone whose exposure to these aforementioned, is minimal at best, or non-existence in its elementary stratosphere. Ever wonder how many voters use any of these platforms in Sierra Leone.

    And also how many of these platforms are even known to exit or used in Freetown, the center of literacy in Sierra Leone, where about 75 percent of the country’s 7.5 million people cannot read or write the language of the newspapers. And by existential prevalence, the president was known to have disappeared from the Sierra Leone dusty landscape and was assumed to have gone missing by his distracters, spear headed by no other than the famous newspaper publisher, Kabs Kanu of Cocorioko fame.

    But then the president miraculsly appeared in Kenya with President Uhuru Kenyatta during his usual travails in search of ways to develop Sierra Leone. Once the opposition acknowledges their defeat and that there is a new sheriff in town the better for the country.

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