What next Sam Sumana?

Puawui – Dr. Sama Banya: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 June 2019:

I first met the then quiet looking young man – Sam Sumana at an American Embassy reception. My “nephew” the APC Presidential candidate Ernest Bai Koroma, introduced Sam Sumana to me as his running mate in the 2007 Presidential election.

Our next encounter was at State House, when we were invited to present our complaint to him – by now the Vice President, about the attack by APC hooligans on our SLPP party headquarters and especially on our Unity radio station. I thought his handling of the proceedings was clumsy.

I however gave him the benefit of the doubt because I thought he was suffering from the effect of being catapulted into the high position by crooked means (thanks to Christiana Thorpe).

The other occasion was when he addressed members of the APC and other people in the famous Kailahun Court Barry, after the 2008 local government elections in which the SLPP candidates won all the seats.

Sam Sumana the Vice President, unwittingly declared that the APC government would deal with any opponents with fire.

Poor fellow, he must have been unaware that even in their hey days, the APC thugs never crossed the Moa ferry at Manowa during the 1968 bye election campaign.

The invading group withdrew ignominiously and the leadership was finally forced to declare the country’s first state of Public Emergency.

In any case, two weeks after Sam Sumana’s declaration of war, the Kailahun district SLPP leadership under John Benjamin, met in Kailahun (in the presence of today’s APC Sylvia Blyden), and declared publicly that we would return fire for fire, if ever the APC attacked our district.

Like many others, I sympathised with Sam Sumana for APC’s uncouth method of getting rid of its membership, by publicly humiliating and disgracing them as happened to him – their former deputy leader and Vice President.

This was the same man who allegedly ran to the American Embassy for protection (the APC alleged that he had abandoned his position and sought asylum in a Foreign Embassy), after his official security was abruptly withdrawn and he genuinely feared for his life.

Readers must be familiar with other humiliations meted out to Sam Sumana by the APC leadership, after his disgraceful removal from office, such as seizing his diplomatic passport at the Lungi International Airport.

Because of all the cruelty and humiliation he suffered, his Kono people out of sympathy, rallied around him and with their C4C party, physically demolished APC’s presence and influence in the Kono district.

His popularity was on the ascendancy, but then like most such politicians, he betrayed his people and humiliated himself by sneaking quietly into Makeni early this year to do a deal with Ernest Bai Koroma and the APC leadership.

With all of the above and more, one would have thought that he would be living a quiet life or be active among his C4C supporters, that is, if he still enjoys their total support.

On the contrary, he is in the news for having public confrontation with the police, and later putting out a story about his having been invited to take the kick-off at a football match in Port Loko. The statement was immediately refuted by the spokesperson of the football club concerned.

The question now is what next Sam Sumana?

With no intention to bore my readers with repetition, I would like to remind our various do-gooders and their like-minded political commentators on the current Sierra Leone scene, that 70% of our population is illiterate.

It is this group that is often influenced by the recalcitrance of the APC leadership as well as the likes of Sam Sumana. The APC doggedly refuses to accept that they have lost political power for the next 10 years, and that it is in their best interest to reconcile with themselves to the reality of the situation.

But because they believed that they were entrenched in power like the Rock of Gibraltar, they ignored every warning and every advice, and even forget what they and the security forces did to the unarmed victims of the SLPP in opposition, who were often marginalised and brutalised merely for being SLPP.

Now, when the shoes are on the other foot, APC expect us to play God, even in the presence of their persistent non-cooperation with the SLPP government.

Do they really believe that after all this, our illiterate people will understand if we tell them to sit by and turn the other cheek?
I am not by nature a hardliner; but on the other hand I believe in facing reality. I believe firmly that if we just sit by and accept hook, line and sinker – APC’s intransigence, we would not have any support from our people by 2023.

They will see us as weaklings who have succumbed to the threat of the APC. We would never commit that suicide. No.

What they have meted out to us in the past will be meted out to them in full force. It is the only language that our friends in the APC understands.

13 Comments

  1. Samuel Samsumana!!! This guy is an interesting character. As vice president, he became the first VP in the world to be caught on tape (Al Jazeeira’s) soliciting a bribe. Later, he was expelled from his party and dismissed as VP for lying about his educational qualifications and his religion. He was also suspected of engaging in activities that would undermine his boss.

    Samsumana had to escape for his life when his violent boss sent the military to teach him how the APC silences their opponents. He fled to Ghana and later sued the Government of Sierra Leone in ECOWAS courts. He won a substantial amount of money that the APC government refused to pay.

