Sierra Leone presidential hopeful Alie Kabba is one step forward to achieving justice

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 July 2016

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The Sierra Leone Telegraph was today informed by a reliable source in Freetown, that after more than six months of being robbed of his civil liberty by the Koroma government, presidential aspirant Alie Kabba has been handed his American passport, seized by the authorities in Sierra Leone.

Details of the circumstances surrounding the handover remain undisclosed. However, it is understood that the Sierra Leone government has been under immense pressure to reinstate the civil rights of the opposition leader, after he was subjected to multiple arrests, incarceration and harassment.

Alie Kabba is yet to comment on news of the return of his passport, which is seen by many observers as a significant development in an ongoing saga.

Alie kabba8There are unconfirmed reports that as an result of international diplomatic pressure mounted on the APC government for their high-handedness, many APC government officials were denied American visa.

Expressing her joy and relief at hearing the news, this is what Alice Conteh, a staunch Alie Kabba supporter had to say: “This victory over abuse of power and extreme judicial overreach is one big step in a sustained struggle that will end with the election of Alie Kabba as President of Sierra Leone.”

Alie Kabba, a leading opposition aspirant for the country’s presidency, was arrested and locked up several times following his arrival in the country in December last year to pursue his political ambition.

His initial arrest last December, which many believed to have been politically motivated, was sparked by a police report filed by senior government minister – Diana Konomanyi, accusing Alie of marrying her while he was still married to another woman.

As the case continues to be regularly adjourned in the High Court, supporters of Alie Kabba are accusing the government of political manipulation and using the judiciary to score political goals.

Alie kabba6Meanwhile, appearing in court last Thursday, 14th July, to give evidence in the alleged “bigamy” case that she brought against her former husband, Diana Konomanyi made a staggering revelation.

She admitted to the court that contrary to her emphatically avowed claims in the past, she had indeed once been married to a Steven Jusu in the Camberwell District of Southwark Borough, in South East London.

Alie Kabba is a strong voice on the SLPP opposition side that is seeking to replace an APC government, many regard as corrupt and inept.

Last week’s High Court case was adjourned till the end of the month, when the government minister Konomanyi will be cross examined.

20 Comments

  1. Moustache,
    I am sure that as a self-professed “man of God” you have never received this much attention from a sober-minded congregation like this.

    The sad thing, in this case is that although we could see the comic side of you, yet we don’t intend to be worshipers at your “anointed” feet. And we certainly are not about to drop golden pennies in your burst bowl!

    What we are here to do (it would seem) is to force you to drop your dark cloak down to your knees and expose the face behind the MOUSTACHE! Evidently, there is some success in that direction.

    At least now we know that you are not merely a pretending preacher of Old Testament tenets, but you actually have a deeply vested interest in the Flagbearer race of the SLPP! But why not simply say so, instead of crouching low behind huge slabs of Mia-contextualised Biblical lines while throwing tons of moral quotations in all directions?

    Believe me, by categorically condemning Alie of an allegation that is still being adjudicated, you exposed yourself as a bent judge more than a bad preacher. Self-exposure is not a tasteful antic, especially when done in public. And it certainly behoves not a man of your still-to-be-confirmed profession.

    Please leave the burden of judgement to the APC courts. As flawed as they are, they still carry that responsibility. Your role is to go to church and pray………..for your own soul! And for your spirit. For by the look of things, I wouldn’t be surprised if your next confession would sound like this: “I am a man whose spirit is in a turbulent whirl and I ask for forgiveness from all those at whom I have splashed my dirty pool of calumny”.

    That would be so soul-liberating! And it may even earn you an authentic ticket to heaven! That is, if there may be any space in God’s paradise for heavily-bearded or thickly-moustached Pharisees who parade our world posing as phoney preachers of Pampalidom!

  2. To us with ‘Eagle Eyes’ that are wide open, Mr. Alie Kabba has got absolutely nothing to do politically in Sierra Leone. For he has long ago closed his chapter out of our country since the 1980’s, with his busted pants that are sordid and smell horribly bad.

