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Subject: US cancels rest of Sierra Leone's debt
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US cancels rest of Sierra Leone's debt
Published: Thursday June 7, 2007
AFP

 

The United States Thursday announced it had cancelled Sierra Leone's outstanding 58-million dollar debt to Washington in line with an accord reached in January.

"Under the agreement, the United States commits to forgive its approximately 58 million dollar share of the 363 million dollars Sierra Leone owed to all Paris Club creditors," the State Department said in a statement.

This cancelled Sierra Leone's debt to the United States 100 percent, it added.

At the end of 2006 the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank forgave more than 1.6 billion dollars of debts, but Sierra Leone still owed funds to the Paris Club group of donor countries, which were then also cancelled.

The international community praised the African nation's efforts to streamline government procedures and improve use of donor funds in the country which is still recovering from its brutal 1991-2001 war
 


Subject: Junior Navo Unopposed in Sierra Leone
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Date Posted: 17:37:00 06/07/07 ()
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Junior Navo flanked by Hon. Zainab Kamara and a female supporter with a crowd of jubilant youths in the background


Junior Navo Unopposed in Sierra Leone
By John Mansaray
Jun 7, 2007, 21:36 Email this article

The young and enterprising business tycoon in Freetown, Anthony Junior Navo, yesterday 6th June, went unopposed in the primary election for the award of the SLPP symbol for Constituency 104.


Junior Navo flanked by Hon. Zainab Kamara and a female supporter with a crowd of jubilant youths in the background


Constituency 104, with an Electoral College of 170 delegates, unanimously presented Junior Navo to the Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Janet Savage, the SLPP Western Region Chairlady as their choice for the August 11 Parliamentary election. The event took place at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School, Kissy Dockyard.

All the 170 Delegates unanimously declared for Junior Navo and as such he had no challenger.

"As far as we members of the SLPP in Constituency 104 are concerned, there is nobody to contest against this young, dynamic and enterprising Philanthropist," the Delegates remarked. They informed the Electoral Commissioner that the choice of Junior Navo is a consensus arrived at by the entire membership of Electoral College, and supporters of the SLPP in the constituency, noting that there is no other person they believe who could steer developmental activities in the constituency other than the well-nurtured and equable Anthony Junior Navo. He was described as a young man, who has washed his hands clean and is now ready to eat with kings.

In his acceptance speech, Anthony Junior Navo thanked the Electoral College and the entire membership of the SLPP in constituency 104 for awarding him the SLPP symbol "without any contest with anybody whatsoever."

He recognized the role of a leading SLPP Member of Parliament in the person of Hon. Mrs. Zainab Kamara for her outstanding role as Member of Parliament for the constituency and assured that he will endeavour to emulate her fine examples.

"I am dedicating this resounding victory to Hon. Mrs. Zainab Bangura for the simple reason that she exemplified herself as a true mother and a person who cares for her people as Member of Parliament for this area," Navo stated.

The buoyant Junior Navo was proud to tell the Delegates and supporters about the subtlety of constituencies 104 and 103, noting that he is more than willing to assiduously work with Hon. Zainab Kamara (who has also secured the SLPP symbol for Constituency 103), in his words, "to foster socio-economic development in these sister constituencies."

"As you have elected me today as your trusted candidate to represent this constituency in parliament, I will do my best to help in the development of this constituency. I pledge to continue with the development aspirations of this constituency from where Hon. Zainab Kamara has stopped," he assured his supporters who reciprocated with rapturous applauds.

In an interview with Awareness Times, Junior Navo said that his victory did not come as a surprise.

"It came as a result of the good things my people have seen me doing before now, and asking them for a chance to represent them in Parliament was therefore a welcome initiative," Navo stated. Navo was however quick to disclose that he had been battling within himself on how he could secure the SLPP symbol, but went on to indicate his confidence in his people who he described as "trustworthy citizens who are very much grateful of what ever good is done for them."

He maintained that the unanimous decision of the people of Constituency 103 to return him unopposed for the SLPP symbol was an indication of the overwhelming victory that awaits him during the August 11 Parliamentary election.

He further assured his Constituents that in spite of his age, he will be a vocal representative on all aspects that the people deem as necessary and affecting their well being.

"Apart from the fact that I am going o be the youngest Parliamentarian in the next Parliament, I will be using that buoyancy and effectiveness to channel your needs and concerns in the House in the strongest possible way for as long as you would be prepared to work with me in harmony and ready as you have always demonstrated to continue to cooperate with me," Navo further assured.

He called on his supporters to be more active and robust with their campaign activities so as to garner much support for him and the SLPP in the constituency. He reminded the people of the need to vote solidly for him as their representative as well as for the SLPP in order "for us as a party to be able to pass and implement policies that are of benefit to this nation."

 

 


Subject: Re: Junior Navo Unopposed in Sierra Leone
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Date Posted: 18:01:04 06/07/07 ()
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Congratulations young man - a party that cares favours and nurtures the young minds of today for they will be the best minds of tomorrow. LONG LIVE SIERRA LEONE! LONG LIVE SLPP1 ONE COUNTRY! ONE PEOPLE!


Subject: KOIDU HOLDINGS SOLD FOR $18M....WHILE KONO SUFFERS
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Date Posted: 17:07:56 06/07/07 ()
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Koidu Holdings Sold For $18 Million....While the People of Kono Continue to Suffer
Posted by on Jun 6, 2007, 23:02


 


The Geneva based Diamond Company; Steinmetz Group has turned the Koidu Holdings Mining Company into a wholly owned subsidiary for just over US$18 million.

The Vancouver-Canada-based Energem Resources Inc. said it has sold 40 percent stakes in Koidu Holdings, which owns and operates the Koidu Kimberlite Diamond Mines and Tongo Fields exploration areas in Sierra Leone to BSG Resources Limited for US$ 18.25 Million.
CEO Koidu Holdings Jan Joubert

This has raised GSG’s stakes in Koidu Holdings to 65 percent. The balance is held by Magma Diamond Resources Limited. Both BSG and Magma are part of the Steinmetz Group, sources alleged.

A spokesman for Energem said, the company is getting out of the diamond business altogether in favor of oil, gas and biofuels. The company has invested almost $13 Million in the Koidu Mines since operations recommenced in 2003 only to find out that underground development would require a capital investment of more that $41 Million. Moreover, the company said that it was not happy with the encumbrance of a 5-year exclusive marketing agreement with Steinmetz.

The operations of Koidu Holdings in the Kono district have been a bitter pill to swallow by inhabitants of the district. It is like forcing down the throat of an individual with an unwanted food and at the same time overpowering the individual.

What is going on in Kono is not only against the wish of the people, but depriving them of their God-giving rights and using politics to intimidate them.
Koidu Town....diamond rich but looks like a shanty town(Photo credit Brad Arsenault)


For several years now, concerns raised by the people of Kono with respect to environmental hazards, fulfillment of corporate responsibility and the dangers faced by the Kono people as a result of blasting has not received the attention of government.

The Campaign for Just Mining (CJM), a coalition of civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations in Sierra Leone involved in advocacy work on mining and extractive issues and the National Advocacy Coalition on the Extractives (NACE) have noted with grave concerns the deplorable conditions the people of Kono are living as a result of the mining activities.

Promises of building new houses for mining victims whose residences where destroyed did not pay much dividend.

The acceptance of the new relocat1on site of Koidu Holdings Limited Mining Company after the rejection of the first resettlement by the affected community people was considered a good move by the company in respecting the views of the people of the community. The rejection was made on the grounds that the site was situated at the community cemetery and was also close to the sound of the washing plant whose effects were dangerous.

 

Although the move was considered good by the company, but what it later provided for them was more of an insult to the integrity and rights of the people. Some of the sixty eight (68) houses handed-over by the company to the people are without windows and doors and lacked safe drinking water.

Civil society had expected that the company would have established a number of hand pump wells for the community people but had failed to do so and was being viewed by the task force monitoring the areas as a gross abuse of the rights of the affected communities.

In addition to the plight of the Kono people the company disregarded the local community association, Affected Property Owners Association (APOA), formed to monitor their activities.

It would be recalled that the chairperson of APOA who attended the handing over ceremony at the time was denied making a statement which reflects the level of neglect and marginalization suffered by the people.

The CJM task force also took cognizance of how KHL has divided and misdirected the community people in an agricultural project that does not represent their interest. According to sources, the company and some of the local authorities involved in the setting up of the project, excluded those that were critical of the company’s activities and organized those in their favour to form the Kimberlite Agricultural Project (KAP).

Under the project, sixty-eight family heads who were to be relocated have complained that the compensation for tree crops removed from their lands was grossly inadequate while others are reported to have received nothing as compensation for their crops.

Amidst these allegations, Koidu Holdings has glaringly continued to exclude the affected people in decision making and on issues affecting their lives. Rather, the company has prepared sites and house plans for the construction of some public structures in and around the new resettlement area without further consultation to know their needs.

With this new development, it is not known how the people would receive the news.

 

 

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Subject: United States and Sierra Leone Sign Bilateral Debt Relief Ag
From: DEBT RELIEF
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Date Posted: 16:52:36 06/07/07 ()
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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 7, 2007

 

United States and Sierra Leone Sign Bilateral Debt Relief Agreement Under the Terms of the Paris Club Accord


United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone Thomas N. Hull and Sierra Leonean Minister of Finance John O. Benjamin signed a bilateral debt relief agreement today to cancel 100 percent of Sierra Leone's eligible debt to the United States Government. The agreement implements the multilateral accord signed with the Paris Club of official creditors on January 24, 2007 and reflects Sierra Leone's successful completion of economic reforms under the Enhanced Heavily-Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative. Under the agreement, the United States commits to forgive its approximately $58 million share of the $363 million Sierra Leone owed to all Paris Club creditors.

Through the HIPC Initiative, the United States and its partners in the international community seek to help the most heavily indebted poor countries relieve their unsustainable debt burdens. Under its program of economic reform overseen by the International Monetary Fund, Sierra Leone made solid progress in reducing poverty and enhancing macroeconomic stability. This final phase of debt relief frees additional resources that will enable the Government of Sierra Leone to make further progress on these objectives under its Poverty Reduction Strategy Program.


As the country recovers from a brutal civil war that ended only in 2002, the United States supports Sierra Leone's efforts in consolidating peace, restoring and reforming government, and stimulating economic growth.


 


Subject: New Breed Politicians
From: Almamy Seray-Wurie Si
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Date Posted: 16:24:54 06/07/07 ()
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5-20 yr=Majority are struggling to stay in school
20-35 yr=Minority are in college/employment
35-50 yr=Minority have employment/migrated
50-65 yr=Majority don't believe in moving SL forward
65-80 yr=Majority fear God

*Interesting results are coming from SLPP primaries. Does that show there are more SLPP reformist coming on board John Leigh's boat?
 


Subject: Re: New Breed Politicians
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 17:06:41 06/07/07 ()
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If they are coming on board John leighs Boat then they are a bunch of back stabbers, putdowners, knowitalls, arrogant, untrustworthy, blameful and inability to accept their faults kijndda of people.

Do you call people like these progressives?


Subject: Re: New Breed Politicians
From: FORMER APC MINISTER FORMEH-KAMARA
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Date Posted: 17:33:57 06/07/07 ()
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Yes. They are better than the likes of your thieving dad, the former APC minister. They are better than the likes of the thieving dad of Formeh-Kamara a former APC tiffy tiffy minister. How is Tiff papa doing in that nursing home?


Subject: Re: New Breed Politicians
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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My good brother, JL is no voice in SLPP. He is just a member who lost a leadership contest. TRhe party belongs to us all. Let not the mistakes and 'misraps' of one man not affect the whoile. We are moving away from such a world. There many good people in SLPP and so have you in the other parties.


Subject: Is Racism a disease?
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
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Date Posted: 16:24:16 06/07/07 ()
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Greetings my brothers and sisters. Science has proved that every individual is different and unique. The DNA of ones parents can be similar but not in most cases exactly identical. "Can DNA testing distinguish between two individuals who are identical twins?
No, by definition they are "identical" and will have the exact same DNA profile. Thus, two individuals who are identical twins cannot be differentiated by DNA analysis.

How does forensic identification work?
Any type of organism can be identified by examination of DNA sequences unique to that species. Identifying individuals within a species is less precise at this time, although when DNA sequencing technologies progress farther, direct comparison of very large DNA segments, and possibly even whole genomes, will become feasible and practical and will allow precise individual identification.
To identify individuals, forensic scientists scan 13 DNA regions that vary from person to person and use the data to create a DNA profile of that individual (sometimes called a DNA fingerprint). There is an extremely small chance that another person has the same DNA profile for a particular set of regions.
It is event that for many years, even when racism in most parts of the world was rampant, most of the above views were unknown to most mankind as scientific views are still a mystery to many today.

Most of the views held when people had unscientific realities were basically stereotypical or based on some traditional beliefs coined to cement communities together. These views were in most cases not questioned and in some cases when these views were questioned, they led to the death or excommunication of people who dared question them.

Is racism a disease?

HJB wrote: "If racism is an illness it could have been treated as in polio...some vacine could have done the job."

HJB there are some cancers and brain disease that Scientist are still finding cure for but have not been able to come-up with one. Alzheimer's and pakinses are about a few.
What is Alzheimer's Disease?
"Alzheimer's (ALZ-hy-merz) disease (AD) is a physical illness that causes changes in the brain. It is a form of dementia (di-MEN-shuh). Dementia affects a person's memory, mood, and behavior.
Alzheimer's disease usually affects people over 65. A person with this disease has trouble remembering, speaking, learning, making judgments, and planning. Some people feel restless and moody. It may take many years for Alzheimer's disease to get worse.
The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease can be frustrating for a person with the disease. Dealing with these symptoms can also be difficult for family members and caregivers. It may help to understand that these changes are no one's fault. They are part of the disease."

"Parkinson's Disease is a degenerative disease of the nervous system which is caused by free radical damage to the basal brain ganglia that control muscle movement. This depletes a chemical called dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that carries messages from one nerve cell to another. In Parkinson's disease, the cells in the brain that manufacture dopamine are damaged or dying, and hence the brain loses the ability to manufacture this chemical.
Parkinson's Disease is a devastating condition that affects as many as 1 in 100 persons over the age of sixty in the United States, and this prevalence is increasing dramatically. Dopamine depletion causes muscle weakness, body rigidity and slowly spreading tremors. Though cognitive function usually remains normal, the person feels frozen, unable to move. As the disease progresses, posture becomes stooped, and involuntary movements become increasingly difficult."

This views are unknown to many groups of people regardless of what race they belong.

Because racism carries connotations of race-based bigotry, prejudice, violence, oppression, stereotyping or discrimination, the term has varying and often hotly contested definitions. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, racism is a belief or ideology that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially to distinguish it as being either superior or inferior to another race or races. The Merriam-Webster's Webster's Dictionary dictionary defines racism as a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race, and that it is also the prejudice based on such a belief.[1] The Macquarie Dictionary defines racism thus: the belief that human races have distinctive characteristics which determine their respective cultures, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule or dominate others.
As an ideology, racism first appeared during Early modern Europe in Spain during the Reconquista,[citation needed] and then during the 19th century, where "scientific racism" ideologies, which attempted to provide a racial classification of humanity, became very common[citation needed]. Although such racist ideologies have been widely discredited after World War II and the Holocaust, the phenomena of racism and of racial discrimination have remained widespread all over the world."

As I mention inter ally, and in my view, though I have not made a thorough research on whether or not racism is a disease as most Psychologists and Psychiatrists to my knowledge are grappling to understand the mental normality of the matter, I am poised to believe it is a mental issue. It is a voluntary manipulation of human minds in most cases, and in others it is the lack of education, scientific knowledge about certain views of life.
Nonetheless, history has proved that it is a matter that will be resolved through thorough education.
The only reason these views that divide races, creating superiority concerns, being the economic inequalities and the view of mental superiorty by one against the other is gradually eroding and as most races especially, the Black race that has been subjugated for so long by all and whose mental ability has been kept as secrete but is now manifesting itself, such manifestation will cause all individuals who wrong others because of misguided notions can now learn and rearrange their thoughts and views, which will eventually bring about racial tolerance.
Therefore, whether racism is a disease I would not know but I am certain that it is a mental problem (issue.)
As we discuss issues about our country here on the Internet, the light is shining on why most do what they do though they are aware it is wrong but are still trying to push race as the agenda to purport their actions. You and I know that there was not, has never been and will ever be anything to do with race but the idea of human wickedness. Most people give erratic excuses but as we may know, governments were created, Armies and Police established to combat human criminal ways. But criminals minds will always have some form of excuse for their uncivil and crooked ways or actions. Most are not ashamed to know that their actions have not apparent reason besides foolish jealousy, arrogance and ignorance.
Racism like Tribalism and any crooked trick is the lack of shame and therefore that, my friend, is a mental problem!


Subject: Re: Is Racism a disease?
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
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Date Posted: 16:44:40 06/07/07 ()
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"The Emancipation Proclamation
January 1, 1863

By the President of the United States of America:

A Proclamation.

 


Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:


"That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

 

"That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States."

 

Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit:


Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

 

And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.

 

And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.


And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.

 

And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.


In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

 

Done at the City of Washington, this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh.

 

By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State." http://www.nps.gov/ncro/anti/emancipation.html
So if in Twenty-first Century an individual uses the enslavement of an indivudal who has committed no crime because if he has there are courts to adress such criminal acts, then such individual who does any act that might contrue such enslavement, is not doing so because he or she is fighting a racial, tribal or ethnical agenda but commiting a crime. A crime is any act that contradicts the constitution of a land or the International Law. As the section of the U.S. Constitution has specifically stipulated, the act of enslaving a human being was banned in the United States.
But why are there Sierra Leonean participants to the act?
 


Subject: Re: Is Racism a disease?
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
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Date Posted: 16:47:54 06/07/07 ()
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Some who further financial reasons please read:
 


Subject: FUNERAL ANNOUCEMENT FOR THE LATE.......
From: BUFORD HWY
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Date Posted: 16:11:10 06/07/07 ()
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The Hon. Major-General Jollof Rice wishes to announce the sudden death of his daughter Mrs Fry Soup which took place on 31th May, 2007 in the Pantry at Crain Crain Town.

 

She is survived by her children Raw Fish and Cow Beef of the Peppersoup factory. Cousins include the Jakato Family and the Big Pepper family of 71 Okra Street. Aunts and Uncles include Mrs. Yabass, Sisi Kanya Pepper, Mr and Mrs Tola of 8 Cow Belleh Lane and Mr Salt of the United States of Jumbo Cube. The Tin Tamatis and Masankay Pamine families of No 1 Pot Corner. Step-father - Pa Bonga of the Alakpa Corner. Close friends include Jakitomboy, Jolabaytay, Dry Okro and Brigadier Coal Pot, a former employee of the Bitter Leaf and Foofoo Corporation.

 

The body will be laid out at the Kitchen Funeral Parlor Saturday 9th June,2007 at 4:00pm. Mr Iron Spoon and Miss Ebakor are all invited to the funeral ceremony. A grand procession will leave the Mouth Compound for Stomach Village Cemetry passing through Throat Avenue after the funeral ceremony at exactly 7:00p.m. dinner time. The Bands of Plates, Spoons, Forks and Knives will be in attendance to lead the procession.

 

Please bear this announcement in mind and make it a point of duty to attend as you are all close friends of the deceased. Otherwise, NAR ANGRY GO KATCH OONA. LONTA

 


Subject: APC'S ALIE FORMEH KAMARA MADE A VALID POINT
From: CHIEF IN EXILE
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Date Posted: 15:38:24 06/07/07 ()
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Posted by Alie Formeh Kamara on June 06, 2007 at 20:35:10:

In Reply to: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY? posted by Dr. CHARLES CURTIS-THOMAS on June 06, 2007 at 16:00:14:


John Leigh refered to Berewa as a man lacking in the fundamentals of how to run a government for positive development. In fact John Leigh termed Berewa's announced strategy for Sierra Leone as unworkable.

Was John Leigh correct?

If John Leigh was correct, if elected President, Berewah would lead Sierra Leone into a state of mess.

John Leigh's statement is an indictment of the SLPP government because Berewa is the sitting Vice President. As the Vice President, Leigh is saying that Berewa is not an asset to Sierra Leone and that his appointment reflects on those things that are bad about President Kabba who is a failure according to John Leigh's previous assessment.

Neither Ernest nor Margai has had the chance to lead or deputize leadership of the ship of state and so, far less credible statement can be acceptable from John Leigh about the abilities of these men.

If we are now been told not to believe John Leigh's statement about Berewa then why should we believe anything John Leigh says about Ernest or Margai.

We are warned by John Leigh that 'We must take stock of our country’s performance to date and accept the fact that endless takings from others without giving something of commensurate value in return is not a sustainable development strategy at all.'
Basically John Leigh is saying that the proof is in the pudding and that Berewa's report card has a failing grade.
Folks, what can be worse than that. After all, Berewa is said to have a shallow, naive and poor thinking that 'is not likely to ever help the people of Sierra Leone improve the quality of their daily lives' according to John Leigh.
Why waste time supporting Berewa. Should the love for party outweigh the love for our country?

 

 


Subject: Re: APC'S ALIE FORMEH KAMARA MADE A VALID POINT
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 16:05:59 06/07/07 ()
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With due respects, Chief, what leigh said of berewa then; to be used now by opposition for the consumption of our people to win votes is derisory. John leigh was in a contest with berewa and had to use everything he has to win - did he win? - was he listened to? John leigh is our elder father/brother/son and friend - we all know his quest for power - not a bad thing - can sometimes make him a man of his own world. Who watched John Leigh's worldwide televisied interview on CNN when Johnny paul and other kicked kabbah out of office? Did you listen to JL? this is the man we are dealing with. To succeed, he has his coercive tactics, sometimes distasteful. berewa, understands him and has forgetton about what he said then. Berewa has the mandate of the people and the people love him. let not the words of leigh's yesterday's rants delude us. Berewa's lowly beginnings has earned him a seat for us to try that which has come from nowhere. Even us as SLPP strong supporters saw him as a virtual outsider who only came into the party yesterday. God's blessing is upon him and his rule shall bring light onto our aspiring bright steps.


Subject: Re: APC'S ALIE FORMEH KAMARA MADE A VALID POINT
From: CHIEF IN EXILE
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Date Posted: 16:44:53 06/07/07 ()
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so was Leigh's criticicm of Berewa CONSTRUCTIVE OR DESTRUCTIVE?


Subject: Re: APC'S ALIE FORMEH KAMARA MADE A VALID POINT
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 17:22:31 06/07/07 ()
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Yes and No!

It is constructive because it shpws the kind of society we have now moved to. Leigh said all these things during and immediately after the SLPP leadership elections and was welcomed back into the fold. It was his right to say anything he wanted to woo the SLLp delegates to vote for him. All he said was not backed by concrete evidence to show truth.
destructive for him because he said things that were untrue and others are now, without thorough scrutiny, using his SLPP leadership campaign expression/rhetorics as general election campaign goals. Only few voters will buy what Leigh said on berewa during this campaign.


Subject: Mr JOHN LEIGH WAS YOUR CRITICISM OF BEREWA TRUE OR FALSE?
From: Dr. C. CURTIS-THOMAS
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Date Posted: 13:34:54 06/07/07 ()
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Posted by Dr. CHARLES CURTIS-THOMAS on June 06, 2007 at 16:00:14:


So now that Hon. John Leigh has found the time to get his thoughts together I wonder if he still thinks that the following article by him will still impact negatively on "Berewa's Presidency"? (Dr. CURTIS-THOMAS)
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What Leigh wrote about Berewa in the past:

LACKS ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS TRAINING

Berewa’s attitude regarding the development of our country is most discouraging. His reasoning as to how a country like Sierra Leone is going to develop reminds me of someone not schooled or experienced in either economics or international affairs but who has, instead, been isolated in a cultural wasteland for much too long. Yet, this same misguided individual is been touted in certain quarters as the next president of Sierra Leone!

How can such an individual, lacking in understanding of how nations become developed, ever hope to successfully construct social and economic institutions that would help our country advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States?


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Posted by Alie Formeh Kamara on June 06, 2007 at 20:35:10:

In Reply to: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY? posted by Dr. CHARLES CURTIS-THOMAS on June 06, 2007 at 16:00:14:

John Leigh refered to Berewa as a man lacking in the fundamentals of how to run a government for positive development. In fact John Leigh termed Berewa's announced strategy for Sierra Leone as unworkable.

Was John Leigh correct? (Alie Formeh Kamara)
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Subject: Re: Mr JOHN LEIGH WAS YOUR CRITICISM OF BEREWA TRUE OR FALSE?
From: John Leigh flip-flops
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Date Posted: 13:37:51 06/07/07 ()
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In Reply to: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY? posted by Alie Formeh Kamara on June 06, 2007 at 20:35:10:

VP Berewa, Koroma and Maggai are running. The issue is who is the superior candidate among the three?

My choice is still Berewa even with all my earlier criticisms taken into consideration at face value.

Are you saying that because I criticized Berewa, I have no choice but to suport only Koroma or Margai? Otherwise, I am putting party before country?

Have you seen my more recent criticisms of Koroma and Maggai coupled with my statements of support for Berewa? Thank you. - JL

 

 


Subject: Re: Mr JOHN LEIGH WAS YOUR CRITICISM OF BEREWA TRUE OR FALSE?
From: John leigh is knock out cold!
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Date Posted: 13:41:54 06/07/07 ()
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VP Berewa, Koroma and Maggai are running. The issue is who is the superior candidate among the three? (John Leigh)

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The issue is whether your earlier criticism of Berewa was TRUE OR WAS IT FALSE.


Subject: MPs lose battle for parliamentary elections
From: SYMBOL
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Date Posted: 12:50:34 06/07/07 ()
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MPs lose battle for parliamentary elections

Four Members of Parliament in the ruling SLPP party have lost symbols for the parliamentary race in August 11, reports disclosed. During the SLPP primary elections, the Members of Parliament lost woefully to newcomers.

These new breed are said to be more popular in their constituencies than the current MPs and are highly regarded by members of their constituencies to tackle the numerous problems in their constituencies However, there are some MPs that have so far made it; Hon Elizabeth Lavalie, Hon Ansu Kai Kai, Hon Zainab Kamara and Dr. Bernadette Lahai, to name but a few. It appears as if a new crop of politicians are to dominate the sphere of politics in the Sierra Leone People's Party.

 


Subject: Re: MPs lose battle for parliamentary elections
From: Special Cut
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Date Posted: 14:04:36 06/07/07 ()
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You mean den new ARATA way den sef get zeal for tif.We do not have new crops of politicians. I just hope whosoever wins the presidency will take note of these chameleon politicians that are gambling on which boat to jump.


Subject: Re: MPs lose battle for parliamentary elections
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 15:20:16 06/07/07 ()
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My good patriot - these new breeds are not new aratas. majority are genuine young men who, i must say have done what is most remarkable of someone that loves their land. let us give them a chance to win and then settle down not forgetting to form our own genuine watchdog group/s


Subject: Sierra Leone: SLPP MP Weeps After Loosing Symbol
From: SYMBOL
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Date Posted: 12:46:24 06/07/07 ()
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Sierra Leone: SLPP MP Weeps After Loosing Symbol



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Concord Times (Freetown)

7 June 2007
Posted to the web 7 June 2007

Mohamed Massaquoi
Freetown

Hon. Andrew Victor Lungai of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) Tuesday shed tears after he lost the party's symbol to James Kaisamba in the primary elections for constituency 12, Nongowa Chiefdom in the Kenema district.

Another member of parliament, Hon. Mohamed Moiwo Makaya of the SLPP was also defeated in the elections that were conducted at Talia Torgboma.


In the first round of the polls, Hon. Lungai and Hon.

Makaya pulled 15 and 25 votes respectively.


The second round of the vote was contested by Kaisamba and Hon. Makaya in which the latter was defeated by 51 votes to 19.

Some delegates told Concord Times that they did not vote the two extant members of parliament because they had both abandoned their constituencies while in office.

"We make up the electorate. Politicians cannot come and convince us to vote for them and later abandon us," Ansu Konneh lamented.

 


Subject: Re: Sierra Leone: SLPP MP Weeps After Loosing Symbol
From: KAISAMBA
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Date Posted: 13:17:34 06/07/07 ()
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Very good choice. Kaisamba is a very hardworking man. Both Lungay and Makaya are spent forces in salone's politics. The people of salone have finally started making tough decisions. Congratulations


Subject: Re: Sierra Leone: SLPP MP Weeps After Loosing Symbol
From: Tamba Gborie
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Date Posted: 15:30:11 06/07/07 ()
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i'm yet to make a decision as to which party to support for the comming general elections. with the type of candidates slpp is putting forward for parliamentary and presidential elections, i think it is wise to say that the slpp party is now moving in the right direction. i'm very much encouraged by the new breed of politicians and for that matter i will now declare to support slpp to continue leading the nation.


Subject: Re: Sierra Leone: SLPP MP Weeps After Loosing Symbol
From: Dearly Departed
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Date Posted: 17:11:38 06/07/07 ()
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Dearly Departed Tamba G, Support whoemever you would rather support just dont forget who took your life in a firing squad.


Subject: Convict or Politician
From: tedcalea
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Date Posted: 12:29:37 06/07/07 ()
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It has often bother me as to why a convict should not be a politicain or President. This should not be so in Sierra Leone, as the only difference is most of the politicians are criminal without conviction and a convict is said to be a criminal with a conviction. I think it is best for a convict to be President or politician in Sierra leone at least it's citizens will know what to expect, rather than have an educated cleptomanic in as President or politician, that we do not know what to expect as we think he or they should know better.

Some of the criminals with no conviction;
Tejan kabbah
Solomon Brerewa
Madam Hassan
Victo Foe
Harry Will
Mr Musa
James Johnan
Maadi Bio
John Benjamin
Charles Margai
Charles Taylor
Prince Johnson

I suppose they are all innocent untill proven guilty.


Subject: fate is dealing a good hand FOR Solo B
From: CADMUS
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Date Posted: 11:09:49 06/07/07 ()
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I posted this a few moments ago,,,I am sorry that the letter 'R ' was missing from the the word FOR.

I thought I better get my retaliation in first before any jump-up pedantic know-it-all ignores the message and star correcting my english.....

This forum is full of them.


Subject: Re: fate is dealing a good hand FOR Solo B
From: MUSA KAMARA
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Date Posted: 11:45:19 06/07/07 ()
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Alieu Sesay is the notorious pedantic.I hope he can read and write in his native mende language.Please pass it to your friend.


Subject: Re: fate is dealing a good hand FOR Solo B
From: Alieu Sesay
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Date Posted: 15:48:00 06/07/07 ()
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MUSA yours is not a TYPO, you just plain stupid. The man missed an R not put the word "is" where there should be "was".
Your parents used to tell you to go to school, instead you were busy been a THUG for the APC.


Subject: FOR (NENEH)ON PRINCE HARDING'S SUSPENSION
From: MUSA KAMARA
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Date Posted: 11:01:31 06/07/07 ()
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I hope Neneh,if it is your true name,you can read well and comprehend.As to date from all angles of the media, it is clearly stated that, the irresponsible and corrupt Minister is on suspension.Please try to be accurate before any fabrication.By the way,I respect women and adore them.But it is not a point to be proud of, if they are gaining grounds on the primaries.The slpp party you are in for, is the worst,useless,corrupt and incompetent party and government in the histort of our nation.When did you last visit Sierra-Leone?I hope you did that not long ago,if not please try to pay a visit.Then if you love your country as you have indicated,surely you will be ashame to be a Sierra-Leonean.We know some individuals,goups and tribes who are supportive for the present scoundrels of the slpp to stay on power,because of their greed and callousness.You need not to be cheated by a Nigerian to be not on aware of their dubious tricks of which they are renown all over the world.Your failed president and party orchestrated their influx in our country and now drugs are easily accessible in the streets of Freetown.


Subject: Re: FOR (NENEH)ON PRINCE HARDING'S SUSPENSION
From: Alieu Sesay
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Date Posted: 11:04:21 06/07/07 ()
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Pa Musa why don't you read over your piece before posting? There is a difference between typo and grama.
In your case, your grama is bad.
Just advising you as Brother.
HOW is TSA?


Subject: Re: FOR (NENEH)ON PRINCE HARDING'S SUSPENSION
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 11:40:09 06/07/07 ()
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Pa ALie,please go for more vocabulary lectures.By the way the word is grammar not grama,if we are using official language.I am the son to my mother and father and I always use my real identity.Some guys on this forum who are not the children of their parents keep on using false identification.Pa Alieu I am not accusing you,although I am quite aware of your varied identifications.Do you communicate well in mende?Because your English is still poor Mr Alieu.Please dont get irritated it is just a fact.How is Mr Prince Harding doing,morally?


Subject: Re: FOR (NENEH)ON PRINCE HARDING'S SUSPENSION
From: Alieu Sesay
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Date Posted: 15:43:34 06/07/07 ()
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Like i said earlier, there is a difference between TYPO and Grammatical errors. Yours is Grammatical mine was a TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR. BUT YOU NAR FOOL MAN.
Your real name? My friend stop the mumbo jumbo. The usual APC thug, thats all you know, lies.
Secoondly, your assumption that i am mende is stupid.
What i know is that i am a sierra leonean.
YOU DUMB TRIBALIST.
 


Subject: FATE IS DEALING A GOOD HAND FO SOLO B
From: CADMUS
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Date Posted: 10:58:21 06/07/07 ()
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Fate /Allah is certainly dealing a good hand for the great man.

One of the greatest embarrassment clouding the SLPP over the years was the position of FATMATA HASSAN.As a party that is proud of its human Rights record and the Rule of Law in Sa Lone it was getting difficult evev for die-hard SLPP Briefs to defend Hassan's position.In fact most of us were getting apopletic at with her position and felt that the whole thing was untenable.
As fate would have it Ms Hassan got dumped by her own people hence removing that particular embarrassing burden from SO B.

Time and again the Great Man has indicated his wish to have a Government of largely new faces, and to do away with the old.Well Dr Prince Harding has gone.That is also one less burden fo Solo B.

GOD is with the Man.


Subject: Re: FATE IS DEALING A GOOD HAND FO SOLO B
From: BUFORD HWY
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Date Posted: 14:38:35 06/07/07 ()
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BRA/NGOR/ORLANGBA,
Now this is the reason why I told Mr Leigh that he has betray us(NATION).You guys always take party over your beloved Sierra Leone.A typical example has just been shown by you when you knew that Hon Mrs Fatmata Hassan was an embarrassment to your slpp party for a crime that was committed by her and her sons,and you never came out and denouced this ACT? WOW!!!!!!

"As a party that is proud of its human Rights record and the Rule of Law in Sa Lone it was getting difficult evev for die-hard SLPP Briefs to defend Hassan's position."

It was not difficult for Pa Berewa to LIE to us in ATLANTA when he was asked by a SUN member during his first and only townhall meeting in Ga.Below is an exerpt from the question asked.

SUN MEMBER----Mr Vice President,you are here talking about the APC's corrupt and Human Rights abuse practises she carried during her time in power,but today as I stand in front of you, a Honourable member of your SLPP party(FATMATA HASSAN) is being accuse of facilitating the murder of Mr Harry Yassaneh,but yet still you have not ask her to excuse herself from her parliamentarian duties till after the murder trial,why?

VICE PRESIDENT----You see my APC friend,I have been answering this same question every where I have been in the US.The case according to the PATHOLOGY report,the Hon Mrs Fatmata Hassan with her sons did not kill Harry Yassaneh.Mr Yassaneh died of STOMACH ABESS,and it had nothing to do with the visit that her sons paid to the man's office.Beside Hon Fatmata Hassan was not at the scene,so she can not be charge for any crime.

So BRA,if you are advocating for a CONTINUATION with the present regime through the Vice President,I wonder what/who we should continue with it,when the Rule of Law and Human Rights are not been obey by the SLPP regime.
 


Subject: Re: FATE IS DEALING A GOOD HAND FO SOLO B
From: slpp
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Date Posted: 12:28:37 06/07/07 ()
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"As fate would have it Ms Hassan got dumped by her own people hence removing that particular embarrassing burden from SO B."

CADMUS: Even though you can't be expected to realize it, you have just proved that Solo Berewa lacks the ability to assume leadership -- otherwise, why would he wait for Ms Hassan to be dumped by the people if he believes, like you and alleged others, that she is "an embarrasing burden" to him?

A good leader does not wait for others to do his work for him. He does it himself, even if he has to do so by directing others. Solo B did neither, proving that he is an unfit leader.

Fortunately for the people of Salone, Solo Berewa the unfit leader will be similarly dumped by the greater majority of the people come August 11.


Subject: Re: FATE IS DEALING A GOOD HAND FO SOLO B
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 11:28:04 06/07/07 ()
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You are just as corrupt,blind and callous as the man you are propagating.Do we have to wait for another disaster to surface the incompetency of the bandits in the realm of the slpp?Prince Harding is just a drop in the ocean.Mr Berewa and the party he belongs to is great for endemic corruption,persistent poverty,underdevelopment,degradation of the educational system,high mortality rate,lowest standard of living on the planet,Sierra-Leone the poorest country and Freetown the darkest city on earth.These are the legacies of the regime whose days are numbered.The people of Sierra-Leone are well prepared to even swim beneath the atlantic ocean to vote so that the evil regime will be rooted from the shores of our nation.


Subject: Re: FATE IS DEALING A GOOD HAND FO SOLO B
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 11:15:26 06/07/07 ()
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Is she really an embarassment to the SLPP? Is Prince Harding really gone, or is he just in SLPP hibernation. Is the SLPP a party that is really "Proud" of its human rights record and Rule of law in Sa Lone? Are you sure of what you are saying or are you another bag of hot air for the slpp.