    Samsumana returned to Sierra Leone and formed the C4C political party, a party that only has teeth in Kono district. The fact is, Samsumana has never been a national leader. In fact, nobody cares for him outside of his Kono district.

    Sometime last year, Sierra Leoneans saw Samsumana hugging Ernest Koroma, the man that had humiliated him in the past. Rumors have it that EBK promised Samsumana the APC flagbearship in 2023. And Samsumana believes that his path to the presidency of Sierra Leone passes through EBK’s endorsement.

    Also, last week, we saw Samsumana on tape engaging in a shoving match with the Sierra Leone Police in Port Loko and in the process breaking the laws of Sierra Leone. He had also lied to the police that he was invited by the Bai-Bureh Warriors football club of Port Loko to take the kickoff of a soccer match that was to played in Port Loko. The team’s executives have since denied any invitation extended to the lying Samsumana.

    It is interesting that despite all his transgressions, the recalcitrant and disgraced Samuel Samsumana still believes that he is qualified to be president of Sierra Leone.

    • I reckon that, some of our forumite colleagues should be employed by the authorities of their beloved CLOUD CUCKOO LAND to write and tell CLOUD CUCKOO stories. We need FACTS and not FAKE in the REAL world/land.

      My forumite colleague there somewhere given some bias information on someone that is the most popular, respected, diligent, calm, cool headed politician and potentially the next tenant of STATE HOUSE. GOD BLESS YOU my dear.

  2. A new day has come and for some, it is a dawn in which new inspirations must be born and a time that it is fine for old ones to be reborn. But for others the light of day means walking away in haste to waste, the day and play; while the truth no one can refute is being led deceitfully astray.

    What is it that makes some men blind, causes them fall behind? Why would someone, anyone, think without taking a blink – proudly and loudly declare, that a man like Dr Banya that wont retire, who remains a delusional denier – is wise and precise, even though we all know, and can see against the APC, he is stoking the fires of fear and evil desires.

    Instead of enhancing ambitions, aspirations, ideals and lofty perceptions that lifts our nation higher, he is stoking fires that create more fires.

    What’s wrong with Sahr Matturi? Why can’t he see that wisdom is special, not superficial? That it is born, reared and cared for in the bosoms of refined discernment – It’s clear and fair to say all day, everyday, that Sahr Matturi doesn’t know what wisdom is.

    Wisdom is virtuous, and not promiscuous – a queen to be adored for sure! Wisdom is Grandiose, I insist as I come to a close. It is glorious – So quit using the word “Wisdom” when referring to some who believe in scanty, petty and little things. Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

  3. These two parties have brought disaster to Sierra Leone. Sam Sumana is a man with clean heart. Because of bad heart Sierra Leone will not get any where in terms of development. So let us stop. May God change us Sierra Leoneans.

  4. I have been reading the wricings of one of our most respected elder Dr Sama Banya. I must say that I am shocked to learn from these writings that all he is doing is inciting hatred. As a young boy growing up in spur road, I remember him very well as one of Siaka Stevens’ proteges. I think it is unwise to carry on as he is currently doing. Our nation is at critical juncture.

  5. I can’t believe what I am seeing between these two old men. Definitely I have realized that Sam Sumana has no shame. I will never vote for you in my life time. I can’t imagine if you would ever come closer to EBK. Who said that SLPP are worried?

    Koroma and the others should be bothered. If Sam Sumana thinks that he is going to be president under APC, that is just a dream. One example: Today’s by election in Kono result has sent a clear message to you and the APC, we are no longer sleeping. It is a shame to ever elect APC again in this country.

    Sam Sumana even go beyond and disappointed the Ghanian gov’t that welcomed him when he was dismissed from office illegally by EBK. Ghana gave a warm welcome to Sam Sumana, recognizing him as he’s the man they recognized as the Vice President at the time. You will never find a stupid KONO MAN on earth, but sam sumana is different from them.

    Koroma (EBK) is not your brother. Both Goodluck Jonathan and his wife came to plea for you, but Koroma never listen to them. EBK and APC even characterized you as faking your religion, meaning you are not a real Muslim, after performing hajj and so on.

    EBC and the APC again charged you with false allegation of fraud that you didn’t earn a masters degree from USA; and they went after you all out. Sam Sumana, you are a shame to the whole kono family. If EBK thinks that nominating you will bring him back to power, definitely he’s dreaming

    APC has destroyed this country, hope that the people of Sierra Leone will now wake up. We are tired of you guys.