    Sankofa! Which is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates as “Go back and get it” done to your useless ‘halaky’ pants, Mr. Alie Kabba, and leave us alone in peace.

    He needs to be expelled and deported out of the country by the government of Sierra Leone without any due delay.

    I say this because of the following reason on the United States of America presidential elections, where he belongs:

    “Remember that when Mr. Rafael Edward Cruz aka “Ted Cruz” of the United States Senate decided to participate in the recently past primary presidential elections, he had to “first” rescind or repeal his Canadian citizenship. For it was in August 2013, after the Dallas Morning News pointed out that Cruz had ‘dual Canadian-American citizenship,’ he applied to formally renounce his Canadian citizenship and ceased being a citizen of Canada on May 14, 2014.”

    See “Blake, Aaron (August 19, 2013). Cruz Will Renounce Canadian Citizenship. By the Washington Post. Retrieved August 20, 2013.”

    If this can legally happen in other countries, why not in Sierra Leone too?

    Sure, we are by no means a scaremongering people or in hesitation to implement this Law in our country. It is now up to Major (Rtd.) Alfred Palo Conteh, as the Minister of Internal Affairs, and the Parliament of Sierra Leone to legislate and effectively pass this bill into Law.

    Obviously, it will prevent crooked thieves and hooligans from stealing Sierra Leone out of our own thin hands.

    By the way, the RUF rebel war that devastated Sierra Leone is now over with since 2002. But, some of us still have to rebuild our houses that were burnt down to the ground by the grace of God. We hold no one responsible for that unfortunate political inferno and fault none for it. We leave it all in the hands of the Almighty God, who is the creator of heaven and earth, to execute His own divine judgment against the culprits at His own appointed time. To God be the glory. Amen.

  3. Mustache,

    I see no reason to engage you any further here.

    With crackpots like you in his camp, it is quite easy to see why Kandeh Yumkellah has a very slim chance of becoming SLPP flagbearer. He seems to be a good bureaucrat, but his foray into electoral politics in Sierra Leone has been wrecked by many strategic missteps.

    Still, I will not count him out in the same way that you shouldn’t count Alie Kabba out…until the last vote is counted.

    Finally, I know that Kandeh does not share your views expressed here about Alie Kabba, because I have heard both gentlemen say positive things about each other. That’s the spirit that their well-meaning supporters must strive to emulate.

  4. Fayia Patrick Lamin,

    In spite of your false accusation, I am neither an APC nor SLPP supporter. However, I am with Chief Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Yumkella for the political leadership or presidency of Sierra Leone come next general elections in 2018.

    That aside, you are missing the actual point; either knowingly or unknowingly. At the present moment, I can confidently say to you that Mr. Alie Kabba is NOT a Sierra Leonean but American, in view of the fact that he is carrying with him an American Passport.

    Consequently, he has no business to infiltrate into our national polity. For he is a FOREIGNER to everyone of us patriotic Sierra Leoneans.

    Of course, shame on President Ernest Koroma; for the buck stops with him to allow Mr. Alie Kabba illegally contest the elections without any objections. Some of us, our good eyes are wide open to see this dastardly act being shove down our small Sierra Leonean throats.

    Mr. Alie Kabba just need to be told to pack his bundle and return home: AMERICA. Enough is enough of this political mess ravaging Sierra Leone. Amen.

  5. Mustache:
    At long last, you have exposed your APC political agenda: Do everything possible to keep Alie Kabba out of the presidential race.

    It is sad to see you waste so much time on a wild goose chase. Please come with a better argument to advance your hidden political agenda in the guise of “Christian” moral ethos.

    Those of us who are avid readers of the Sierra Leone Telegraph are not gullible consumers of whatever is put out there. And Parliament has more important things to worry about than legislating the exclusion of Alie Kabba from electoral politics in Sierra Leone.

    Alie Kabba is the man to watch in the race to take SLPP to State House. I guess that is why APC operatives of all shades have gone wild these days in attacking him from every imaginable angles.