Subject: ASPIRANT CRIES FOUL AT WUTETEH PRIMARIES(SLPP)
From: BUFORD HWY
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Date Posted: 10:23:41 06/07/07 ()
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Local News
Aspirant Cries Foul At SLPP Primaries
Mr. Gbengba W.A.F. Sam-Gbandi told the new Citizen newspaper that among the three of them who contested for the SLPP symbol, two of them, himself and the other opponent, Tamba Gandi, were removed from the race by Dr. Sama Mondeh on the grounds that both aspirants had petitioned each other, leaving a sole candidate, Madam Kuya Cappio, to contest against a government box.
The matter for which Gbengba W.A.F. Sam-Gbandi was petitioned happened long ago when a rebel attack at Waidara caused him to lose the salaries of teachers which he had collected from Makeni and rendered him incapable of delivering same to Kono, during the rebel war.
The Supervisor of Schools, NC Bendu, had the matter reported to the police and Gbengba W.A.F. Sam-Gbandi subsequently paid back the money and the matter died a natural death.
“I was never taken to court nor convicted for this loss of teachers’ salaries which I repaid, nor for any other matter. I therefore challenged my removal from the list of aspirants for the SLPP symbol as unfair and asked to be included,” he explained.
“I also petitioned Tamba Gandi as not qualified in view of the fact that he had never resigned from his teaching profession and other reasons.” He added.
Instead of reinstating Gbengba W.A.F. Sam-Gbandi, the officials conducting the primaries put up only the remaining candidate against a government box.
The man I petitioned considered his case and asked his supporters to vote for the sole candidacy of Kuya Cappio, while I asked my own supporters to vote for the government box, to demonstrate my popularity,” Gbengba W.A.F. Sam-Gbandi explained.
The sole candidate got only 40 votes inspite of the support of Tamba Gandi while the government box my supporters voted for got 66 votes.
“I then appealed to Dr. Mondeh and others on the need to reinstate my candidacy, as the winner of the contest, represented by the votes in the government box, which I supported.”
“The officiating team led by Dr. Mondeh has instead decided to hold another ballot without me and for the same sole candidate who had already lost to the government box I had urged my supporters to vote for,” Gbengba W.A.F. Sam-Gbandi complained.
He has seen the effort to eliminate him as a travesty of justice and is asking authorities in the SLPP to reinstate his candidacy for the SLPP symbol in the interest of fair play.
He asserts that he has no criminal record as the police had already cleared his name on the missing salaries business that he had refunded ages ago.
The Tankoro Police and Mr. NC Bendu of the inspectorate can attest to this, he told the New Citizen.
He wants the SLPP authority to make sure that he is not left out of the Friday June 8th primary for the SLPP symbol for Constituency 23 of Gandorhun, Kono District.

Posted on 07 Jun 2007
 


Subject: Re: ASPIRANT CRIES FOUL AT WUTETEH PRIMARIES(SLPP)
From: boli
To: All
Date Posted: 13:00:18 06/07/07 ()
Email Address: boli@yahoo.com
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Message:
"The Supervisor of Schools, NC Bendu, had the matter reported to the police and Gbengba W.A.F. Sam-Gbandi subsequently paid back the money and the matter died a natural death.
“I was never taken to court nor convicted for this loss of teachers’ salaries which I repaid, nor for any other matter. I therefore challenged my removal from the list of aspirants for the SLPP symbol as unfair and asked to be included,” he explained."

I am happy this thief was not allowed to stand. The fact that he paid the money back is to me and admission of guilt. If he was 'mugged' by rebels why did he need to pay the money back.


 


Subject: Re: ASPIRANT CRIES FOUL AT WUTETEH PRIMARIES(SLPP)
From: BUFORD HWY
To: All
Date Posted: 14:44:24 06/07/07 ()
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Message:
There are lots of them(THIEVES) in the Wuteteh party.Lets just sit and wait there are more revelations coming by the end of their so call primaries.


Subject: Re: ASPIRANT CRIES FOUL AT WUTETEH PRIMARIES(SLPP)
From: Moijue
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Date Posted: 10:31:55 06/07/07 ()
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Message:
These are the changes that Uncle Solo is coming up with. Monkey no ba lef in left hand.


Subject: Re: ASPIRANT CRIES FOUL AT WUTETEH PRIMARIES(SLPP)
From: BUFORD HWY
To: All
Date Posted: 12:00:33 06/07/07 ()
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Message:
If Madam Kuya Cappio can not win against a government box in her primary,then SLPP is in big trouble come Aug 11th.
Another clue that we most take from this primaries is SLPP will not give up power easily even with a landslide defeat from either the APC or the PMDC.If they are RIGGING their primaries,who to say what they would do in the GENERAL ELECTIONS.Lets keep a close watch on CHRISTIAN THORPE.


Subject: Re: ASPIRANT CRIES FOUL AT WUTETEH PRIMARIES(SLPP)
From: JOHNNY PAUL
To: All
Date Posted: 10:34:06 06/07/07 ()
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Message:
Moijue,

Is it true that Hon. Mahmoud Idriss of PLP fame(Johnny Paul's party) won a symbol to contest as a PMDC parliamentary candidate?


Subject: Re: ASPIRANT CRIES FOUL AT WUTETEH PRIMARIES(SLPP)
From: Moijue true blooded PMDC member to the core
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Date Posted: 11:53:40 06/07/07 ()
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No ,he apllied to contest and was told he could not as he was still a member of PLP.
A young businessman by the name of Mohamed Bangura is contesting for us.
Cadmus relax.


Subject: Re: ASPIRANT CRIES FOUL AT WUTETEH PRIMARIES(SLPP)
From: CADMUS
To: All
Date Posted: 11:15:46 06/07/07 ()
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Is this the calibre of the candidates the PMDC is putting up....If this is true, you should be ashamed of yourself , Moijue.


Subject: Liberians do not love us like we love them
From: CONCERNED
To: All
Date Posted: 08:50:19 06/07/07 ()
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Did any of you notice that the Liberian media online wrote nothing about the helicopter crash in Freetown ? While our own Kabs Kanu, Sylvia Blyden and others scramble to report on Liberia, these people don't publish stories about us. When we had debt relief, they did not publish it.So what is wrong with Kabs, Sylvia and those who give Liberian stories such space ? Imagine what could have happened if the crash had happened in Liberia ?

Liberians don't love us like we love them . They don't care what we do and what happens to us. Why should we care for them ? I can cite many more examples where Liberians have shown that they dont give a damn what we do or achieve.

Please give more space to our own events and stop carrying Liberian stories .Do like they are doing.


Subject: Re: Liberians do not love us like we love them
From: Liberiaman
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Date Posted: 10:51:32 06/07/07 ()
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Message:
Hey wait mamen, it was a self inflicted wound, what do you want us to say,Eh??


Subject: Re: Liberians do not love us like we love them
From: NAR TRUE
To: All
Date Posted: 09:56:39 06/07/07 ()
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Liberians do not give a damn about Sierra Leoneans. Had Sierra Leone done to Liberia what that country did to us, the mass killings of Sierra Leoneans by Liberians could have been unthinkable. It goes back to one thing. One of the greatest casualties of years of rotten politics in Sierra Leone is NATIONALISM. We care less about country, and even less so about ourselves as a nation .


Subject: Re: Liberians do not love us like we love them
From: BUFORD HWY
To: All
Date Posted: 10:47:28 06/07/07 ()
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Message:
You are absolutely right that Liberians do not give a DAMN about Sierra Leoneans.Liberians would only come close to you when they know they get something profitable from you.I know this,because I dealt with them during the 90s in the ATL,and these people are what we call FIS RIL WALI


Subject: Re: Liberians do not love us like we love them
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 10:36:52 06/07/07 ()
Email Address:
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That is true.Sierra-Leoaneans are notorious for lack of national identity and patriotism.It may have some roots within our ethnic circles.In SIerra-Leone,we have Sierra-Leonean fullahs,madingoes,susus etc.Will these tribes ever felt as true Sierra-Leoneans or loyal to the state?There were stories about mistreatment of Sierra-Leoneans by these same groups while seeking refuge in Guinea.Also,the lack of solidarity and greed amoung ourselves especially the majority tribes.A bright example, the Slpp decided to give the leadership of the party to a madingoe which has left our country in this state of poverty and misery.Who to be blame?Only ourselves,unless we change our sick ideology towards our country men


Subject: Re: Liberians do not love us like we love them
From: Alieu Sesay
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Date Posted: 10:01:53 06/07/07 ()
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Thats true.


Subject: From Cornelius Hamelberg in Sweden.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 05:41:05 06/07/07 ()
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Oneliner,

Re - your posting

http://www.hwforums.com/2179/messages/30120.html

You may be feeling like a foreigner in Sweden or wherever you are. I don’t feel that way. Not in London or New York either. I feel at home. The birds are singing outside my study window here in Bromma. They’ve been at it all morning. It’s the mating season.
I live in a nice house with all the modern amenities that you could dream of. It’s ours. I’m listening to Johan Hedin’s “Innersta Polskan” just now. This Sweden is my country. I am a part of it and Sweden is a part of me. I got here at the age of twenty three. Perhaps some day you’ll read my slightly fictionalised autobiography. I’m still reading Amos Oz and I’m reading it in Swedish. It’s entitled “En Berättelse om Kärlek och Mörker” I’ll use a word that you probably understand, to describe it: it’s fantastic! I wonder whether you will ever get around to reading it. I listened to him present it at Hedengrens Bookshop when this Swedish version was launched. (Also listened to David Grossman at the Kulturhuset. In other words, I take part in the cultural life of Sweden. With the rest of my countrymen and country women Sang Happy Birthday gustily (in Swedish) to His Majesty outside the Royal Palace when he celebrated his 60th birthday, last year I have the same birthday as Princess Victoria, July 14…..

Yesterday we beat Iceland at football, 5-0……

I’m still having a great time in Sweden. I’m still happy to be here. I meet wonderful people everyday (I just talked to my former boss Mattias. He too is wonderful. My wife is wonderful, my son is wonderful, the cousins, nieces, aunts, uncles, and friends, are all wonderful. Nyamko Sabuni is wonderful, so is Joe Frans, wonderful – and humble too. (Only Carl Bildt our foreign minister has not been so wonderful, lately. My neighbours are wonderful: I am happy. Yes, I am still happy and grateful to be here. I could have moved to Florida or California in early 1970, if I had so wanted. My wife thinks that in that case it’s less likely that we would still be together. Some of the American soul sisters that we knew in Ghana did not like the idea of us being together. But that was at the height of the Black power era and those sisters in particular were in Ghana to look for their roots and thought that a someone like me being married to Sweden was making a powerfully negative statement about black womanhood and offered to replace/displace my wife, in my heart. They were as we say in Swedish “ Chanslös”……

But in Ghana, we had many good friends from the African American nation, such as Rudy and Thelma Silas, George Preston, George Crowell, Cyprian Lamar Rowe, Joe and Adrianne Seaward, Jean Love, John Hendrix, Roberta Turner, many others, and many others who were not African American.

I still don’t know who “onliner” is and if it is a/one person. He obviously did not grasp the meaning of the term ”sinat chinam” which is the obvious basis and motivation of his postings. I intend to get to the bottom of this today and I don’t have all day, so I’ll just write this briefly and quickly and then next step make a few calls, one to the police and see where we go from there.

In the meantime, I’d like to comment on the following statements made by “onliner”:

1. ” But Bra Cornie, how do you expect to function in a society whose language you don’t speak?”

Don’t be ridiculous oneliner, my Swedish is better than your English or your Krio or your French and some other languages that you don’t speak or read.

I have seven favourite Swedish Poets and I hope that Ngugi Wa Thiongo or Thomas Tranströmer wins the Nobel Prize this year. Mind you, I read some Swedish poets in translation before I got to Sweden and already like Gunnar Ekelöf whilst I was in Ghana. They are infinitely more musical in Swedish and in contrast to the connotative, there is all that very Swedish emotive content that is lost in translation.

Do you know me, oneliner? Have you ever been home to me, to meet my Swedish kith and kin? I’m Swedish too you know. Do you know how many years I lived in Sierra Leone altogether? How long I’ve lived in Britain? Sweden? Nigeria? Ghana? United States? India? Egypt? You want me to go on? I am more familiar with the literature and music of these countries than I am with Sierra Leone’s.

Sadly, Povel Ramel has entered the hereafter..... I first heard his calypso in 1972 and he has been everybody’s music entertainment an even before, and for me after that. In the early 70s, I knew Michael Ramel. I wonder if they are related.

http://www.google.se/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4ADBR_enSE222SE222&q=Povel+Ramel

2.” As one of the many foreign misfits and an outcast of Sweden, your frustration for not achieving much in society that offers little to non-blonde Swedes is quite understandable. ”

I am not a ”foreign misfit” not in my first weeks in Sweden (on summer vacation here in Stockholm with my Swedish wife in 1970 and then back to Ghana, and certainly not since we started living here permanently in October 1971. I have a Swedish family quite a few relatives here, and none of my/ our Swedish relatives are ” misfits” either. My wife’s father, Karl Kilbom, was leader of the Swedish Communist party and later on – after meeting with Stalin, became a Social Democrat. He was a member of the Swedish Parliament for over seventeen years and a leader of the Folkets Hus movement. He was of Walloon (Belgian ancestry) His wife was also Swedish. I also have many other Swedish relatives but I don’t have to go into any details about them, suffice it to say that some of them younger and older are or have been at the top of their professions at universities, and other departments, in other areas, and in the civil service.
I feel at home in Sweden, culturally and socially and would describe myself as self-confident, self-assured, sociable, extrovert, an emotional and yet stable person - so the question of “integration” does not arise. As a Bo Town boy, you probably feel like an outcast, a misfit and non-blonde, a little too black in complexion and so on, but I do not. Don’t foist your own mental and emotional handicaps and inferiority complex on me. On the other hand, I have only had a (one) African girlfriend/ woman in my life. The others before my wife were English, American and French.

My blonde and beuatiful Swedish wife had a masters in Modern Languages( from the University of Stockholm) when I first met her – is a modest and politically conscious being, well read, contemporary, helpful to all and a most special person. I love her 1500% more today than I did when we got married at the American Embassy in Freetown in August 1969.

Of course, when we got to Sweden, everybody was and is still curious about me.

I should also like to explain that I am of both German and Yoruba ancestry. My step Father a war hero of the 2nd world war , John Patrick Johnson , was a Scot and the person that I knew as father from the age of ten till he and my own biological father passed away almost on the same day, he in London my father Theodor Hamelberg, in Monrovia, Liberia, when I was in Nigeria.

I do not have any ” frustrations” about ” achieving much (what?) and I do not believe that Sweden ”offers little to non-blonde Swedes” (Most born Swedes are not blond. Nor do I feel that I am a jungle man or have an inferiority complex about being born in Freetown. I did after all spend my childhood in London and Amsterdam and did return to Sierra Leone as a little Englishman. So I cannot say that In Britain or in Sweden, I have felt that I was in a strange place either culturally or psychologically. By education I feel at home in the Western intellectual tradition and it was to balance that that I took up African studies in Ghana 1970 – 1971. I learned to play African style guitar in Sweden - although I acquired the basics in Freetown, Accra and Port Harcourt. Playing, means doing what you want to do with the instrument.
I must also hasten to add that I acquired Swedish citizenship after living here for eight years, because I needed a passport to travel to New York in 1979 and my Sierra Leone passport had expired and after six months, the London Embassy was still delaying with issuing me a new one. I love New York I was there in 1976. I couldn’t postpone my trip. The Sierra Leone Foreign minister at that time, Dr.Abdulai Conteh , was/ is a friend a college mate of mine ( we both won national scholarship awards at the same time, for being among the top brightest guys in Sierra Leone in 1965) and if I had contacted him, he would have given me my Sierra Leone passport immediately. I did correspond with him briefly, when I got to Nigeria. He is my respected friend. ( About Nyamko Sabuni’s ministerial job – I have never wanted to be a minister either here or in Sierra Leone, where the immediate head of my family, Sir Henry Lightfoot-Boston was the first Governor-General of Sierra Leone after independence ( my mother is nee Evelyn Kathleen Boston) If I had wanted to follow a political career in Sierra Leone ( my uncle Olu Beccles - Davies was Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, and another one Cyril Rogers- Wright was a UPP and later on a SLPP politician.) Some of my school and college mates became politicians. I mean apart from Abdulai, people like Abdul Karim Koroma; Arthur Abrahams (minister of education) some others. In the first letter that I got from Abdulai Conteh , when I was in Nigeria, in response to my question how this University of Cambridge man became a politician he wrote back that it was ” Fate and a concatenation of factors” although he much prefers the peace and quiet of academia. He is presently the Chief Justice of Belize.

2.” It’s no fu-fu talk that at this age of your life and the talents you've got, you’d have made progressive strides had you spent your life elsewhere or made an effort to learn Swedish to integrate better. ”

Perhaps you “onliner” should be making efforts to learn improve your English and to learn some Swedish – and to read some Swedish Literature. You could start with Harry Martinson or Strindberg.

3.” like Nyamko Sabuni, you probably may have been made Sweden’s first black minister, without asking you how many coconut trees you have in Sweden.”

You Sierra Leone people always thinking about politics- never anything else. You guys never want to be a GREAT composer, poet, actor, dramatist, playwright, guitarist, singer, or inventor. You always want to be president or minister and that’s all you can talk about, even on this forum, politics.

I a few subjects areas in my life. I also studied African History.

Check out this long thread:

http://listserv.icors.org/scr1ptS/WA-ICORS.EXE?A2=ind0611e&L=gambia-l&D=1&O=D&F=&S=&P=1029

I know Nyamko Sabuni, have met her a few times and feel quite close to Nyamko in some things and especially so after defending and trying to explain her on a Gambian Forum. I have had no interest in being a black or white minister in Sweden or elsewhere and N: B: Sweden is not a racist country.

I think that I would like to emerge as a major Swedish writer and poet, when I appear.

I do not understand the rest of the posting about cooking with ”coal pot” (what’s’ that?) and
” cooking with firewood inside of Pa Shaki's Kingharman Rd residence” etc.

About Soulay Daramy, who is presently chief of protocol in president Kabbah’s office. Yes, he speaks Portuguese e and worked in the Angolan Embassy. It’s possible that he drove taxi some evenings, many people do. Many PhDs in art history in New York are part time taxi drivers too. It’s an exciting pastime. Soulay was my best Sierra Leonean friend in Sweden, before I went to Nigeria. We used to go out together. When I got back from Nigeria, four years later, he was married to Regina and had become a housebound husband. He worked as first Secretary at the London High Commission when Professor Cyril Foray was Ambassador. He is charming and not at all arrogant. He invited me and my second brother to lunch, the last time I saw him in London. I last saw him when His Excellency Tejan Jalloh was here in Stockholm. He is a great guy an honourable Mandinka man. Loves Congo music and dancing, doesn’t drink or smoke. If you are in doubt about me, ask him. He is also a creative person, and I have the original manuscr1pt of a novel he wrote. I have that in my possession. There was almost nothing to edit except one word and up to today, we can not decide whether it should be piss or it should be urinate. (Smile, & wink wink, Soulay, and greetings to you & da president…..


 


Subject: Re: From Cornelius Hamelberg in Sweden.
From: Onliner
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Date Posted: 14:59:41 06/07/07 ()
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Subject: Everybody is a 'Fulumunku' to John Leigh
From: Alie Formeh Kamara
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Date Posted: 05:34:20 06/07/07 ()
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Calling people names. Characterising people as fulumunkus and drop outs and all the other non english verb-like Krio words is very unbecomming of a man who sought the leadership position of the SLPP in order to be President of Sierra Leone.
Mr. Leigh has a baggage and it is called bad character. Humility is not a vocabulary in his world.
 


Subject: Re: Everybody is a 'Fulumunku' to John Leigh
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 10:34:27 06/07/07 ()
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Not only does he have a bad character, he also is one person that cannot be trusted and in politics which is a deal making world, one has to have the element of trust.

Thre was a time in my life when John Leigh could do no wrong. I first met him in washington DC during those heady days of the AFRC coup. I was extremely impressed with the energy that he placed into his job. He n my opinion then and still is my opinion, "Represented Sierra Leone well". It was also clear that his representation against the AFRC were biased in favor of the SLPP but that didnt matter because his during the period of the AFRC intereregnum, even the partisan could be considered Nationalistic.

I started to lose respect for John after I realized that on this forum he found a need to address every tom dick or harry with very partisan responses on behalf of the SLPP and thus vitiating the Nationalistic role that had endeared many of us intellectuals to his camp, to such an extent that some of us were willing to jump political ship to see him become president.

Very recently my relationship with John Leigh soured because he maligned my reputation on this forum knowing full well that the facts that he published on this forum were false. His willingnes to mortgage my reputation to the truth was clearly an irresponsible act. He lost my respect then and from here on he is going to have to earn my respect. In the interim, I am weighing my options. I just might file a lawsuit against him for defamation and lets just hope that he prepares for that. Its okay to voiceferously support your party but its NOT okay to defame people in the process and it is definitely NOT okay to do so to people who have placed that reputations on the line defending you.


Subject: Re: Everybody is a 'Fulumunku' to John Leigh
From: Humble Man
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Date Posted: 08:26:35 06/07/07 ()
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If he had humility, at the least, he will still be SL Ambassador to Washington.Now he is just a nmae on this forum.


Subject: SUMMARY OF THE CENTURY - THANK YOU MR. JALLOH
From: Albert Moinina
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Date Posted: 04:58:01 06/07/07 ()
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This is what Mr. Jalloh wrote which I strongly believe is the underlining and simple reason Mr. Leigh's support for Berewa, not SLPP, has met tremendous criticism. I have told Mr. Leigh in numerous occasions that I will NEVER UNDERSTAND HIS SUPPORT FOR BEREWA. Oh fulumunku lek me.

"Therefore, the entrance of Ernest Koroma or Charles Margai into a contest against Berewa can not -- and does not -- thereby suddenly transform Berewa from an unfit leader to one who is fit to be president, when, by your own admission, he is unfit to do so under any circumstances." Mohamed A. Jalloh


Subject: Re: SUMMARY OF THE CENTURY - THANK YOU MR. JALLOH
From: silent majority
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Date Posted: 10:27:51 06/07/07 ()
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"Therefore, the entrance of Ernest Koroma or Charles Margai into a contest against Berewa can not -- and does not -- thereby suddenly transform Berewa from an unfit leader to one who is fit to be president, when, by your own admission, he is unfit to do so under any circumstances." Mohamed A. Jalloh

... "As long as the logical conclusion is based on factual premises, it is impossible for logic to lead to the wrong conclusion". Mohamed A. Jalloh
 

 

But Mr Leigh did not say 'Berewa is unfit to lead UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES'....did he? These are MJ's own words.

Mr Jalloh's otherwise logical argument is flawed, is it not, by the incorrect premise that

"...Berewa is unfit for leadership.".. is the same as

"Berewa is unfit for leadership UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES'..

The words .."UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.." have been imputed by Mr Jalloh simply because Mr Leigh did not add any conditions to his statement. Mr leigh could have gone on to say UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES but chose not to

I would suggest that the Mr Leigh's simply omitted to
qualify his statement that Berewa was unfit for leadership.

I think (and I say this with some diffidence given the respect forumites,including myself,have for Mr Jalloh) that Mr Jalloh appears to have deviated from his usually diligent approach. I say this because I am not even sure that Mr Leigh has actually said that Berewa is now fit for the leadership. What he seems to be saying is that Berewa/SLPP is the better option on Aug 11.

It seems to me entirely logical to think that Berewa was unfit for leadership in 2005 and to still think so. But when faced with the stark choice of the alternatives and considering the risks associated with those alternatives to nevertheles opt for Berewa and SLPP as the least worst alternative. Simply because Mr Leigh did not add such a qualification to his statement does not, in my view, require a recantation of that position. I think that Mr Leigh is a pragmatist. I suspect most voters will take that pragmatic view. I concede that Mr Leighs positions appear inconsistent at first glance. But on closer inspection i think they make sense.


Subject: Re: SUMMARY OF THE CENTURY - THANK YOU MR. JALLOH
From: Mohamed A. Jalloh
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Date Posted: 10:55:14 06/07/07 ()
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"I would suggest that the Mr Leigh's simply omitted to
qualify his statement that Berewa was unfit for leadership."

Your argument runs into the brick wall represented by the facts in this matter.

Specififcally, there is no evidence that has been adduced by you that Mr. Leigh "simply omitted to qualify his statement that Berewa is unfit for leadership" of SL. That is merely your unsubstantiated opinion. If you have evidence to support it, please set if forth.

If and when you do so, the inescapable question that would arise would be dispositive of Mr. Leigh's opportunism, as correctly alluded to by Critical Thinker earlier today. That question is:

If, as you allege, Mr. Leigh simply omitted to qualify his statement that Berewa is unfit for leadership of SL, why then has he never corrected the alleged omission all these years by expressly recanting his "mistaken" declaration of Berewa's unfitness for leadership?

The answer is obvious: Mr. Leigh never corrected his "omission" because there was no omission, inadvertent or otherwise. What there is, plainly, is a clear case of unacknowledged political opportunism.
 


Subject: Re: SUMMARY OF THE CENTURY - THANK YOU MR. JALLOH
From: KING LOGGY
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Date Posted: 08:13:39 06/07/07 ()
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Mr. Leigh must have the right to support Berewa regardless of previous negative statements he made about him. We must remember that these things happens too often in politics. The question, however, is can Mr. Leigh's support for Berewa help transform Berewa from an unfit leader to one who is fit to be the president? If so, Mr. Leigh will have to explain how as his credibility is hanging.


Subject: Re: SUMMARY OF THE CENTURY - THANK YOU MR. JALLOH
From: Albert Moinina
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Date Posted: 09:01:13 06/07/07 ()
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Good point, I am yet to see that convincing explanation.


Subject: Re: SUMMARY OF THE CENTURY - THANK YOU MR. JALLOH
From: Critical Thinker
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Date Posted: 09:15:58 06/07/07 ()
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JL should be more forthright and just say he supports Berewa because the he thinks the SLPP has a very good chance of winning. Yes, this may make him sound like an opportunist but he may be well able to prove to us that this he is not one. In fact, considering what he has done so far in life he should not need anything from Berewa or the SLPP in my opinion..

If Leigh still stands by his belief that he is more qualified than Berewa Leigh should run on an independent ticket. Berewa’s leadership capabilities cannot just be suddenly transformed overnight. If he truly believes that Berewa is unfit for leadership why settle for Berewa because the other two are worse off in his opinion? There are other ways to get around this other than settling for mediocrity.
 


Subject: Re: SUMMARY OF THE CENTURY - THANK YOU MR. JALLOH
From: Albert Moinina
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Date Posted: 09:26:09 06/07/07 ()
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I once suggested to Mr. Leigh to form his own party based on what 'we' know and in particular Leigh himself has said about Berewa.

I have no problem about his opinion about Margai and Ernest. I have even said that he may be right. But truly, I cannot comprehend his support for Berewa.


Subject: Re: SUMMARY OF THE CENTURY - THANK YOU MR. JALLOH
From: Critical Thinker
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Date Posted: 09:35:58 06/07/07 ()
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"But truly, I cannot comprehend his support for Berewa"

Me neither. Faced with a choice between JL and Berewa many people including myself would choose JL over Solo. I believe that the simple reason for this choice is this: Berewa is part of the SLPP leadership that is generally corrupt and has failed to raise the people out of poverty. It's time for someone else with a very structured agenda and a sense of purpose to try to make this thing right.
 


Subject: Re: SUMMARY OF THE CENTURY - THANK YOU MR. JALLOH
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq.
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Date Posted: 11:00:28 06/07/07 ()
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Faced with a choice between JL and Berewa many people including myself would choose JL over Solo.

I would cose NEITHER. John Leigh canot be trusted. He is a loose cannon who has no compunction about maligning someone who was one of his strngets allies. He lied about that incident rather than apologise about it which would mooted the analysis issue. Although John Leigh and I have had many telephone conversations over the past few years, some of which he initiated, he claims that he did not have my telephone number or my e mail address which he does have. These are acts that go to the moral fiber of John Leigh.

I dont know Berewah well enough to make the same analysis about him other than the fact that after the AFRC interregnum he accused my father and a few other prominent people who were unable to leave freetown, of being rebel collaborators, which was untrue. He has not apologised for that since then. Further the killing of Kula Samba Abdul K Sesay two very good friends of mine still haunt my heart.


Subject: Re: SUMMARY OF THE CENTURY - THANK YOU MR. JALLOH
From: Mohamed A. Jalloh
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Date Posted: 06:46:00 06/07/07 ()
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Mr. Moinina:

You are welcome. I have always maintained that the rules of logic provide the best framework for resolving competing arguments, precisely because they are no respecter of persons, only of the validity or invalidity of their arguments.

In other words, the rules of logic provide a fair playing field on which all arguments must prove their merit -- or lack thereof.


Subject: Re: SUMMARY OF THE CENTURY - THANK YOU MR. JALLOH
From: Straight Talk
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Date Posted: 06:23:05 06/07/07 ()
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Albert, Ngor John's conversion from being against Berewa to being for Berewa, like you said, is something no thinking person could understand.

That does not make you a fulumunku. What it makes you is a person who thinks straight.

As for Mr. Jalloh, what he has done is to reduce all of Ngor John's many wrong-headed arguments about why he supports VP Berewa to their core and then expose that core as baseless.

My advice to Ngor Leigh is for him to stop trying to defend the indefensible. Better for him to tell tpeople the real reason why he supports Berewa, which has nothing to do with Berewa's leadership competence, since Ngor Leigh has already told the whole wide world that it does not exist.


Subject: Down Memory Lane
From: Karamoh Kabba
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Date Posted: 18:25:13 06/06/07 ()
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From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

COMMENTARIES
Sierra Leone: Do they have plans when the wells run dry?
By Karamoh Kabba
Nov 11, 2005, 01:05

 


DO THEY HAVE PLANS WHEN THE WELLS RUN DRY?

By Karamoh Kabba

Karamoh is the author of A Mother’s Saga, Lion Mountain and Morquee—A Political Drama of Wish over Wisdom

 

“A senior UN official estimates its [Sierra Leone] annual aid requirements at Dollars 350m for the next few years. ‘The major problem the country faces at present is that it is unable to raise the resources that a modern state needs, and on the other side, with the exception mainly of the British, all the major donors are phasing down their assistance,’ he says” (Financial Times)

 

The scenario above is the precarious state of the economy that awaits the next president of Sierra Leone. If Charles Margai, who has resigned from the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), does not register a new political party, Sierra Leone will likely be left with the following; Solomon Berewa and Ernest Koroma, in the presidential contest of 2007. Meanwhile, the last contingent of The UN Mission in Sierra Leone (Unamsil) will be departing in December along with its buying power, leaving behind businesses that depend on them in an economic barrenness. Not only that, the economic aid too is plunging. Now, what plans do these political aspirants have when the donors say to Sierra Leone: enough is enough?

President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah’s recent statement, “I must say that some donors are generous but some make pledges which they do not fulfill,” referring to donor commitments is one of the indications that the government of Sierra Leone is walking a tightrope without donors—that the government has made no effort to change its status from a donor-driven economy to a self-reliant economy. It is ironic that officials in the donor nations too may be pondering: The government of Sierra Leone has failed to keep its obligation in cracking down on corruption. And much of our donations have ended up lining the pockets of corrupt politicians. The following statement in the Financial Times adds some credence to the sense of irony, “The UK and other donors have been pressing the government to tackle official corruption more firmly, but have been reluctant to protest openly about it as they have in Kenya.”

Foreign aid has been the source of government workers’ salaries and financing of many government programs. The Financial Times also states that “With foreign assistance providing half of Sierra Leone's national budget, the country relies heavily on external funds flowing into public sector projects.” It is reasonable to assume that these funds are like ademptions: they do not flow into public sector projects with transparency; they are almost reduced in half by the time they complete their tedious bureaucratic processes to reach the handicapped countries, notwithstanding the cost of financing the projects management workers. They are all foreign experts whose salaries are hundred times what these countries pay their local workers for the same jobs. What that means is that by the time the donors depart, the donations would have been in adeemed status, especially after politicians line their pockets. The only bequests to the handicapped nations become mound of debts.

One would wonder why such a handicapped government as Sierra Leone would be reluctant to crackdown on corrupt government officials who are left loose to use donor funds as if it were money to burn. Yet, abound on the lips and pens of many journalists, civil societies, political party supporters and friends of presidential candidates in Sierra Leone and abroad are such bootlicking concoction of words in clichés “Berewa is a Hurricane”, “The Red Hot Sun” and “Margai, the Comeback Kid”. They go about, “scratching where they didn't itch, and laughing when they were not tickled,” instead of demanding their putative leaders’ plans.

What is more, these amphigories for political favors are compounded by a notorious practice called “coasting,” a ploy journalists use to kill stories in the pressrooms that are supposed to enlighten the masses about unscrupulous activities amongst politicians and influential citizens. Sometimes, journalists succumb to the wish of politicians because there is a culture of shooting the messenger in Sierra Leonean.

During Vice President Berewa’s recent visit to London, it was reported that he reduced himself to inconsequential name-calling of people who he perceives are critics of him. Fortunately, these people live in the Diaspora; otherwise, I will assume he was earmarking them for vengeance. Paul Kamara, a journalist, was charged and convicted under the 1965 Public Order Act with seditious libel while the anti corruption is yet to make a significant prosecution. This should not intimidate Sierra Leoneans from asking these aspirants for their plans before they give up their votes. Standing up for what one believes is a noble thing to do regardless of the price one has to pay sometimes and Martin Luther King Jr. resonates this in his I’ve Been to the Mountaintop speech, “And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you.”

Instead of “coasting,” which has a denigrating effect on journalists, they too should become instrumental in voter education by grilling these presidential aspirants in public debates. The reward from using the mass media’s capacity to reproduce statements of political intentions, aspirations, and plans is more than “coasting”. The mass media can use its capacity to disseminate the news as an incentive to lure politicians to debate the issues. Journalists can use print and broadcast media as a means of monitoring and following up with politicians as they tackle their commitments they will make to run the country without donors.

And such debates should be organized by the Journalists and moderated by some reputable ones, who are known for being uncompromising inquisitors, well-armed with pertinent questions designed to invoke the real men and women who are dressed in political suits. This will not only become a source of voter education and credence to journalism in Sierra Leone, but it would also make big headline news that will translate into big money business for the mass media industry.

This process will help the public to know whether its leaders are indeed “hurricanes”, “red suns” and “comeback kids,” or simply wimps, infernos and armchair warriors based on their performances in public debates.

For example, if an aspirant is asked the following question in a debate: ‘Our recent history is marked by indiscriminate raping of our children, wives and mothers in a war that was caused by excessive corruption in government. You are now all suited-up for the same position. We are worried about repeating our recent violent history in these precarious economic times. With that in mind, what would you do if someone rapes your wife?’ To this question, either a good leader with sound resolve under pressure would respond with deliberation by discussing judicial procedures to seek justice or spontaneously by lashing out; “I would kill that bastard!” But a bad leader without a resolve, when faced with such a tense situation, would ramble aimlessly in a search for answers he thinks the voters would want to hear. It is only through such means we would be able to tell goat heads from sheep heads or virtuous leaders from impetuous ones.

To come back to the donor issue, donor organizations do not teach us how to catch fish. The development packages that accompany foreign aid, in fact, seem only to teach us how to eat fish. The government of Sierra Leone’s reliance on donors without grassroots plans to redeem itself appears to present the country as a nation of lazy people who lie around thriving on being treated as a ‘non-profit nation’ by donor nations. Evidently, there is an influx of foreign Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) workers in Freetown while the pool of unemployed youth is growing. This is because donors impose NGOs on Sierra Leone to run most of the programs they finance as if Sierra Leoneans are Bruneians whose Sultan has westerners working for them while they indulge themselves. But make no mistake, unlike the Bruneians only the politicians have the means for indulgencies in Sierra Leone, guaranteeing the smoldering anger of the large pool of unemployed youths. Simply put, these donor nations are telling us that we have no development programs beside the strings they attach to their aid packages. Evidently, the only “development programs” the politicians can boast of are new aid proposals.

Recently, the presidential spokesman boasted of an aid package that was in the pipeline. And Kabbah was nonplussed when threatened with the prospect of donor non-compliance in fulfilling their promises. Even the outbreak of natural disasters in the world is not a wake-up call enough for the leaders of Sierra Leone. It does not take a thinker to know that those countries that are now affected by natural disasters will be at the top of the international aid priority list that could leave donor countries worn to frazzle. But Sierra Leone politicians nonetheless go about wolfing down, and wallowing in the mire, in donor funds. In this manner, Sierra Leone has become what one writer calls, a “money Bermuda Triangle” where money disappears as soon as it reaches there.

As elections near, the presidential spokesman making a flippant statement, that amongst Kabbah’s promises to the people to be accomplished by 2007 is a bridge across to Lungi. The longest bridge in the world, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, is 1,991 meters long and cost $3.6 billion to construct. In today’s economy, Lungi Bridge may hardly fall short of that figure or could even exceed it. Exposing the presidential spokesman’s illusory promise of a Lungi Bridge is the simple question: what economic benefit will a Lungi Bridge bring to Sierra Leone? What percent of the population will ever have the need to drive across the Lungi Bridge?

With less than ten international flights landing at Lungi International Airport per week, how much funds will a toll generate towards economic recovery or at least toward the cost recovery of such a massive infrastructure? It will even cost less and make sense to construct a new international airport in one of the slow growing provincial towns and a modern highway that will connect the airport to the capital city with the capacity to stimulate decongestion of Freetown and jobs creation in the provinces. Not only that, it will also kill two birds with one stone by adding to the only and worn out highway out of Freetown.

It does not require an economist to figure out that U.S. $3.6 billion can link every town and village in the country with good roads. Sierra Leone has some of the worst roads today in Africa and amongst them is the road to Kono District, the diamond-mining hub of the country. I will assume a good road network linking towns and villages has more of an economic viability to Sierra Leone than a bridge, especially in a nation that must revitalize its mining and agricultural sectors to jumpstart a manufacturing sector that does not exist, for a speedy economic recovery. It makes commodious good-sense for a country under such economic strains as Sierra Leone to embark on projects that will improve the lives of the public, instead of those of only the affluent. Not even if a quarter of all the vehicles in the city drove across the bridge everyday would it generate enough funds of economic significance.