  6. HYPOCRISY AT ITS BEST!…. but look here Ladies and gentlemen, the coming out of the dungeon by Sama Banya is not and will never be a surprise because some of us know that he is surely going to be influenced by the SLPP…because a green is always a green!

    The only time some of you see him as a honorable man is when he indulges in the habit of castigating the left by bringing out archaic memories. And now that he had finally come out clean as a man from the right, you all are popping your eyes out and mouth wide open. Relax guys,relax!..This is Sierra Leone where green would always be green and red always red. Fair enough, it is never a crime to belong and uphold the tenet of your group as Mr Banya has demonstrated here. For those of you who see him as lightning rod, well think again…..

    As for Sam sumana,his party is surely going to be like that of Mr Yumkella. No Matter their sizes and influences, it will never be enough to win them a general election. But at least it would help in slowing down the speed of both red and green” in taking the Sierra Leonean people for granted during elections.

    • Thank you very much Mr. Sulaiman S Jalloh for your insight. Where I disagree with you, is where you said that, Chief Sam Sumana and his party are surely going to be like that of Dr. Yumkella. The C4C under the leadership of Chief Sam Suma are just doing fine. Please be informed that Chief Sam Sumana is the most popular politician right now in the country.

      Do you know why he was not allowed to walk the streets of Port Loko? I will tell you now. Chief Sam Suman does not need to announce that he his visiting anywhere in the country to let people come out in thousands and follow him. He is a celebrity. It just takes one person to say in Krio and I quote -“NA Sam Sumana Da WAN DAY” . OH BOY. You just make that whole area full of people. That was what happened in Port Loko. The police are a bit scared when he goes out this days. He makes the police just worried in terms of crowd control preparations.

      Another development most of us are not paying attention to is, how people are now concentrated on campaigning for the parties they love. That is not good for any sitting government. Such arguments we are now engaged in should be done in 2022. So, this is bad for the SLPP. The SLPP has a lot of work to do I reckon.

      Finally, I would like to inform you that the C4C under the leadership of Chief Sam Sumana is, STRATEGICALLY POSITIONED, LOADED, LOCKED and CHECKED for the 2023 elections. The C4C has become a force to reckon with come 2023. You will agree with me sometime down the road Mr. Sulaiman S. Jalloh.
      Thanks Mr. Sulaiman S. Jalloh and may GOD BLESS YOU.

  7. Sahr, sorry to say that your daydream is becoming your nightmare. I do not foresee C4C near “STATE HOUSE” during the rest of you and Sam’s remaining lives. For Dr Banya’s quote, I support it 100%, but your interpretation of his quote is misunderstood.

    He is not on the page of vengeance but it is like not keeping the whip from a stubborn child. And besides, what’s wrong with using the same medicine to wash their sores?

    • Mr. David Makevelli you just read a single sentence out of my comment and took it completely out of context. He should just continue reading before drawing his conclusion. Please read my comment carefully and you will see where you went wrong. If you don’t still get it and have problems, I will explain to you later. Just ask.

      Saying that you do not foresee C4C near STATE HOUSE is like someone thinking about politics in CLOUD CUCKOO LAND. I hope not.
      Mr. David Makevelli there confused about foreseeing C4C near STATE HOUSE. Thanks David and GOD BLESS YOU.

  8. Truly, although reaching a ripe old age is considered a blessing by many, it is clear, it does not always come with prudence and a good sense of judgement. Old eagles, that no longer have the strength to soar, ascend and build their nests on the peaks of mountains, where we survive and thrive, are now here again threatening revenge and violence; an art the APC has studied, practiced and mastered to its innermost core. Truly laughable!

    It seems to me the writer heard me loud and clear last time and has now made up his mind to dig himself deeper into the mosquito infested trenches of the SLPP. Great news! Good to finally know, he is no longer on our side. The enemy we already know is an opponent we will be able to prepare for. Folks, in case you were not aware, there are some people called “Wedding Crashers” that would go to weddings well dressed and although uninvited, they would dance, drink and feast like hungry rhinocerose and at the end of it all, exploit the Groom,and Bride, by carrying truckloads of food, drinks and other items away. Is the writer such a person? I leave it up to you to decide.