    Those who know Alie Kabba very well since school days remain confident that he will survive and prevail over all the hurdles of the moment. I admire his calm courage in the face of adversity; I respect his consistency and principled position on issues that matter to us as a nation; and I am proud to be his supporter even though I have not seen him since he was unfairly expelled from the University of Sierra Leone in 1985 as a result of his activism.

    In sum, he is a fine example of patriotic citizens who have been persecuted for their political beliefs and remained steadfast in the face of overwhelming odds.

  6. Fayia Patrick Lamin,

    While it’s true that Mr. Alie Kabba is originally a Sierra Leonean by birth, but now he has Naturalized to become an American citizen with that country’s Passport in his possession. Which means that he is no longer with us, the people of Sierra Leone. Therefore, he does not have the legal right and mandate to intentionally fool us by meddling recklessly into our political affairs. NO WAY!

    He has gone, left us very long time ago and given us his back. What else does he need again from us? Diamond? Gold? etc. If that is the case, then he needs to rescind or nullify his American citizenship and come back home to diligently and faithfully uphold the Law of the Land of Sierra Leone.

    The Parliament of Sierra Leone, which is the legislative branch of government, must make this stand very clear to Mr. Alie Kabba. Amen.

  7. Abdulai Braima,

    I thought that you and I were doing just fine in our online exchanges on Mr. Alie Kabba’s matrimonial problems. But, what happened that made you go wild and launch such political jujitsu at me for no good reason? You think this will help set free your so-called “heavily chained lion” from his legal political mess and jeopardy in Freetown?

    I ask that you come back to your God-given senses, exercise some restraint and pray for Mr. Alie Kabba.

    For Your Information, I am not a politician i.e. neither an APC nor SLPP ‘surrogate,’ but simply a Man of God. You can believe me or not. The choice is all yours.

    Please find below some excerpts from an article by Pamela O. Davies on “Marriage, Divorce, and Inheritance Laws in Sierra Leone and Their Discriminatory Effects on Women.”

    “THE GENERAL LAW

    Two statutes, the Christian Marriage Act and the Civil Marriage Act, govern marriage under the general law. These laws, modified by several amendments, provide for monogamous marriage and spell out the formal requirements for a valid legal marriage.

    Under the Christian and Civil Marriage Acts, mutual consent of the parties is required. Neither of the parties may have a prior, existing marriage. A person who had contracted a prior, existing marriage under customary law could not then marry under the Christian Marriage Act, although this practice was permissible before 1965, when customary marriage was not recognized as valid. The Civil Marriage Act is silent on this issue. The problem with these Acts is that there are no provisions for the registration of customary law marriages and, though a man with an existing marriage commits bigamy under any of these statutes and can face seven years imprisonment if he remarries under any of these provisions, he still can contract several valid customary marriages while already married without incurring any criminal or civil liability. Under either of the statutes, he cannot contract a legally valid Islamic marriage while already married, but in practice, it is not uncommon for men to do so.

    The amended Matrimonial Causes Act of 1960 regulates divorce in monogamous marriages. The grounds for divorce are adultery, desertion for a period of up to three years prior to the divorce petition, and cruelty. The desertion requirement of three years may be dispensed with only if the petitioner can show extreme hardship and depravity. The woman may also petition for divorce if, since the time of the marriage, the husband committed rape, sodomy, or cruelty.

    There are three absolute bars to a grant of divorce: (1) connivance, where the petitioner pretended ignorance of the respondent’s actions, such as adultery; (2) collusion, where the parties actually agreed to petition for divorce; and (3) condonation, where the petitioner condoned the respondent’s actions, such as adultery or cruelty. A discretionary bar to granting divorce is undue delay in prosecuting the petition. Furthermore, even if the petitioner establishes a case, the petition must be dismissed if the other party proves any of these bars exist.