It makes no sense to raise peoples’ hopes like that when the government cannot provide electricity for the city and the towns and villages, much less, a massive bridge. Is Kabbah’s government that myopic not to realize that the amount of electricity to light up such a bridge every day is about a quarter of the total power that is needed to light up the city? Will the Lungi Bridge supply the city with light or will it tap the limited power supply from the city? Of course, a bridge of such magnitude will be a death trap without a constant supply of electricity. Nonetheless, the leaders in Sierra go about boasting of massive development projects that have no economic benefit to the country or its poor people around elections time. To prove the improbability of what the politicians are telling the people, let me show you the numbers for December 2004 for fiscal year 2005:

The 2004 budget is weak on proposing structural reform and the IMF has recommended greater fiscal discipline. The government projects that domestic revenue will total Le333.2bn (US$127m) in 2004 and total expenditure LE839.7bn, resulting in a fiscal deficit of 24.4% of GDP excluding grants. The Economist Intelligence Unit believes that these figures are optimistic, and that both revenue and spending will be lower. Revenue will rise in 2004 compared to 2003, as tax revenue increases in line with the establishment of more businesses and the management difficulties in the new National Revenue Authority are ironed out. However, Sierra Leone’s porous borders, and the associated loss of revenue through smuggling (particularly of diamonds), will continue to limit revenue growth. There will be continued pressure to increase spending, given the huge rehabilitation and rebuilding work being undertaken following the war, but delays in disbursals from donors will create a funding shortfall. We forecast that the overall fiscal deficit (on a cash basis including grants) will remain at around 9% of GDP during 2005-06, which will be met through domestic borrowing. (The Economic Intelligence Unit Country Report December 2004)

Now, let us discuss the Sierra Leone report card: First, there are no new businesses; the only new business for the leaders is the upcoming elections. Furthermore, the existing businesses that depend on Unamsil are going to suffer immensely when Unamsil leaves. Second, the management difficulties in the new National Revenue Authority the authors of The Economist Intelligence Unit are referring to in a diplomatic language are nothing but corruption. Third, the figures in the country report mean that donor contribution to our total expenditure is Le506.5bn.

To explain this in simpler terms, say, for example, your household has been in an in-fighting for several years that destroyed all your sources of income and made you to become dependent on your friends for more than half of the income you need for your family’s livelihood. Say your monthly income is Le30,000, and needs Le80,000 to survive in a month. Your friends give you Le50,000 every month on a condition that you must use the money prudently. That means, you should not be in the bar drinking while your children are starving. And that your friends will only give you Le50,000 over a certain period. This means, your friends expect you to engage in some kind of a business or look for a job to attain a sustainable living condition. But instead, you become a dreamer of living in a mansion and eating in restaurants. So, your friends come to you one day and tell you that “although we intend to keep our promises to you, we are going to delay and cut down on our commitments because we have a more pressing situation at Magburaka where the Rokel River flooded its banks and destroyed the houses and sources of income for many hard working Magbass employees.” At this news, you become nervous and go on an accusation mode that some of your friends are failing to keep their promises.

Meanwhile, your yard is a lustrous orchard of orange and mango trees. Down the hill is a fertile swamp without any crop. A little further down is the river Baffin with a big school of tilapias, and on its bed, the finest diamonds in the world collide against each other. Yet, you buy ready oranges and mangoes at high prices with part of the money your friends help you with from one of them who comes and gathers your fruits in your orchard. When your friends presses hard on you, you say, “well, I need someone to work my land” even though you have strong and healthy children. Another of your friends takes up the mining of your diamonds and gives you 3% of the proceeds and takes the rest to his/her own town, leaving you still begging your friends to extend their support for you and your children. Meanwhile, all you care about is how much control you can have over your family to have an advantage to lavish the help you get from your friends. This is exactly what the leaders of Sierra Leone are doing at national and international levels. And elections time is the only time to ask them how they intend to change that.

Recently, I read in an article that Sierra Leone is the only country in the world where pregnant women are transported in wheelbarrows to the nearest medical centers for child delivery. Would the Lungi Bridge provide accesses to these poor people in such a difficult situation in these remote villages? Of course not, but it will reduce the risk for about 10% of the country’s population of very rich people and very powerful politicians from drowning in ferries or crashing in decrepit helicopters, and increase the all-time high infant mortality of the country. Though, talking about it around elections time will give them the votes to stay in power hence the end of the discussion about the Lungi Bridge until next elections.

But the opposition politicians always seem to be seeing the problems clairvoyantly from the outside. But that does not mean they are more capable of tackling the problems, because they too have the tendency to do the same things once they are voted into power. This tells us that, in deciding how to vote elections, party politics have to be a secondary reason to individual leadership character for voters in elections. In an interview with World Press magazine, Oct. 1, 2002, Ernest Koroma, the All Peoples’ Congress (APC) opposition leader was asked:

“A recent BBC report referred to Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, as a boomtown. Would you say that’s accurate? How would you characterize the current economic state of Sierra Leone?”

Mr. Koroma gave the following answer: “We shouldn’t get carried away. It’s true: Things are much better now, largely thanks to the efforts of international donors. But we still don’t own our mining, fishing, and agricultural, and cocoa industries. We’re not supporting ourselves. Remove the donors, and we’re helpless. We need to put efficient managerial machinery and effective governance in place in both the private and the public sector…. We need to construct the legal framework that will attract investment. I’m not talking about foreign aid. I’m talking about real investment.”

The politicians should be preoccupied with such questions from every angle. Journalists should not just leave them to parcel themselves in little packages for sale to their friends and paramount chiefs, who in turn call them by all these praise-singing monikers. While the ruling party leaders’ minds are roaming wild on the implausible Lungi Bridge, citrus fruits, such as oranges, mangoes and bananas, good sources of vitamins, reach the consumers almost in a perished condition because of bad roads or no roads at all. Even worse, they must be consumed during the improvised fruit season by adaptation. There is nothing such as a fruit season in neighboring Guinea because of its fruit processing and canning industry. There are tons and tons of fruits perishing in orchards in Sierra Leone, during the so-called fruit season, yet the people go hungry, and die of starvation.

The European would not come to Sierra Leone to set up fruit processing plants with the capacity to remove a few hundred jobless youths of the streets. This is the time for Journalists to take a leadership role in civic competency and ask these politicians how they intend to get the children of Sierra Leone off the streets. The donors will not instruct the universities to produce new graduates to come down from the colleges with business proposals that can be backed by government funds and monitored by government officials to create employers. For example, a simple background in food processing chemistry is all that is needed to operate and make available in the market place citrus fruit juices all year round.

The leaders, Journalists, the civil societies, party supporters and friends of presidential candidates have not been introspective; they have been spending the most part of their energy asking and looking forward to donor promises and singing praise-songs to the powerbrokers in the hope of having a share of the donor funds. Preparing grants is much more difficult, demeaning and conceding of national sovereignty than preparing proposals to make money by way of investment. And the grants are only promises, but what if the donor nations do not follow through as in the awkward cap-in-hand situation that left Kabbah complaining frantically about donor nations' noncompliance with their promises to their non-profit nation cause? Would the Journalists, professionals who ought to be a body of trustworthy surrogates, sits by and watch the people go to the voting booths blind, thereby sowing the risk that they will go to war once more, raping children, wives and mothers, not being able to tell who is who? The question for the journalists is Would they continue to “coast” the power that-be, and thereby side with those who are ruining our country, or would they choose to become partners in the nation-building process by starting a noble process of demanding good political manifestos from the aspirants and coaching the voters will be up to the journalists.

 

© Copyright 2005, Freetown, Sierra Leone.


 

 

 

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Subject: Re: Down Memory Lane
From: Nasultan
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Date Posted: 21:16:41 06/06/07 ()
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I enjoy reading this article. Good job. I hope many more people in this forum will discuss issues facing our country and not attacking one another.


Subject: Re: Down Memory Lane
From: Dr. C. Curtis-Thomas
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A very brilliant article.


Subject: Re: Down Memory Lane
From: jclifden
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Date Posted: 18:46:52 06/06/07 ()
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In the real world some people have no real business to tend... they have no real impact inside their communities. They are powerless beyond their bedrooms and and have no influential capabilities.

But in the virtual world ...the invisible world... every one has some relative impact inside their cyber communities...

with just the click of a mouse .. and a few words from webster's online dictionary, carefully combined together....
Even a looser...a failure ...can instantly become influential and powerful all of a sudden.

I look forward to the day when all these virtual influential and powerful people transmute all their cyber energies into "The REAL world" energies that would lead to some positve changes inside their communities....

 


Subject: Re: Down Memory Lane
From: Olli Kangas
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Truly a scathing argument "Dr". How happy it makes me here 30000 km away to find such a retort to abstract influence. Your eloquence has convinced me, a simple minded descendant of vikings and the golden hord of Greatest Khan Temujin, that only concrete influence is substantial. Take that Dr. King, Shakespeare, Pythagora, Democritus, Rosa Parks, Mahatma Ghandi... I feel lifted by your driving tought that seems to be that the free exchange of ideas in an impartial forum is counterproductive to the state of the community. I too have studied the works of likeminded intellectuals, Goebbels, Lenin, Mao, Milosjevik, Thatcher, G. H. W. Bush, Cheney... Such great intellectuals who have left deep impressions to quality of life in communities near and far. But the most impressive part about your poignant wittisism is the honorific Dr. How great that a distinguished academic (unless you are a md, or from a "bible school") like yourself can so completely be without foretought and voice such a juvenile rant about expression of ideas as a source of selfesteem. A comment worthy Pat "delusional scum" Robertson


Subject: Re: Down Memory Lane
From: Karamoh Kabba
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Date Posted: 19:41:05 06/06/07 ()
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True we can find the means of communication online, but what about our state of mind we are searching online to bring to forth?


Subject: VICTOR LEWIS DEFEATS MAX BAILOR
From: SIR SAMUEL LEWIS
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Date Posted: 18:09:11 06/06/07 ()
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Victorious Victor Lewis


Sierra Leone People's Party Lewis Beats Buffy
By John Mansaray
Jun 6, 2007, 22:12 Email this article

The 38 years old vibrant socialite, sports enthusiast, newspaper publisher and popular businessman, Mr. Victor Lewis, yesterday June 5th 2007 scored a landslide victory over Buffy Max Bailor, during the parliamentary primaries (for the award of party symbols) of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).


Although Victor owns a mainstream newspaper and he has several close friends who also own mainstream newspapers and who were more than willing to put their popular newspapers at his disposal, the young, charismatic SLPP activist did not use the media to solicit votes for the primaries but instead chose to go down to the grassroots people and canvass his cause right amongst those who really mattered in his Constituency 111 in Freetown.

His efforts paid off and this direct blood descendant of the great Sir Samuel Lewis bagged a whopping 82 (eighty two) votes out of a total voter college of 118 voters. His nearest of the four aspirants was Buffy Bailor who scored only 32 votes despite having engaged in a massive media blaze of burnishing his credentials for the reading public. The other contestants were Rosamund Mattia and Josiah Paris.

The Elections for the SLPP symbol was conducted at the SLPP Western Regional Headquarters at Rawdon Street in Freetown after an initial attempt to conduct the elections in the Constituency itself (Aberdeen) was botched over a disagreement as to whether the elections should be held at the Aberdeen Community Center or the National Dance Troupe Compound.

The Mende tribal head for the western region, Chief Younge, who presided over the voting exercise, thanked all the candidates for their participation. He also thanked the electoral college whose members he described as having been entrusted by party members to choose the right person amongst the four who should go to parliament and bring development to the Constituency.

The voting which was done behind closed doors via a secret ballot box was yesterday held peacefully without any rancour unlike the previous day’s botched event which was rancorous. Yesterday’s election was witnessed by over a dozen police personnel and journalists.

After the voting and the counting of the votes cast, Commissioner Younge called on each of the aspirants to make statements. Josiah Paris who scored no votes, in his own remarks congratulated Victor Lewis and promised to work and support him during the campaign period and at the elctions.

Buffy Max Bailor in his remarks, stated that his defeat was what he termed as "a big loss of opportunities" to the people of Constituency 111. How his defeat was such a big loss was not clarified. He however congratulated Victor Lewis and promised to work with him for the overall victory of the party.

Rosamound Mattia who scored 4 votes, in her own remarks assured that she was always ready to support Victor Lewis. She called on the delegates and supporters to refrain from intimidating any other side as they were all members of the same party. She therefore called upon all SLPP supporters to now rally behind Lewis for him to emerge victorious in the August 11 2007 polls.

Commissioner Younge, after all the sentiments declared Victor Lewis as the undisputed landslide winner for the award of the SLPP symbol for constituency 111 in Freetown.

After the elections, relatives and friends of Buffy Max Bailor were seen openly shedding tears. Some were even weeping profusely. Many of them openly expressed disappointment as to how they could suffer such a massive defeat despite the intense media campaigning undertaken by Buffy Max Bailor.

However, political analysts have reported that the media campaigning undertaken by Buffy Bailor was more counter productive than anything else.

His choice of a certain newspaper to use to campaign in a bid to win the hearts and minds of die hard Solomon Berewa followers has been described by sober political analysts as an "interesting decision". One member of the electoral college even went as far as to describe the decision of Buffy Max Bailor to use that newspaper, as a "very foolish move".

"I hope he has learnt his lesson very well. In politics, your choices have to be very well thought out and they have to be done with consideration for the sensitivities of others especially the women." one of the female members of the electoral college commented.

 


Subject: Re: VICTOR LEWIS DEFEATS MAX BAILOR
From: boli
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Date Posted: 12:48:17 06/07/07 ()
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I am impressed with the democratic way the SLPP are doing their candidate selections. Buffy does mean well for the people of Sierra Leone and would have got my support if he had won the selection process. However I doff my hat to Mr Victor Lewis and offer him my congratulations.

Before anyone starts, I am not APC SLPP or PMDC and I am happy to give praise where it is due. I hope other parties follow this open process and select their candidates through the same fair process. Let's not repeat how Pa Shaki used to 'give' symbols to sycophants and brown nosers.

Commiserations Buffy and good luck to Victor


Subject: Re: VICTOR LEWIS DEFEATS MAX BAILOR
From: Question time
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Date Posted: 08:21:39 06/07/07 ()
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I thought Pa Max was dead.Still interested in Politics at this tender age of 90 years.
Pa, please give younger generation a chance.


Subject: Re: VICTOR LEWIS DEFEATS MAX BAILOR
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 10:14:28 06/07/07 ()
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Buffy is Pa Max's son.


Subject: Re: VICTOR LEWIS DEFEATS MAX BAILOR
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 03:45:59 06/07/07 ()
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Buffy Max Bailor is just as competent and would have been my candidate had I been SLPP. I know Buffy and I am sure that he has a whole lot more to give to sierra leone. I dont know Victor Personally but I do know Buffy and I also do know that he is a progressive.

I will be working now quite fervently to ganeer votes for the APC candidate who will be running against Victor Lewis.


Subject: Re: VICTOR LEWIS DEFEATS MAX BAILOR
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 15:42:19 06/07/07 ()
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Alieu, Victor is a formidable force to crack. aside his ancestral lineage to politics and good governance, victor spent time in all parts of Sierra leone and knows our people well. i was his senior headboy in a boarding school at some point in our schooling years in sierra leone. He is a determined yopung man. I erecall when we had a political party in the boarding home - Natty Rebel Party (NRP) we were against teachers dating school children and abuse of power. We stood our ground and made sure no such abuse was evident during our years. Victor is a no-nonsense guy. Even our leader will have to watch out for him. He only fears God and respects humankind that desrves respect. His physical stature is not in unison with the strength he spiritually possess. I sometimes laugh at him when he is angered - he reminds me of my father - height-denied but with so much power. God's hand is on Victor and our country will see changes through the likes of VIC LEWIS.


Subject: Re: VICTOR LEWIS DEFEATS MAX BAILOR
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 23:07:39 06/06/07 ()
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Well done Vic. Knew you will someday pay service to our nation. Remember the - NRP - boarder?


Subject: £150,000 dumpsite completed
From: AWOKO NEWS
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Date Posted: 16:38:01 06/06/07 ()
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AWOKO NEWS

£150,000 dumpsite completed

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Contractors yesterday handed over the Kingdom dumpsite and sewage pond rehabilitation which was supported by the Department for International Development (DFID).
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which is responsible for managing the Transitional Solid Waste Disposal Scheme, received £150,000 in support from DFID to action the programme.

The funding is for the reconstruction of the perimeter wall fence and sewage pond in the site; the rehabilitation of all-weather roads, walkways and drainages around the site and the reconstruction of storage areas; sorting platforms; incinerators and compost pits.

In addition UNDP has also committed to identify a new waste site, conduct an environmental impact assessment on the site, provide training and sensitization to the Kingtom Community, and develop a revenue system for waste management for the area.

The Transitional Solid Waste Disposal Scheme was initially identified to improve the environmental sanitation system in Freetown in a bid to reduce child mortality resulting from high incidence of malaria and diarrhea prevalent in the country.

The occurrence of these two and other water borne diseases are directly related to the poor quality of sanitation.

This scheme aims to build a sustainable waste management system which will improve the conditions at the Kingtom dumpsite, and identify sites and develop plans for the future long term solution.


 


Subject: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: Dr. CHARLES CURTIS-THOMAS
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Date Posted: 16:00:14 06/06/07 ()
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So now that Hon. John Leigh has found the time to get his thoughts together I wonder if he still things that the following article by him will still impact negatively on "Berewa's Presidency"? (Dr. CURTIS-THOMAS)
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What Leigh wrote about Berewa in the past:

LACKS ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS TRAINING

Berewa’s attitude regarding the development of our country is most discouraging. His reasoning as to how a country like Sierra Leone is going to develop reminds me of someone not schooled or experienced in either economics or international affairs but who has, instead, been isolated in a cultural wasteland for much too long. Yet, this same misguided individual is been touted in certain quarters as the next president of Sierra Leone!

How can such an individual, lacking in understanding of how nations become developed, ever hope to successfully construct social and economic institutions that would help our country advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States?

It is clear that Berewa’s announced strategy for Sierra Leone’s development, as reported by Messrs. Kargbo and Jalloh, will not work. His shallow and naive thinking is not likely to ever help the people of Sierra Leone improve the quality of their daily lives, let alone build a mighty nation whose standard of living would equal that of London and New York.

In fact, the mentality underpinning Berewa’s poor thinking is part of the very reason why Sierra Leone remains a place of extreme hardship for millions of people while a few are enriched from holding public office. We must take stock of our country’s performance to date and accept the fact that endless takings from others without giving something of commensurate value in return is not a sustainable development strategy at all.

 

 

 


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: Alie Formeh Kamara
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Date Posted: 20:35:10 06/06/07 ()
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John Leigh refered to Berewa as a man lacking in the fundamentals of how to run a government for positive development. In fact John Leigh termed Berewa's announced strategy for Sierra Leone as unworkable.

Was John Leigh correct?

If John Leigh was correct, if elected President, Berewah would lead Sierra Leone into a state of mess.

John Leigh's statement is an indictment of the SLPP government because Berewa is the sitting Vice President. As the Vice President, Leigh is saying that Berewa is not an asset to Sierra Leone and that his appointment reflects on those things that are bad about President Kabba who is a failure according to John Leigh's previous assessment.

Neither Ernest nor Margai has had the chance to lead or deputize leadership of the ship of state and so, far less credible statement can be acceptable from John Leigh about the abilities of these men.

If we are now been told not to believe John Leigh's statement about Berewa then why should we believe anything John Leigh says about Ernest or Margai.

We are warned by John Leigh that 'We must take stock of our country’s performance to date and accept the fact that endless takings from others without giving something of commensurate value in return is not a sustainable development strategy at all.'
Basically John Leigh is saying that the proof is in the pudding and that Berewa's report card has a failing grade.
Folks, what can be worse than that. After all, Berewa is said to have a shallow, naive and poor thinking that 'is not likely to ever help the people of Sierra Leone improve the quality of their daily lives' according to John Leigh.
Why waste time supporting Berewa. Should the love for party outweigh the love for our country?


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 20:45:01 06/06/07 ()
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VP Berewa, Koroma and Maggai are running. The issue is who is the superior candidate among the three?

My choice is still Berewa even with all my earlier criticisms taken into consideration at face value.

Are you saying that because I criticized Berewa, I have no choice but to suport only Koroma or Margai? Otherwise, I am putting party before country?

Have you seen my more recent criticisms of Koroma and Maggai coupled with my statements of support for Berewa? Thank you. - JL


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: Mohamed A. Jalloh
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Date Posted: 03:11:37 06/07/07 ()
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"Are you saying that because I criticized Berewa, I have no choice but to suport only Koroma or Margai? Otherwise, I am putting party before country?"

Mr. Leigh:

Your problem is insurmountable. Your earlier criticism of Berewa as unfit to lead Sierra Leone was unequivocal. For your benefit, that means you did not state that Berewa was unfit to lead Sierra Leone only under some circumstances. On the contrary, you stated that Berewa was unfit for leadership of Sierra Leone, period.

Therefore, the entrance of Ernest Koroma or Charles Margai into a contest against Berewa can not -- and does not -- thereby suddenly transform Berewa from an unfit leader to one who is fit to be president, when, by your own admission, he is unfit to do so under any circumstances.

Your surprising insistence on a transparently illogical position, as shown above, leads to an inescapable conclusion, namely:

That either you did not believe what you wrote about Berewa when you wrote it, or if you did, you are now recanting it without admitting doing so. In either case, your credibility is fatally compromised. In short, due to your apparent lack of candor, you have placed yourself in a no-win situation.

Which is another way of stating that the problem you have created for yourself is indeed insurmountable.


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: silent majority
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Date Posted: 06:34:30 06/07/07 ()
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Not so. It is not necessary for Mr Leigh to recant those comments. A simple explanation ...or rather 'putting it into context' should suffice should it not?

I have heard it said that 'logic is the art of going wrong with confidence'

Are you really saying that if Berewa's only opponent was Foday Sankoh or for the sake of argument Pol Pot of Cambodia then Mr Leigh would be bound to support Sankoh or Pol Pot? or remain silent as to the danger (as he sees them) of electing Sankoh or PolPot? Surely not.

Did Mr Leigh in fact say 'unfit..under any circumstances'...? I concede that if he did then that would have to be recanted. But I did not see that in the quote posted.


Subject: Re: ...Silent Majority Is neither
From: Ekundayoh
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Date Posted: 16:49:08 06/07/07 ()
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You got than. Fiond another name that fits your prose style


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: Mohamed A. Jalloh
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Date Posted: 06:54:05 06/07/07 ()
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"I have heard it said that 'logic is the art of going wrong with confidence'

Whoever said that did not understand the role of logic in providing a framework for determining the validity of an argument. As long as the logical conclusion is based on factual premises, it is impossible for logic to lead to the wrong conclusion.

As for your question about Foday Sankok's entry into a contest with Berewa, please see my answer to you under your initial posting far below, which I am reporducing immediately below:
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"Now consider the hypthetical situation in which say, Foday Sankoh was the only other presidential contender runnung against Berewa. Are Mr Leigh's detractors suggesting that Mr Leigh would still be bound to support Foday Sankoh because of his earlier criticisms of Berewa? Surely not; given what we know about Mr Leigh's principled opposition to the rebels."

The problem with your argument should be familiar from reading my earlier analysis of Mr. Leigh's self-generated predicament.

Clearly, Mr. Leigh does not support Berewa because he (Leigh) opposes rebels. Therefore, as I made clear in my earlier posting alluding to the irrelevance of the entrance of Ernest Koroma and Charles Margai into a contest against Berewa, the entrance of Sankoh would not transform Berewa from someone who is unfit to lead SL, as Mr,. Leigh categorically and unconditionally told the world -- into someone fit to lead our country.

Such a conclusion would be valid only if Mr. Leigh's condemnation of Berewa's leadership capability had been conditional. However, it was not -- Mr. Leigh unequivocally stated his view that Berewa is unfit for leadership of SL.

Accordingly, there is no circumstance under which the same Mr. Leigh can be heard to aver the opposite conclusion without explicitly recanting his original condemnation. That, of course, is fatal to his credibility -- which probably explains his refusal to do so.

Yet, by failing to do so, he fatally mars his credibility. Which proves, as I stated earlier, that Mr. Leigh, through his apparent lack of candor, has painted himself into a no-win corner from which he can not escape with his credibility intact. In short, his arguments are doomed to failure.
 


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: silent majority
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Date Posted: 08:07:38 06/07/07 ()
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I cannot concur. You are effectively 'putting words into Mr Leighs mouth'

To say.....'Berewa is unfit for leadership.'

is not, i suggest, the same as saying...'Berewa is unfit for leadership UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES'...

Those words are your words. It seems to me that Mr Leigh could have used those words but chose not to. The fact that Mr Leigh did not add any conditions to his statement does not mean that there not any. A common-sense interpretation of his statement (as the PolPot example shows) point to the fact that there were unstated conditions/qualifications. Indeed he himself has stated that there were unstated conditions. So I would simply repeat that a full recantation is not necessary. A qualification, in my view suffices.

The reason that i think this point is important is because i suspect that come Aug 11 a lot of voters who do think that in an ideal world Berewa would be unfit to lead will nevertheless vote for him on the basis that the alternatives are worse....far worse.


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: Mohamed A.. Jalloh
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Date Posted: 10:43:17 06/07/07 ()
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"The fact that Mr Leigh did not add any conditions to his statement does not mean that there not any. A common-sense interpretation of his statement (as the PolPot example shows) point to the fact that there were unstated conditions/qualifications."

Your problem remains insurmountable due to the implacable rules of logic which conclusively refute your opinion quoted above.

It is an elementary rule of logic that a conclusion can not be supported by unstated premises. Once you understand that basic point, you should be able to understand that it makes absolutely no sense to state, as you did, that "[t]he fact that Mr Leigh did not add any conditions to his statement does not mean that there not any."

To put it another way, hopefully to aid your understanding of this basic point, please ponder the following dispositive question:

If there were any conditions Mr. Leigh wished to attach to his expressly unconditional statement of Berewa's unfitness for leadership of SL, why then did he not state so before now?

The answer is obvious: Mr. Leigh contemplated no such condition(s) when he flatly stated, without any equivocation, that a Berewa presidency would be disastrous for SL.

If Mr. Leigh now thinks the opposite, then he is obliged to recant his prior, written, and unconditional condemnation of Berewa. Otherwise, Leigh's nascent support for the same Berewa whom he had declared unfit for leadership of SL makes absolutely no sense, as I, and others, have duly noted, ad nauseam.
 


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: silent majority
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Date Posted: 11:31:46 06/07/07 ()
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If there were any conditions Mr. Leigh wished to attach to his expressly unconditional statement of Berewa's unfitness for leadership of SL, why then did he not state so before now?


The answer is obvious: Mr. Leigh contemplated no such condition(s) when he flatly stated, without any equivocation, that a Berewa presidency would be disastrous for SL. - Mohamed Jalloh

Is it really that obvious? especially now that he himself has offered a qualification. I suppose readers will make their own minds up.

I note that you have now used different words yet again. Did Mr Leigh really say that "a Berewa presidency would be disastrous for SL" or are you again putting words into 'Mr Leigh's mouth' to make your case. The words in question are "unfit for leadership"

My essential point is that Berewa's unfitness for leadership can be reconciled to a vote for him in August..in the light of the available alternatives. It may be 'political opportunism' on Mr Leigh's part. But is it not conceivable that it is a pragmatic response to the stark choices available? Many floating voters are grappling with this problem right now.


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: Mohamed A. Jalloh
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Date Posted: 12:12:12 06/07/07 ()
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"My essential point is that Berewa's unfitness for leadership can be reconciled to a vote for him in August..in the light of the available alternatives."

Obviously, that is a course of action available to anyone who has not previously declared his/her unequivocal belief in Berewa's unfitness for leadership of SL.

Equally obviously, because Mr. Leigh had unconditionally declared that Berewa is unfit for leadership of SL, that course is not available to him, absent his recantation.

It does not matter whether Mr. Leigh is now faced with a choice between Berewa and others -- because his condemnation of Berewa was not relative in the first place. On the contrary, it was absolute. So, the entry of others into a contest with Berewa is totally irrelevant to his absolute unfitness for leadership unambiguously declared earlier by Mr. Leigh.

Therefore, unless and until Mr. Leigh recants, he can not be heard to now state that the same unfit Berewa is now suddenly, somehow fit for leadership.

This is because those are two diametrically opposed views that can not logically be held simultaneously by the same individual. Therefore, in order for Mr. Leihh to validly hold his new opinion, he must recant his contradictory old opinion.

It is really that simple.

 


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: silent majority
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Date Posted: 12:33:51 06/07/07 ()
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It is only that simple if one accepts that Mr Leigh is now saying that Berewa is 'now fit for the leadership'

As I understand it he is saying Berewa/SLPP is the BETTER choice come August. With respect there is distinction here. But readers will make their minds up..


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: Mohamed A. Jalloh
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Date Posted: 12:48:06 06/07/07 ()
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"It is only that simple if one accepts that Mr Leigh is now saying that Berewa is 'now fit for the leadership'

The problem with your argument is that it is again doomed by the facts.

Berewa is not contesting an election for a position called "SLPP is the BETTER choice come August," as you imply in palbable error.

On the contrary, the election in which Berewa is a candidate is for the position of president of SL. Therefore, Mr. Leigh's newly-fangled support for Berewa must be for one -- and only one -- position: that of president of SL, which is the only position Berewa is contesting on August 11.

For your information, that position is synonymous with leadership of SL in the political arena in which elections are contested. So, it clearly makes no sense to state, as you implied, that Berewa is not contesting an election for leadership of SL. Obviously he is -- even if apparently, you don't yet understand that.

 


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 18:43:18 06/06/07 ()
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Berewa has indeed enough experience and mentorship under Prez Kabbah and on the job activities in the mentioned subjet areas to do a good job.

His training and mentorship in the relevant area are substantially superior to that of Koroma, Maggai, Jalloh, etc.

I considered all such factors before endorsing him in writing on May 22, 2006.

Maggai has no experience or mentoring in any relevant area. Koroma was mentored by Jamil and ex-prez Momoh on the activities those crooks are experts on.

Koroma's righthand man is Victor Vouchergate. Maggai is surrounded by bangucrooks, disbarred, disrobed and defrocked tiff-tiff lawyer, frog doctor and a bunch of crookish politicians lacking in relevant mentoring or experience.

No matter what I criticized Berewa for he is by far superior to the rival opposition flunkeys.

If I criticized Berewa once and then endorse him for president, it should be assumed that I criticized his flunkey rivals 100 times over.

Neither Maggai nor Koroma nor Jalloh is any match for Berewa's innate intelligence. Thank you. - JL


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: FORREST GUMP
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Date Posted: 16:10:44 06/06/07 ()
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If I read this piece again I am going to complain bitterly to the owners of this forum It has even started appearing on the other forums
FORREST


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: POLOTOCIAN
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Date Posted: 16:32:53 06/06/07 ()
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CURTIS,
What did Bill Bradley not say about Al Gore? He called him incompetent, and unfit to rule the US. Yet still after Gore defeated him in the democratic elections, he endorsed Gore as his choice for the US presidency.

This is what is expected in a democratic society.Intra-party politics can be nasty and cruel. Berewa was Leigh's opponent at that time, but he is now his party's flag bearer.Just like Giuliani and Mccain are fighting each other now for the republican presidency, do you expect both men to endorse a democratic candidate in 2008? Of course not.


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: CHIEFDOM ELDERS
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Date Posted: 18:25:53 06/06/07 ()
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Realistically, what John Leigh said, if true, "will it impact negatively on "Berewa's Presidency?" is the point at issue!


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 23:44:53 06/06/07 ()
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No negative impact on Berewa's Presidency. What Jphn Leigh said, as someone said earl;ier, intra-politics can be sometimes nasty and messy. Berewa was Leigh's oponent and whatever was said during the SLPP leadership campaign was based on the campaign for one to score more against the other. We all know what such campaigns can do but that does not necessarily mean berewa is what john leigh makes him to be in an election. Go back and look at the man's lowly beginnings to come to lead us today. He is on a mission. Until he sheds the coat of Pa kabbah club, you will only see a different berewa.


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: Nasultan
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Date Posted: 17:32:04 06/06/07 ()
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So does this mean what John Leigh is saying in this forum about the APC and PMDC leaders true or just the same old same old dirty politics?


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 19:07:45 06/06/07 ()
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What I am saying in this forum about the APC & PMDC is for real. Their qualities are inferior to that of the SLPP and its presidential standard bearer, Solo B.

Maggai secretly set up a non-collegial one-manic privately-owned, dynastic political party and surrounded himself with dunces, junior tribalist blockheads, bangucrooks, disbarred, disrobed and defrocked tiff-tiff lawyer, frog doctor and crookish opportunistic dim-witted politicians.

He switched from party to party and was in and out of the SLPP for six, seven or eight times. But he and his dunces labeled Dr. Koroma a "turn coat" because Dr. Koroma changed his unhelpful Maggai mentor only once in 12 years!

PMDC complained about san-san boys, etc. then turned around and labeled Dr. Koroma "an errand boy" and "a briefcase carrier' and parrotted the incantation for over 12 years without realizing the conflict inherent in this conduct with the so-called 'positive change' pledge to our people.

I have never known worse dunces.

Koroma's mentor was Shahid Jamil, one of our country's greatest crooks. His righthand man in the coming elections is AFRC/RUF Victor Vouchergate. Stevens once complained that "you tiff tey-tey, you nor go tiff pass Victor Vouchergate".

Siaka Stevens campaigned to fight corruption. And what did he do? He instituted a culture of corruption in our country, instead.

Berewa is substantially superior to Koroma-Vouchergate-Jamil and Maggai-bangucrooks-tiff-tiff lawyer-double-cross-frog doctor-opportunistic politicians. - JL


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: SIA TIYAAMA
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Date Posted: 19:26:54 06/06/07 ()
Email Address: freetownboy@yahoo.com
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Mr. Leigh, what you said of Berewa wasn't true but what you are saying of Koroma and Margai is true? When people say you are unpatriotic and have a problem with yourself u go all over place like a mad dog, why do you think so full of yourself. Take this,with all the caustic attack on him Berewa will never forgive you. If SLPP is today in the bad books of the International Community it is because of people like you, who stopped at nothing to bring Kabbah and Berewa down when you were desperate. Go over what you wrote of Berewa and ask yourself if you ever deserve Berewa's friendship. Berewa is only using you now, by the time he handles and finishes with you, you wouldn't remember to spell your name. Count my words.


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 20:36:08 06/06/07 ()
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You phoney Moniker user/abuser.

I write in the public interest only and whatever I write is true to the best of my knowledge at the time I write. But if I am wrong, I stand to be corrected.

Don't be a stupid fool. The international community does not rely on someone like me for their analyses. They are independent and well organized. They have their embassies, NGOS, multilaterals and experts. If you don't understand how the internationals work, please do not butt in and talk trash.

You are presumptious in purporting to talk on behalf of any presidential candidate.

SLPP is not 100% yet but it is getting there and presently far superior to the opposition. GOODBYE. - JL

 


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: Nya Krio mui mia
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Date Posted: 02:06:27 06/07/07 ()
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Berewa is only using you now, by the time he handles and finishes with you, you wouldn't remember to spell your name. Count my words.
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nar now you go begin for see watin we bin dae tell you. Dem you demia dem ya so dem geh nasty trick en nor forget say as far as dem concern you nar KRIO BOY and unwanted intheir midst.


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: CHIEFDOM ELDERS
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Date Posted: 16:18:45 06/06/07 ()
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We want to know what John Leigh's thoughts were when he was "Berewa's opponent" and what his thoughts are now that he is "Berewa's friend". NOTHING MORE AND NOTHING LESS!


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: FORREST GUMP
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Date Posted: 16:49:53 06/06/07 ()
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He has already given this answer to Moijue So I don't think he will add anything to it again. NOT A PENNY MORE NOT PENNY LESS
FORREST


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: CHIEFDOM ELDERS
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Date Posted: 18:30:57 06/06/07 ()
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Since we were not privy to John Leigh's response to Moijue, the question is again asked for the benefit of all: "what John Leigh said about Berewa, if true, will it impact negatively on Berewa's Presidency"? This is the point at issue, NOTHING MORE AND NOTHING LESS.


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: silent majority
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Date Posted: 05:54:19 06/07/07 ()
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Moijue's citation of Mr Leigh's earlier criticism's of Berewa is plainly a well aimed (and I would suggest legitimate)attack on Mr Leigh's credibility. But Mr Leighs defence appears reasonable to me i.e. that the context of his earlier remarks (intra-party contest where he Mr Leigh was a contestant)was different to the current situation in which a choice has to be made between the current presidential candidates. The nation's destiny (no less) rests on making the right choice. Now consider the hypthetical situation in which say, Foday Sankoh was the only other presidential contender runnung against Berewa. Are Mr Leigh's detractors suggesting that Mr Leigh would still be bound to support Foday Sankoh because of his earlier criticisms of Berewa? Surely not; given what we know about Mr Leigh's principled opposition to the rebels.

But there is , i think, a broader point which is that even if Mr Leigh's position on Berewa can be shown as inconsistent this does not in any address the broad thrust of Mr Leigh's arguments which is that given the history of the APC, and the relative inexperience and unpredictability of the PMDC the risks of handing over the levers of power to them are much greater than the risks (significant though they are in my view) of giving the SLPP another 5 years to deliver on thier promises. This is the main issue. Mr Leigh cites, amongst other things, a decline in meritocracy, a decline of probity in public office (ou sai den tie cow...), marginalization, the one-party state, the flight of stable capital and the resultant loss of jobs as the legacy of APC rule which led to the war. This indictment appears credible. With regard to the PMDC he refers to poor decision making and relative inexperience (my words not his). Given the talk about ban of all mining for 3 years and benevolent dictatorships his criticisms may have merit. He then defends his party by citing the end of the war, decentralization, democratic freedoms, rebuilding the health and justice sectors as things which have happened during SLPP tenure.

I do not recall any posting yet on this forum that amounts to a substantial and credible attack on these arguments. In the absence of such i suspect votes will on the whole decide to 'stick with the devil they know'

As regards the original questiion I do not see how Mr Leigh's comments could have a negative impact on Berewa's rule (if that happens). In fact they could have a positive impact in that they represent additional pressure for Berewa to deliver reform.