    During the days of Old Stevens, even as a boy, I knew who the writer was – a groupie, obsessed with power, that followed party elites, like S.I. Koroma, E.T Kamara,and others around. Ever seen, an errand boy that ended up becoming a Prince? Well the writer was just like that! Old Stevens took him from the gutters of misery, in rags and tears and generously opened the doors of riches unto him. And so, he became stuck to the APC like glue on paper; like tar on a road – everywhere they went he followed them until they accepted him as one of their own.

    I know because I was born,and bred in the lion’ss den of the APC. Listen, if these old eagles now complaining felt the APC committed atrocities as he is saying now, why didn’t he express his grievances to Stevens back then, but instead, he travelled, wined,and dined with him? Something is wrong with this man!

    Too late to complain now, Stevens is gone and is on the everlasting shores, awaiting mercy for he knows fully, that he was not a perfect man. Wait just a minute, if Stevens ran them over like a caterpillar demolishing a house for their own criminal tendencies,and stupidities, then they have no one to blame but themselves. Many times, they gathered together like hyenas, about to make a kill – Yep,they plotted, schemed and planned to destroy Stevens and his government, but never succeeded.

    There were enemies, countless as bedbugs on an infested mattress, coming from everywhere – but the harder they came the harder they fell,and ran. I remember clearly, it was a sad sight, for a little boy to witness watching them return to their homes humiliated, dejected and defeated.

    The legendary Stevens broke them to pieces, like shattered glass. He had them on their knees, exhausted and in submission like a bull at the feet of an incomparable Matador, begging for mercy. And now here they come again, asking for more. The new APC is much more smarter, than that of Steven’s; compared to us, Stevens,and his men were religious monks.

    Please always bear that in mind,because it will enable you to think and reason properly. If Sam Sumana decides to return to the APC, and forgive the injustices done against him, how does that concern or affect you? Sam Sumana knows we are brothers and understands that blood is thicker than water. There is no shame whatsoever in returning to the den of lions where you belong and feel safe, secure and protected.

    I think,the writer is proving himself to be what I have always known he was – a self conceited, unpatriotic Sierra Leonean. Well alright then – instead of giving Bio good advice you want to lead him towards the paths of strife and discord? Bring it on old man. We are waiting, tell your archers to ignite their arrows whenever they want to – we will be ready whenever they are…Rising Sun Will Rise Again.

  9. I am sorry to say this is why Sierra Leone will never develop. Dr Banya is supposed to be an elder statesman yet he makes statements such as ‘What they have meted out to us in the past will be meted out to them in full force.’ This is not what someone who really loves Sierra Leone should say. My conclusion is this – there is no politician in the country (and probably in the diaspora) right now who has what it takes to move the country forward. NO ONE. NOT A ONE.

  10. I always listen and try to understand whatever Dr. Banya says. Whether you like Dr. Banya or not, he is just a wise man. He always has something for everyone to talk about in his articles. It all depends they way one see things.

    The humiliation of former VP Chief Sam Sumana by the APC was a very bad undertaking which led as Dr. Banya rightly said, to the KONOS rallying behind him and the C4C party. That is a fact. No one can dispute that. He also said that, he is not a hardliner which I know and believe.

    The only thing that now worries me is the last statement on Dr. Banya’s article and I quote – ‘What they have meted out to us in the past will be meted out to them in full force. It is the only language that our friends in the APC understands’. It seems to me that he is talking about revenge here. He has never been heard saying such things.

    Am I right to ask if Dr. Banya is deviating from his tolerance qualities or just been influenced by the present SLPP political ideology and hardliners?

    My only advice to our wise Dr. Banya is to continue to be tolerant and diverse. I understand his position very well, but I kindly ask him not to be influenced by the hardliners of the SLPP. You can absolutely make the difference Dr. Banya.

    Finally and to be honest with you Dr. Banya, the C4C under the leadership of the former VP Cheif Sam Sumana is very popular. In fact, he is the most popular POLITICIAN in the country presently.

    Finally, I want to bring to your attention Dr. Banya, that the C4C under the leadership of Chief Sam Sumana is totally, LOADED, LOCKED and CHECKED for 2023. Also, the C4C is the most stable in terms of party officials. This is a fact. That is why, both these big parties, the APC and the SLPP are worried right now. What a NIGHTMARE.

    The C4C can coalesce with either political parties to make the difference in 2023. This is the DILEMMA for both these big political parties.

    I pray that GOD guide and protect Dr. Banya to continue to be tolerant and diverse as he has always been. AMEN AND AMEN.

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