    The division of property after the death of a spouse in a monogamous marriage is determined by whether the deceased executed a valid will under the provisions of the Wills Act of 1837, or whether he died intestate. The right to execute a valid will applies to natives, non-natives, and Muslims. Under the Wills Act, a testator can devise his estate to whomever he pleases, as long as he complies with the formal requirements for execution. If there is a defect, however, the will is null and void and the estate is administered as an intestate estate.

    The Administration of Estates Act of 1960 governs intestate estates. Under this Act, when a man dies intestate, his wife is entitled to one-third of his estate and his legitimate children to the remaining two-thirds. Illegitimate children are not automatically entitled to a share of their father’s estate, although they can apply for a share and the court has discretion to grant such an application on moral or equitable grounds. If there are not any children from the marriage, the deceased’s parents or siblings are entitled to the other two-thirds of the estate. Conversely, if a married woman dies intestate, her entire estate goes to her husband…”

    PS: I made a couple of mistakes yesterday July 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm in my response to Francis Kpaka. Please find below the corrections:

    “foul;

    As a citizen of the republic of Sierra Leone with constitutional duties under CHAPTER II, Duties of the citizen:

    13. Every citizen shall –

    i. participate in and defend all democratic processes and practices; and

    j. render assistance to appropriate and lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order.”

  8. Mustache: With all due respect, I wonder if you know how many concubines our current President has at any given point in time. The list is longer than the distance from Tombo to Waterloo.

    Let’s get back to the real issue here – the abuse of power and violation of a citizen’s civil liberty. Today, it is Alie Kabba. Tomorrow, it may be you.

    Stand up for Alie Kabba today so that our tomorrow will be firmly anchored in the rule of law. The persistent persecution of Alie Kabba is wrong…plain and simple.

    The case against him, according to objective legal minds (including APC lawyers), should have been thrown out at the magistrate court. Unfortunately, politics derailed justice.

    Alie Kabba is the best candidate to take SLPP to State House. That is why the APC government is terrified and scared of him. They want to keep this case as a dark cloud hanging over his head until the SLPP delegate convention, when the party will choose a presidential candidate.

    Oh, well, God is the Decider of Destiny. Alie will triumph over all the evil machinations!

  9. Francis Kpaka,

    Let us continue acting with civility and respect one another as a people of Sierra Leone, including kontri & krio, circumcised & uncircumcised, etc. We should not be a political partisan people- neither as APC, PMDC, nor as SLPP. Of course, we are of One People and One Country. There is no need for tribalism and regionalism in a small country of only 7 million people.

    As a matter of fact, majority of the electorates of the country identify themselves politically by the color of their dress as follows:

    “Red for APC; Green SLPP; and Orange PMDC.”

    There is therefore the need for political liberation and freedom on our ‘outfit’- as what we ‘wear’ and how we ‘appear’ before anyone and everyone. We need it NOW!

    While I am not interested in poking my nose inquisitively into somebody’s private business, however, with regards to Mr. Alie Kabba’s womanism or illicit affairs that have been made public, permit me to make the following very credible references to you and all readers:

    See “Sierra Load (SL), December 28, 2015 by Abu Sorie with headline ‘What I Know About Alie Kabba ‘s Arrest – Hon. Diana Konomanyi Speaks Out’.”

    That article states that:

    “Alie Kabba presented himself as Divorced from his “two” previous marriages,’ including that with Edith Cline Kabba.”

    In addition, Ms Diana made the following statements on Awoko Newspaper, Friday July 15, 2016:

    “She explained in Court that she entered into a civil marriage with Kabbah in August 2013 but in December 2013 she found out that her ex-husband was still legally married to his first wife. I confronted him about him not divorcing his first wife and that resulted in a fight.

    She furthered that Alie Kabba seized their marriage certificate and she had to involve their God-parents.

    When Alie Kabba was confronted he refused to produce the marriage certificates to our God parents, stating that he has something to do with it the United States of America (USA).

    They got divorced and in December 2015, Konomanyi filed a complaint of bigamy against Kabbah, alleging that he was still married to his wife in the United States. Kabbah was arrested and detained following the complaint.