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: Mohamed A. Jalloh
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Date Posted: 06:55:32 06/07/07 ()
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"Now consider the hypthetical situation in which say, Foday Sankoh was the only other presidential contender runnung against Berewa. Are Mr Leigh's detractors suggesting that Mr Leigh would still be bound to support Foday Sankoh because of his earlier criticisms of Berewa? Surely not; given what we know about Mr Leigh's principled opposition to the rebels."

The problem with your argument should be familiar from reading my earlier analysis of Mr. Leigh's self-generated predicament.

Clearly, Mr. Leigh does not support Berewa because he (Leigh) opposes rebels. Therefore, as I made clear in my earlier posting alluding to the irrelevance of the entrance of Ernest Koroma and Charles Margai into a contest against Berewa, the entrance of Sankoh would not transform Berewa from someone who is unfit to lead SL, as Mr,. Leigh categorically and unconditionally told the world -- into someone fit to lead our country.

Such a conclusion would be valid only if Mr. Leigh's condemnation of Berewa's leadership capability had been conditional. However, it was not -- Mr. Leigh unequivocally stated his view that Berewa is unfit for leadership of SL.

Accordingly, there is no circumstance under which the same Mr. Leigh can be heard to aver the opposite conclusion without explicitly recanting his original condemnation. That, of course, is fatal to his credibility -- which probably explains his refusal to do so.

Yet, by failing to do so, he fatally mars his credibility. Which proves, as I stated earlier, that Mr. Leigh, through his apparent lack of candor, has painted himself into a no-win corner from which he can not escape with his credibility intact. In short, his arguments are doomed to failure.
 


Subject: Re: ...SO WILL THIS IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON BEREWA'S PRESIDENCY?
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 19:15:24 06/06/07 ()
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"........ the question is again asked for the benefit of all: "what John Leigh said about Berewa, if true, will it impact negatively on Berewa's Presidency"? This is the point at issue, NOTHING MORE AND NOTHING LESS." - CHIEFDOM ELDERS


The answer is no. Berewa is simply far superior to Koroma and Maggai in talents, experience and mentoring and SLPP is far superior to both APC and PMDC in organization, reach, talents and democratic practics.

Thank you. - JL


Subject: THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY IS LIKE A "GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM"
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
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Date Posted: 14:40:38 06/06/07 ()
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GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM(GPS), OH, HOW TECHNOLOGY HAVE IMPROVED IN THE PAST 20 YEARS!

When I arrived in the USA ON December 26th, 1987, the most advanced telecommunication in the home was a "home phone". Then came the "beeper", then the "car phone", then the "cell or morbile phone". Now there is the Global Positioning System (GPS). I had my first experience with the GPS about a year ago; I had my first taste of what it means to be given on-site directions from POINT A to the elusive POINT B. You punch in your destination and the GPS does the rest. Mapping out your route on the screen before you, it audibly directs as you maneuver the wheel. "Turn on Kissy road, make right on kissy street, make right on Wilberforce Street,make right on Siaka Stevens street, make right on Barthust street, STOP AT THE CONNAUGHT HOSPITAL MORTUARY," and so on.

Besides being an efficient way to get you to where you are going, the GPS provides a metaphor for "the Christian journey". Here are ten GPS points to ponder as you travel the Christian path:

1. START WITH THE END IN MIND: When using a GPS, the first thing you do is program in your destination. If you know where you are going, everything else becomes clear. As a christian our first task is to be clear on where we are headed. There may be some detours, but as long as we keep the end in sight, we will get there. "Our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ." (Philippians 3:20)

2. CHART A STRAIGHT COURSE: The GPS programs the most direct route. The point is to get you there as quickly as possible. On the Christian journey, we may be tempted to leave the beaten track for the tourist traps, but the straight course will lead to victory. "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses"( 1 Timothy 6:12)

3. TRUST THE DETAILS OF THE PLAN: If we try to second-guess the GPS, it will take longer to get to the destination . You may think that you know a shortcut. However, if we waste time contradacting the guidance system every time it gives direction, we might as well go it alone, with no guarantees of making it! "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path" (proverbs 3: 5,6).

4. BELIEVE IN THE BIG PICTURE: There is no reason to be frustrated or give up halfway to where we are going. The trip may be long, but we know we will arrive. This knowledge frees us to be optimistic, faith-filled travellers. "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" (1 Corinthians 13:7).

5. DO NOT FRET WHEN YOU GET OFF COURSE: The GPS starts where you are. There is no programmed message that scolds you when you make a mistake and leave the path. No matter where you turn, the GPS just keeps charting a new course to your destination We may make mistakes in life, but Christ reassures us that we do not need to get bogged down with problems. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins" (1 John 1:9).

6. YOUR FUTURE HAS MORE POWER OVER YOU THAN YOUR PAST: The GPS is all about what is ahead of you. Pulling you toward the vision, it tirelessly recalculates until you get there. The detours and wrong turns mean nothing. No time is wasted analyzing what went wrong. All energy is spent pointing to the next waymark, "forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3: 13,14).

7. EVERY POINT IS A NEW STARTING POINT: No matter where you are in Life, you are always at a point where you can start fresh. A GPS never flashes, "too late to start over." No, today is a new day. NOW is the first step in a fulfilling Christian life. "though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18).

8. THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY TO GET THERE: Sometimes in life it is hard to imagine a way to extricate ourselves from the mess we are in and achieve our life's goals. The message of the GPS is that there is always a way. Whereever you are now, you can find your way home. 'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

9. AS SOON AS YOU ARE LOST, A PLAN IS BEING DEVISED TO HELP YOU: The GPS does not waste any time. The instant you are off course, the countdown has begun to get you back on track. It does not matter whether you feel lost, a fresh PLAN is already afoot. "For when we we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:6-8).

10. YOU WILL REACH YOUR DESTINATION: No matter what, you will get there. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing" (2 Timothy 4:7,8).

So then, each day, with its potential challanges and heartaches, is but a fresh starting point on my heavenly Journey. YES, THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY IS LIKE A GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM(GPS).


Subject: SLPP don finally cripple we.
From: Lamin S
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Date Posted: 12:35:53 06/06/07 ()
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Does any one remember John Benjamin and John Karimu and the part they played in the NPRC regime? These guys are now recycled SLpp players and between them to have seen fit to increasing revenue by increasing custom duties. How long will the people of Sierra Leone stand for this? With no tangible wage rise these bastards still see fit to come and take from the suffering citizens.
Does John Benjamin not hear the suffering from the masses who cannot afford to eat well three times a day. Does he still love the adulation he gets when he goes back to his village becuase he has the best house? But yet people are stuggling to eat a square meal or have no decent medical facilities or light or water.John benjamin is at the reigns when one pound is Le 5800. Has he his ear to the ground? Or is he surrounded by bellas
Does the one time geography teacher turned NRA boss not understand that if you put duties up the more people will climb your stairs to come and beg at his desk?
Does he not know that one spark from this election he can lose all that he owns physically in S/L.
Do both Johns know that the masses den nor glady and they know what they have in the country and where?
It might be late for this government but the next one will have to start on day one to lower all staple food stuff that is imported. Rice,butter,milk,co and gate,oil,sugar and so on, so as to have the average man can wake up and afford something in their stomachs.
I have just come back and have seen how destitute decent people have become. Your die hard SLpp degenerates have reduced folks in these past five years to worry,stress,skin and bones. Your own people are suffering. do you thing that it is the APC or notherners that are suffering alone? No...!!
Everyboby is suffering! Your party has not achieved NOTHING!!Do not hide under the peace! The few years of NPRC inside the war was better than now!
And let me tell you...if you guys rig one ballot, Sierra leone will burn beyond recognition. I repeat..one ballot. The people as I see it have nothing to lose. All those who have built houses and have bought cars will lose them.What happens after is anyones guess.
The John's know and have experienced a back lash against the APC.This time will be ten times worse.

Tejan Kabbah Put them duties down!
 


Subject: EVEN THE FERRY TO LUNGI IS A WAITING DISASTER
From: ASHAMED OF BEING A SALONEAN
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Date Posted: 12:23:49 06/06/07 ()
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Sierra Leone the unfortunate country endowed with diamonds has spent all her years being abused by criminals calling themselves politicians. The crash of the poorly maintained helicopter that killed our Togolese brothers should warn us of another disaster in the waiting. The old and poorly mainained ferry that very slowly takes people across the river to Lungi is another disaster that will one day claim many, many, many innocent Sierra Leonean lives.

Sierra Leone is a country where political criminals are not punsihed.
If Sierra Leone cannot service helcopters, what makes anyone think that the ferry has a good safety record?
The kind of negligence that rules Sierra Leone is serious enough to make me think that Sierra Leoneans are less intelligent human beings. Otherwise, how can a richly endowed country suffer such poverty if there were brains in the country?

 

 

 


Subject: Re: EVEN THE FERRY TO LUNGI IS A WAITING DISASTER
From: APC
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Date Posted: 13:29:25 06/06/07 ()
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"If Sierra Leone cannot service helcopters, what makes anyone think that the ferry has a good safety record?"

Can you elaborate? So there is no confusion.

My point been that the servicing of the helicopter is the duty of the company runing the shuttle service.


Subject: Re: EVEN THE FERRY TO LUNGI IS A WAITING DISASTER
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 14:10:56 06/06/07 ()
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Governement departments have the mandate to test that the servicing occurs periodically. in England for cars we have, MOT - to test that cars or other automobiles are rtaod worthy. It is the duty of government or its agent to conduct regulars checks for safety before a certificate of worthiness is issued. The point is if the company don't service the helicopter, the helicopter will not be issued with a certificate to fly!!


Subject: Re: EVEN THE FERRY TO LUNGI IS A WAITING DISASTER
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
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Date Posted: 16:04:42 06/06/07 ()
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Greetings my brothers and sisters. Let me start by suggesting that all the concerns made so far regarding the issues of maintenance in aviation, other motor vehicles, electricity, roads to name a couple, stem from the desire for change for a better Sierra Leone.
History reveals that the world faced difficult times in political philosophies, spiritual, technical, other social and economic spheres therefore, certain people had to lead the way in order that change be effected.

"ASHAMED OF BEING A SALONEAN" on June 06, 2007 at 12:23:49. you wrote: "Sierra Leone the unfortunate country endowed with diamonds has spent all her years being abused by criminals calling themselves politicians." Then you went on to say: "Sierra Leone is a country where political criminals are not punsihed."
As I heartily agree with your views, let me remind you that we should start thinking of a new approach to find solutions to our problems rather than propelling the same wind of self-deprivation that has been recycled over and again.
Rather than we be ashamed of or engage in retribution, my suggestion is re-evaluate, educate and re-educate. The realm of events that might ensure just punishment, if controlled by the one who is to administer just penalties, whom after being empowered to do so is capable of shielding against such equitable administering of justice, then justice will never be served and the mentorship of injustice will skyrocket. The fear of retribution will further the urge to tighten the shield. However, if such a person or persons become aware of what they might loose or are missing for their practices and are shown another way around without any fear of retribution, the tendency for such a person or persons to embrace graceful change is great.

 

"The Industrial Revolution was a major shift of technological, socioeconomic, and cultural conditions in the mid 18th century and early 19th century. It began in Britain and spread throughout the world. During that time, an economy based on manual labour was replaced by one dominated by industry and the manufacture of machinery. It began with the mechanisation of the textile industries, the development of iron-making techniques and the increased use of refined coal. Trade expansion was enabled by the introduction of canals, improved roads and railways. The introduction of steam power (fuelled primarily by coal) and powered machinery (mainly in textile manufacturing) underpinned the dramatic increases in production capacity.[1] The development of all-metal machine tools in the first two decades of the 19th century facilitated the manufacture of more production machines for manufacturing in other industries.

The causes of the Industrial Revolution were complex and remain a topic for debate, with some historians seeing the Revolution as an outgrowth of social and institutional changes brought by the end of feudalism in Britain after the English Civil War in the 17th century. As national border controls became more effective, the spread of disease was lessened, therefore preventing the epidemics common in previous times. The percentage of children who lived past infancy rose significantly, leading to a larger workforce. The Enclosure movement and the British Agricultural Revolution made food production more efficient and less labour-intensive, forcing the surplus population who could no longer find employment in agriculture into cottage industry, for example weaving, and in the longer term into the cities and the newly developed factories. The colonial expansion of the 17th century with the accompanying development of international trade, creation of financial markets and accumulation of capital are also cited as factors, as is the scientific revolution of the 17th century.

Technological innovation was the heart of the industrial revolution and the key enabling technology was the invention and improvement of the steam engine.[8]

Lewis Mumford has proposed that the Industrial Revolution had its origins in the early Middle Ages, much earlier than most estimates. He explains that the model for standardized mass production was the printing press and that "the archetypal model for the [industrial era] was the clock". He also cites the monastic emphasis on order and time-keeping, as well as the fact that Medieval cities had at their center a church with bell ringing at regular intervals as being necessary precursors to a greater synchronization necessary for later, more physical manifestations such as the steam engine.


The printing press is a mechanical printing device for making copies of identical text on multiple sheets of paper. It was invented in Germany by the engraver Johann Gutenberg in 1450. Printing methods based on Gutenberg's printing press spread rapidly throughout first Europe and then the rest of the world, replacing most block printing and making it the sole progenitor of modern movable type printing. The printing press's ability to quickly and uniformly disseminate knowledge aided in the propagation of Luther's Ninety-Five Theses and other works of the Protestant Reformation, the European rediscovery of the Greek and Roman Classics that helped stimulate the Renaissance, the decline of Latin and the ascent of the various vernaculars, and the development of scientific journals and their specialist vocabulary, or jargon. The level of importance of the printing press is rivaled by few other inventions, so much so that "the invention of the printing press" is often used as a reference to the social, political, and scientific change experienced by Europe after the press's introduction.

The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life in the early modern period. Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, its influence was felt in literature, philosophy, art, politics, science, religion, and other aspects of intellectual enquiry. Renaissance scholars employed the humanist method in study, and searched for realism and human emotion in art.[1]

Renaissance thinkers sought out learning from ancient texts, typically written in Latin or ancient Greek. Scholars scoured Europe's monastic libraries, searching for works of antiquity which had fallen into obscurity. In such texts they found a desire to improve and perfect their worldly knowledge; an entirely different sentiment to the transcendental spirituality stressed by medieval Christianity.[1] They did not reject Christianity; quite the contrary, many of the Renaissance's greatest works were devoted to it, and the Church patronized many works of Renaissance art. However, a subtle shift took place in the way that intellectuals approached religion that was reflected in many other areas of cultural life.[8]

Artists such as Masaccio strove to portray the human form realistically, developing techniques to render perspective and light more naturally. Political philosophers, most famously Niccolò Machiavelli, sought to describe political life as it really was, and to improve government on the basis of reason. In addition to studying classical Latin and Greek, authors also began increasingly to use vernacular languages; combined with the invention of printing, this would allow many more people access to books, especially the Bible.[9]


Political philosophy is the study of fundamental questions about the state, government, politics, liberty, justice, property, rights, law and the enforcement of a legal code by authority: what they are, why (or even if) they are needed, what makes a government legitimate, what rights and freedoms it should protect and why, what form it should take and why, what the law is, and what duties citizens owe to a legitimate government, if any, and when it may be legitimately overthrown—if ever. In a vernacular sense, the term "political philosophy" often refers to a general view, or specific ethic, belief or attitude, about politics that does not necessarily belong to the technical discipline of philosophy.

Three central concerns of political philosophy have been the political economy by which property rights are defined and access to capital is regulated, the demands of justice in distribution and punishment, and the rules of truth and evidence that determine judgments in the law."


As we have noticed above, the desired change can only occur through cooperation, education and sacrifices made by members of the populace and not only governments should any formidable change take place.
Until we Sierra Leoneans stop the idea of sectionalism, tribalism, the pull-down-syndrome as a mechanism for potent politics to embracing sound ideas, propagating such sound ideas for change, there will always be a recurrence of these sad stories. Remember, that most of the problems faced in the lacities you just mentioned emanates from a recycling of copied misguided self-development aproaches. But what would happen if another way for self-development coined into nationational development is taught that guarantees success for all will be embraced?
Most of Sierra Leonean ideas are coppied from people who enjoyed through such pettiness. The only guide for most after their mentors fail is: "I might not make the same mistakes" Ten chances to one, he or she never studied the mistakes, the channels that lead to them. Consiquently, the follower will repeat the same mistakes.
Note that change always comes with a price but the refusal to embrace change for the good will always cause massive deaths as you have mentioned about the helicopter and the threat about the ferry, and the many shortfalls that have accentuated the piller of many discusses on this and many other Sierra Leonean forums.
Sierra Leoneans are not less intelligent human beings by any means but as it is any way of life, history has told us, greed, selfishness, ignorance,nonchalant indifference, sycophancy are factors so ingrained in most resulting in the lost of lives, retardation of many others and has taken Sierra Leone hostage to the insurmountable difficulties disccussed in every Sierra Leonean quarters, rather than discuss about a nation that should enjoy her endowed resources, both natural and human. These examples of retardation is seen in every Sierra Leonean communities.
As I am confident of change for the better yet, I am also cautious to say that until those in position to educate towards these change, the ones who have seen the light pointed to change must take the necessary steps should such a change occur. You might not be the only one to question or think that way about Sierra Leoneans, many people do but if it is true that Sierra Leoneans are the most unintelligent beings remains to be seen.


Subject: BEST POLITE KNOCK OUT FOR JOHN LEIGH
From: ARIE WUTETEH
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Date Posted: 12:10:01 06/06/07 ()
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Re: MONKEY NOR GO LEF EH BLACK HAND (SLPP)
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Posted by BUFORD HWY on June 04, 2007 at 11:28:18:

In Reply to: Re: MONKEY NOR GO LEF EH BLACK HAND (SLPP) posted by John E. Leigh on June 04, 2007 at 09:55:10:

Mr Leigh,
In as much as I do want to carry on debating you on issues of importance to our country,I think I should stop,because of your statement that you made "I will not oppose my SLPP party 12mths before and 12mths after the elections." With this statement,it made me question your PATRIOTISM.I may or may not have the right to do so,but you have to know that you were once a representative of our beloved country,so uttering such a statement makes us feel BETRAYED.

 

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Subject: Re: BEST POLITE KNOCK OUT FOR JOHN LEIGH
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 12:44:25 06/06/07 ()
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Hasn't Mr. Leigh already addressed this issue?

Let’s be reasonable.

There is no "betrayal" implied in Mr. Leigh’s statement "I will not oppose my SLPP party 12 mths before and 12 mths after the elections."

As a faithful member of the SLPP, it would be natural for him to forward his criticism INTERNALLY and not to be opposing his own party, shouting from the rooftops. This is not done. There is something called party discipline, although there are people like, e.g. Clare Short......
 


Subject: Re: BEST POLITE KNOCK OUT FOR JOHN LEIGH
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq.
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Date Posted: 14:42:21 06/06/07 ()
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There is no "betrayal" implied in Mr. Leigh’s statement "I will not oppose my SLPP party 12 mths before and 12 mths after the elections."

Corn I think that the betrayal implied here is that of the NATION rather than his party. If he would allow his party to break laws and be corrupt which affects the nation then he has betrayed the nation.


Subject: Re: BEST POLITE KNOCK OUT FOR JOHN LEIGH
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 15:33:06 06/06/07 ()
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He was most vociferous about Makeni. It was a flat out, no holds barred criticism of what - according to him, happened to him.
I am not aware of Mr. Leigh having ever condoned corruption in any quarters and would like to ask you, what is the present difference between the APC and the SLPP and PMDC with regard to corruption?
The difference is that the APC says they will have ZERO tolerance. How does that translate into action?

As Mr. Berewa observed on CNN, the APC INSTITUTIONALISED corruption and made it a way of life, in a system that did not allow an opposition to protest or oppose such wickedness in higher places.

A few people got hanged at the discretion of your leader, including the minister of finance, Brigadier John Bangura and Francis Minah………

All these were treacherous acts and this was a betrayal of the people. Don’t ever try to convince me otherwise, that’s why some people are still in the Diaspora as if they didn’t have a home – and then you wanted to sell off some island and also ( that’s when I reacted ) also wanted to bury nuclear waste in Sierra Leone, for a few dollars more.

Aminatta Forna documents some further crookery on pages 257 -258 of “The Devil that Danced on Water”.
I pause only to give you some respite, but the gun is full loaded.
 


Subject: Re: BEST POLITE KNOCK OUT FOR JOHN LEIGH
From: M. Alieu Iscandari esq
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Date Posted: 17:11:19 06/06/07 ()
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"I am not aware of Mr. Leigh having ever condoned corruption in any quarters and would like to ask you"
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Silence in the face of irrefutable evidence of corruption can be construed as condoning corruption
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"As Mr. Berewa observed on CNN, the APC INSTITUTIONALISED corruption and made it a way of life, in a system that did not allow an opposition to protest or oppose such wickedness in higher places"
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Just because Berewah says so doesnt make it so Corn. the facts are that the SLPP which led sierra leone post independence was equally corrupt if not more so than the APC which came after it. Of course this does not in any way justify the excesses of the APC post 1967, neither could I justify its apparent barbarism against its most ardent supporters. In 1967 I was 10 years old and untill I lkeft Freetown in 1979, I was not politically matured enough to participate in the political process. In short, Politics wasnt my game. In Adulthood however I have made the conscious decision to support the APC and as a supporter I have a duty to make sure that my party is positively reflected. If therefore there is some aspect of its existence that I believe would create a negative impacvt, it is my duty to reveal that both privately and if that fails publically, regardless of hether or not elections are 12 months away or 12 days away.
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"A few people got hanged at the discretion of your leader, including the minister of finance, Brigadier John Bangura and Francis Minah……… "
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If you had followed my writings in Cyber space over the years, you would have been able to come to a few conclusions about me.
1. I have condemned the APC under Siaka Stevens for the deaths of Ibrahim Bash Taqi, MS Forna, John Amadu Bangura and all of those who were hanged after what has belatedly been seen in retrospect as "kangaroo" Trials.
2. I am a fervent anti death penalty advocate and its a principled stance and one of the things that I wwould like to see on the APC agenda is an end to the barbaric practice of hanging people for any type of crime and principally so for political crimes. Thus I will support a constitutional ammendment to make the death penalty unconstitutional in sierra leone. Would you join me in that?
3. In 1980 My first protest in the US was against the government of siaka stevens plan to use sierra leone as a dumping ground for toxic nuclear wastes. In fact it was rumoured then that the mother of Omrie Golley was the person behind the project. I stood up then for Justice and for the sierra leone people against Siaka Stevens and the APC. In 1977, I was also instrumental in putting student groups together against the govt of siaka stevens. Given this hiostory of [protest against the APC why then am I APC you may ask. The answer is simple, It is tghe ONLY political [party in Sierra Leone that is not tribally hedgemonistic contrary to what John Leigh has been poresaching on this forum, is all encompassing and under its present leadership means well for the nation of sierra leone.

So you see my friend uncock your loaded gun and relax because theres going to be no fightingt here just pure intellectual interraction which I enjoy and look forward to getting into with you.

Shallom
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Subject: Re: BEST POLITE KNOCK OUT FOR JOHN LEIGH
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 17:42:15 06/06/07 ()
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”Silence in the face of irrefutable evidence of corruption can be construed as condoning corruption."

He hasn't been silent and neither have you.

" So you see my friend uncock your loaded gun and relax because theres going to be no fighting here just pure intellectual interaction which I enjoy and look forward to getting into with you."

Well I talked about a fully loaded gun metaphorically of course, with many more rounds of arguments to fire and in using the expression " loaded gun" I was at the same time thinking of a translation of Kabir's poem by Robert Bly, in which the Hindu poet asks “How can you expect love to grow when in your heart there is a loaded gun?” I think that those are the words of translation remembered or not so accurately remembered from many years ago… the question remains for some of those who hate…….

I don’t.

I’m also 85% sure as to the identity of onliner and why he’s not happy. But 85% is less than certainty. He’s the same person that’s been pursuing me on the Forum, changing disguises and pursuing me through the years…. He’s not happy because of a success on my side that has been reported to him ( he can't control the fires of jealousy that are raging through him and I’ve heard that bitterness and rage issue from those hind quarters before and secondly I do not want to be some Sierra Leone ambassador or functionary here.

It’s never too late to cry or to die……

I'm learning a lot, mostly listening attentively

 


Subject: Pilgrimage to the homeland – Mamma Africa!
From: Tiplah Nah
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Date Posted: 11:37:42 06/06/07 ()
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With Kids in Logan Town

Pilgrimage to the homeland – Mamma Africa!
06/05/07 - Tiplah Nah Broadnax, Contributing Writer

Monrovia - Sipping champagne with my best friend on Delta flight 166 eased all the tensions that led to this amazing moment. From the high cost of excess baggage, to the over booked flights that meant a no go for non-revenue travelers, which in turn led to the almost missed flight to Africa!

 

Ahh…once finally seated in business class, we looked at each other and smiled at the realization of the journey we were embarking on. Anticipation filled my spirit as I tried to quiet the voices in my head. Those voices of loved ones and friends, all telling me what my experience would be like. I needed to shut them out in order to be able to tell my own story. I first visited Ghana for a 3 hour layover. Of the little I saw of this flourishing economy, their dedication to their country, culture, and heritage, I was very impressed.


 


Subject: Heli-Crash, what's John Leigh's take?
From: Bassie Amara
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Date Posted: 11:15:23 06/06/07 ()
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It has been two days now since the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of our brothers and sisters from Togo and nothing has been heard from SLPP's biggest and loudest mouth - Yes, I mean John Leigh. I wonder if he has anything to say on an issue this big and important. An issue that definitely exposes the blatant negligence with which the Kabba/Berewa administration executes its functions.

Give us your own version of apologies on behalf of your masters........or may be your critical and serious input on the event. This is an opportunity for you to get involved in a serious debate and for you to take a break from your blind praise-singing on behalf of Berewa.

 


Subject: Re: Heli-Crash, what's John Leigh's take?
From: Spokesman
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Date Posted: 18:34:06 06/06/07 ()
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He would love to say, APC did it, and they bombed the helicopter etc etc, but he is perhaps preparing a statement, and will come out with it soon.


Subject: Re: Heli-Crash, what's John Leigh's take?
From: Deensie
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Date Posted: 16:49:03 06/06/07 ()
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Hey Tambs ..Oooooooppps Brima, whats up with you? How is Europe? Express my regards to Deensie...well except u are all one and the same.
Deensie


Subject: Re: Heli-Crash, what's John Leigh's take?
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 12:49:08 06/06/07 ()
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Now you are all shouting yaga yaga!!

Why didn't you shout before this?

It was an accident - could even have been sabotage, so that you can blame the tragedy on the SLPP.


 


Subject: Re: Heli-Crash, what's John Leigh's take?
From: MUNKU BOB
To: All
Date Posted: 11:20:46 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-050.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.50

Message:
Hey Bob Jusu,

wassup? How is Mathew Williams doing? Where is Carl Thomas? Hey Munku Bob, take care man


Subject: Re: Heli-Crash, what's John Leigh's take?
From: Deensie
To: All
Date Posted: 15:35:22 06/07/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 208.41.8.154

Message:
Bo Deensie lef me bo. wetin na u problem. u feel say ar nor know wetin de happen? way brima, you penname? So na Tambs na de pencil name now?
Oppss


Subject: Joke of the Day
From: Albert Moinina
To: All
Date Posted: 09:16:59 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: gth3vy2f.emirates.net.ae at 213.42.21.83

Message:
'SLLP is a No-Nonse Party' Neneh


Hehehehe, bo lah nor suffocate inside me hole. Gee me wata lah drink.


Subject: Re: Joke of the Day
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 09:55:53 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
correct Krio:

leh ah noh suffocate, gee me wata leh ah drink

 


Subject: Re: Joke of the Day
From: BUFORD HWY
To: All
Date Posted: 11:10:31 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
correction sir

mek ah noh suffocate,gee me wata mek ah drink


Subject: Re: Joke of the Day
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 12:01:33 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
I'd say Make and not mek or Mecca


Subject: Re: Joke of the Day
From: BUFORD HWY
To: All
Date Posted: 12:30:24 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
Sir,
I think we should open KRIO SCHOOLS in Stockholm and Atlanta for our Swedish and American children.What is your take?


Subject: Re: Joke of the Day
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 13:31:10 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:

Sir,

I'm still here in this Forum , for love of country.

What you suggest is a good idea. There's already some work being done on Krio, by Johan, Nordlander
in Umeå:

http://www.google.se/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4ADBR_enSE222SE222&q=Krio+Studies+in+Ume%C3%A5&btnG=Search

Home language education is a conscious choice of the responsible parent.

Did you read this article?
http://www.thepatrioticvanguard.com/article.php3?id_article=1280

There are KRIO home language teachers in Sweden. With Krio as the Lingua Franca of Sierra Leone, and the lingua franca of ex-British West Africa, it ought to be a priority not only in Stockholm and Atlanta (where I assume you are) but also in Sierra Leon where the Ministry of Education is based.

My son started school in Nigeria (a year) - that in itself was an asset (he knows that we don't swing from trees). His Swedish mother understands Krio (and speaks six European languages fluently) ... also did research on ITA Wallace Johnson, Kwame Nkrumah and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe ( Zik of Africa ) - in connection with the West African Youth league) – so again, parental consciousness goes along way in child rearing…..

Professor Jones and other specialists in Krio will surely agree with that Krio is very important and should have an important place in the school curriculum.

Consider that Krio ( unlike Latin) is a fastest growing language, rich and getting richer by the day , by absorbing loan words , e.g. Emerson’s use of Swegbe ( which in Yoruba means fool). Listening to lyrics in Lingala I occasionally hear some swearing done in Swedish (e.g. “djävla mama!” although it’s possible that when that happens, the vocalist must have been singing / speaking in tongues.

As you know, it's good for the next generation of Diaspora children to be able to speak one of the languages.......
If language is intrinsic to cultural identity, and a tool of communication or self expression then most of our poets (in particular) would be more effective in their mother tongues – where their eras are more attuned to, e.g. onomatopoeia.

I notice that there’s a lot of poetry about war, corruption, etc but very little “love” poetry, by our poets, who use the medium of English – perhaps tenderness is foreign in the indigenous tongue too? I don’t know. I am acquainted with the whole corpus that existed before and after the Petrarchan sonnet…….

Re-consider these words from Joseph Brodsky’s Nobel Prize Lecture in 1987:

“The poet, I wish to repeat, is language's means for existence--or, as my beloved Auden said, he is the one by whom it lives. I who write these lines will cease to be; so will you who read them. But the language in which they are written and in which you read them will remain not merely because language is more lasting than man, but because it is more capable of mutation."

 

 

 


Subject: Re: Joke of the Day
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 11:56:24 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
There is RP of course and now that Krio is nation wide lingua franc, I suppose that non-Krios are in the majority, just vas non –Englishmen are the majority of English speakers in today’s Caliban world.

We are both correct. My translation is "I don't want to suffocate; please give me some water to drink"

I was correcting the faulty pronunciation (lah) of the original (bo lah nor suffocate inside me hole. Gee me wata lah drink) due to Mende language interference in "lah” whereas I, as a Krio speaker would quite naturally say LEH AH

Let me / leh ah /let I/ allow me to) drink some water.....

The Rev will remember John 4:5-42

Language interference?
I was a Krio language informant to Professor Jack Berry (of North Western) whilst he was in Ghana. I was fired because of language interference in my case slightly/ imperceptibly anglicised in differentiating between nah JUDGE and nah George. I was furious...MY langauge!!!
Krios have the rolling RRRRR

I listen to Krio speakers with fascination (that’s why I pay attention, and try to hear in my minds ear, Odunbaku rapping …. There is also something called “ auditory imagination”
Is it Professor Lunsar Krio or the Dr. Abou Bai-Sheka, the Professor from Gbinti that has the last word here?
Id’ give the last word to Professor Eldred Jones and his immediate ancestors…..


 


Subject: REBUTTAL OF THE YEAR
From: news
To: All
Date Posted: 07:44:08 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
Posted by Independent Observer on June 06, 2007 at 07:40:31:

In Reply to: Re: Sierra Leone: High Levels of Corruption remain posted by CADMUS on May 30, 2007 at 10:49:55:

"Now don't get me wrong, CORRUPTION in any language, colour, country, Shape of Form is, and should be unacceptable....but please stop trying to fool our people by pretending that it only happens in Sa lone."

CADMUS:

What you fail to realize is that the SLPP's notorious corruption is UNIQUE in the world: There is no other country in the world whose capital city has lacks regular electity, potable runing water, sanitation facilities, paved roads, and affordable medical facilities.

Therefore, whereas therfe is corruption in other countries, the corruption of the SLPP government is unmatched ANYWHERE in the world.

So, it is a mark of utter stupidity on your part and that of your even more daft fellow blind SLPP apologists, John Leigh and Edmund Koker,to equate the SLPP's unprecedented corruption to that of countries whose citizens enjoy all of the amenities that the corrupt SLPP has deprived millions of Sierra Leoneans of, for each and every year of its 10 years of misruling our country.

Underscoring the never-befofre-heard-of massive corruption of the SLPP government of President Kabbah and Vice President Berewa, they have caused millions of Sierra Leoneans to suffer as never before in the history of Sierra Leone despite recieving more than $1.5 billion in foreign aid for the benefit of the people. Instead, the traitors Kabbah and Berewa have squandered that all that massive amount of money on themselves and their fellow corrupt cronies in the rotten SLPP government.

It is that same rotten SLPP government that you and your fellow SLPP apologists, John Leigh, Edmund Koker and other blind SLPP supporters have the unpatriotic gall to say should be allowed to continue to inflict massive suffering upon the people of Sierra Leone.

No wonder you and your fellow blind SLPP apologists have been described correctly as traitors to the people of Sierra Leone.

 

 


Subject: Re: REBUTTAL OF THE YEAR
From: CADMUS
To: All
Date Posted: 11:41:56 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
NEWS,
What took you so long coming back on this one.

You say...'Kabbah and Berewa has caused Sierra leoneans to suffer as never before'....do you really mean that? Does that include the period of the APC government? does it also include the suffering of Sierra leoeans during the rebel wars? or were those two periods better than the past 9 years of SLPP rule?..Excercise your little pea brain before you answer this, because most people in Sa lone will tell you different...except ofcourse if you were a REBEL....now that will not surprise me.


Subject: Re: REBUTTAL OF THE YEAR
From: news
To: All
Date Posted: 15:46:23 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
"You say...'Kabbah and Berewa has caused Sierra leoneans to suffer as never before'....do you really mean that? Does that include the period of the APC government? does it also include the suffering of Sierra leoeans during the rebel wars?"

CADMUS:

The answer to your two questions are a resounding yes. Of course the SLPP has caused suffering never before seen in Sierra Leone. For you to see that, try to follow the following simple analysis:

1. During the APC, Sierra Leoneans had electricity and runing water in most areas of the country, clean streets and no widespread rebel atrocities.

2. During ther rebel war, Sierra Leoneans suffered a lot from rebel atrocities under the NPRC and the SLPP regimes. However, under the NPRC, those Sierra Leoneans still had electricity and runing water. But, under the SLPP, they did not have the electricity and potable running water they had under the NPRC -- thus making the SLPP the worst government in the hisotory of Sierra Leone.

For the benefit of your "pea brain," that means it was only during the SLPP regime that Sierra leoneans not only had to suffer from rebel attacks but they also suffered from no reliable electricity and potable running water, no medicines, no sanitation facilities no jobs and no hope.

Do you now finally understand, dimwitted SLPP apologist CADMUS, that the SLPP is simply the worst government in the history of Sierra Leone?


Subject: Re: REBUTTAL OF THE YEAR
From: CADMUS
To: All
Date Posted: 11:39:26 06/07/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 82.198.250.81

Message:
There is no getting to some people.....If that is what gets to your 'pea' brain then that is fine by me.


Subject: Re: REBUTTAL OF THE YEAR
From: SLPP
To: All
Date Posted: 08:45:43 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
There is no other country in the world whose capital city has lacks regular electity, potable runing water, sanitation facilities, paved roads, and affordable medical facilities.
-----------------------

That says it all. SLPP must go. If not, suffering will continue in salone for another 10 years, mark my words.


Subject: Re: REBUTTAL OF THE YEAR
From: APC
To: All
Date Posted: 08:49:10 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 67.63.2.157

Message:
mark your words?
What are you? fortune teller? CALL ME NOW!

The only word we are marking is VICTORT SLPP.


Subject: Re: REBUTTAL OF THE YEAR
From: Question
To: All
Date Posted: 09:03:54 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
"The only word we are marking is VICTORT SLPP.

So, you are now the fortune teller?

 


Subject: WAS PRINCE HARDING A SHAREHOLDER OF PARAMOUNT AIRLINE?
From: BUFORD HWY
To: All
Date Posted: 07:35:10 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:

Dead Togolese To Be Flown Home Today
According to medical sources, the charred bodies of the victims were barely recognizable and as it stated that scientific methods of identification such as the teeth and other parts of the body may be used to identify the victims.
He further stated, “it is just possible that some of them will be identified from the clothes they had on before the accident or from the jewelleries they wore or even their wrist watches.”
He further stated that coffins had been built for the purposes of transporting the remains of the victims to Togo.
A Sierra Leone government delegation, including the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Deputy Minister of Defence, a representative from the Transport and Communications Ministry, some journalists from the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service, the SLFA President, will fly to Lome to take part in the funeral ceremonies.
The ill-fated last flight by the victims has created a national uproar which has caused the government to react by relieving the Minister of Transport and Communications, Dr. Prince Alex Harding and his Director and Deputy Director of Civil Aviation of their duties.
A furious senior government official said to the New Citizen yesterday, “the Minister had been warned that he should treat the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation seriously, but avoided the advice of everybody and allowed the paramount helicopter to recommence flying even though the helicopters of that company had been grounded on the grounds of not meeting internationally accepted standards.”
A government statement yesterday stated that apart from the helicopters owned by paramount, other helicopter companies operating in Sierra Leone have also been asked to ground their helicopters, which to some members of the public is an attempt to shield Prince Harding who had given paramount a free hand to illegally operate in Sierra Leone.
Other helicopter companies such as UTAir have met international safety standards stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and therefore it is most unfair to ground their helicopters just because the company of which Prince Harding is a shareholder has fallen foul of the law and has killed innocent foreigners.
Posted on 06 Jun 2007
 


Subject: WHY SHOULD PRINCE HARDING RESIGN?
From: Development Gateway
To: All
Date Posted: 07:17:42 06/06/07 ()
Email Address: freetownboy@yahoo.com
Entered From: 210-54-68-165.dialup.xtra.co.nz at 210.54.68.165

Message:
Gentlemen, you are being very harsh on Prince Harding. What crime did he commit? What is in Sierra Leone managed by SLPP that is in good condition? Tell me. Besides, it was not Prince Harding's desire for that copter to crash.

Between Prince Harding and Okere Adams, who should resign? Why did President Kabbah retained Okere Adams after all the criminal findings ACC had against him? What is Okere's usefulness to Sierra Leone? What has NPA management not done? Do you know how many vehicles are crashing each day due to SLRA's recklessnes? Leave Prince Harding alone. The reals criminals are the Okere Adams who continue to live on the sweat and blood of Sierra Leoneans.


Subject: Re: WHY SHOULD PRINCE HARDING RESIGN?
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 07:33:27 06/06/07 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb11dc1-161-173-253.dynamic.mts.net at 142.161.173.253

Message:
Is this another campaign?


Subject: Re: WHY SHOULD PRINCE HARDING RESIGN?
From: Madakoh
To: All
Date Posted: 07:29:58 06/06/07 ()
Email Address: akomengot@yahoo.co.uk
Entered From: cache-los-ae04.proxy.aol.com at 195.93.21.132

Message:
Prince Harding is the Responsible Minister for Civil Aviation in Sierra Leone. According toi press reports Paramount Airlines was grounded in the past because of quesstionnable safety records. The Airline was investigated by experts from the International Civil Organisation (ICAO) and recommendations were made. Did Minister Harding authorise the re-issuing of a licence to Paramount. If yes, did they fulfill the conditions set by ICAO? The decision to suspend the Minister is a step in the right direction. He needs plenty of time to produce the answers to the above and other related questions. As to whether he should be dismiss, that will depend on his responses to the many questions that would be posed at the pending Inquiry.

babybob


Subject: FINE WITH ME
From: KING LOGGY
To: All
Date Posted: 05:30:42 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
It's fine with me to complain and blame the government about not doing a good job inspecting helicopters that have a compatively better safety record than our taxi cabs....JUST FINE WITH ME!


Subject: Re: FINE WITH ME
From: Critical Thinker
To: All
Date Posted: 09:39:00 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: sph16-204.harvard.edu at 128.103.16.204

Message:
“….helicopters that have a comparatively better safety record than our taxi cabs..”

Be careful Loggy. These issues are that have traditionally been very slippery ground as a result of the different indicators available to measure safety. If you use some safety indicators such as deaths per registered vehicle (car or helicopter), deaths per ‘pole-to-pole’ trip, or deaths per accident, I am not sure helicopters will have the better safety record. However, helicopters and airplanes fare better in other indicators such as deaths per distance traveled.
 


Subject: Re: FINE WITH ME
From: KING LOGGY
To: All
Date Posted: 14:35:33 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-255-182-17.hsd1.va.comcast.net at 69.255.182.17

Message:
CT, indeed there are different indicators available to measure safety. How about using indicators that are country-specific to Sierra Leone to counter my claim? What you may discover is that there are more auto deaths in Sierra Leone than helicopter deaths.
Please try to use indicators that pertains to inspection enforcements and quantity of automobliles to helicopters in Sierra Leone.


 


Subject: For onliner
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 05:23:34 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
Mr. Yaba-Yaba of the Coco-rio-ko forum, this might be your niche, but don’t forget that you are contemporaneous with the rest of the (whole) world.

I just read your painstakingly written composition. I can comment on it in detail if you wish, for a better understanding of yourself and me.

Perhaps this is the sort of thing that delights you:

http://home.swipnet.se/~w-59204/page5.html

Such, is of less than a peripheral interest really, and has never interested me (except in a sentimental kind of “made in Sierra Leone” way) by which I mean that as far as I am concerned, they are of some slight sociological interest only – like Onitsha Market Literature in the day of Ulli Beier and of East Africa’s “Black Orpheus” which used to be great journal.

You take yourself so seriously. The kind of stuff you find here is not my cup of tea:

http://home.swipnet.se/~w-59204/page5.html

I recommend
1. The Black Aesthetic by Addison Gayle (1971)

http://www.google.se/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4ADBR_enSE222SE222&q=The+Black+Aesthetic&btnG=Search

2. Steve Biko: I write what I like
http://www.google.se/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4ADBR_enSE222SE222&q=Steve+Biko+%3A+I+write+what+I+like

You may be Mr. Black or Missy blue. Aesthetics is a vast subject I love Brodsky too.

What you just wrote reflects who you are and where you are coming from – contains enough matter to profile you. From my point of view, you are uninteresting, irrelevant and even ridiculous. I will write what I want and not for your satisfaction or comprehension either. Our taste in Literature etc is certainly poles apart. I can see that.

So please take your wares somewhere else.

Here is quite another oreder of intelligence:
 


Subject: Re: For onliner
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 05:33:10 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
That was a kind reply calculated to not bring tears to your eye.

It was a reply to


Subject: Re: For onliner
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 05:57:31 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
You can also check out SLWS......( for your delight):

(However there are many items that I find interesting, here:

http://www.sierra-leone.org/poetry.html
 


Subject: Re: For onliner
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 06:22:28 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:

Space can be expensive, so this will be my very last posting to this forum (unless you have something more interesting to say):

Concerning what's on that menu

With the exceptions of Aminata Forna, (she’s great)
Papa Jeng (a friend)
Kilunaji Kush ( a friend)
The menu has missed out on Peter Tucker‘s book on his ancestors. (Recommended history….)

 


 


Subject: Re: For onliner
From: Onliner
To: All
Date Posted: 06:58:30 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
There you go again. Business as usual.


Subject: Re: For onliner
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 07:47:41 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
I am now going to adopt one of John Ernest Leigh's principles and I think that it is a wise one.
I do not intend to communicate with someone who is nameless, a man of little learning, you can call yourself a woman if you like, and one who has feelings of low self esteem lacks the self-confidence to write under his own name, but prefers a fictional identity such as “onliner”.
It's part of the inferiority complex we have been talking about, and in this case you decorate yourself with some more delusions of grandeur. You obviously come from a poor family and a low social status, and would probably like to be president of Sierra Leone or minister of this and that. One thing is sure; I’d not like to marry your sister. Simply do not have anything in common with her and N.B.

I do not like Fufu.

I did not come to Sweden for economic reasons.
I have some coconut tress in Sierra Leone and elsewhere.

Why are you so backward?

Let me represent the SLPP here and you can chose whatever party you prefer, write under your name and write as well as you can.

If you knew what I think about you; well as the bard sang,

“And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They'd probably put my head in a guillotine”

What do you know about

 


Subject: Re: For Cornelius Hamelberg
From: Onliner
To: All
Date Posted: 12:16:19 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From:
1-152.btcentralplus.com at 831.152.136

Message:
I'm proud you acknowledged John Leigh in your reply. He’s a great guy, isn't he? He stood up against the terrorists in a situation where usual Sa Lone Kalo-Kalo ambassadors would have joined the "wanpot".

You'd be a lot wiser if you adopted some more of his principles.

As one of the many foreign misfits and an outcast of Sweden, your frustration for not achieving much in society that offers little to non-blonde Swedes is quite understandable.

For all the twenty or so years of his life in Sweden, do you know Sulay Darami, current Kabbah’s aide or
presidential spokesman was a driver in Sweden? … and he spoke good Swedish at that.

It’s no fu-fu talk that at this age of your life and the talents you've got, you’d have made progressive strides had you spent your life elsewhere or made an effort to learn Swedish to integrate better.

like Nyamko Sabuni, you probably may have been made Sweden’s first black minister, without asking you how many coconut trees you have in Sweden.

But Bra Cornie, how do you expect to function in a society whose language you don’t speak?

It’s like cooking with coal-pot in the middle of Stockholm in a five bedroom appartment. You don’t call that backwards?

By the way, I didn't tell you I saw them cooking with firewood inside of Pa Shaki's Kingharman Rd residence the last time I was in Freetown.

Strasser, who now spends most in palm-wine bars and kassada-brade en fish joints was then the all mighty president.


Subject: Re: For Cornelius Hamelberg
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 17:52:57 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
The langauge is faintly Sengbe's.....


Subject: Re: For Cornelius Hamelberg
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 17:13:27 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
What are you complaining about?

Is this a Sierra Leone issue that you have with Me?
You are obsviously not very happy with yourself or somebody else's appointment?

You have given me many clues, so please keep on talking......

Apartment is spelled with one P

How's your English, old boy ?


Subject: Re: For Cornelius Hamelberg
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 17:01:38 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
I am not a politician and my ambition has never been to be a minister. John Leigh's principles? What are those? I only said that I would not altercate with a person like you who hides under the cloak of anonymity and makes false accusations against me.

I sit possible that you have HIV and don't care much for your life anymore, or is it just envy and jealousy?

The saying from the TALMUD in my diary for last week is: "Sin is sweet in the beginning but bitter in the end"

I was never the type of Sierra Leonenean that you are.
 


Subject: Re: For Cornelius Hamelberg
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 16:46:09 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
 

I know why you are saying all this. But what the Almighty gives, you are not going to take away from us, are you?

You are one of three people that I suspect could do this – and you still don’t have a name to be proud of, a home to be proud of a family to be proud of and to call your own?

Onliner please don't stop this nonsense because I'm going to flush you out of the hole you are hiding in assuming that you are in this country that I arrived in and started living in permanently in 1971.

Who told you that I don't speak Swedish? I have A levels in Swedish.

I don't need a dictionary to translate any article from the Dagens Nyheter of Svenska Dagbladet.
I am not a "misfit" etc - I attended meetings with other members of African Unions and met Nyamko Sabuni and other Parliamentarians including Pierre Schorri.

Why do you tell lies about me and remain incognito?

Have I asked you what you work with or your education and so forth?

Soulay was not a "Taxi driver" . He was first a student and then worked at the Angolan Embassy......

I am through the help of the Police and the Swedish Secret Service, going to find you and deal with you, as you should be dealt with, I promise you this will be true, and speedily done if you are in Sweden.
 


Subject: EVEN THE FERRY TO LUNGI IS A WAITING DISASTER
From: ASHAMED OF BEING A SALONEAN
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Date Posted: 03:57:34 06/06/07 ()
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Sierra Leone the unfortunate country endowed with diamonds has spent all her years being abused by criminals calling themselves politicians. The crash of the poorly maintained helicopter that killed our Togolese brothers should warn us of another disaster in the waiting. The old and poorly mainained ferry that very slowly takes people across the river to Lungi is another disaster that will one day claim many, many, many innocent Sierra Leonean lives.

Sierra Leone is a country where political criminals are not punsihed.
If Sierra Leone cannot service helcopters, what makes anyone think that the ferry has a good safety record?
The kind of negligence that rules Sierra Leone is serious enough to make me think that Sierra Leoneans are less intelligent human beings. Otherwise, how can a richly endowed country suffer such poverty if there were brains in the country?


Subject: Re: EVEN THE FERRY TO LUNGI IS A WAITING DISASTER
From: Bella Barrie
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Date Posted: 10:40:27 06/06/07 ()
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Maybe is time for us to ‘GO BACK UNDER THE WHITE MAN'.


Subject: Re: EVEN THE FERRY TO LUNGI IS A WAITING DISASTER
From: BUFORD HWY
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Date Posted: 11:21:56 06/06/07 ()
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Maybe it is time for us to GO BACK TO THE WHITE MAN...Bella Barrie

I do not think we need the RAPISTS to continue raping our RESOURCES in our country.All we need now is a FREE,FAIR,TRANSPARENT and DEMOCRATIC elections so that the people of Salone can vote for the right person who they think will get us out of this MESS that the SLPP party has created for the country.


Subject: Re: EVEN THE FERRY TO LUNGI IS A WAITING DISASTER
From: Bella Barrie
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Date Posted: 04:02:26 06/07/07 ()
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Sierra Leone with a population of less than 5 million can boast of diamonds and other minerals but yet still the population is suffering. Basic necessities (Light, clean water) are more like luxuries.
What do we need to do collectively to improve this nation?

I do not think we need the RAPISTS to continue raping our RESOURCES in our country.........BUFORD HWY

At least there was development when they were raping our resources.

Now our politicians rap our resources and develop the 'WEST' and cause death suffering in their own country.

I will welcome the WHITE MAN back as we are not intelligent enough to look after our own kind. What we are good at is given 'long sleeves and short sleeves' inflicting pain to our kids, brothers and sisters, no respect for children.

The white man will bring light, water, good roads, food, jobs, education, and above all better security in our country.

What will SLPP, APC, PMDC, etc. bring to us?

FERRY TO LUNGI IS A WAITING DISASTER

Don’t get me wrong I will like a patriotic leader who is ready to put country first, at the moment I don’t see any one fitting that for they are all ‘Recycled Politicians’.


 


Subject: Re: EVEN THE FERRY TO LUNGI IS A WAITING DISASTER
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Date Posted: 06:55:56 06/06/07 ()
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You definitely make me start to wonder. Maybe after all, we are not that smart


Subject: ‘I am not answerable to AG and Ombudsman’
From: Justice Alusine Sesay
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Judge says… ‘I am not answerable to AG and Ombudsman’

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Newly appointed Freetown High Court Judge, Justice Alusine Sesay, on Friday at his chamber, said he was not answerable to the Attorney General or the Ombudsman.
The Judge made this statement in relation to a letter written and addressed to him by Sylvia Blyden, the proprietress of the Awareness Times newspaper, copied to the Attorney General and Ombudsman.
Justice Sesay said the content of the letter addressed to him was contemptuous and therefore needed to treat the case according to the law as no one was above the law.
During the trial in the judge’s chamber, Sylvia Blyden pleaded for mercy and her lawyer, Mustapha Turay, also joined his client to beg the judge not to detain the proprietress.
After hearing their pleas, the Judge ordered Ms. Bylden’s arrest and said she should be under the custody of police in the court. It will be recalled that Sylvia Blyden was escorted to court by police officers on a bench warrant issued by the judge.
The warrant was being enforced since May 22 but the proprietress was on her heels, but her luck ran out and she was arrested by the police in her office and dragged to court.

 

 


Subject: Re: ‘I am not answerable to AG and Ombudsman’
From: Court Observer
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Date Posted: 06:19:34 06/06/07 ()
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Bravo Judge.I must caution you. that whilst you did make brave utterances, but hereafter, Ombudsman and AG, will haunt you day and night.Be careful.


Subject: The Queen, Clinton and Obasanjo went to hell
From: QUEEN RANIA
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Date Posted: 22:28:02 06/05/07 ()
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The Queen, Clinton and Obasanjo went to hell to see the devil.

Queen Elizabeth said "I miss England; Please I want to call England and
see how everybody is doing there". She called and talked for about 5
minutes, and then she asked
"Well, Devil, how much do I owe you????
The devil says "Five million pounds". She wrote him a cheque and
went to sit back on her chair.

Bill Clinton was so jealous, he starts screaming, "My turn! I
wanna call the States, I wanna see how every godamn guy is doing out
there. He called and talked for about 2 minutes, and then he asked
"Well, Devil, how much do I owe you????
The devil says "Ten million dollars".
With a smug look on his face, he made a cheque and went to sit back on
his chair.

OBASANJO was even more jealous & starts screaming, me too go call
Nigeria o jare, I go see how everybody is doing there too. If they don bring
light. I go to talk to the ministers, to my special advisers, to the
PDP, to INEC and EFCC, to everybody... ..

He calls Nigeria and he talks for about twenty hours, he talked &
talked & talked, then he asked,
"Well, Devil, can I have my bill????
The devil says "One thousand Naira".
Obasanjo is stunned & says; "Otio!! One thousand Naira??? Only one
thousand Naira kpere??"
The Devil says "Well if you make a call from one hell to another hell,
it's LOCAL CALL!
 


Subject: Re: The Queen, Clinton and Obasanjo went to hell
From: Joker
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Date Posted: 18:39:50 06/06/07 ()
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It is an old repeated joke, but you should not put a character like Obasanjo, with Reverred Queen and Ex President Clinton.If you have a joke for Obasanjo, create a joke using his equals like Mugabe or Idi Amin, or Bokassa or Doe.


Subject: Armed Robbers Kill Soul Clinic Resident
From: CHARLES TAYLOR
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Date Posted: 21:04:06 06/05/07 ()
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Armed Robbers Kill Soul Clinic Resident
Police Nab Several Suspects

By Edwin M. Fayia, III
Published: 06 June, 2007

 


 

The late Tony Gaye
MONROVIA, A prominent Liberian businessman and resident of the Soul Clinic Community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia was early Tuesday morning killed by suspected armed robbers.

Mr. Tony Gaye, a successful scratch cards dealer and father of three, was allegedly shot and killed in his bedroom in the Soul Clinic Community in Paynesville at about 3:15 Tuesday morning.

The late Tony Gaye was shot with a single barrel gun and the suspected armed bandits made away one motorbike, an unspecified amount of money and other valuable items.

According to some of the residents of the community, the suspected armed bandits, among them a woman, who was said to have led them to the crime scene, stormed the late Gaye's residence with dozens of cutlasses and a single barrel gun.

In several interviews with the Daily Observer on the crime scene, residents Joe Belleh and Charles Billy intimated that when some attempts were made to rescue the victims the armed bandits issued deadly threats to kill anyone.

Residents Belleh and Billy disclosed that the heartless and hardened criminals were heavily armed with volumes of deadly weapons, a situation that even armed security officers could not venture.

The two visibly frightened community residents called on the Liberian Government to rearm the already trained police officers to ensure the safety of the hundreds of vulnerable Liberians in the country.

Messrs. Belleh and Billy also stressed the urgent need for the speedy demolition of all notorious criminal hideouts throughout the country.

Several residents of the Soul Clinic area also expressed shock and outright dismay on the unstoppable wave of armed robberies and described the devilish acts as an uncontrollable menace in post conflict Liberia.

Meanwhile, late Tuesday afternoon following intensive search of the alleged perpetrators police in the Paynesville arrested the stolen motorbike and several suspects.

Besides, several frustrated and angry expressed grave concern on the alleged constant delays on part of the UN-peacekeeping troops and Liberian Police offices that continue to receive the dozens of mobile phone calls.
 


Subject: Criminals Takeover Paynesville
From: CHARLES TAYLOR
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Criminals Takeover Paynesville
Containers, Goods Burnt; Residents Shot

By John K. Forkpa
Published: 06 June, 2007

MONROVIA, Criminal gangs have infested the densely populated City of Paynesville, terrorizing residents and burning goods and the containers holding them.

The latest incidents occurred a fortnight ago and early yesterday morning.

The gangs of criminals include armed robbers, rogues, snatchers, burglars and rapists. Armed robbers have hit Paynesville City very hard in the last three years; their attacks have either left innocent citizens wounded or dead or the bandits themselves killed, wounded or arrested and detained shortly.

At about 8:30 p.m. Monday evening, some unknown criminals seriously wounded an unidentified man in the neck and took away his personal effects, leaving him in pain and anguish. This incident is one of several incidents where criminal gangs attack residents of Paynesville in several parts of that city, particularly in the central shopping center area commonly known as “Red Light” and on the road that leads to Gobachop Market.

The Gobachop Market road lies between the UNMIL Police Station and the National Police Depot, which are about 300 yards apart, and it is home to some of the most deadly criminal gangs who snatch moneybags, personal effects and goods and other valuables including cell phones from residents who walk that road in the evening hours. The bandits in that place are also engaged in burning down containers where market goods are sold or kept.

The situation has become so bad that the criminals rob or wound marketers, rape women and attack working people that have to use the road to get home. The road is dark and without streetlights.

At about 4:30 a.m. yesterday morning criminals burned down a container belonging to Mr. T. Erasto Charlie, with several bags of rice and other assorted goods valued at over US$2,000.00. Some marketers who had gone to the market early yesterday spotted the fire in the container and al3rted Mr. Charlie. When the young Liberian petit trader arrived at the scene, it was practically too late.

Marketers who spoke to the Daily Observer recalled that Mr. Charlie's container was about the third one set ablaze by criminals in recent times, destroying goods and cash.

The marketers also alleged that several police officers and deactivated security officers are always spotted in a ghetto and video club in the area, either drinking or doping in groups.

However, the police yesterday stormed the criminal infested Gobachop Market road and demolished several illicit drugs centers and shabby ghettos. The raid on the Gobachop Market road, according to Police Director Muna Sieh, is geared towards dealing with armed robbers in the urban areas and rural Liberia.

The Ministry of Public Works, in collaboration with the Liberia National Police, carried out the demolition exercise. Some members of the criminal gangs attempting to stall the exercise put up a stiff, stone-throwing resistance to the demolition exercise, but frustrated and grief stricken residents, happy to be rid of the gettos, countered the attack of the gangsters. The situation was later put under control when the LNP, backed by UN Peace Keepers, swiftly overcame the hooligans.
 


Subject: FPA Exclusive: How Corrupt - Who's Corrupt in Liberia? An In
From: Rodney D. Sieh
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FPA Exclusive: How Corrupt - Who's Corrupt in Liberia? An Investigative Report
06/05/07 - Rodney D. Sieh, rsieh@FrontPageAfrica.com


When Master Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe seized power on April 12, 1980 in Liberia, the young military ruler accused his predecessors of among other things nepotism, greed, an unequal class system and “rampant” corruption. Doe’s reign failed to fulfill many of its promises and soon fell prey to the disease he seized power to end. More than two decades later, the problem continues to permeate the heart and soul of a nation still searching for economic sanity.

 

CURING THE DISEASE
“Because corruption is so embedded in our system, culture and values, it will take us a while to fight this pandemic unless all of us begin to fight it.”

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President, Republic of Liberia

Like Doe, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf pledged on her inauguration day to end corruption, a disease that is believe to have been one of the underlying causes of the 14 year civil war that killed thousands of Liberians and maimed the economic infrastructure of Africa’s oldest republic.

 

But the problem Sirleaf pledged to fight appears to be fighting back. Some say it is now even worse than her predecessors. President Sirleaf has admitted on several occasions that indeed her government, too, is characterized with corruption at all levels of government. Sirleaf has lamented that corruption still remains a major challenge to her government which she finds systemic at all levels not only the Executive Branch of Government.

 

The U.S. Department of State’s report on Liberia, U.N. Panel of Experts and various reports have pointed to massive levels of corruption in the Sirleaf-led administration.

 

The underlying cause of the problem is obvious to many. From the halls of the national legislature to the various ministries and agencies, many of the same people from previous administrations are at the helm of power. The only fundamental change is that Liberia has a new President and Vice President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Joseph N. Boakai, respectively. Faces at most ministries and agencies as well as the halls of the legislature have changed but the corrupt system of the past remains pretty much the same.

 

 

Dilemma 1: GEMAP Watchdogs Held at Bay

 

Seen as the savior to many of Liberia’s ills, the international agreement, the Governance Economic and Management Assistance Program (GEMAP), has proven to be less capable of fighting back corrosive corruption in Liberia, drawing criticism from many Liberians, including Sirleaf, who recently criticized the program as she expressed some disappointment in some areas of GEMAP execution. In defense of the GEMAP, the Vice Chairman of the GEMAP Executive Committee, United States Ambassador Donald Booth has stated that the GEMAP was never intended to fight corruption; rather it was a governance arrangement aimed at assisting Liberia managed its meager resources.

 

“It is not that the GEMAP people are not working, but the problem is a lot of ministers and agency directors are making their jobs difficult by either not cooperating or simply making the environment difficult for them to flourish,” says a member of the civil society representative on the GEMAP in Monrovia, who prefers anonymity for this report.

 

The official points to a number of incidents involving GEMAP experts as a key reason why they may not have been effective to date.

 

The first incident involved the mysterious removal of the GEMAP controller at the Liberian Petroleum Refinery Corporation (LPRC). LPRC had initially stated that the former controller, John Lindberg was let go because of lifestyle issues, a claim denied by Lindberg’s employer SEGURA IP3, a Bethesda, Maryland – based firm hired by USAID to provide professional expertise to various Liberian ministries, agencies and public corporation.

 

The official suggests that there’s more beneath the surface. “Lindberg and Greaves just couldn’t get along and they did not see eye to eye that’s what it boils down to.” The LPRC management was not forthcoming.”

 

And neither was SEGURA, who fell short of revealing the full picture about why Lindberg was fired when FPA sought an explanation in November 2006: “SEGURA IP3 made the decision to terminate its contract with Mr. John Lindberg, who had been assigned as an Internationally Recruited Financial Controller at the LPRC, as a result of a project supervision trip to Monrovia, which took place from October 6 - 20, 2006. Although we cannot get into the specifics of this action, which would be a breach of confidentiality, the contract termination was due to lack of compliance of project management procedures, which are of critical importance to our firm, particularly in an important program, as GEMAP. Furthermore, our decision was made with the concurrence and full support of USAID/Liberia. “

 

Another incident was at the National Port Authority where the management of the port was embroiled in a squabble with the GEMAP financial controller assigned there. The former NPA boss, Ngangana had expressed concerns over the performance of Thomas Downing and reportedly wanted Downing out. “Mr. Thomas Downing over the past nine (9) months as the NPA’s financial controller leaves considerable doubt as to whether Mr. Downing meets or satisfies the minimum requirements of the profile of an expert,” Ngangana wrote in a letter dated February 26, 2007. Ambassador Booth came to Downing’s aid and rejected calls for his removal. In the end, Ngangana was the odd man out and one of the first casualties of Sirleaf’s much-anticipated government reshuffle.

 

In the wake of the difficulties being encountered by GEMAP experts, FrontPageAfrica has learned that the General Auditing Commission, the institution mandated to fight fraud, waste and abuse remained unfunded and understaffed, with opposition politicians like Charles Brumskine calling for complete financing of the General Auditing Commission.

 

Dilemma II: The Auditor General’s Plight

 

DIFFICULT DILEMMA
"It is very frustrating trying to do the job I came here to do when people are secretly trying their best to thwart our work; when there is no genuine commitment to fight fraud, waste and abuse as reflected in funding priorities."

Auditor General John Morlu II

Faced with mountain of cases, the new era of corruption in Liberia appears to be complicated. For starters, the EU-recruited and government of Liberia approved Auditor General John S. Morlu II has been in Monrovia for a little over a month. FrontPageAfrica has been informed that many of those subject to audits in the government have been making efforts to thwart Morlu’s work.

 

To date, Morlu has neither a car to go to work nor an office space to work from. He works from his hotel room, most of the time. Nor does he have a genuine commitment from the Government of Liberia for funding the General Auditing Commission.

 

Morlu has of late been in a tug-of-war with his predecessor Gregory Momo Johnson, regarding a GAC vehicle which Johnson was due to turn over to Morlu. Morlu has since recommended the termination of Willard Russell, Director of GSA, or the very least Russel's suspension for failing to protect the assets of the Republic of Liberia.

 

In the recently submitted draft National Budget, the General Auditing Commission is given US$1.1 million to audit all government institutions, against the Office of Auditor General budget submission of US$6.6 million. In the draft Budget, the Bureau of the Budget wants Morlu to renovate the Old Executive Mansion and the Pavilion, hire 33 Diaspora Liberians, provide Internet and Intranet, recruit to pay an international audit firm to audit the General Audit commission for US$100,000, purchase a financial management system, etc all on the US$1.1 million. “This is highly impossible,” says Morlu, who also says he will have to adapt an innovative solution.”

 

“It is very frustrating trying to do the job I came here to do when people are secretly trying their best to thwart our work; when there is no genuine commitment to fight fraud, waste and abuse as reflected in funding priorities,” Morlu says.

 

Over the last few weeks, Morlu has been proposing to the National Legislature for that august body to give its acquiescence for the 2007/2008 draft Budget National and 2006/2007 Budget performance to be audited by his entity. The auditor general has indicated that this initial audit will set a basis for his commission to adequately perform in the next fiscal period. Morlu says this exercise is also necessary because the Liberian people need to know how their resources are expended and it will serve as hallmark for transparency and accountability.

 

All about deliverables in Nation ‘rotten with corruption’

 

Morlu says that there is opposition, particularly in the Executive Branch of Government against genuine accountability and transparency and the GAC desire to fight fraud, waste and abuse is vast and consolidating,” adding “very few government officials seem to support the idea of auditing to hold the government accountable for spending public monies and implementing programs and activities.”

 

When pressed to elaborate, Morlu stated, “It seems that so many came to Liberia to reconstruct themselves, not the nation. From intelligence gathered, corruption is everywhere…this nation is rotten in corruption. But no matter the lack of support and cooperation, I will push ahead with programs to ensure accountability and transparency, concluding, “I am here to stay whether they like it or not. I am being paid by to perform a job. I will do my job as I have produce tangible results such as working to complete the draft legislation.”

 

Morlu said: “As I have said to Liberians, I am not looking for friends or enemies. I have a job to do and I will do it in the best way I know how. It is not where I sit and what car I drive, what matters is what I can deliver for the Government and the Liberian people. It is about deliverables.”

 

FPA Probes Financial Mess in Liberia

 

After months of investigation, FrontPageAfrica brings you a detailed report of some of the many cases that have emerged since the dawn of Liberia’s Third Republic. FrontPage Africa has catalogued some of the major financial mess at various ministries, with the list of institutions facing financial management problems growing by leaps and bounds.

 

National legislature: Law-breaking lawmakers

 


House Speaker Alex Tyler

Isaac Nyenabo, President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Perhaps the most disappointing state of corruption lies in the national legislature where the officials elected to implement laws against corruption have themselves fallen prey to the disease, enriching themselves and finding each and every loophole they can they gain an extra buck.

 

Recently, Sirleaf responded to pleas from various pressure groups and vetoed the Financial Autonomy Act in its totality recently approved and forwarded to her by the National Legislature. According to the Liberian leader her veto of the Financial Autonomy Act which has been met with stiff criticisms from all spheres of society is based on constitutional grounds. In a nine count correspondence addressed to the President Pro tempore of the Liberian Senate Isaac Nyenabo dated May 24th, 2007, the Liberian president said, “With the consideration detailed above, I cannot sign this Act into law and I’m hereby returning the Act with my veto. The Executive does not uphold the principle of Financial Autonomy for the Legislature or any such Acts.”

 

President Johnson Sirleaf uttered her disapproval of the Act further in view of Article 2 of the Liberian Constitution which has to do with her oath of office. “After careful consideration of the proposed Act and being mindful of my oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution as the organic law of the land, I must express my disapproval by a veto especially in view of Article 2 of the Constitution.” she told the law makers. The Liberian leader said the Act also violates the basic principles of the Public Financial Management She argued that the Financial Autonomy Act raises several Constitutional issues. Citing Article 7 of the Constitution, she said the framers of this organic law in their wisdom did not deem it wise to grant members of the Legislature the privilege of tax exemption, which sets qualification criteria for members of the Legislature, including age range that makes them tax payers not only for the purpose of elections. On the Act which attempts to address the issue of pension for Legislators, President Johnson Sirleaf said this issue which is a separate matter seems to violate Article 35 of the Constitution, which forbids a bill from embracing more than one subject in its title. “A law for pension scheme can only be enacted under Article 34 (k) under the Constitution,” she stated.

 

 

Ministry of State – Saytumah and the letters of appointments

 


Letters of consent? Morris Saytumah, Minister of State for Legal Affairs
Complicating Sirleaf’s corruption fight, observers say is the fact that most of the president’s handlers are looking out for their own interests when they should be ensuring that the government policies are well, transparently and honestly executed. Since the departure of Knuckles, Edward McClain has been playing a temporary role but it is Morris Saytumah, Minister of State for Legal Affairs who is said to be calling most of the shots. During reign of Morris Dukully, a key problem cited here were reports that Dukully was making appointments and sending out letters of appointment on national radio with the President’s signature, a report Dukully denied in an interview with FPA last year - That problem is sadly continuing today with Saytumah at the helm.

 

Saytumah recently forwarded the name of Gregory Momo Johnson for the post of Deputy Auditor General even though Johnson was suspended indefinitely as Comptroller General in February 2007 for alleged financial improprieties (embezzlement). It is not clear whether Sirleaf made such an appointment or was aware of Saytumah’s letter considering Johnson’s past. Some GEMAP experts have also wondered whether the appointment had the blessings of Sirleaf. In his letter of appointment to the GAC, Saytumah, said it was by the directive of the President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

 

Complicating the Johnson saga, according to Morlu, are reports that Johnson received a “fake” MBA (diploma mills) from a corporation named ALMEDA registered on the Caribbean Island of Nevis. ALMEDA posting reads: “It is not accredited by any recognized accreditation body. As such, its degrees are not acceptable to any employers or other institutions, and use of degree titles may be restricted or illegal in some jurisdictions.” It is an online DIPLOMA MILL. This is why Johnson, having lived in Minnesota, USA for many, many years, did not work in his area of specialty. Almeda University was founded in 1997, the same year Mr. Johnson claims to have received his MBA. He must have been the first graduate—and a genius, for that matter.”

 

It is not clear how Saytumah became aware of that the post of deputy auditor-general was vacant. Some have accused Saytumah of meddling in the affairs of an investigative arm of government but Morlu says: “This is not the best way to build a credible, apolitical and professional General Auditing Commission (GAC) that meets international standard. Recruitment will be done competitively for staff and management at the GAC, consistent with international best practices.”

 

 

National Port Authority – ‘Cleanup underway’

 


Transferred: Togbah Ngannah was transferred from NPA to Public works
Despite the firing of former port manager Togbah Ngangana, corruption continues to prevail here. Sirleaf recently challenged the management team at the NPA to take responsibility for whatever happens at the port. In an apparent reference to reports of the disappearance of two ships at the port, the President again expressed concern at the level of corruption at the Freeport of Monrovia, adding, “this port will be cleaned up.” The President said, reports of such an incident send a wrong image of the country internationally and effect government’s ability to keep commodity prices at a minimal level. The Liberian leader has also spoken of a pending assessment of the port and expressed concern that freights and other associated charges may increase, if the port does not meet the assessment test.

 

The NPA Management has since expressed regrets, that despite recent gains in revenue intake at the NPA, recent events have overshadowed the process. However, FrontPage Africa has learned that the confusion leading to the transferred of the GEMAP Expert Tom Downing resulted from his refusal to sign on a million-dollar deal that Board Chairman Musa Bility had illegally entered into and Chairman Bility awarding himself US$16,000 remuneration, which was not included in the by-laws of the NPA. While saying that corruption at the Freeport caused the Government grant waiver of certain tariff on importation of goods, Sirleaf recently told journalists that funds generated from the waiver made, were being used by corrupt officials and agents at the Port to exploit the system and business people.

 

LPRC – Still no sign of oil deal document

 


Still hanging on: LPRC's Harry Greaves
The Nigerian oil deal continues to haunt the managing director of LPRC, Mr. Harry Greaves. Both the President and Greaves have rejected several requests to turn over documents surrounding the Nigerian Oil Deal. GEMAP Technical team has tried and failed to secure the documents on the Oil Deal.

 

A member of GEMAP Technical informed FPA that even Chairman of Public Procurement Commission, Keith Jubah, has also refused to cooperate with GEMAP in turning over the government, “because he is a friend of the President.” Liberty Party strong man Charles W. Brumskine and nearly all leaders of civil society institutions continued to press for a release of the Nigerian Oil Deal. Another controversy at LPRC relates to the UN Panel of Experts report that nearly US$7 million was under reported for the first 9 months of LPRC operation under the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government.

 

Liberians also took the LPRC boss to task when he provided donations to his various charities and the University of Liberia, as well as a jeep donated to the Executive Mansion’s sponsored Monrovia beautification project. Some have stated that in various writings that Mr. Greaves has no right to donate Liberia’s government monies, without seeking legislative approval.

 

In spite of all the concerns, the President continues to stand by Greaves and has claimed that the LPRC boss is managing LPRC, a position silently rebuffed by members of the GEMAP. The latest of LPRC sponsored by the European Union is yet to be made public. FPA learned from a source at LPRC that the report indicates continued level of corruption.

 

Roberts International Airport- Manager booted, problems linger

 


Dismissed: Julius Dennis was given the boot at IRA for allegedly waiving storage fees in excess of $100,000
The President recently cited RIA as one of the most corrupted centers in Liberia with visitors complaining about economic extortion at RIA. Recently, the President dismissed the Managing Director of RIA on the grounds of corruption amounting to US$100,000. But many say corruption at the airport is still high.

 

Sirleaf recently explained that Julius Dennis granted a waiver of storage fees to the mobile phone company, COMIUM in the amount in excess of US$100,000. She said an investigation was instituted by the National Security Agency (NSA) which did report that the waiver was inappropriate. “There was a storage fee in excess of US$100,000. NSA did report that the waiver was inappropriate,” the Liberian President said.

 

Sirleaf said following the findings, she did have a meeting with the Board of Directors of the RIA and a decision was taken that those fees be re-imposed and COMIUM will have to pay those fees into government’s revenue. The Liberian leader also requested from the Board a full financial report and statement from the RIA covering the tenure of Mr. Dennis. “There are some other things we thought was a bit of negligent on the part of the Managing Director on operational issues. We decided that RIA was too important an operation for us to take the chances; and we have much support from our partners to try to improve the facilities so we needed a change in management,” President Johnson Sirleaf stated.

 

General Auditing Corruption – Just bad business

 

At the GAC, auditor general Morlu recently fired two executives - Deputy Auditor General for Technical Services, David F. McGill and the General Audit Manager, Welehlatue W. Seah, Sr, who both joined the commission when they were nominated to the position during the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) by one of the factions of the Accra Peace Agreement, the Government of Liberia

 

The Auditor General revealed that McGill’s behavior over the course of the past year demonstrated “low integrity”, which is inconsistent with the mandate of the GAC, the first line institution for ensuring integrity throughout government.