    Responding to questions whether she was married before, Diana informed the court that “yes I did get married to Steven Jusu Bockarie in 1989 in the United Kingdom and got divorced in 1994 with an issued divorce certificate.

    She presented her divorce certificate in court and it was marked exhibit M 1&2.

    Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Sulaiman Ahmad Bah represented the State’s case against Kabbah, while defense attorneys Francis Ben Kaifala and Umar N. Koroma represented Kabbah.

    Kabba’s defense attorneys asked for an adjournment to 28th July 2016 at which time they plan to cross examine Konomanyi.”

    Mr. Alie Kabba can be likened to a “Euryhaline Fish” that is able to live in both salt and fresh water. He is unlike those fishes that acclimatize themselves and can only survive within a narrow range of salinities.

    As a result, Mr. Alie Kabba’s dual citizenship-Sierra Leonean & American- does not give him the legal right to violate the Law of the Land of Sierra Leone with impunity. He has an American Passport in his possession without any Sierra Leonean Passport. He needs to face the consequences of his fowl actions, which can best be described as:

    “Thiefman thief Thiefwoman, with her funny behind.”

    What an abomination!

    Ms Diana Konomanyi should be made to understand that:

    “People who live in glass houses should not throw out stones.”

    Sure, let the Law take its full course as follows without compromise or corruption:

    “Punishable by jail terms of 5 years for the bride if found guilty, and 7 years for the groom if found guilty.”

    As a citizen of the republic of Sierra Leone with constitutional duties under section 13 (Every Citizen) subsection j.

    “render assistance to appropriate and lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order.”

    I hereby ask the Parliament of Sierra Leone to take part and reword the constitution on “dual” citizenship of the country as soon as possible or without delay.

    If Mr. Alie Kabba is seriously interested in politics, he can actively participate in the United States of America political affairs like Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger from Austria who became twice Governor of California, and Mr. Henry Kissinger as Secretary of State of the United States of America, though originally from Germany.

    Lastly, I ask that you take a look at the Constitution of Sierra Leone and see the required qualifications to contest the presidency of the country. Amen.

  10. Moustache – what are the indications you referring to? To tell the wider public that Alie is not fit to rule Sierra Leone is another political own goal scoring fabrication. How is he a womanizer? Has he been proven guilty of the said offence?

    Tell me which of the male leaders in Sierra Leone that isn’t a womanizer. I hope you are not and have never been one. let the law take its firm position. But hanging on the tailcoats of the few who have swindled the law is unacceptable and insane.

    Let us look at issues in our country, rather than judging people on their unproven characters. By the way, what are the qualifications to vie for presidency in Sierra Leone? Please enlighten me.

    • Ekundayo Pratt, thanks for your comments. I do agree that Section 5 of the Sierra Leone Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2006 states that:” A Citizen of Sierra Leone may hold a Citizenship of another country in addition to his Citizenship of Sierra Leone “, thus replacing Section 10 of Act No 4 of 1973 which had previously failed to recognise this.

      The purpose of dual Citizenship within this context was to allow Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora to return home freely, with the right to live and work as they choose. The said Amendment of Section 5 of the Act does not go further than this, and therefore open to different interpretations.

      However, permit me to draw your attention to Section 76 (1) (a) of the Sierra Leone National Constitution 1991 (reinst.1996, rev.2008) which clearly states that: “No person shall be qualified for election as a Member of Parliament if he is a Nationalized Citizen of Sierra Leone or is a Citizen of a country other than Sierra Leone having become such a Citizen voluntarily or is under a declaration of Allegiance to such a country….”

      I hope this explains my position.

  11. Is Alie Kabba Sierra Leonean or an American Citizen? I asked this question because he should have no business in Sierra Leone politics if he wants to enjoy the favours and protection guaranteed to American Citizens in dire situations when visiting abroad. Even with dual nationality there is no guarantee of protection when involved in politics or crimes in the country of origin.

    There is a saying much attuned in these circumstances: ‘you can’t eat your cake and have it’. I feel sorry for him and his concerns and positive agenda to make Sierra Leone a better place, but taking his ‘NATIONALITY ‘ into consideration he is neither here nor there.