 

Most paramount was that the European Union provided a generator for the sole use of the GAC; however, McGill used his authority by supplying power to a third party, a non-GAC facility to the tune of US$665.95 from November 2006 to January 2007. “This is a blatant abuse of donor issued equipment,” Mr. Morlu said, noting that “this incident has caused the GAC a great embarrassment and a potential financial loss of US$39,000. Morlu said that during his absence McGill made some unilateral decisions including the shut down of the generator under the pretext of inadequate funds to purchase fuel to the detriment of other employees including international partners working at the institution.

 

For his part, the General Audit Manager, Welehlatue Seah was dismissed for engaging in malpractices including coming to job under the influence of alcohol as well as raining insults of his fellow colleagues. The Auditor General said these and few others acts on the part of McGill and Seah “has brought disrepute to the GRC, the frontline accountability institution for ensuring integrity at all levels of government.”

 

 

 

Forestry Development Authority – Bogus vendors

 


John Woods, FDA
A recent EU-sponsored audit published on FPA showed continued corrupt practices at FDA. It was revealed that managing Director John Woods collected monies for Board meetings he did not attend. It was also revealed that about US$4 million was paid to vendors, who identities could not be substantiated; they were bogus vendors. The audit cited several instances of financial fraud and a severe lack of internal controls, which the transferred GEMAP expert from the Port is now addressing. UN Panel of Experts also revealed a US$120,000 discrepancy between what the Ministry of Finance claimed to have paid FDA and what FDA claimed to have received.

 

Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy – Diamond license saga

 


Licensing issues at lands and mines: Minister Eugene Shannon
The President also listed this ministry as among a growing list of corrupted institutions in Liberia. She sacked several people for engaging in corrupt practices; they were alleged to have been issuing diamond licenses and pocketing the monies, even at a time when the diamond sanctions were not lifted. Sirleaf recently dismissed two deputy ministers - Charles Dogoseh and Assistant Minister James Konuwa. The men were relieved of their posts for their roles in granting bogus licenses for mining operations. The President also directed the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy to review all licenses for gold and diamond mining and investigate their operations, to ensure that individuals or entities in possession of the licenses are not engaged in illicit operations.

 

 

Ministry of Finance – Recycling, Voucher issues key to corruption

 


Vouchers, recycling the norm: Finance Minister Dr. Antoinette Sayeh
For all intents and purposes, the Ministry of Finance is the nucleus of corruption in Liberia. The President has complained and shown great dissatisfaction at the level of corruption within the Ministry. New Democrat, a local daily, in a recent front page story, labeled the Ministry of Finance the “House of Scandals.” Nepotism on the part of the Minister and corruption were cited by the paper.

 

It is alleged the Minister of Finance has broken the Ministry’s internal control rules by nominating a friend to serve as acting Comptroller General instead of the Deputy Comptroller acting as stipulated in the rules. The Minister also appointed another close friend, Aletha Brown, as Assistant Minister of Expenditure, a woman who has reportedly misplaced signed checks on numerous occasions.

 

The voucher system has come under attack, prompting the National Legislature to seek a Financial Autonomy Act, which was voted by the President. Instead the President has acknowledged the problems associated with the voucher system and has promised the Legislators to have a point person at the Ministry of Finance to process their vouchers. Some have called the voucher system, as institutionalized corruption wherein people have to bribe to get their monies out of the Ministry of Finance.

 

The former Comptroller General of Liberia, Mr. Gregory Momo Johnson was indefinitely suspended for embezzlement. The New Democrat reported that Mr. Johnson was being recycled in the system. Mr. Johnson is alleged to have been nominated to serve as Deputy Auditor General, but Auditor General Morlu rejected his appointment. Mr. Johnson also listed that he graduated from Almeda University, a diploma mill where a man or woman can purchase a degree for a few bucks. Experts say that the corruption problem at facing has continued due to lack of reform of the system and the high level of volume of financial transactions.

 

Sirleaf has also expressed concerns and acknowledged that revenue flag receipts are being duplicated at the Ministry of Finance, where, she disclosed, an investigation has been going on for that matter. The president has cited the ministry of finance as one of the prominent corruption centers in the nation, with finance ministry officials involved in counterfeiting revenue receipts. FPA reported Mr. Richard Wisseh, who was dismissed for counterfeiting revenue receipts during the Taylor and Bryant administration was brought back and given prominence by Finance Minister Sayeh. Liberian Ambassador to the United Nations, Nathaniel Barnes, also accused Mr. Wisseh of soliciting from him US$40,000 in bribe in exchange to protect him (Barnes) in an audit report that accused him of waiving about US$1.4 million in taxes to a logging business entity in Liberia, on the grounds that Charles Taylor told him to do so.

 

Finance Ministry employees are now laying the pronouncement of counterfeit revenue receipts at the feet of the Finance Minister Sayeh, since she brought back Mr. Wisseh, a man who was fired for similar practices. It may be recalled during the first months of the Sirleaf administration, several custom workers were fired by the Finance Minister on the approval of the President, so Liberians are wondering then why the Finance Minister bring back Mr. Wisseh?

 

 

Ministry of Agriculture – Scrutiny brewing here

 


Questions over Rubber, fishery revenues: Agriculture Minister Dr. J. Chris Toe
The Minister of Agriculture has come under extreme scrutiny from the lawmakers and the Liberian people for massive levels of corruption, especially with respect to revenues from fishery and rubber plantations. Recently, the National Legislature called on the General Auditing Commission to undertake a complete audit of the Liberian Rubber Planters Association, a request made on the notion of gross financial mismanagement of income generated from rubber.

 

A high ranking official at the Ministry called FPA to inform that the Minister has aggregated onto himself all the powers of financial decision, bypassing the normal check and balances. The Minister is also alleged to have brought in friend and family to run the day to day operations of the Ministry, marginalizing appointed government officials. It may be recalled that Minister Toe in an FPA interview indicated that he makes his extra money by consulting until late into the nights, around 2a.m. He was taken to task by FPA contributing writer Yanqui Zaza on conflict of interest grounds.

 

The official confirmed to FPA that contributions to the Ministry by the Rubber Planters Associations are used personally by the Minister. “Rubber is a major preoccupation of the Minister. A newly acquired double cabin Nissan pickup belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture has been assigned to Cocopa Rubber Company in Nimba County. Since the Minister can not depart with any of the two vehicles he has assigned to himself, he has instead assigned one of the newly-donated Libyan tractors to Maryland County where rubber business is rife. This will probably be assigned at the Cavalla Rubber Plantation,” said the official.

 

FrontPageAfrica has also learned that at the end of February 2007, about $121,030 was expended on gas and fuel, but not more than US$90,000.000 worth of fuel had been consumed, leading to no less than US$30,000 unaccounted for.

 

 

 

The Ministry of Public Works - Donzo under attack

 


Contract issues: Loseni Dunzo, Minister of Public Works
Minister Losenee Donzo has also come under attack for engaging in corrupt practices. In an exclusive in the Inquirer, a local daily, Minister Donzo was accused of giving out public work contracts and buying equipment from friends and family, namely he gave a contract to his brother-in-law in violation of the Public Procurement laws of Liberia.

 

It is also alleged that Minister Donzo will not invest his time and energy in public work projects that does not benefit him personally. “Since he became Public Works Minister, he has done nothing meaningful. The roads are still bad. He does not seem interested in doing anything outside of making money,” asserted a Ministry of Public Works official.

 

FPA has learned lawmakers are making plans to summon Minister Donzo to explain his role in the procurement scandal.

 

The Ministry of Internal Affairs – Johnson blues

 


US$2M dollar man: Internal Affairs Minister A.B. Johnson
Minister Ambullai K. Johnson, a close Sirleaf aide has been in the middle of a deep scandal over the past few months. Johnson came under attack almost two months ago for allegedly mismanaging almost US$2 million. This money was earmarked for County Development. Instead of giving the funds directly to the counties as was the intent of the National Legislators when the funds were appropriated, he is alleged to have chosen to purchase substandard materials. He also is alleged to have embezzlement some of the funds, since he was unable to provide full accounting when he appeared in front of the National Legislature. “He ate the money,” asserted a member of the National Legislature when FPA placed a call to inquire. It was reported in the local papers that the Minister has asked the General Auditing Commission to conduct independent audit consistent with generally accepted accounting principle. But the financial mess in the County Development Fund lingers on until a complete audit is conducted.

 

In a bid to clarify his name, Johnson has requested the General Auditing Office to conduct a financial audit of account of the County Development Project announced last year by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

 

 

The Ministry of Commerce – All about the rice

 


Banke King-Akerele, Minister of Commerce
Banke King-Akerele’s legacy may boil down to rice. The Ministry came under attack in the manner in which the rice contract to the Sinkor Trading Company was awarded. Inconsistent with the pronounced position of President Sirleaf, the rice monopoly was continued but under a new institution, the Sinkor Trading Company. The Minister of Commerce informed the world that in fact a competitive process characterized the award of the contract. Sinkor Trading Company recently refuted the Minister’s position that there was a competitive process. The UN Panel of Experts also questioned the alleged competitive process, going as far as suggesting that the Office of Auditor General conduct an audit of rice and oil importers and “report within 3 months.”

 

Recently, one of Liberia’s leading opposition politician Charles Brumskine accused the Sinkor Trading Company of manipulation of the quantity and price of rice. Brumskine also want to know where the money is for “the Rice Stabilization Fund.” These are just a select few of the problem of corruption in Liberia. Giving the perceived inner circle of the President and almost all the ministers and deputy ministers and managing directors are from previous corrupt administration will President Sirleaf be able to attack corruption and end it. The realities are not good.

 

In the 2007/2008 Budget submitted to the National Legislature, opposition politician, Brumskine noticed that in the “High Priority” category of the National Budget, fighting corruption is not listed. Was this an oversight or a realization by the Sirleaf administration that corruption is here to stay and she has failed to defeat it?

 

 

General Services Agency – Vehicle issues

 

Charles Taylor’s old stumping ground continues to be riddled with problems. FPA has gathered that Director Willard Russell, the custodian of public assets, recently failed to investigation a questionable letter ordering the transfer of government property in unacceptable ways.

 

According to reports gathered, Russell recently received a letter from the former Auditor general, authorizing him (Johnson) to keep a government vehicle for his personal use, even though he was no longer a government employee, on 30 April 2007. Russell’s leadership has also been called into question. He failed to deal with the matter as head of the agency responsible but told aides he needed to consult with the president before making a decision on a simple matter involving a government vehicle, even after acknowledging the authenticity of the letter.

 

The bulk of the problems at GSA is that most government vehicles are marked as scrapped and then sold or given to close friends and relatives. Scrapping remains a common financial management loophole in which government properties are transferred to private names without much in return for government.

 

Now you know, what’s next?

 

During the early parts of her presidency, Sirleaf adamantly rejected concerns and reports about corruption in her government. FrontPageAfrica has gathered that it was not until U.S. officials brought it to the president’s attention that she began to make public pronouncements about the disease which has the potential of tearing her government apart. Sirleaf recently urged the public to help her administration deal with the disease. “If anybody knows of anybody, high officials or otherwise who is taking kickbacks or bribes under the table, please tell it to us. Be courageous enough to point it out so that we can be able to have the evidence that enables us to prosecute.”

 

But critics of Sirleaf say mountains of questions have been raised about key officials and aides like Greaves and Akerele but no action has been taken. A case in point, some say, Julius Dennis lost his position at RIA over $100,000, but Greaves continues to serve at LPRC amid reports of unaccounted $7M and a controversial oil deal still clouded in secrecy. Another intriguing question is why did Sirleaf keep Inspector General Johnson around for so long at the GAO after his public confession that he was pressured by former Chairman Bryant to change an opinion on the sale of the iron ore at the Port of Buchanan during the interim government - a serious violation of ethical principle in auditing?

 

For Sirleaf, “the responsibility to fight corruption is a responsibility of all of us – the government, the ordinary citizens and all.” Because corruption is so embedded in our system, culture and values, Sirleaf says, it will take us a while to fight this pandemic unless all of us begin to fight it.”

 

The question on the minds of many is how far Sirleaf is really willing to go and how much of a sacrifice she would be willing to make in cleaning up her administration of the rotten apples that could derail her quest to restore economic sanity? And does the current crop of lawmakers have what it takes to implement laws to fight corruption and end the disease? Liberians and the international community wait with baited breadth. As the clock ticks on Sirleaf’s presidency, corruption is one issue unlikely to go away. And like her predecessors - Doe, Taylor, Sawyer and Bryant - it is a problem that could make or break her presidency - or set it apart from the bad bunch of yesteryears and many are hoping for once, the buck stops here.

 

 

 


 


Subject: Re: FPA Exclusive: How Corrupt - Who's Corrupt in Liberia? An In
From: SAMJACKSON
To: All
Date Posted: 20:31:53 06/05/07 ()
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Entered From: ac202-050.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.50

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When Ellen Sirleaf appoints the longest serving Minister of Finance under Charles Taylor to be her Special Representative to the UN, appoints Cora Peabody, Taylor's Minister of Commerce to a board, and Fatu White, the Commissioner of Custom under Charles Taylor, and other Taylor holdovers to positions of trust, that's when I knew she was not serious about removing even the perception of corruption from her government.


These people are all my friends, and may not be corrupt, but the negative perception of our administration made anyone who served in that government not qualified to serve under a new dispensation. That is why, despite my closeness to Ellen and the resume I bring to the table, I have taken myself out of contention for a post in this and succeeding governments.

And so it goes.
 


Subject: Students Shut Down University
From: LECTURER
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Date Posted: 19:39:02 06/05/07 ()
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Students Shut Down University
Claim UL President A 'fraudster,' Classes Suspended Until June 11

By Cheechiay Jablasone
Published: 04 June, 2007

MONROVIA, June 5,---Several vehicles and hundreds of persons remained stranded on the main campus of the University of Liberia on Capitol Hill for most of Monday following students' riot over shortages of buses and instructors.

Angry students shouted invectives at the president of the University of Liberia, Dr. Alhassan Conteh, calling him names. They blocked all entrances to the campus, preventing those who had vehicles on the campus from leaving.

They blocked every entrance to the University's main campus, holding up car owners for several hours. Dr. Conteh's official vehicle was marked: 'For Sale for 2 buses; contact Science College'. By late yesterday evening, the blue Pathfinder jeep had had all four tires deflated.

Tree branches, broken chairs, blocks and any other materials that the students were able to lay hands on were used to set up roadblocks.

Students at the main entrance of the University told the Daily Observer that they were prepared to hold out on their action until their concerns were addressed. One of the students manning the gate claimed he was carrying 13 credit hours this semester and since three weeks when the semester began, he has had class once.

"This is not about buses alone. We need to have instructors as well," the angry student told our reporter. He claimed the strike was peaceful but it could eventually turn violent based on how serious authorities would consider the plight of the students.

Although President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on her way to the funeral of the mother of Chief Justice Johnny Lewis, cautioned the striking students to stay away from the streets, which they obeyed, they refused to open the entrance allowing entry and exit of vehicles.

Attempts by Education Minister, Joseph Korto to intervene in persuading the students to open up the campus failed. Striking students nearly held the Minister hostage. While the Dr. Korto negotiated with the students, there were shouts from a few of them that the Minister should not be allowed to leave the campus.

Fearing the worst was about to come, Korto a former student leader at the University of Liberia threatened: "Gentlemen you can not intimidate me." The students quickly turned their attention to Dr. Conteh, who had been accompanying the Education Minister. The Minister took advantage of that and swiftly fled the scene.

Scores of students escorted the UL president as he walked from the Law School to his office chanting: "Conteh 4-1-9" and 'rogue, rogue'. At the entrance of the Administration Building, Dr. Conteh turned to the students and pleaded, "Shouting behind your president 4-1-9, gentlemen it is shameful business."

Many of the students who spoke to our reporter on why they were bent on calling the University president a 'fraudster' claimed Dr. Conteh had promised on numerous occasions that he would provide buses which he failed to do. The students argued that the UL president was 'shamelessly' promising up to yesterday that he would provide buses soon.

Henry Smith, a spokesperson for the University of Liberia student Union (ULSU), said sometimes, it is only the language of violence, which authorities at the University understand. He disclosed that a similar problem about buses to transport students to the Fendell campus arose last year sparking tension. By then, Smith said there were only five buses but after the threats from students, administration added the buses up to 12.

Smith believes his colleagues acted the way they did yesterday because more often than not, authorities see students' demands as 'nonsensical'.

Michael Wungko, acting president of the Biology Students Association (BIOSA), the single largest constituency in the Science College, denied any knowledge of yesterday's strike. Smith, the official spokesperson of ULSU, also confirmed that the strike started 'abruptly.'

Spontaneity of the students' action provided no direct leaders to the strike. Most of the students, who were manning the gates through out the day to whom our reporter spoke had no direct answer as to who the true leaders were.

By evening hours, as the students moved their actions out of the UL fence, troops of riot police lined the junction at the Stella Maris end to the Foreign Ministry blocking students from obstructing the traffic on the main boulevard.

However, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who had spent much of Monday at the funeral of the mother of Chief Justice Lewis, granted audience to the leadership of the University students by earlier evening.

There was no actual report on what was discussed between the students and the President, but half an hour after that meeting commenced, striking students who had held vehicles hostage for most of the day surrendered control over the entrances to the campus. They did at about 5:00 o'clock, almost nine hours after they locked up the entrances.

Minutes earlier, authorities at the University of Liberia put out a release suspending classes until next Monday, June 11, 2007. The UL authorities said they were suspending the classes due to students' strike action Monday.
 


Subject: Love as a national value
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 18:57:32 06/05/07 ()
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IMagine if this were the base of the SEVEN NATIONAL VALUES?


Subject: UNTILL ANOTHER TRAGEDY OCCURS ,THEN KABBAH WILL WAKE AGAIN
From: MUSA KAMARA
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Date Posted: 18:33:31 06/05/07 ()
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Entered From: luna.hypair.net at 194.50.180.4

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This is no politics this time,let us face reality.To all the participants on this forum including the slpp clan.Where and what is the solution to a fail syndrome state(Sierra-Leone)


Subject: WHAT WILL BE THE COST OF TWO FERRIES?
From: MUSA KAMARA
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Date Posted: 18:18:02 06/05/07 ()
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My brothers and sisters,cant we afford as a nation to purchase even used ferries?Please I need an answer.Do you know that Ethiopia is connecting Africa?They have plenty planes of world standard.I dont think Ethiopia is that rich as compared to Sierra-Leone.We dont even possess a national plane.


Subject: Re: WHAT WILL BE THE COST OF TWO FERRIES?
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 18:35:13 06/05/07 ()
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We can - we are just too individualistic and in a hurry to overtake each other. A group of credit worthy Sierra Leoneans can commission the construction of two ferries with ease.


Subject: Re: WHAT WILL BE THE COST OF TWO FERRIES?
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 19:03:32 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
http://www.americanmarineyachts.com/passengerves.html


Subject: FOR YOUR DIGNITY AND MORALITY-HARDING PLEASE LEAVE
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 18:09:00 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: luna.hypair.net at 194.50.180.4

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Infact the coward,hypocrite and incompetent Kabbah should have dismissed Harding rather than suspending him.This is shameful and humiliating for the nation.Despite the fact that we lost the match,this government has once more surfaced their nakedness to the outside world.The standard of football has declined ever since they came into power.They are not interested in nothing that will boost the good image of the country,they are just capable for embezzling state funds.The Nigerians well known for dubious acts across the globe are the good partners for Kabbah.These are people who have tarnished the reputation of all Nigerians and Black Africans for their thirst for easy money.They are ready to do anything to get rich overnight.Kabbah has left a legacy of poverty,backwardness and underdevelopment,suspecion if not hatredness among the citizens and the influx of criminals into our once decent Dierra-Leone.We pray to God to redem us soon from this realm of evil men.


Subject: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO TH MILLION US $ FROM ADB?
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 17:47:49 06/05/07 ()
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It is reliably learnt that one million dollars was authorised by the Africa Development Bank for a proposal to construct a bridge to Lungi. whatever became of that study and the funds? Had there being a bridge majority of the scrapped air carriers will not think of operating. When are we going to proactive notice what good injected investment of today will profit lives and the economy of tomorrow?


Subject: Re: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO TH MILLION US $ FROM ADB?
From: Engineer
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Date Posted: 18:41:27 06/06/07 ()
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USd 1 million for a bridge.Sir we are talking of a 6 miles bridge not a gutter.


Subject: Re: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO TH MILLION US $ FROM ADB?
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 23:11:23 06/06/07 ()
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The million dollars is to conduct a study to come up with a proposal and budget - a kind of feasibility study. The cash was not to construct the bridge.


Subject: Re: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO TH MILLION US $ FROM ADB?
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 14:38:35 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
Chez I know that you are pro SLPP and also one of those people I call a progressive within that party. If you found out that this $$$'s were corruptly squandered by members of your party, would you still continue to support this party?

Sierra Leone needs your type regardless of what ever party you may belong to but for Gods sake do not ssociate yourself with a party that is know for corrupt practices and squandering fnds like the slpp had been so noted to be.


Subject: Re: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO TH MILLION US $ FROM ADB?
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 23:26:14 06/06/07 ()
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Alieu, no one knows for sure where the money to conduct the bridge went. A colleague and myself were involved in a project to construct a 'TOLL BRIDGE' from freetown to lungi. the proposal was submitted to pa kabbah in 2000 when I arranged a meeting for him to meet the contractors. This proposal was then used by the all inclusive pseudo-SLPP to request a grant from ADB. Alieu, I am a die-hard SLPP! Our party was invaded by corrupt individuals purporting to be SLPP members. Their end is near. I am so happy to see the likes of Victor Lewis vying for parliamentary seats. SLPP with its true children is coming back with a force ready to sincerely serve Sierra Leone. Alieu, when I see the likes of Victor in parliament, I am certain berewa is ready for a genuine transformation shedding the old guard of pa Kabbah.


Subject: Re: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO TH MILLION US $ FROM ADB?
From: Moijue
To: All
Date Posted: 01:14:50 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
Why not tell us since it was done by ur ur SLPP party?


Subject: FOR HIS DIGNITY AND MORALITY-HARDING PLEASE LEAVE
From: MUSA KAMARA
To: All
Date Posted: 17:42:10 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: luna.hypair.net at 194.50.180.4

Message:
Infact,the hypocrite,coward and incompetent Kabbah should have dismissed Harding rather than suspending him.It is Shameful and humiliating for the nation.Despite the fact that we lost the match,then our useless government once more has surfaced its nakedness to the outside world.Since they came to power football has decline,because they not interested in anything that will boost the morals of the nation.They are just in to embezzle state funds.The most corrupt elements on earth,the Nigerians are the partners of kabbah and his government.The Nigerians have not only tarnished the reputation of Nigerians but all the Black Africans,because of their thirst for easy money.These are people who can do anything to just get rich overnight.Kabbah will leave a legacy of poverty,underdevelopment,hatred among citizens,invasion by criminals especially from Nigeria into what was once a decent Sierra Leone populace.We pray so that God will soon redem us from this realm evil men.


Subject: Re: FOR HIS DIGNITY AND MORALITY-HARDING PLEASE LEAVE
From: Minister
To: All
Date Posted: 10:25:29 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
Leave us alone.What moral and what diginity????Let us remain Ministers and Diginity will follow.No more preaching, and we nor de lef we position dem.


Subject: Re: FOR HIS DIGNITY AND MORALITY-HARDING PLEASE LEAVE
From: BUFORD HWY
To: All
Date Posted: 11:26:40 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
That's the SLPP thinking. CAM AUG 11TH,DEN ALL GO GO HIDE NAR PALM MIM BOTTLE.


Subject: Re: FOR HIS DIGNITY AND MORALITY-HARDING PLEASE LEAVE
From: Neneh
To: All
Date Posted: 06:32:12 06/06/07 ()
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Entered From: gateway-202.energis.gsi.gov.uk at 195.92.40.49

Message:
Musa: You need anger management! your baseless rants will cause you permanent mental health problems. It's clear you've suffered in the hands of Nigerians - maybe 419 gone bad? - albeit you're so wrong/blinded in measuring the SLPP Government to that of the Nigerians.
Furthermore, you're misguided in replicating reports that Dr Harding was merely suspended. For your informantion, He was actually sacked/expelled/dismissed... 'SLLP is a No-Nonse Party'
In addition, you may have heard of primary results- which had more WOMEN candidates for Parliament in the history our beloved Sa Lone... only the SLPP can achieve such milestone!!
I say ask first before your rants & raves results in a fatal heart attack...


Subject: Re: FOR HIS DIGNITY AND MORALITY-HARDING PLEASE LEAVE
From: NANCY TAKE IT EASY
To: All
Date Posted: 07:22:05 06/06/07 ()
Email Address: freetownboy@yahoo.com
Entered From: 210-54-68-165.dialup.xtra.co.nz at 210.54.68.165

Message:
Are u sure SLPP is a no nonsense party? Where is Okere Adams? Where is Justin Musa? What happenened to MIK Bayoh?


Subject: Did you know??
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 17:34:49 06/05/07 ()
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Did You Know... Sierra Leone has the world's highest death rate with 25.1 per 1,000 people


Subject: RE: UTAir Airlines Complete wreckage.
From: musa Kalawa
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Date Posted: 16:30:08 06/05/07 ()
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This is the a photo of the remains of the Wrecked Helicopter.


Subject: Re: RE: UTAir Airlines Complete wreckage/ Thanks4 Correctio
From: Musa
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Date Posted: 12:44:30 06/06/07 ()
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Thanks for the correction
 


Subject: Re: RE: UTAir Airlines Complete wreckage.
From: Airman
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Date Posted: 06:21:10 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
Pa Musa,
it is Paramount airlines and not UTA.


Subject: FIFA AND OTHER GAMING BODIES
From: CHEZ WINAKABS EUROPE
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Date Posted: 16:18:13 06/05/07 ()
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Should ban all games played in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone should have to go to other countries to play international sporting activities. It is my country but I feel ashamed about the lack of respect our leaders have for the safety, security and health of the nation and those who happen to enter it. The international community should put pressuere on our government to make the umderstand that endangering the lives of its citizenry is unacceptable - if you can do that to your own, who will your care for. This maybe an accident but the accident was inevitable. Authorities knew that paramount had been violating transport regulations and has failed to provide a legitmate certificate of insurance on numerous ocassions. Why then did they allow such an accident-prone carrier to ferry people?

A friend of mine tried to register the father with BUPA for health Insurance purposes; BUPA named Sierra Leone as one country they will not accept its citizens who have their habitual residence there. Why are we allowing the few to cause so much harm to a nation that will continue whilst these pathetic elements will someday just fade away? Why are the many silently wallowing in disarray, allowing the few to oppress and suppress them? Why do we continue to talk and do nothing to save our nation? I have been branded a man of bad character because of my outspokenness. I suffered four years year in the UK as a result of my constant 'harrassment' of the AFRICA DESK of the Blair regime. We can genuinely save our people by not been silent.
 


Subject: RE: UTAir Airlines Complete wreckage.
From: musa Kalawa
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Date Posted: 16:12:43 06/05/07 ()
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A Disclaimer:
06/05/07

This is a Forwarded message from a buddy; the content, Materials, images and or Photos of this posting should not be use or intend to be used in any way so ever to further any monetary proceedings in any form or manner of any kind. This is just for forum viewing.
 


Subject: Marriage
From: John Leigh Blyden
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Date Posted: 14:14:28 06/05/07 ()
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On behalh of myself and the rest,I propose the marriage between Ambassador Dr. John Leigh to Dr. Sylvia Blyden. "Una talk for dem,leh dem go marrade.are tink dem fit:


Subject: Re: Marriage
From: Registrar of Marriages
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Date Posted: 06:05:32 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
John Leigh is not Doctor, I repeat not Doctor, neither Medical, nor Ph.D.


Subject: Re: Marriage
From: 2 WORWORLIWOS
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Date Posted: 15:17:34 06/05/07 ()
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That will be a very good marriage. Two worworliwos.


Subject: Re: Marriage
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 19:23:25 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
Not such a bad idea (see photo below) but is Johnny E up to the task ?


Subject: Re: Marriage
From: Judge
To: All
Date Posted: 21:52:07 06/05/07 ()
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Entered From: gw1.dc.gov at 164.82.146.3

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I am not so sure JL will be up to the task. You know empty vesells are always noisy


Subject: Re: Marriage
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 22:45:57 06/05/07 ()
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MY thoughts are ”together” and I’m posting this to you. I am (as usual) exercising the utmost restraint. After breakfast, I will address my Liberian brothers.

Well, you know how Johnny can be ( if you can’t beat them, join them - ”the band of bandits” that way, perhaps he will be able to make both ends meet.

I don’t know how to describe either of them (to the left or right of what?)

This I thought when I read this sentence

“The last president of France fell out of favour with his own party: his successor is a man of the right who has beaten a woman of the left.”

The rest of the article is here. (But those who don’t read The Washington Post probably don’t read Le Monde Diplomatique in either English or French either:

 


Subject: Re: Marriage
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 19:18:43 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
Gongorlee + Gongorleigh = ?


Subject: Prince Harding Tender your Resignation
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 12:11:45 06/05/07 ()
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Dear Mr. harding'
In many societies where leaders take responsibilities for failures within their areas of influence, they offer their resignations. Do the honorable thing wich is to ofer your resignation to the president. Now if the president does not accept your resignation then we know who is incompetent here.

When the Guinean airline crashed at Lungi a couple of years ago, you were the last person to know. Recently paramount helicopters was grounded because of fire that broke out on the helicopter as soon as it was about to take off. Thankfully those people were saved a potential tragedy.

It should have been evident to you then that there was trouble brewing in the horizon. You like the administration that you work for are a spent force and a disgrace to our dear nation.

Resign now and save your face. You have not been a leader and an innovator in the Ministry of transport and you have failed miserably. Save yourself the embarassment and RESIGN.


Subject: Re: Prince Harding Tender your Resignation
From: Minister
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Date Posted: 06:11:34 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
I see no reason to resign.I was not the one flying the helicopter.Moreover, Sierra Leoneans did not die.


Subject: Re: Prince Harding Tender your Resignation
From: Boli
To: All
Date Posted: 10:28:12 06/06/07 ()
Email Address: Boli@yahoo.com
Entered From: 80-44-161-54.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 80.44.161.54

Message:
I hope you are being sacarstic, because whether Sierra Leoneans died or not, People died. This government is playing Russian roulette with peoples' lives and I endorse the school of thought that Prince Harding should resign. I would go further to say that if proper health and safety checks were not undertaken, criminal charges should be brought against the responsible authorities.

My condolences to the bereaved family and my thoughts and prayers are with them


Subject: Re: Prince Harding Tender your Resignation
From: Doctor Harding
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Date Posted: 06:07:19 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
Be careful Mr.Forstly, I am Docotr not Mister and secondly, Resignation-over my dead body.No and never.


Subject: Re: Prince Harding Tender your Resignation
From: galoi
To: All
Date Posted: 11:03:52 06/06/07 ()
Email Address: mabu@yahoo.com
Entered From: 80-44-161-54.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 80.44.161.54

Message:
Dont impersonate anyone, come out and say what you feel


Subject: Re: Prince Harding Tender your Resignation
From: Tszyu
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Date Posted: 15:28:00 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
Well we see from day to day the ineptitude of our current goverment and it's so called backdoor allies.
We are fast approaching the 22nd century and we are still living in the dark ages. With all the so called educated elites, what's happening. MP openly murders a citizen, she is free to still roam the street/country and her kids enjoying life in England. MP steal from the country and the case is never procecuted, we have a President with a very nonchallant attitude and he is still regarded as the commander in chief.Fake investor (419ers)come our the country and plunder, rape and kill our peolpe with expired goods and drugs, they are still allowed to operate their so called legitimate businesses. My brothers and sisters are still trying to get visas to exit the counrty and leave it in the hands of cleptomaniac, what is wrong with this picture, are we going to do something to affect change or we just going to continue voicing our opinion in internet forums, that keeps falling on deaf ears or turn out in fullparty colors because of R.S.V.P. The opportunity is at hand, citizens please show your power through the ballot box. God, Allah or Jesus
Christ is not going to help, until we help ourselves.
Time for a positive change is at hand, let our voices be heard. Remember this in not the first helicopter crash and if we do not do something it would not be the last. Remembers our brothers and sisters are being deported from various foreign countries, because we as Sierra Leoneans are not respected abroad, as the so called goverment is painting a picture that they do not respect the life of it's citizen. "If hose nor sell we,trit no go buy we"


Subject: Re: Prince Harding Tender your Resignation
From: Critical Thinker
To: All
Date Posted: 15:15:40 06/05/07 ()
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Entered From: sph16-204.harvard.edu at 128.103.16.204

Message:
Are there any legal bases for a civil suit against the SLFA by the Togolese authorities? I really hope things do not get to that point.


Subject: Re: Prince Harding Tender your Resignation
From: M. Alieu Iscandari esq
To: All
Date Posted: 16:01:33 06/05/07 ()
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There may not be a legal basis for a suit against SLAFA because as I understand the facts, the helicopter was chartered by the Togolese passengers in a "private" Transaction.

The Government if it were not inept should hgave required that the shuttle operators provide adequate insurance in an amount in excess of $2 million dollars in the event of a catastrophe such as this. Would you be surprised to find out that the shuttle operators were either UNDERINSURED or had NO INSURANCE and were still allowed to operate. That sucks. The Minister of transport Prince harding should be asked to provide his resignation with immediate effect and if the kabba Government does not DEMAND the immediate resignation of the honorable minister it should be the clarion call of a peaceful march on the ministry at YOUYI Bldg by the population demanding his resignation. (PEOPLE POWER)


Subject: Re: Prince Harding Tender your Resignation
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 16:56:28 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
I support your move for a peaceful protest. Den done passmark! This should be a non-partisan move that should not be used for political scoring. The nation has to set examples of non-tolerance to ignorance of their safety, security and health concerns.


Subject: Suspending The Transport Minister Is Not Good Enough.
From: LOW GRADE SAN SAN
To: All
Date Posted: 14:31:35 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
I know that hopeless reject John Leigh is secretly greening because Prince Harding the boy who told him in Bo to shut up and get lost has been suspended. But suspending Prince Harding the Minister of transport and communication is not good enough. Chief Tony the owner of paramount helicopter is the one that should be arrested and detain until a full investigation is carried out by a team of international crash investigators. Because Prince Harding will never allow THIEF Tony to fly his death trap without the approval of both Kabba and Berewa..

Ever since he landed on our shores THIEF Tony has been deserter for our country.From his involvement in the murder of a female university student to the blatant killing of a sierra Leonean national at his residence.

From the smuggling of our diamonds for his cousin the late Nigerian Ecomog officer who was later made head of the Sierra Leone Army Maxwell Khobe. The so called oil exploration in our country by one of his bogus companies PACIFIC exploration, to the running of HOVER CRAFT another death trap. And now this.

THIEF Tony has been nothing but a typical Nigerian fraudster. And he is getting protection from Berewa because he fooled the slpp Berewa campaign with money, few yards of green wax Cotton, green T'shirts and umbrellas for them to use during the raining season for voting.

His activities in our country should be investigated. I know idiots like John Leigh will say what about apc Jamil Sahid Mohamed? Yes Jamil had a helicopter but it was for his private use. THIEF Tony is flying a death trap on a commercial basics. And if it is proven by reputable crash investigators that he THIEF Tony knew that he was flying a death trap then he should be locked up and the keys thrown away. Because incidents like this can even break diplomatic relations with our Togolese friends and discourage tourist from coming to our country.

Yes Jamil ran Sierra Fisheries. But no one ever died because of contaminated fish from Fisheries. Yes he ran Clay Factory but none of the houses built with bricks from clay factory ever collapsed and killed people because the bricks were substandard. Yes he ran NDMC. And also owned a bank without any negative publicity. Jamil was a Sierra Leonean like Joe Blell and Arthur Karamoh Abraham. He was born and bread in Sierra Leone to a Sierra Leonean mother. The slpp THIEF Tony is nothing but a Nigerian criminal parading as an investor in our country. And that's a big difference.

On paper THIEF Tony's companies look like multinationals but visit his office and you will see not more than six people working for him. Its only an unpatriotic Sierra Loenean like John Leigh that will cry down Jamils investments in our country but keep quiet about the shady dealings of this slpp Nigerian fraudster? BO LEH JOHN LEIGH LAP PAN FOOLISH!

As long as Prince Harding remain suspended, THIEF Tony should be detained and all his assets should be frozen.


Subject: Re: Prince Harding Tender your Resignation
From: Bassie Amara
To: All
Date Posted: 14:18:33 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Yes, I agree Prince Harding MUST GO!

As a former organic chemistry student of Dr. Harding at FBC, I can fully attest to the care-free and lack of professional attitude that he embodies. This man showed up for classes less than a quarter (1/4) of the semester we had him for. And donot ask if he lets us know about his chronic absenteeism, he does what he feels. This was after his dismissal from NDMC. Around the same period, I had Dr. Joe Jackson as a physical chemistry professor after he lost elections to Daramy Rogers. Dr. Jackson was a decent and true professional quite different from Prince Harding.

If Berewa is Smart enough, he should push for Prince Harding resignation, that way his party and candidacy will have the semblance of a facelift.


Subject: Re: Are there any Liability Insurance to cover the injured
From: M. Alieu Iscandari esq
To: All
Date Posted: 15:54:15 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
Guinean plane crashes and everyone else gets paid but the sierra leoneans. Our representative----Prince Harding.

wont be surprised to find out that the helicopters are not covered by any insurance policies and that the government of sierra leone may have to pay compensation for the death of the Togolese Minister.

Where is the owner and proprietor of the paramount Helicopter shuttle? If he is not detained while the investigations are going on then there must be a problem


Subject: Re: Are there any Liability Insurance to cover the injured
From: Insurance man
To: All
Date Posted: 06:26:23 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
The Helicopter and crew members are insured, but passengers are covered by God Almightly.Govt officials knows about it, and you may talk to them,as the Russian owners do not speak english!!!!


Subject: YAYA FANUSIE RUNS HIS MOUTH AT "THE OTHER FORUM"
From: CHIEFDOM POLICE
To: All
Date Posted: 11:12:48 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
Posted by Yaya Fanusie on May 20, 2007 at 22:45:20:

Hi Owner of Forum,
I did not remember my password because I left hard drive in California. I have it now so I can post. I was hoping since this forum is different we would have got genuine contributions. I find it strange but who knows what kind of mentality many Salone people have.
I will leave Silver Spring for California on Wednesday so I will not post until last week of June when I will have returned to Maryland. Keep up the good work
Yaya Fanusie


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Subject: Salone ... The enemies within..Broke hose masters!!
From: KLA
To: All
Date Posted: 10:48:31 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:

Akata Taylor,former Liberian strongman is on trial.

"In 1992, Bockarie made the move into the upper leadership of the RUF, becoming Battle Group Commander, answerable only to the Battle Field Commander, Taylor, and Foday Sankoh, the leader of the RUF. In March 1997, Sankoh fled to Nigeria, where he was put under house arrest, and then imprisoned. From this time until Sankoh's release in 1999, Bockarie performed the task of director of military operations of the RUF, receiving advice from Taylor. During this time, Sankoh worked with the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), the group of Sierra Leone Army (SLA) officers which had overthrown President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah on 25 May, 1997, and held the presidency until February 1998. Bockarie held the position of Chief of Defence Staff in the RUF/AFRC led junta government. In January, 1999, Bockarie along with AFRC commander Johnny Paul Koroma planned and made a devastating attack on Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone."....WIKI

Tragic figures,traitors and other Sierra LEONEANS,gullible enough to team up with Tiff Taylor
to heap mayhem on the motherland.

The Diamond business operates in a closed circle of cutters,brokers and retailers.....Sanitized Blood Diamonds we say,....a rebels best friend.

Will the benefactors of the resources wars in AfriKA please come forward.? They will be outed in this Taylor trial.

tstm
xx

 


 


Subject: Re: Salone ... The enemies within..Broke hose masters!!
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 11:22:12 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
With both Foday Sankoh and Msaqita Bockarie dead
(killed?) your opening paragraph of assertions/ incontrovertibel truths, are not easily admissible as evidence even if the militias swear on the Qur'an that this is true.

I mean this paragraph from your encyclopedia:

"In 1992, Bockarie made the move into the upper leadership of the RUF, becoming Battle Group Commander, answerable only to the Battle Field Commander, Taylor, and Foday Sankoh, the leader of the RUF. In March 1997, Sankoh fled to Nigeria, where he was put under house arrest, and then imprisoned. From this time until Sankoh's release in 1999, Bockarie performed the task of director of military operations of the RUF, receiving advice from Taylor. During this time, Sankoh worked with the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), the group of Sierra Leone Army (SLA) officers which had overthrown President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah on 25 May, 1997, and held the presidency until February 1998. Bockarie held the position of Chief of Defence Staff in the RUF/AFRC led junta government. In January, 1999, Bockarie along with AFRC commander Johnny Paul Koroma planned and made a devastating attack on Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone."....


Subject: Re: Salone ... The enemies within..Broke hose masters!!
From: KLA
To: All
Date Posted: 10:54:34 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 164.82.84.3

Message:

The RUF/Taylor connection is going to be an integral part of the prosecution's agenda. It is going to be difficult for the Taylor defense team to break this RUF/Taylor association.

The evidence from discovery and implication is well
plenty lek AWUJOH RESS.

The Taylor trial is also about "fifth columnists "posing as Sierra Leoneans. Can you imagine the fallout from all this.?

tstm
xx

 


Subject: Dr. Sylvia Blyden
From: lepeacre
To: All
Date Posted: 10:10:22 06/05/07 ()
Email Address: lepeacre@hotmail.com
Entered From: cache-mtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.116.8

Message:
Is Dr. Sylvia Blyden a trouble maker or are people just picking on her. She has virtually clashed with every news paper editors or citizen of Sierra Leone, is she so powerful or suffer from the African mentallity "The Untouchable". We cannot go into a next goverment with people displaying such arrogance or immunity because of who they know. How can peace prevails when we have "Fen plaba peepull dem".
She is not all that, why do she command so much clout or arrogance. Are Sierra Leonean men begining to loose it or they are just giving her a long rope to hang herself. Funnilly I was falling in love with her, but her persistent "fen Plaba" has made me think otherwise.
BTW for negative people out there, she is too old for me, I am just voicing what I have observed over the years with Dr. Slyvia Blyden and her fellow citizens.


Subject: Re: Dr. Sylvia Blyden
From: Onliner
To: All
Date Posted: 11:55:18 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-141-186-66.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.141.186.66

Message:
Babu Blyden is but a nobody craving attention, and not
a doctor. People do a lot of things to get attention;
some good, others bad.


Subject: Re: Dr. Sylvia Blyden
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 17:30:11 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
I respect her professionalism in her sometimes good reporting. take this case of the crash for instance, she ventured without fear and boarded a carrier just to make us see or observe what happened or the areas the incident occured. Such is good journilsm. Male journalists should not be envious of her, they should take her on and if they are better - the best excel. her somewhat arrogance gives me the creep sometimes - having the resources does not make you a better person than the have nots. One should use that as an advantage to pioneer good in a society. The likes of Kingsley Lington will ever be rated as heavy weights in Sierra Leone journalism. I was with a young reporter from Sierra Leone and was very impressed with him; his praises for Kingsley Lington and his pioneer efforts in bringing their print media in line with modern standards. Well done Sylvia but please take heed of life's temporality and goodness thereof, an obligation.


Subject: Re: Dr. Sylvia Blyden
From: Chez Baboo Kabia
To: All
Date Posted: 18:26:43 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Chez Baboo Kabia, bo fork off with you talk about professionalism .Do you think if others have the same opportunity, they will not do better ? De baby nar Berewa en Kabbah den new PRO so den gee am chance for go . Ask other journalists. They will tell you . They wanted to go too but were told the helicopters were all grounded and the airport had been restricted. Your Kinston is not better than any of our hard-working journalists online .So fork off with you laybelleh.


Subject: Re: Dr. Sylvia Blyden
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 19:01:00 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
'...her somewhat arrogance gives me the creep sometimes - having the resources does not make you a better person than the have nots'.
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Read the above excerpt from my statement and it will help you. I am an objective person in my thinking. I do not personally know this woman. Her reactions to events happening on the ground is worthy of admiration. You may be the type who will drink or smoke all your money and then start dodging your boss. Given the opportunity she has; will you utilise the resources at your disposal in carrying out your work professionally? Or you will use it as a freedom license to torment thge bars and poats?

I do not "laybelleh"! However, I sometimes admire the skills in "laybellism" that with time gives the so-called "laybelleh" the added advantage. Your foul mouth is a testament to who you truly are - a selfish and pathetic groundless hater of progressive individuals.

On Kingsley, we all know he is the pioneer of modern print media in Sierra Leone. If you refute that - again - I can only add that, envy destroys ambition. If you are ambitious, do not be afraid or hate others of progressive attributes.


Subject: Re: Dr. Sylvia Blyden
From: Labo Man
To: All
Date Posted: 20:57:25 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Chez, I see why people dislike you. You pretend to know but you are stupid. So you support laybellehism ? I see why you are what you are .By the way, stop telling stories here. Kingston is not the pioneer of print journalism in Sierra Leone. We had print media over a hundred years before he came .Yo too fool. Do you really listen to yourself ?


Subject: Re: Dr. Sylvia Blyden
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 02:30:11 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Your incapability to comprehend what I wrote makes me accept why you have to resort to using your foul mouth. I mentioned 'modern print media' - read my statement on Kingsley again. Modern print media is the use of PCs and publishing software - QuarkExpress, PageMaker, etc. I sometimes love to be a fool so as I can understand what it is to be in the mind and body of a fool. You are very clever and the foul mouthing makes you liked. I pray not to be liked by people of your degenerating character. It is full of backstabbing and baseless hatred. Whatever have I done. Did your girl took lessons of independence from me?

Give me a break and let us talk about the burning issues that affects us all.

Time will tell what I am or what I am not. I am on thgis earth to live my life to the fullest - having all the freedom to say what I want, eat what I want and be in the company of whomsoever I want. If that makes you unhappy, speak with me in a more respectable manner and we will find out what God has for you. I do not know you but I believe you know me and are able to point out my detractors. ENEMIES OF PROGRESS I WELCOME NOT.


Subject: Re: Dr. Sylvia Blyden
From: FACT
To: All
Date Posted: 19:28:36 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
What do you mean by "pioneer of modern print media"? You don't seem to know Kingsley very well. But answer the question first.


Subject: Re: Dr. Sylvia Blyden
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 02:37:18 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Thank you for your profound wisdom. Your question makes me happy unlike my other detractor. What I meant was publishing using pcs and publishing software - Quark Express, PageMakjer, etc. I was merely echoeing what a Sierra Leonean reporter mentioned to me last week about the good Kingsley has done for them. I am aware of others doing well for others but the point was just to show that you give praises or credence were they belong. Their are virtues among the 'bad' of this world and vices in the 'good of this world.


Subject: Re: Dr. Sylvia Blyden
From: FACT
To: All
Date Posted: 19:15:16 06/06/07 ()
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If that's what you mean, Kingsley was not a pioneer in that either. He is a pioneer of trash publishing perhaps. His newspaper, Concord, is not a serious paper, full of nonsense like the SUN of London.Never did any serious investigation and always promoting Nigerian thieves and crooks in Sierra Leone. When Kingsley(that's not his real name) came to Sierra Leone he was employed by the Daily Mail as a reporter. They had computers at the Daily Mail and were using Quark Express etc. Kingsley is just a hustler, don't hallucinate about him.


Subject: Re: Dr. Sylvia Blyden
From: Judge
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Date Posted: 13:11:25 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
Do not call her names. Don't you know that "doty wata sef kin hot fire ?


Subject: Re: Dr. Sylvia Blyden
From: Onliner
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Date Posted: 13:35:12 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
Nor dee word dat? I rest my case.


Subject: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 09:02:59 06/05/07 ()
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Excuse all errors, This too is being written in a great hurry.

You read the Mail & Guardian quoting a British Foreign Office threatening that Mugabe will be the second to be indicted ( by International Justice) for Crimes against Humanity?

I too know the public history of Charles Taylor. It is common knowledge. God willing he said, “I will be back.”

At the point at which Charles Traylor was arrested - the attempt to do so whilst he was attending a meeting with other African heads of state in Ghana having failed, let us remind ourselves that he was a democratically elected African president – and probably elected in circumstances that were less flawed than the fraudulent elections recently conducted in Nigeria.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but has the Special Court not already burned up some £200 million so far and been promised another $89 million – in order to extend its life span to 2008?

The above being the case it is reasonable to expect that Charles Taylor should be provided an adequate Defence Team otherwise why should the honourable Nigeria, renege on a promise of political asylum which was witnessed and endorsed by the presidents of South Africa and Ghana and a few others - and drag him all the way to the Hague on orders of the USA and you know the US’s relationship to the ICC.

Idi Amin passed away in Saudi Arabia and the donkey called Mengistu who murdered His Imperial Majesty, the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie 1 is still “enjoying” asylum in Zimbabwe without as much as AU doing anything about that beast who destroyed the Royal House of Ethiopia one of the oldest in the world, in the name of “Marxism”

As things are Charles Taylor should be given a fair trial, given a good defence team and at the end of the trial, there should be little to complain about Justice not having been done about all that transpired in the Jungle wars that took place in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Jungle war implies that all parties to it whether the RUF or the Kamajors or the Liberian and Guinean factions and some of the ECOMORG soldiers who killed thousands of Sierra Leoneans and bombed Freetown to bring back Kabbah ‘s regime – all these fighting people are guilty of having committed unspeakable atrocities. Some of the victims are dead - their blood cries out but they will never testify. Some of the victims and survivors are presently not being taken care of by the Sierra Leone government – even as they increase their own salaries, underpay the Sierra Leone military and Police and still talk about Justice.

Now Taylor cannot summon witnesses for his defence, and so on and so forth, so why go through the CHARADE as he calls it, if the verdict is a foregone conclusion, what is the purpose of the whole show - and in some quarters voices are being raised that Bush and Blair be hanged as war criminals for what has happened and is still happening in Afghanistan and Iraq, among other places. There are the deaths of Nkrumah and Lumumba and a few others to account for. There were clamours from those who would like to eat Sharon’s liver for what happened in Sabra and Shatila, however only a miracle could get him out of the coma he is in and transport him to the Hague.

The list of such cases could be much longer, but you get the drift: GIVE TAYLOR a DEFENCE TEAM and access to witnesses that he’d like to call up that should be part of a fair trial.

Many secrets have died with Foday Sankoh, Masqita Bockarie, Chief Hinga Norman didn’t say that much, Omrie Golley ( the accountant? ) of the RUF is being illegally detained ( perhaps to torture information of where the loot is stashed out of him? ) or just the Sierra Leone government taking their own sense of Justice into their own hands.

At the beginning of the SPECIAL COURT , many had hoped that in addition to Justice being done, we would get real picture – a real accounting of what actual happened.
There is still an unopened envelope that contains a high profile indictment. That too will probably need a defence team.

 

 


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 09:22:55 06/05/07 ()
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As Mark Steyn has appropriately or inappropriately put it - and this was before the Special Court Moving to The Hague - and I ask , why does it have to be


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 10:46:54 06/05/07 ()
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The BBC reports that Charles Taylor had never set foot in Sierra Leone, and that it was Charles Taylor that gave the order to the RUF to carry out amputations (something that apparently did not happen in Liberia and this which has now been given as the RUF trademark, in fact only started at the end part of the civil war and it’s difficult to ascertain the origin of this type of brutality. Watch BBC Video ”Taylor refuses to attend trial”:

http://search.bbc.co.uk/cgi-bin/search/results.pl?q=Charles++taylor&scope=all&edition=i&tab=all&recipe=all&x=70&y=13

First, it was King Leopold of Belgium who the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 had donated the whole of the Congo (and area that is lager than Europe) as his private (and personal) Garden:
He was a genocidal King and he it was who started the cutting off of eras and limbs:

http://www.google.se/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4ADBR_enSE222SE222&q=King+Leopold%27s+genocide+in+Congo

In the 1999-2003 civil war in the Congo, FOUR MILLION PEOPLE lost THEIR LIVES:

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/EKOI-72L3LX?OpenDocument

4.7 million dead
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,931997,00.html

So many Africans say that they are “Pan-Africansist”. Indeed .

Now look at DARFUR:

Who is going to be dragged to The Hague for all the atrocities still being perpetrated there?

 


 


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 11:05:03 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
slightly corrected:


The BBC reports that Charles Taylor had never set foot in Sierra Leone, and that it was Charles Taylor that gave the order to the RUF to carry out amputations (something that apparently did not happen in Liberia and this which has now been given as the RUF trademark, in fact only started at the end part of the civil war and it’s difficult to ascertain the origin of this type of brutality. Watch BBC Video ”Taylor refuses to attend trial”:

http://search.bbc.co.uk/cgi-bin/search/results.pl?q=Charles++taylor&scope=all&edition=i&tab=all&recipe=all&x=70&y=13

First, it was King Leopold of Belgium who the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 had donated the whole of the Congo (and area that is lager than Europe) as his private (and personal) Garden:
He was a genocidal King (slaughtered TEN MILLION AFRICAN PEOPLE of the CONGO) and he it was who started the cutting off of ears and limbs:

http://www.google.se/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4ADBR_enSE222SE222&q=King+Leopold%27s+genocide+in+Congo

In the 1999-2003 civil war in the Congo, FOUR MILLION PEOPLE lost THEIR LIVES:

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/EKOI-72L3LX?OpenDocument

4.7 million dead
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,931997,00.html

So many Africans say that they are “Pan-Africanist”. Indeed - in that spirit, I joined other African Forums and indeed, I am very close to Nigeria and Ghana, in all things. Also quite close to South Africa, and have tried to be close to my brothers in the Gambia – even those who think that they are great “ intellectuals” and would like to compete about it in less articulate fora whilst we are having even more direct dialogues with people like Jerry Rawlings and brothers and sisters in South Africa.

Our dialogues do not consist in “intellectual” talk. We are people of the masses and our talk will remain at that level. The rabbis do not talk above our heads. They communicate. That’s what books do too - communicate - at whatever level.
I do not want to get into any “intellectual “ or any kind of “debate” with anyone who is even more intellectually equipped than Torbjörn Tännsjö. We suffering – unmistakably- and our duty is to alleviate that suffering and Pikuach Nefesh

Now look at DARFUR:

Who is going to be dragged to The Hague for all the atrocities still being perpetrated there?

 

 


 


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Onliner
To: All
Date Posted: 12:16:50 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
Why don't you find time to, first, put your thoughts together, and then post? Someone once brought this up,
but you've still continued posting to yourself.

What does it make you look like?


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 18:43:22 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Onliner, here too - it doesn't matter who you are, or who you think you are or who you think that I am, you don't have to abuse me, all you have to say is " be gone" and I'll leave so quietly you won't even miss me


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 18:10:08 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:

Onliner you want to stand in judgment over me. You want to teach me aesthetics or civilisation?
I suppose you also want to teach me how to write or correct an essay?
There are standards and there are standards. Bra onliner my mind is together and ama only chatting with you and talking TO YOU. 15% of the iceberg is what you can see.
It would be easier to teach Karamoh Kabba, Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Philip Neville, Bernadette Cole and the Cocorioko journalists
I could say am a better writer or thinker than you are, but that would depend on who is judging. Not only that, I read critically too and was trained to think.
Here I am chatting with you. Where else would we meet?
What’s your name anyway?

What does that make who look like? I wrote five instalments. What does that make me look like? Like me of course.
Can you speak extempore where I speak?
No, of course not.

No matter what you read and understand, I posted five chapters/instalments in sequence. These are my thoughts and you are free to post yours, backwards if you like.

It's all part of the tolerance that president Kabbah is talking about.

President Kabbah, you may like or dislike him) is a good speaker.

Suggest an essay on any topic - and give a word limit for or against any Sierra Leone political party and lock horns with me and see where you wind up onliner.

By the way, I don’t have to be here but if president Kabbah were to be in Charles Taylor’s situation, I myself would study law, defend him and make sure that he is free. I’m not talking about some fekeh-fekeh lawyer who is afraid of even opening his mouth.

 


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Onliner
To: All
Date Posted: 22:36:11 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
You bra Corn!

You call yourself a critical thinker but went on to address me as "Bra onliner". So, what made you think only a man/he could draw your attention to the obvious commonplace of the sequence of your postings?

Don’t get me wrong, some of what you post is of great interest but the relevance itself is often ruined when you start reposting additional lines here and there.

My observation was not to discourage you from making contributions to this great forum, and therefore aiming what you probably thought were great shots at me was really not necessary.

I am not here to teach you aesthetics or civilization, however, since this is a debating floor where every contributor has the right to defend him/herself [hope you’re observe the two-wayness of my thinking, Mr critical mind], I'll try to fend off each of those shots like someone who intellectual bearings rotate on the right slots.

Where else do you think I'd met your kind? No where. And the reason is because while you spend 24 hours of your time spamming the forum with repeated postings half of which make any sense, some of us are busy making tremendous differences in the lives of others.

Unlike you, I don’t toe the Swedish welfare line to get handouts from Mother Svea, the Swedish government, so the notion that we ever may cross paths would be a remote cry from the reality.

Since the cognitive powers of human understanding and imagination are linked to the objectivity and universality of judgment, you can call a spade a pebble or whatever you want.

Without naming names, this my friend even allows you to call someone a doctor who does not even qualify to be a nurse.

Talking about aesthetic, any savvy will tell you that the theory of pure beauty has four aspects - freedom from concepts, objectivity, interest or disinterest of the spectator, and its obligator-ness of perception. The layman would say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. (he-he)

The reason why I reiterated my concern about your multiple postings was because because someone once brought this to your attention, but like an elephant in a china boutique, you've still gone with busines as usual.

I had no further concern than contemplating the object itself, i.e the way you make the forum look.

Therefore, perceiving the object in such a case was an end in itself; was not a means to a further end, and was an observation for its own sake alone.

In short, what is being advised is to try to put your thoughts together before posting.
 


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 23:33:47 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
It's you again. I will not bother to read whatever it is that you have to say.
(I’ll ignore you – that’s part of my freedom I prefer to read some sense in the Jerusalem Post


 


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Onliner
To: All
Date Posted: 07:06:06 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
It is not the answer that enlightens, it is the question.


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 11:13:08 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Of course your great mind is in synchronicity with
Eugène Ionesco.

There's also specific areas of history and religion.....

 


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 10:53:13 06/06/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
You must be a lot more philosophical even if less educated than we are, mister buddhi.

Let’s stick to “politics” Since you are probably at sea when it comes to music, art, world literature, philosophy and psychology.

I’m ready. Now lets see what the half-baked can do.

Now what do you want to show/ teach me?

I haven't read anything interesting from either of you since I joined this forum although what you have said in this thread is psychologically very revealing. You've got a chip on your shoulder about the word ”intellectual” even if you are intellectually as malnourished as the second poorest country in the universe.

Liberia has gone far past Sierra Leone…..


 


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Alieu Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 08:14:50 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
You will not get that serial spammer to stop. You are probably the third person that has brought this to his attention.
Like they say; third time is a charm. maybe he will listen.
 


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Onliner
To: All
Date Posted: 13:03:46 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
"Nomina stultorum scribuntur ubique locorum"

Translation:

Fools have the habit of writing their names everywhere


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 18:18:26 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
You are getting more an more learned. i'll be more impressed when you say it in Themne!


Subject: Re: Charles Taylor, 1st African president to be indicted.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 10:27:10 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
You and your forum is not of great significance to me.
From today, consider me wholly SLPP.

Make your contributions to the party. I'll make mine and the aim is to win the next election.


Subject: QUOTE OF THE DAY
From: Fan
To: All
Date Posted: 08:56:06 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
"I do not believe that I have ever gone overboard in any debate with any reasonable debater in this forum. I have definitely whacked some moniker abuers real hard but my counters have been always proportionate to the attacks.
______________

Leigh, do you ever read what you write? The only pwerson you have whacked on this forum is yourself -- more exactly, what was left ogf your reputation after you were exposed for bribery and other acts of corruption at the Salone embassy in Washington DC, for which crimes you had been fired by the person you had bribed -- President Kabbah."
 


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE DAY
From: Titanic
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Date Posted: 09:06:27 06/05/07 ()
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What we are witnessing is the crumbling of the SLPP kleptocracy in its finals days in office. In that sense, Mr. Leigh is like the last passenger to board the doomed Titanic.

He is doomed from the start, even though he had the best chance to escape his unpallatable date with fate.


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE DAY
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 17:38:42 06/05/07 ()
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Kabbah's old guard of the all inclusive pseudo-SLPPs is unlike the new patriotic and altruistic injective pratical paradigm of the next president of Sierra Leone, Sir Solomon Berewa (SSB). He will inject into his government a new breed of politicians that will serve our nation. I strongly belive that; any diversion from this will put him, SSB, into the history book of dishonourable leaders - that - SSB, will pray to avoid.


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE DAY
From: Question
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Date Posted: 20:05:22 06/05/07 ()
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How can a man like Berewa who has described himself as a faithful follower of Kabbah be any different from his mentor who is the worst president Salone has ever had?


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE DAY
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 02:47:41 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
I am not now a fan of Kabbah. Berewa as a Sierra Leonean was a help for us in Kabbah's government. He saw all that was happening had his agenda to one day help redeem our nation from the clutches of the evil machinations of Kabbah. He, through God's help, succeeded and when he becomes our new driver, all shall change. Berewa, I fervently believe, will not follow the path of Kabbah. He is aware that history will judge his leadership and therefore will desire to put forth a socially, morally and economically progressive agenda. My fellow patriot, the above is my vision for SSB and trust, he will not feign!


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE DAY
From: Head Buried in the Sand
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Date Posted: 07:14:54 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
"Berewa, I fervently believe, will not follow the path of Kabbah."

Berewa has said openly and clearly that he is a faithful follower of President Kabbah.

Given that unambiguous statement, what is the basis of your "fervent" belief that Berewa will do the opposite of what he says he will do?


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE DAY
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 13:58:24 06/06/07 ()
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Message:
Politics come in different guises. According to him, Berewa, in 2002 said that he has no intention of a leadership challenge. did he not challenge and won the battle. for now, he has to show tact to be able to withstand any storms of time to come if he were to oppose or shy away from kabbah. Unlike Al Gore, who shunned Clinton because of scandal - whatever happened to him. stay within until the last count.


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE DAY
From: Head Buried in the Sand
To: All
Date Posted: 03:21:51 06/07/07 ()
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Message:
What you call Berewa's tact, I call his pledge to follow Kabbah faithfully.

Which means Berewa will inflict the same suffering on Sierra Leoneans that Kabbah has done. He himself said so by saying that he would be a faithful follower of the suffering-inflicting Kabbah.


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE DAY
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
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Date Posted: 15:50:08 06/07/07 ()
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Message:
my felllow patriot, Berewa will not dare mess about with the lives of our people the way kabbah did. He knows kabbah was lucky to have escaped beheading and prejudicial termination of his life. I want to assure you that berewa will not toy with our lives - he will behave different from pa kabbah. berewa is a true Sierra leonean breed. he has lived and worked all his life in Sierra leone aside study trips. he cannot abuse us and run away to Atlanta; he cannot run to the UK (ask Abdulai Conteh); trust me - BEREWA WILL NOT MISHANDLE OUR NATION.


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE DAY
From: Chez Winakabs Europe
To: All
Date Posted: 15:49:46 06/07/07 ()
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Message:
my felllow patriot, Berewa will not dare mess about with the lives of our people the way kabbah did. He knows kabbah was lucky to have escaped beheading and prejudical termination of his life. I want to assure you that berewa will not toy with our lives - he will behave different from pa kabbah. berewa is a true Sierra leonean breed. he has lived and worked all his life in Sierra leone aside study trips. he cannot abuse us and run away to Atlanta; he cannot run to the UK (ask Abdulai Conteh); trust me - BEREWA WILL NOT MISHANDLE OUR NATION.


Subject: Why Prince Hrading should be suspended only?
From: news
To: All
Date Posted: 06:53:19 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
The death of innocent lives on board a derelict helicopter can be attributed to governmnet officails prnchant to take bribes and do shady deals. It is not enough to suspend Prince Harding. As a Minister of Transport, he is giving a free hand by Tejan Kabbah to operate with punitive. He maintained his post when a Guinean plane crashed at the airport and kabbah did not show him the exit door when other aviation problems happened.
There has been a conspiracy by the Transport Ministry to give license to shady businessmen who are operationg outdating ex Soviet Union planes and helicopter.
The sad thing is that hard working Sierra Leoneans will have to live with stripped search at the airports in the UK as the Nigerians and their thieving team are busy turning Lungi as a drug conduit.
When the British will start to begin a stringent security checks on passengers from Sierra Leone, we will quick to call them racists.
Shame on all Sierra leoneans that are condoning corruption and shady deals.


Subject: Sierra Leone grounds helicopters, suspends minister of trans
From: MINISTER
To: All
Date Posted: 06:37:40 06/05/07 ()
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Message:
Sierra Leone grounds helicopters, suspends minister of transport
Front page / Hotspots and Incidents
06/05/2007 14:19 Source: AP ©

 

 

Transport minister of Sierra Leone was suspended by the country’s president following a weekend crash that killed 22 people. All the commercial helicopters were grounded.

The helicopter was ferrying a group of Togolese soccer fans and sports officials - including Togolese Minister for Youth and Sports Richard Attipoe - to the country's main airport when it exploded into flames Sunday night. Most of those aboard were Togolese returning home after cheering their team's 1-0 victory over Sierra Leone at an African Cup of Nations qualifying match.

Sierra Leone President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah declared three days of national mourning for the dead, the president's office said in a statement.

Kabbah suspended both the transport minister and his deputy of civil aviation pending an investigation into the accident.

The government also grounded all commercial helicopters operating in the country, including those that transport people from the airport across a bay to the capital, Freetown, on the Atlantic Ocean. The only other way to get to the airport from Freetown is via sea ferry.

The government of Togo has sent a six-person delegation to help with the investigation into the crash. The charred remains of the deceased have been transported to the state mortuary, where autopsies will be conducted once a pathologist from Togo's government arrives, said Sierra Leone's State Pathologist Owiss Kamara.

News of the accident sent the tiny West African country of Togo into mourning. Togolese radio stations broadcast solemn funeral songs every 30 minutes, and President Faure Gnassingbe called for flags to fly at half-staff.

Many Togolese called for an investigation into the crash after a Togolese soccer official in Lome reported receiving an SMS message from one of the crash victims saying he and other fans had been threatened in Freetown.

Winnie Dogbatse, president of a Togo soccer club, told a Lome radio station that the text message sent before the man boarded the helicopter described Sierra Leoneans, angry at having lost the game, allegedly making death threats against the Togolese soccer fans.

In 2001, a U.N. helicopter traveling from U.N. headquarters in Sierra Leone to the airport crashed into the bay, killing all seven aboard. The U.N. said at the time a mechanical problem appeared to have been the cause

 


Subject: Minister suspended over air crash
From: MINISTER
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Date Posted: 06:24:08 06/05/07 ()
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BBC

Minister suspended over air crash

The helicopter shuttle to the airport takes seven minutes
Sierra Leone's Transport Minister, Prince Harding, has been suspended pending an investigation into the cause of Sunday's helicopter crash.
Three days of mourning have been announced for the 22 people who died at Sierra Leone's main airport.

The helicopter had previously been grounded after failing safety checks. Mr Harding has denied any wrongdoing.

Sierra Leone's two top aviation officials have also been suspended and all commercial helicopters grounded.

A presidential statement said an investigation was being launched into how the airline was allowed to resume flights.

Mr Harding said he would co-operate fully with the investigations.

Among the dead was Togolese Sports Minister Richard Attipoe.

The passengers were returning from watching Togo beat Sierra Leone 1-0 in an African Nations Cup qualifier.

The Togolese passengers had chartered the helicopter for the seven-minute flight from the city to the airport.

Helicopters and ferries are the only way to reach the airport, which is located across a bay from Freetown.

One of the two Ukrainian pilots survived when the helicopter burst into flames as it came into land.

The remains of the passengers are expected to be flown back to Lome in Togo on Wednesday.


 


Subject: Re: Minister suspended over air crash
From: Bella Barrie
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Date Posted: 07:01:48 06/05/07 ()
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Who ever is responsible for this has to be charge for mass murder.


Subject: A GREAT article by Jimmy Kandeh
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 21:57:01 06/04/07 ()
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THis is a blueprint and if only the Johnny Leighs could concentrate of the implementation of such good sense, instead of wasting their time on trivialities and what he has already said a thousand times.

"
Reconfiguring State Power in Sierra Leone
- Monday 4 June 2007.
"There are both institutional and policy dimensions of regime change. At the institutional level, regime change would involve distancing public power from private wealth, decoupling state and government, prioritizing legitimation over domination and reconnecting state and society. At the policy level, progressive regime change in Sierra Leone would require an activist social agenda that privileges the needs, interests and aspirations of the masses, an effective policy to combat official corruption, proper management of our resources and reduction of our dependence on international dole."
By Jimmy D. Kandeh.
How state power is organized (regime) and exercised (government) is key to understanding governance problems in Africa. Regime defines the norms and principles of political systems while government refers to the principal agents of the state or the occupants of top public offices.
Governance problems are quintessentially regime problems and in the specific case of Sierra Leone, it was the predatory organization and exercise of state power by successive governments that led to institutional collapse in the 1990s. To avoid past tragedies, not to mention current abuses, we cannot afford to restore the state in the predatory form that led to its collapse in the 1990s.
This, however, is exactly what the SLPP leadership has been doing the past eleven years. Content to liberalize a discredited mode of governance, the approach of the SLPP leadership on issues of post-war state reconstruction has been restorative rather than transformative. This is particularly disheartening, though not surprising, in light of the numerous opportunities to put our house in order after the rebel/sobel insurgency. That the international community (UN 2006 Report) and our principal external patron (UK) are becoming increasingly frustrated (to put it mildly) with the performance of the SLPP government only confirms what many of us have been saying - that our country is once again headed in the wrong direction.
The form of the state that failed in Sierra Leone is unrestorable. We should be working to transform the state, not to restore its discredited regime. States are transformed when regimes change, hence the focus on regime change as the path to state transformation. There are both institutional and policy dimensions of regime change. At the institutional level, regime change would involve distancing public power from private wealth, decoupling state and government, prioritizing legitimation over domination and reconnecting state and society. At the policy level, progressive regime change in Sierra Leone would require an activist social agenda that privileges the needs, interests and aspirations of the masses, an effective policy to combat official corruption, proper management of our resources and reduction of our dependence on international dole.
Given the link between corruption and mass poverty, not to mention insecurity, political power will not be institutionalized in Sierra Leone unless and until concrete and effective mechanisms are put in place to combat this scourge. In the final analysis, governmental performance, which can be structurally and attitudinally transformative, is the most critical variable in facilitating or preventing regime change.
What precludes regime change and the legitimation of political authority in Sierra Leone is the mode of accumulation of the political class (a consumptive rather than a productive class), especially political incumbents and their vast patronage networks. The convergence of processes of accumulation and the exercise of political power not only prevents the emergence of an independent bourgeoisie (not tied to state patronage) whose historic mission is to help develop productive sectors and check the power of political leaders, it also delegitimizes state power by converting its organization and exercise into means of personal enrichment.
Right now, the local business class is so closely tied to the state that it lacks the autonomy to act contrary to the wishes, demands and interests of those in power. Democracy, with its emphasis on transparency and accountability, can begin to provide some safeguards but only if the judiciary and law enforcement agencies operate autonomously of the executive or government of the day. Stringent conflict of interest regulations for public servants should be enacted, the award of government contracts should be subject to independent scrutiny, follow-ups to ensure projects are completed should be mandated and the Anti-Corruption Commission should be strengthened and allowed to operate without interference from the government.
The need to prosecute high profile corruption cases involving public officials cannot be overstated even though the current government has demonstrated a pronounced disinclination to pursue corruption cases involving its own officials.
While distancing processes of accumulation from the exercise of political power is necessary if state power is to be transformed and institutionalized, it is only a beginning. Equally important is the decoupling of state and government or promoting the relative autonomy of state institutions like parliament, the judiciary, civil service, NACSA, NRA, Army and Police.
For the better part of our country’s political history, these institutions have functioned as mere appendages of the executives of successive governments. Our parliamentarians double as contractors, the civil service remains a cesspool of nepotism and corruption, NACSA is the SLPP’s piggy bank, NRA is a shakedown operation under Haramu Karimu, and the judiciary suffers from undue political interference.
There have been some modest (donor-driven) improvements in the security sector but tensions between senior officers and subaltern ranks continue to fester, with conditions of service for the ordinary soldier, police and prison officer hardly any better today than before the onset of the rebel war in 1991. The army may be less politicized than under the APC but Siaka Stevens never built mud barracks for our soldiers as the SLPP government did in Pujehun with its donor-funded PEBU project.
Autonomy of state institutions from partisan governments, not to mention checks and balances among these institutions, can help develop institutional capacity, enhance effectiveness and engender legitimacy. Excessive interference from government in the operations of these institutions undermines their legitimacy, erodes capacity and renders them less effective in the performance of basic tasks.
The loyalties of public employees should be re-oriented away from parties and individual patrons and toward the state. Only by so doing can we begin the long process of institutionalizing political power in our country. Stated differently, relatively autonomous public institutions are critical to democratic sustainability and the legitimation of state power.
Our country is in dire need of effective and legitimate public institutions that can make a positive difference in the lives of our people. Institutions that are not legitimate are not likely to be effective and creating some daylight between state institutions and the government of the day is a step in the right direction.
Political legitimacy cannot be reduced to elections because what is most important at this juncture in our history is what the government that is elected does or how it governs. We risk authoritarian reversals in the future if elected governments prove to be unequal to the task of alleviating mass poverty, combating corruption and promoting development and good governance. Positive performance by a government is the surest way to build support for public institutions, consolidate democracy and reconnect state and society.
The disconnection between state and society can be traced back to the colonial era but the chasm between these two entities has grown since independence. This is largely attributable to two factors: (1) incompatibility between the interests of the political class and the citizenry, and (2) the functional retreat or incapacitation of the state, especially in the areas of social provisioning. The unbridled venality of our political class has not only widened the material and political gulf between leaders and citizens, it has also directly contributed to the erosion of state capacity and the rising levels of public alienation and mass impoverishment.
But there can be no meaningful development in our country if state and society continue on a collision course and the best way to reconnect state and society is for governments to pursue policies that privilege the majority of our citizens.
Transforming the state through regime change involves a whole lot more than decoupling state and government, distancing accumulation from the exercise of power, legitimizing public institutions and reconnecting state and society. It also calls for policies that reflect, embody and promote the interests and aspirations of popular sectors. These are typically policies geared toward basic needs satisfaction - the provision of clean drinking water, electricity, health care, sanitation and other social amenities. Investments in basic infrastructure and human resource development should take precedence over projects that do not directly benefit the plurality of our people.
Policies to alleviate poverty and promote human resource development should be linked to a zero tolerance crusade against official corruption. Linking corruption to poverty and insecurity in policy formulation and implementation makes sense because these problems are closely intertwined.
We could, for example, establish an Anti-Corruption Development Fund (ACDF) that can use proceeds from confiscated assets by the state to build clinics, schools, feeder roads, etc, around the country. This way ordinary citizens can see a direct linkage between the government’s anti-corruption measures and tangible improvements in their lives. Ministers and public servants should declare their assets before assuming and after leaving office and an independent Auditor General’s Office should audit ministries and departments on an annual basis.
Self-reliance and prudent management of our abundant natural resources for the benefit of our people should be cornerstones of state policy. We must first try to meet our payroll, pay our bills and finance development projects by relying on our vast natural resources, which, if properly harnessed and managed, can serve as springboards of our social transformation. This means rapidly weaning ourselves from international dole (a status the SLPP has been exploiting and perpetuating) and aggressively pursuing internal solutions to our myriad needs, problems and challenges. In short, we should seek to become more autonomous in the formulation and implementation of our policy choices and development strategies.
To recap, these are some of the basic, critical steps that must be taken if we are to positively reconfigure and transform state power in our country:
• Distance Accumulation from Domination
• Decouple State and Government
• Performance Legitimation of Public Institutions
• Re-Connect State and Civil Society
• Activist Welfare Policy
• Anti-Corruption Crusade
• Populist Social Development Policies

*Dr Jimmy Kandeh (photo) is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond, USA.
 