    • APCunmmings, you need to go and study the constitution of Sierra Leone and the laws regarding citizenship of this country. Alie Kabba is a Sierra Leonean, born and bred. And there is nothing wrong or unlawful about possessing dual nationalities in this country.

      In fact, just in case you dont know this, many senior officials and ministers in the Koroma government have dual nationality, having lived overseas and by virtue of their Sierra Leonean birth right. No one is begrudging them that privilege.

      You do sound like a typical APCeer who wants our country to return to communist dictatorship, where the rights of the individual especially those opposed to your APC government are being trampled upon.

      None of the ministers in the Koroma government with dual citizenship has rescinded their foreign passport. Not a single one. Why should Alie Kabba be punished for that.

      The APC regime is a communist, repressive dictatorship that knows no bounds when it comes to civil liberty. But the ICC is watching.

  12. Abdulai Braima,

    Whereas I am not PERFECT, I have my own weaknesses too and pray to God for spiritual strength everyday. With that said, I have a couple of questions for Sierra Leone’s presidential aspirant, Mr. Alie Kabba, as follows:

    1. Is Mr. Alie Kabba legally married?

    2. If yes, who is his current wife?

    I am asking simply because the word of God says that:

    “Marriage should be ‘honored by all,’ and ‘the marriage bed kept pure,’ for ‘God will judge the adulterer’ and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13:4 (NIV).

    Please know that the presidency is not for ‘palampos or the unmarried,’ divorcees, and bigamous people. For even king Abimelek of Gerar was married.

    “Then Abraham prayed to God, and God ‘healed’ Abimelek, ‘his wife’ and his female slaves so they could have children again, for ‘the Lord had kept all the women’ in Abimelek’s household ‘from conceiving’ because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.”

    See “Genesis 20:17,18.” (NIV).

    • Mustache Moustache,

      I see that you want to position yourself as some highly esteemed Man-of-God, but sadly you end up sounding a lot more like one of those self-righteous shallow-minded Pharisees that Jesus Christ so specifically warned his flock to be wary of.

      You are here screaming to the high heavens about “Alie Kabba’s marital status” while conveniently side-stepping the fact that you and your APC lordlings are at the very bottom of the heap when it comes to moral rot.

      Do you know that if your “triple married” APC idol had not directly interfered with Alie’s marital home, it is possible that that marriage may still have subsisted?

      I notice that you quote so many passages from the Bible in seeming moral outrage, but for a man of your painful pretense, it is particularly telling the manner of words you used to end your first posting on this article. It is so foul, even you should be ashamed of the colour of your insulting expressions.

      No wonder you prefer to hide behind your double “Moustaches” to spill your thinly veiled venom.

      For some of you APC surrogates that parade the net in the camouflage robe of pious preachers, the desperation is beginning to show, painfully.

      I believe, not even a bucketful of anointed water is going to succeed in washing off that downpour of Ebola sin. Especially so when you continue to drape yourself in the thickest cloud of blasphemous hypocrisy.

      Your redeeming hold is to accept that Alie Kabba is not being hounded because he may have allegedly been married to two women at some point, but because he is seen as a potent force that is capable of sweeping aside the entire rotten system that is killing our country to the soul, and replacing it with a saner and less “sinful” society.

  13. Good points Abdulai Brima. Mr Alie Kabba may have made a mistake getting involved with that woman, but that does not mean he should be thrown underneath the bus by the APC government for political advantage. This is impunity gone mad in this country.

    I am not a fan of Mr Kabba, but the longer this government continues to persecute him, the more people like me will support his cause.

    Thank you for your comments. Someone has to stand up for justice in this country and Mr kabba is doing just that.

  14. Mustache Moustache, I don’t blame you for being “confused” by this legal Ariogbo dance charade. The fact is, most people are.

    When a seemingly innocuous legal case becomes entangled with the heavy overlays of political chicanery and smeared with state interest, then what should be a simple straightforward court matter ( or home matter) takes on a life of its own.

    That is exactly what we are seeing being played out here. If cockroaches were insects, (which I thought they are), this “case” would have had not a single leg to crawl on. From the very first slash of the knife, we all saw how mightily powerful “the powers from above” could swing cases into spaces not breathable for anyone an inch below the High Powers that be. Especially when such a someone happens to be in the business of replacing the pulsating core of the existing corrupt edifice with something more decent for EVERYONE.

    Alie Kabba may not be an angel, but only those who don’t truly know him, or those who may hope to profit from the demise of a radical progressive visionary may pray for a paint from the devil to cover his deserved solid image.

    Certainly, any moral crusade against Alie can only be worth considering where the crusaders themselves reserve some shred of decency and some symptom of honesty, above the corrosive brand that shines so crushingly as the norm of wear, at the highest echelons of our governance system.

    In this case, it is not just the question of “who is clean enough to throw the first stone to crush the man”, but “where is the stone that is heavy enough to be thrown”?

    True, the purposes of moral probity and the demands of general parity, should direct that “nobody should be above the laws of the land”. We should all adhere to the fairly balanced maxim which says: “That which is good for the gander, must also be good for the geese.”

    But that is precisely the problem. There is no “goose” or “gander” here. Even the EXCUSES of the laws we have, (or what we call “OUR laws”) have been disparagingly and despairingly questioned by its custodians as well as its dispensers. Especially, in the way in which it is dished out by the COOKS.

    What we have here is an officially protected “tigress” and a heavily chained “lion”. And they are pushed towards each other in a duel, where all the keys that Spring the “laws” are clawed by the tigress in town. Any talk of “fair play” in such a contest is mere ridicule.

    But still there is God!

  15. For those of us who see this case as a smokescreen and diversionary tactic by the APC government, the return of the passport, if true, represents a step in the right direction.

    The issue of civil liberty underscores my concern about the manner in which Alie Kabba’s freedom was curtailed by the seizure of his passport. Many jurists observed that the seizure was unnecessary. It was another manifestation of the ongoing persecution of a patriot whose history of opposition to the APC makes him an obvious target of government repression.

    The matter between Alie and Diana should be amicably addressed through inter-family deliberation away from the media and APC operatives. Unfortunately, Diana allowed herself to be a willing tool in the APC arsenal of political shenanigans.

    The whole saga is a distraction from important issues like mass unemployment, poor electricity supply, hyper-inflation, broken healthcare system, falling academic standards, lack of press freedom, corruption, etc., in Sierra Leone today.

    I am confident that Alie Kabba will emerge victorious. The judiciary may be rotten to the core, but there are still a few good judges in Sierra Leone who believe in justice and do their job without political interference from the executive branch.

    Alie Kabba’s vision for our country is the reason why I support him. He is not part of the corrupt political establishment that has kept our country in poverty since gaining independence from Britain in 1961. He represents a new path that will take us to a hopeful place, where we can live in dignity and celebrate the true meaning of independence. He will definitely make a great President of the land we love – – Sierra Leone.

  16. Last week July 15, 2016, the Awareness Times Newspaper carried out this News Headline on its Front Page:

    “Diana Konomanyi Testifies in Bigamy Case against Ex-Husband.” By Abdul Malik Bangura.

    What I find intriguing and baffling about this News Headline is that it made no mention of the name “Mr. Steven Jusu Bockarie” in its content as the ex-husband of Ms Finda Diana Konomanyi.

    Who is covering up the matter with both parties now washing their dirty linen publicly in court?

    Who is fooling who?

    By the way, just before administering the legal oath, Diana was advised by Haja Seray Kallay not to proceed with the marriage proposal unless Mr. Alie Kabba presents official divorce papers stating that his wedlock with Mrs. Edith Cline Kabba in the United States of America has been dissolved. But, she did not listen and impatiently went ahead to marry Mr. Alie Kabba. Only to nullify their union on January 30, 2015 in Freetown.

    Furthermore, Ms Diana made the followings statements on Sierra Load (SL), December 28, 2015:

    “Hi Admin,

    I think the insults against me in this your group is now going tooooooo far. You really need to do something against Anna Moussa and Misheal Kallon.

    ‘I had never been married in my life’ and it is not out of lack of marriage proposals. ‘I have been Single and never married’ until I agreed to marry Alie Kabba when he proposed to me in the year 2013.

    Alie Kabba presented himself as Divorced from his two previous marriages. After I found out he tricked me into marriage, I let him know I will sue him for Bigamy.”

    See “What I Know About Alie Kabba ‘s Arrest – Hon. Diana Konomanyi Speaks Out,” by Abu Sorie.

    But, last week July 15, 2016 she revealed her previous legal marriage to Mr. Steven Jusu Bockarieas follows:

    “Responding to questions whether she was married before, Diana informed the court that “yes I did get married to Steven Jusu Bockarie in 1989 in the United Kingdom and got divorced in 1994 with an issued divorce certificate.

    She presented ‘her divorce certificate’ in court and it was marked exhibit M 1&2.”

    See “Sierra Leone News: Diana Konomanyi testifies in bigamy case,” by Awoko Newspaper, Friday July 15, 2015.

    Are we the people of Sierra Leone being taken deceptively for a foolish legal ride by Ms Diana and Mr. Alie Kabba?

    By all indications, Mr. Alie Kabba is a womanizer and not qualified to be President of Sierra Leone. Let him go and first put his leaking pants in order. Shame on him! Amen.

  17. Last week July 15, 2016, the Awareness Times Newspaper carried out this News Headline on its Front Page:

    “Diana Konomanyi Testifies in Bigamy Case against Ex-Husband.” By Abdul Malik Bangura.

    What I find intriguing and baffling about this News Headline is that it made no mention of the name “Mr. Steven Jusu Bockarie” in its content as the ex-husband of Ms Finda Diana Konomanyi.

    Who is covering up the matter with both parties now washing their dirty linen publicly in court?

    Who is fooling who?

    By the way, just before administering the legal oath, Diana was advised by Haja Seray Kallay not to proceed with the marriage proposal unless Mr. Alie Kabba presents official divorce papers stating that his wedlock with Mrs. Edith Cline Kabba in the United States of America has been dissolved. But, she did not listen and impatiently went ahead to marry Mr. Alie Kabba. Only to nullify their 4-month old union, from August to December 2015, on January 30, 2015 in Freetown.

    Furthermore, Ms Diana made the followings statements on Sierra Load (SL), December 28, 2015:

    “Hi Admin,

    I think the insults against me in this your group is now going tooooooo far. You really need to do something against Anna Moussa and Misheal Kallon.

    ‘I had never been married in my life’ and it is not out of lack of marriage proposals. ‘I have been Single and never married’ until I agreed to marry Alie Kabba when he proposed to me in the year 2013.

    Alie Kabba presented himself as Divorced from his two previous marriages. After I found out he tricked me into marriage, I let him know I will sue him for Bigamy.”

    See “What I Know About Alie Kabba ‘s Arrest – Hon. Diana Konomanyi Speaks Out,” by Abu Sorie.

    But, last week July 15, 2016 she revealed her previous legal marriage to Mr. Steven Jusu Bockarieas follows:

    “Responding to questions whether she was married before, Diana informed the court that “yes I did get married to Steven Jusu Bockarie in 1989 in the United Kingdom and got divorced in 1994 with an issued divorce certificate.

    She presented ‘her divorce certificate’ in court and it was marked exhibit M 1&2.”

    See “Sierra Leone News: Diana Konomanyi testifies in bigamy case,” by Awoko Newspaper, Friday July 15, 2015.

    Are we the people of Sierra Leone being taken deceptively for a foolish legal ride by Ms Diana and Mr. Alie Kabba?

    By all indications, Mr. Alie Kabba is a womanizer and not qualified to be President of Sierra Leone. Let him go and first put his leaking pants in order. Shame on him! Amen.

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