Subject: Re: A GREAT article by Jimmy Kandeh
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 22:52:27 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

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“ While preachers preach of evil fates
Teachers teach that knowledge waits
Can lead to hundred-dollar plates
Goodness hides behind its gates
But even the president of the United States
Sometimes must have
To stand naked.”
http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/itsalright.html

WE are all conscious of what’s so clearly expressed here.
Question: Is this transformation first and foremost set in motion by LEGISLATION?

Jimmy Kandeh’s diagnosis is certainly of Third World Journal(ism) standard - and as such not designed for the consumption of the masses to which many of us belong.
I should like to ask the professor to break it down into even more simple and practical terms - if possible, so that even we the san-san boys can grasp every nuance of what he’s saying.

As he summaries it all in the specifics of his first paragraph.

Regime change would involve (simultaneously?)
1. Distancing public power from private wealth,
2. Decoupling state and government,
3. Prioritizing legitimation over domination and
4. Reconnecting state and society.

“At the policy level, progressive regime change in Sierra Leone would require
1. an activist social agenda that privileges the needs, interests and aspirations of the masses,
2. An effective policy to combat official corruption, proper management of our resources and reduction of our dependence on being on the (international) dole.

Whilst another eminent economist by the name of J.E. Leigh keeps on drumming it in our ear holes that he supports “the more democratic political organization” which political organisation comes under his blanket descr1ption of “predatory organization and exercise of state power” and is no exception to such a descr1ption - if I have understood Professor Kandeh’s essay as he intended.

We all agree (as the SLPP in particular loves to point an accusing finger at that period which is symptomatic not of the APC per say, but of a certain dark epoch in African politics (with a few exceptions such as Gambia’s Jawara and Julius Nyerere’s Tanzania) that “The form of the state that failed in Sierra Leone is unrestorable. We should be working to transform the state, not to restore its discredited regime.”
Now this is where he could be as concretely clear as possible: how is this transformation to take place? What are the necessary actions – that would give life to theoretical abstractions?

He enumerates the problems that are inherent in the present status quo of clientele and corruption:
“the mode of accumulation of the political class (a consumptive rather than a productive class), especially political incumbents and their vast patronage networks. The convergence of processes of accumulation and the exercise of political power not only prevents the emergence of an independent bourgeoisie (not tied to state patronage) whose historic mission is to help develop productive sectors and check the power of political leaders, it also delegitimizes state power by converting its organization and exercise into means of personal enrichment.
Right now, the local business class is so closely tied to the state that it lacks the autonomy to act contrary to the wishes, demands and interests of those in power.”
The rest of the next three paragraphs we (San san and none san san boys and girls) have all heard before but let me itemise them. That way it’s much easier to understand as we read, and like poetry, it’s easier to remember:
1. Democracy, with its emphasis on transparency and accountability, can begin to provide some safeguards but only if the judiciary and law enforcement agencies operate autonomously of the executive or government of the day.
2. Stringent conflict of interest regulations for public servants should be enacted,
3. The award of government contracts should be subject to independent scrutiny,
4. Follow-ups to ensure projects are completed should be mandated and
5. The Anti-Corruption Commission should be strengthened and allowed to operate without interference from the government.
6. The need to prosecute high profile corruption cases involving public officials cannot be overstated even though the current government has demonstrated a pronounced disinclination to pursue corruption cases involving its own officials.
About corruption of those in office, he repeats what cannot be overemphasised even when I capitalise his words:
”While distancing processes of accumulation from the exercise of political power is necessary if state power is to be transformed and institutionalized, it is only a beginning. EQUALLY IMPORTANT is the decoupling of state and government or promoting the relative autonomy of state institutions like parliament, the judiciary, and civil service, NACSA, NRA, Army and Police.”
” For the better part of our country’s political history, these institutions have functioned as mere appendages of the executives of successive governments. OUR PARLIAMENTARIANS DOUBLE AS CONTRACTORS, the CIVIL SERVICE REMAINS a CESSPOOL of NEPOTISM and CORRUPTION, NACSA is the SLPP’s PIGGY BANK, NRA is a shakedown operation under Haramu Karimu, and the JUDICIARY SUFFERS from UNDUE POLITICAL INTERFERENCE.”
Whereas the Johnny Easy would like to reinvent the national anthem along the lines of ” he, (the most qualified to lead the SLPP) & Berewa and SLPP good, and every one else who disagree with them is bad” Professor Kandeh’s emphasis is the correct one:
” THE LOYALTIES of public employees should be re-oriented away from parties and individual patrons and toward the state”!!!!
The country is on its way and this is apart indictment of not so much the present government’s failure, but a clear pointed to WHAT HAS TO BE DONE:
” Transforming the state through regime change involves a whole lot more than decoupling state and government, distancing accumulation from the exercise of power, legitimizing public institutions and reconnecting state and society. It also calls for policies that reflect, embody and promote the interests and aspirations of popular sectors. These are typically POLICIES GEARED TOWARD BASIC NEEDS SATISFACTION - the provision of CLEAN DRINKING WATER, ELECTRICITY, HEALTH CARE, SANITATION and other social amenities. Investments in basic infrastructure and human resource development should take precedence over projects that do not directly benefit the plurality of our people.”
Neither the SLPP nor the APC or the PMDC or you or me, disagrees with the following and it is something that all the parties and their followers are saying, so who to vote for? It surely cannot only be for what they are saying:
” Policies to alleviate poverty and promote human resource development should be linked to a zero tolerance crusade against official corruption. Linking corruption to poverty and insecurity in policy formulation and implementation makes sense because these problems are closely intertwined.”

Isn’t This a GREAT IDEA?
” We could, for example, establish an Anti-Corruption Development Fund (ACDF) that can use proceeds from confiscated assets by the state to build clinics, schools, feeder roads, etc, around the country. This way ordinary citizens can see a direct linkage between the government’s anti-corruption measures and tangible improvements in their lives. Ministers and public servants should declare their assets before assuming and after leaving office and an independent Auditor General’s Office should audit ministries and departments on an annual basis.”
The president of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has launched a moral crusade and the citizenry is to supposed to uplift to these standards which are the moral basis of our social transformation and this is possible not only by individuals qualifying themselves with Aristotelian virtues, but a collective of such virtues people (the prisons would be empty) would mean a high national consciousness (country before party)
Herr Kabbah has preached the ideals of SEVEN NATIONAL VALUES
http://www.statehouse-sl.org/seven-val-nov11.html
Having acquired higher degrees of
• Resourcefulness
• Excellence
• Tolerance
• Good neighbourliness
• Generosity
• Honesty
• Self-esteem
The rest of Dr. Kandeh's prescr1ption makes absolute sense:
” Self-reliance and prudent management of our abundant natural resources for the benefit of our people should be cornerstones of state policy. We must first try to meet our payroll, pay our bills and finance development projects by relying on our vast natural resources, which, if properly harnessed and managed, can serve as springboards of our social transformation. This means rapidly weaning ourselves from international dole (a status the SLPP has been exploiting and perpetuating) and aggressively pursuing internal solutions to our myriad needs, problems and challenges. In short, we should seek to become more autonomous in the formulation and implementation of our policy choices and development strategies.
To recap, these are some of the basic, critical steps that must be taken if we are to positively reconfigure and transform state power in our country:
• Distance Accumulation from Domination
• Decouple State and Government
• Performance Legitimation of Public Institutions
• Re-Connect State and Civil Society
• Activist Welfare Policy
• Anti-Corruption Crusade
• Populist Social Development Policies

 

 

 

 

 

 


Subject: Re: A GREAT article by Jimmy Kandeh
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 07:04:31 06/05/07 ()
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Mostly corrected ( for love of country whose air I have not breathed these past 37 years))

“ While preachers preach of evil fates
Teachers teach that knowledge waits
Can lead to hundred-dollar plates
Goodness hides behind its gates
But even the president of the United States
Sometimes must have
To stand naked.”

http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/itsalright.html

We are all conscious of what’s so clearly expressed here.
Question: Is this transformation first and foremost set in motion by LEGISLATION?

Jimmy Kandeh’s diagnosis is certainly of Third World Journal(ism) standard - and as such not designed for the consumption of the masses to which many of us belong.
I should like to ask the professor to break it down into even more simple and practical terms - if possible, so that even we the san-san boys can grasp every nuance of what he’s saying.

As he summaries it all in the specifics of the introductory paragraph:

Regime change would involve (simultaneously?)
1. Distancing public power from private wealth,
2. Decoupling state and government,
3. Prioritizing legitimation over domination and
4. Reconnecting state and society.

“At the policy level, progressive regime change in Sierra Leone would require
1. An activist social agenda that privileges the needs, interests and aspirations of the masses,
2. An effective policy to combat official corruption, proper management of our resources and reduction of our dependence on being on the (international) dole.

Whilst another eminent economist by the name of J.E. Leigh keeps on drumming it into our ear holes that he supports “the more democratic political organization” which political organisation comes under Professor Kandeh’s blanket descr1ption of “predatory organization and exercise of state power” and is no exception to such a descr1ption - if I have understood Professor Kandeh’s essay the way he intended.

We all agree (as the SLPP in particular loves to point an accusing finger at that period which is symptomatic not of the APC per say, but of a certain dark epoch in African politics (with a few exceptions such as Gambia’s Jawara and Julius Nyerere’s Tanzania) that “The form of the state that failed in Sierra Leone is unrestorable. We should be working to transform the state, not to restore its discredited regime.”
Now this is where he could be as clear as is concretely possible: how is this transformation to take place? What are the necessary actions – that would give life to theoretical abstractions?

He enumerates the problems that are inherent in the present status quo of clientele and corruption:
“the mode of accumulation of the political class (a consumptive rather than a productive class), especially political incumbents and their vast patronage networks. The convergence of processes of accumulation and the exercise of political power not only prevents the emergence of an independent bourgeoisie (not tied to state patronage) whose historic mission is to help develop productive sectors and check the power of political leaders, it also delegitimizes state power by converting its organization and exercise into means of personal enrichment.
Right now, the local business class is so closely tied to the state that it lacks the autonomy to act contrary to the wishes, demands and interests of those in power.”
The rest of the next three paragraphs we (San san and none san san boys and girls) have all heard before, but let me itemise them, that way it’s much easier to understand as we read, and like poetry, it’s easier to remember:
“ 1. Democracy, with its emphasis on transparency and accountability, can begin to provide some safeguards but only if the judiciary and law enforcement agencies operate autonomously of the executive or government of the day.
2. Stringent conflict of interest regulations for public servants should be enacted,
3. The award of government contracts should be subject to independent scrutiny,
4. Follow-ups to ensure projects are completed should be mandated and
5. The Anti-Corruption Commission should be strengthened and allowed to operate without interference from the government.
6. The need to prosecute high profile corruption cases involving public officials cannot be overstated even though the current government has demonstrated a pronounced disinclination to pursue corruption cases involving its own officials.”
About the corruption of those in office, he repeats what cannot be overemphasised even when I capitalise his words:
”While distancing processes of accumulation from the exercise of political power is necessary if state power is to be transformed and institutionalized, it is only a beginning. EQUALLY IMPORTANT is the decoupling of state and government or promoting the relative autonomy of state institutions like parliament, the judiciary, and civil service, NACSA, NRA, Army and Police.”
” For the better part of our country’s political history, these institutions have functioned as mere appendages of the executives of successive governments. OUR PARLIAMENTARIANS DOUBLE AS CONTRACTORS, the CIVIL SERVICE REMAINS a CESSPOOL of NEPOTISM and CORRUPTION, NACSA is the SLPP’s PIGGY BANK, NRA is a shakedown operation under Haramu Karimu, and the JUDICIARY SUFFERS from UNDUE POLITICAL INTERFERENCE.”
Whereas Mr. Johnny take-it-easy would like to reinvent the national anthem along the lines of
” he himself (the most qualified to lead the SLPP) & Berewa and SLPP are good and every one else who disagrees with them is bad” Professor Kandeh’s emphasis is the correct one:
” THE LOYALTIES of public employees should be re-oriented away from parties and individual patrons and toward the state”!!!!
The country is on its way and this is partly an indictment of not so much the present government’s failure, but a clear pointer to WHAT HAS TO BE DONE:
” Transforming the state through regime change involves a whole lot more than decoupling state and government, distancing accumulation from the exercise of power, legitimizing public institutions and reconnecting state and society. It also calls for policies that reflect, embody and promote the interests and aspirations of popular sectors. These are typically POLICIES GEARED TOWARD BASIC NEEDS SATISFACTION - the provision of CLEAN DRINKING WATER, ELECTRICITY, HEALTH CARE, SANITATION and other social amenities. Investments in basic infrastructure and human resource development should take precedence over projects that do not directly benefit the plurality of our people.”
Neither the SLPP nor the APC or the PMDC or you or me, disagree with the following and it is something that all the parties and their followers are saying, so who/what are we supposed to vote for? It surely cannot only be for what the various parties are merely saying, because they are all saying the same thing (“Down with corruption” – although it is Ernest Bai Koroma that is saying “Zero tolerance” for corruption. The SLPP is seen to have been condoning corruption these past ten years and is far from seriously thinking of “Zero tolerance”. Pa Kabbah said on BBC Hardtalk that it (corruption) cannot be eliminated 100% - and in saying that you’d think that the SLPP had eliminated it some 50% - at least.
Click to watch the interview which is from July 2002 and get a feel of how far we have come or not come since then, in wiping out corruption:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/2149188.stm
But back to what the Professor’s saying:
” Policies to alleviate poverty and promote human resource development should be linked to a zero tolerance crusade against official corruption. Linking corruption to poverty and insecurity in policy formulation and implementation makes sense because these problems are closely intertwined.”
This is a GREAT IDEA:
” We could, for example, establish an Anti-Corruption Development Fund (ACDF) that can use proceeds from confiscated assets by the state to build clinics, schools, feeder roads, etc, around the country. This way ordinary citizens can see a direct linkage between the government’s anti-corruption measures and tangible improvements in their lives. Ministers and public servants should declare their assets before assuming and after leaving office and an independent Auditor General’s Office should audit ministries and departments on an annual basis.”
The president of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has launched a moral crusade and the citizenry is supposed to attain to these standards which are the moral basis of our social transformation. This is possible not only by individuals qualifying themselves with Aristotelian virtues, but a collective of such virtuous people (the prisons would be empty) would mean a higher national consciousness that puts country before party and criminal self-interest.
Herr Kabbah has preached the ideals of SEVEN NATIONAL VALUES
http://www.statehouse-sl.org/seven-val-nov11.html
Having acquired higher degrees of
• Resourcefulness
• Excellence
• Tolerance
• Good neighbourliness
• Generosity
• Honesty
• Self-esteem
The rest of Dr. Kandeh's prescr1ption makes absolute sense:
” Self-reliance and prudent management of our abundant natural resources for the benefit of our people should be cornerstones of state policy. We must first try to meet our payroll, pay our bills and finance development projects by relying on our vast natural resources, which, if properly harnessed and managed, can serve as springboards of our social transformation. This means rapidly weaning ourselves from international dole (a status the SLPP has been exploiting and perpetuating) and aggressively pursuing internal solutions to our myriad needs, problems and challenges. In short, we should seek to become more autonomous in the formulation and implementation of our policy choices and development strategies.
To recap, these are some of the basic, critical steps that must be taken if we are to positively reconfigure and transform state power in our country:
• Distance Accumulation from Domination
• Decouple State and Government
• Performance Legitimation of Public Institutions
• Re-Connect State and Civil Society
• Activist Welfare Policy
• Anti-Corruption Crusade
• Populist Social Development Policies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Subject: On Third Trip to Libya, Sirleaf Appeals for Help in Executiv
From: FPA Staff Report
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Date Posted: 21:48:34 06/04/07 ()
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On Third Trip to Libya, Sirleaf Appeals for Help in Executive Mansion Fix
06/04/07 - FPA Staff Report






 

Monrovia -

Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf used her third visit to Libya Sunday to appeal to authorities there to help her government complete renovation works of the Executive Mansion which was partially gutted by fire on July 26, 2006.

 

The president currently operates from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An investigation has since ruled foul play out of Independence day incident.

 


Fire gutted the fourth floor of the Executive Mansion on July 26, 2006.
Sirleaf returned to Monrovia Sunday from Libya, where she participated in the 9th Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and government of the Community of Sahel-Sharan States (CEN-SAD).

 

 

Sirleaf press secretary Cyrus Wleh Badio told reporters in Monrovia Monday that While in Libya, the President used the opportunity to get firm commitment from the Libyans at the highest level on Liberian-Libyan Partnership.

 

“The President is pleased at the growing level of the partnership between the two countries, which include the renovation of the Ducor Palace Hotel, the establishment of a rubber processing plant as well as a study for the construction by the Libyans of a low, medium and high cost housing development in Liberia,” said Badio.

 

While in Libya, Badio said the President also met with the Prime Minister of Morocco, Mr. Dris Jettou, who was also in Libya, attending the CEN-SAD Conference. During discussions between the President and the Moroccan Prime Minister, it was agreed that the Joint Commission for Liberia and Morocco be reactivated to boost bilateral relations between the two countries. The Moroccan Prime Minster informed President Johnson Sirleaf that his government will increase the number of scholarships for Liberian students to study in Morocco.

 


Sirleaf has been to Libya three times since becoming president
During discussions with the Moroccan Prime Minister, the President was also interested in seeking more Moroccan assistance in the area of higher education, particularly in Medicine and engineering.

 

Mr. Jettou expressed his government’s delight and appreciation over progress being made in Liberia and reaffirmed his government’s support in helping to move Liberia forward.

 

 

Sirleaf and her accompanying delegation arrived Friday night in Sert International Airport to participate in the 9th Session of the Conference of Leaders and Head of States of the Community , Due to be held on next Saturday and Sunday in Sert. According to the Libyan news agency JANA, the Liberian leader was received at the airport by Director of the African Department at GPC for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation. “Coordinator and a number of members of Social people's leaderships of Sert Shabia, Secretary of People's Congress of the Shabia, Secretary of people's committee for Industry in the Shabia, a number of Officers of Armed People and Public Security, Ambassador and members of Liberian Embassy to Great Jamahiriya, took part in the reception ceremony of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” according to the agency.

At the end of the session Sunday, the 9th Ordinary Session of Conference of Leaders and Heads of State of (Cen-Sad) Community, headed by Libyan leader Moamar Ghadafi, the leaders issued a Declaration regarding the Situation on Somalia, expressing their utmost concern over the persistent lack of security in Somalia. “We urge strongly the AU member states, in general, the (Cen-Sad), in particular, and all the people of good will to offer their help to the interim Somali government so as to provide the appropriate facilities to bolster the authority of the state and to re-establish it across the national territory in a climate full of security, transparency and democracy based on tranquillity and sharing.”


The leaders further urge all member states to contribute strongly alongside the AU in the civil peace process, namely through the deployment of a force capable of stabilizing the institutions and the implementation of the arms collection program.

 

Meanwhile, Badio said the Executive Mansion was encouraged by the spirited performance on Sunday by the National Football Team, the Lone Star despite losing 2-1 to the indomitable Lions of Cameroun. “We are pleased that though the result of the match did not favor our team, citizens exhibited a high degree of patriotism and maturity in accepting the result. We see the performance of the young team, as work in progress.”

 

The President, however, expresses deepest regrets over the death of more than twenty soccer fans, mostly Togolese, including that country’s Sports Minister, in a helicopter crash in Freetown. It is the President’s hope that the bereaved families will gain solace as they mourn the loss of their relatives, friends and loved ones.

 


 


Subject: GEOGRAPHY OF A WOMAN
From: MUNKU BOB
To: All
Date Posted: 21:00:53 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-050.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.50

Message:
GEOGRAPHY OF A WOMAN

Between 18 and 20 a woman is like Africa, half discovered,half wild,naturally beautiful with fertile deltas.

Between 21 and 30 a woman is like America, well developed and open to trade especially for someone with cash.

Between 31 and 35 she is like India, very hot, relaxed and convinced of her own beauty.

Between 36 and 40 a woman is like France. Gently aging but still a warm and desirable place to visit.

Between 41 and 50 she is like Yugoslavia, lost the war -haunted by past mistakes. Massive reconstruction is now necessary.

Between 51 and 60, she is like Russia, very wide and borders are un-patrolled. The frigid climate keeps people away.

Between 61 and 70,a woman is like Mongolia, with a glorious and all conquering past but alas, no future.

After 70, they become Afghanistan. Almost everyone knows where it is,but no one wants to go there.

THE GEOGRAPHY OF A MAN

Between 15 and 70 a man is like Iraq - ruled by a dick.


Subject: Re: GEOGRAPHY OF A WOMAN
From: Abazam
To: All
Date Posted: 11:37:40 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: eduproxy2.k12.de.us at 167.21.254.12

Message:
This is creative humor that we need every now and again.

Great job.


Subject: Every guy's nightmare
From: DR. ABDUL NAHIM
To: All
Date Posted: 20:57:29 06/04/07 ()
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Message:
Every guy's nightmare

After a long night of making love to his new girlfriend, Fred notices a
photo of a man on her bedside table. At first, he really didn't give it
much thought; she had never mentioned it so why should he.

But after a month or so into the relationship he begins to stress
about it; even imagining the photo is staring at him doing the deed.

It was causing him so much anxiety that he finally decides to ask
about it. "Is this your ex-husband?" he nervously asks. "No, silly,"

she replies, snuggling up to him. "Another boyfriend, then?" he
continues. "No, not at all," she says, nibbling away at his ear.

"Is it
your dad or your brother?" he inquires, hoping to be reassured. "No, no,
no!!!" she answers. "Well, who in the world is he, then?" he demands.
"That's me 12 months ago.
 


Subject: Re: Every guy's nightmare
From: CRAZYBALDHEAD
To: All
Date Posted: 22:05:47 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-050.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.50

Message:
Was the bald head old skunk, uncle Corny Hamelberg? Hehehehehehehe, Corny na crase man.


Subject: Re: Every guy's nightmare
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 23:07:20 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
Your harlot mother is nothing less than an old bitch


Subject: Re: Every guy's nightmare
From: CRAZYBALDHEAD
To: All
Date Posted: 23:17:15 06/04/07 ()
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Entered From: ac202-050.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.50

Message:
Hahahaha, like your whorish wife,that some dude paid $25 today to ram the living sheet out of her stinking old ass.. You son of a bitch and nasty old wretch.


Subject: Re: Every guy's nightmare
From: Jetly Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 00:07:39 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-143-53-43.hsd1.va.comcast.net at 69.143.53.43

Message:
Why are guys using absurd language on cyberspace? I think you apt to act maturedly in a civilized manner.
Profanity is absolutely intolerable. Please control your manners.
Thanks


Subject: Re: Every guy's nightmare
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 23:41:05 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
Why are you jealous of me?

You know quite well the monkey that you evolved from just as you know why you lack the courage to say these things to me using your name. The father one of your mum's customers that you don't know was called " crazy baldhead?
You also know the psychology definitions of inferiority complex - and you surely know that's something that does not apply to me. You want to pull me down with your crude monkey behaviour?
You know the class of people that I come from. tell us about you. Don't hide.
I recognise your language.
You might die very soonj. Be careful.

I'm not used to saying such ugly things, but I can sue language that will put you in your place you country matress son of a whore.


Subject: Re: Every guy's nightmare
From: foday mansaray
To: All
Date Posted: 23:38:50 06/04/07 ()
Email Address: fmansaray@aol.com
Entered From: host-24-225-160-74.patmedia.net at 24.225.160.74

Message:
Mr Hamelberg. You have come to the end of your rope.You had many many chances to be civil like everyone else but you choose to do the unthinkable all the time.Please don't come again and I wish you well with your new forum bodies somewhere else.

I mean bon voyage. finito

Thank you
 


Subject: Re: Every guy's nightmare
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 23:46:53 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
I will not be back.


Subject: Re: Every guy's nightmare
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 23:44:11 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
It's your country. You'll see.


Subject: Re: Every guy's nightmare
From: foday mansaray
To: All
Date Posted: 00:20:21 06/05/07 ()
Email Address: fmansaray@aol.com
Entered From: host-24-225-160-74.patmedia.net at 24.225.160.74

Message:
stop the foolishness take it graciously.Maybe we might consider your return when you grow up.O by the way some told me you are 60 years of age.Please act like one.

Chao; asta la vista. Good bye.


Subject: 12 Football Fans Die in Stampede
From: CAF
To: All
Date Posted: 20:48:59 06/04/07 ()
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Message:
12 Football Fans Die in Stampede


Stampede in stadium in Zambia and helicopter crash in Sierra Leone
claim numerous victims

The worldwide football community has suffered two tragedies in Africa over the past weekend.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter was deeply saddened by the two disasters: ”Our football family is greatly distressed to hear of the misfortune that has occurred in Sierra Leone and Zambia. Our pain at these losses is all the greater given that they both occurred only a few days after we had come together for the 57th FIFA Congress in Zurich.”

 

 

 

Last Saturday, 2 June 2007, twelve fans lost their lives in a stampede following an African Cup of Nations qualifying match between Zambia and Congo. This was followed by the death of the Togolese Minister for Sport, several officials from the Togolese football association and other passengers on Sunday, 3 June 2007 when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in Freetown (Sierra Leone) as they returned from an African Cup of Nations qualifying match between Sierra Leone and Togo.

FIFA and its President have expressed their heartfelt condolences to the associations affected, their national governments, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and relatives of the victims. In a telephone conversation with CAF President and FIFA Vice-President Issa Hayatou, FIFA President Blatter was also informed of the steps being taken by CAF and the Zambian government to determine the causes of the stadium tragedy.
 


Subject: Jeff Koinange Out at CNN: ‘Date Rape Journalist’ or a Victim
From: CNN
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Date Posted: 19:38:42 06/04/07 ()
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Jeff Koinange Out at CNN: ‘Date Rape Journalist’ or a Victim of Entrapment
06/04/07 - FPA Staff Report






 

 


One of Africa’s success stories at the Cable News Network (CNN) is now reportedly out of a job, following a stunning revelation on a Kenyan blog, accusing Jeff Koinange of being "the Kenyan date rape journalist."

 

Journalist and Long time colleague Jackson Kanneh called the report disturbing. "This is obviously a sad end for a man who worked so hard to get to CNN. I worked with Jeff for five years at Reuters, where he made a huge mark with his insight on news and events."

 


Jeff Koinange
Kanneh, who worked as a news stringer for Koinange and Reuters during much of the civil war in Liberia, said the reporter was passionate about his work. "All he is about is work and work. I do not know what happened and how it allegedly happened, but I wish the result was not so drastic."

 

Africa correspondent Jeff Koinange is no longer employed by the network, a CNN statement reported last week without going into the specifics of Koinange’s case.

 

Last dispatch

 

Koinange, hails from Kenya but has been based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He joined CNN in 2001. He had previously worked as a flight attendant for Kenyan Airways and arrived at New York's Kingsborough Community College in 1987, at 21, according to a bio on the college's site. Koinange moved on to New York University, ABC News, Medical News Network, NBC and Reuters Television. In 2005 Koinange was part of CNN’s Peabody award winning team who covered the devastation wreaked on News Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. He has also reported from Baghdad on the post-war insurgency, reconstruction and the historic 2005 elections in Iraq."

 

Koinange was seen on CNN as recently as May 18, in a 360 special titled "Africa: Dispatches from the Edge." Staffers started wondering about his status last week. The move may be related to a new blog allegedly published by a jilted lover that's getting a lot of attention online.

 

Koinange’s downfall apparently came following an email posted on the blog kumekucha.blogspot.com, from a woman to Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide. The woman alleged that she had sent Koinange a press release last August about her book on the killing of a minister in Kenya's government. "Jeff replied immediately and proposed to have an interview with CNN in Atlanta and to present the book in Inside-Africa. "Soon after he started to call me and things changed to very private and personal matters," it said.

 

On Tuesday, March 6, the blog reveal the identity of Koinange, who it says was the Kenyan date rape journalist by reproducing an email letter sent by the victim to the journalists' superiors at CNN, including, Walton (President CNN-Wordlwide), Chris Cramer (Executive Vice-President and Managing Director CNN-International), Jim Clancy and Johathan Mann as well as to Femi Oke (Inside-Africa).

 

Excerpts from the letter:


From: Marianne Briner
To: jim.walton
Subject: jeff koinange - confidential
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2007 23:45:28 +0000

Dear Mr. Walton,

I had sent in August last year to Jeff Koinange the official Press Release of my Book "A Shining Star in Darkness" which talks about the killing of the former Kenyan Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Robert Ouko in 1990. I had been involved in the investigations and cooperated with Scotland Yard and gave last evidence in front of a Parliamentary Committee in Nairobi in November/December 2004.

Jeff replied immediately and proposed to have an interview with CNN in Atlanta and to present the book in Inside-Africa.

Soon after he started to call me and things changed to very private and personal matters. He then sent me by email photos showing him and Mandela (comment: sharing a special moment with a special friend), the photo of the Prix-Bayeux-Ceremony (comment: so now you know about if even before my wife does ...) and also some photos showing his Living-Room with his Art Collection (comment: I want you to know how I am living...) and then the book about his Grandfather (one copy he sent also to my daughter) - comment: This will give you an insight who I really am and where I come from ...

During all this time he kept me also informed about his job, his assignments, either by phone (sometimes 3 - 4 times per day) or by email (here even up to 10 per day) sent from different places like Darfur, Congo, Botswana, Malaway etc. and last from Nigeria - besides the 'normal' ones from Johannesburg.

Especially the Nigerian Report was then also a point of our discussion now in London when he gave me some inside information how he had arranged the encounter with these MEND people (" of course I had to pay certain people to get the story - but everything was done in agreement with CNN and in accordance with their usual standards - but you do not get such a story without bribing - you know how the world and especially in Nigeria functions - you have to have financial resources - but at the end it was worth it - CNN has its story and I have my 'fame' ......)

The rest of our 'encounter' in London can be read in the attached document. It was nasty and now has turned into an open threat on my life since he warned me that he would give the details of my Spanish address and my Swiss one (where also my daughter lives) to Nicolas Biwott (in my book named Nick Boit).

Especially the last sentence 'if I was prepared to 'MOVE' again' has made me decide to go with whole story into the open. I have to protect not only myself but also my daughter.

Here you should know that I am living in fear since 15 years - I had to move more than a dozen times - and John Troon (retired Superintendent from Scotland Yard who at that time was leading the investigations in Kenya and with whom I am in contact since) has just now confirmed to me in London that I am still in danger.

When he heard that I am in contact with Jeff Koinange, he told me in very strict words 'you have made a very big mistake to trust a man like him. He will sell you for a good story and also to Biwott - I am even convinced that he has set you up just for this reason ...."

After what has happened in London I am starting to believe him. But I have decided to fight back. I have never been a coward and Jeff should know this. Just read his last emails where he is begging me not to disclose anything because it would 'destroy' him.

I had given him time until March 10 to come here and clarify things and to assure me of the introduction to CNN - but he has decided to threaten me instead.

I have sent the attached document already to Femi Oke together with some remarks Jeff made about her which are very offensive. It should make her a bit careful when dealing with him in the future since he is not the 'nice guy' as he pretends to be.

As I said before, I had hoped to settle his whole nasty matter amicably in arranging the promised interview with CNN and also with Oprah Winfrey whom he had also mentioned would be interested to present my book on her Show. But he has decided not to accept my offer and has started to issue serious threats against me.

 

Delta report controversy

 


This report on Nigeria's Delta region reportedly drew ire from Nigerian authorities.
Briner also writes that after her letters to the CNN-Executives, Koinange called her from Ghana and apologized for the incident in London telling her that it was mainly based on the pressure he had been under after the problems arising from the Nigerian Report the week before.

 

In that report, dubbed by the network, “Behind the Scenes series, CNN correspondents share their experiences in covering news and analyze the stories behind the events. Koinange detailed his meeting with Nigerian militants, and here he describes what he saw and learned.
 

Koinange’s report on the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta that was shown on CNN, prompted a response from Frank Nweke, the Information minister Supporters of Koinange believe the journalists was setup by the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta or MEND, who were unhappy with a recent report by Koinange on CNN.

In an article entitled: Nigeria vs. CNN vs. Jeff Koinange’s Dismissal written by by Paul I. Adujie, the writer says “Nigeria is vindicated! Minister Frank Nweke Jr. Is vindicated and those of us, who did not accept or fall for CNN's Jeff Koinange's melodramatic, staged and contrived reports about the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta or MEND, have all been vindicated as well! It is official, Jeff Koinange is no longer in the employ of CNN!”

 

The report alleges that Koinange has admitted to third parties, half in boast and half in jest that he actually paid to contrive the MEND stories that he featured on CNN!”

 

Koinange has not publicly commented on the controversy but Briner recently wrote on the blog that following her letter to CNN executives, she accepted Koinange’s apologies and they both agreed “that we will continue having contacts on a strictly professional basis. He has offered to make a special Interview and a special Report in Inside-Africa during the next months connected to the forthcoming General Elections in Kenya. I have agreed to this. I therefore want to confirm that I will not pursue the matter which happened in London. I will also confirm this in an official letter which I will send to the Executives of CNN.”

 


Subject: Re: Jeff Koinange Out at CNN: ‘Date Rape Journalist’ or a Victim
From: Marianne Briner
To: All
Date Posted: 05:09:16 06/07/07 ()
Email Address: mariannebriner@hotmail.com
Entered From: 186.red-81-39-67.dynamicip.rima-tde.net at 81.39.67.186

Message:
since you talk about me - you could also get into direct contact with me - since some of the statements contained in your article are not correct or at least need to be verified in part.

I am not afraid to tell the truth - I have nothing to hide and nothing to loose.

Marianne Briner


Subject: Re: Jeff Koinange Out at CNN: ‘Date Rape Journalist’ or a Victim
From: HELP ME
To: All
Date Posted: 04:54:06 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
I read the story over but did not understand why Jeff is being fired. Did he allegedly date rape or lied about a story? Help me understand please.


Subject: Public anger over Obasanjo's electioneering in SIERRA LEONE
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 18:11:53 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
It is not Obsanjo's duty as presdent of Nigeria to fly over to Sierra leone to tell us who to vote for.

Obasanjo should NOT tell Sierra Leoneans who to vote for even as an act of gratefulness/courtesy to his colleague Kabbah who apparently concurs with the improper suggestion.

He probably assisted Madam Sirleaf-Johnson with a helicopter or two in her campaign for the Liberian presidency, but to come to Sierra Leone and say such things is OUTTA LINE .

This is not to be compared with the British Government giving military support to the ousted Kabbah government.

 

 


Subject: Sylvia Blyden pleads for mercy
From: Swehrgbeh
To: All
Date Posted: 17:39:01 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Judge says… ‘I am not answerable to AG and Ombudsman’

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Newly appointed Freetown High Court Judge, Justice Alusine Sesay, on Friday at his chamber, said he was not answerable to the Attorney General or the Ombudsman.
The Judge made this statement in relation to a letter written and addressed to him by Sylvia Blyden, the proprietress of the Awareness Times newspaper, copied to the Attorney General and Ombudsman.
Justice Sesay said the content of the letter addressed to him was contemptuous and therefore needed to treat the case according to the law as no one was above the law.
During the trial in the judge’s chamber, Sylvia Blyden pleaded for mercy and her lawyer, Mustapha Turay, also joined his client to beg the judge not to detain the proprietress.
After hearing their pleas, the Judge ordered Ms. Bylden’s arrest and said she should be under the custody of police in the court. It will be recalled that Sylvia Blyden was escorted to court by police officers on a bench warrant issued by the judge.
The warrant was being enforced since May 22 but the proprietress was on her heels, but her luck ran out and she was arrested by the police in her office and dragged to court.


 


Subject: Taylor should get a FAIR trial.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 17:01:23 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
He was assigned a (one) lawyer whilst the prosecution is a team of NINE lawyers.

In my opinion, that's almost like a loaded gun against his head, no matter what he is accused of having singly done.

So indeed his defence is outnumbered and outgunned.

Let Justice be done and at least be seen to be done, in this case.


Subject: Re: Taylor should get a FAIR trial.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 18:26:57 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
The South African Mail& Guardian reported from The Hague, Netherlands on 07 May 2007:

The defence of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, due to go on trial for war crimes in The Hague next month, said on Monday that they needed more senior counsels for the complex case.

In a pre-trial hearing of the case before the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), Taylor's lawyer, Karim Khan, said his client was concerned he was being "short-changed" with only two attorneys who can attend his trial against a prosecution legal team of at least 10 people.

The trial, which was moved to The Hague to the premises of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for security reasons, is set to start on June 4 and the defence is trying to get a more senior lawyer on board, Khan said.

Before the hearing adjourned on Monday ,the judge called on the registry of the court to help with the defence's problem.

"There is a bottleneck somewhere," presiding Judge Julia Sebutinde said.

"I do not want to hear afterwards that as a result of a decision of somebody somewhere Mr Taylor is not ready to stand trial," she added.

Taylor, who is detained in The Hague, had asked to meet the court's defence liason to discuss the arrangements, but the trip was cancelled.

The defence has asked for more time before the trial starts because of the problems, but the court has denied it. Khan is now asking for leave to appeal that ruling but the court has not yet made a decision.

Taylor is seen as the single most powerful figure behind a series of civil wars in Liberia and neighbouring Sierra Leone between 1989 and 2003, which left about 400 000 people dead.

The former warlord-turned-president has been indicted by the United Nations-backed SCSL on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and violations of international human rights. He maintains his innocence.

Taylor was in court on Monday listening attentively to the proceedings and making notes. Dressed in a dark grey suit, Taylor also wore sunglasses in court because he suffered from an eye infection, his lawyers said.

On Monday the defence also complained they had difficulty getting witnesses to testify in the case because of a UN Security Council resolution that imposes travel bans on people deemed close associates of Taylor.

According to Khan many witnesses are reluctant to testify because they are afraid of being slapped with a travel ban if they appear on his behalf during the trial. -- AFP

http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=306910&area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__africa/

This is a headline in today’s Mail & Guardian:


04 June 2007 06:05

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe risks the same fate as former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who is on trial for crimes against humanity, a British Foreign Office minister said on Monday.

 

 


Subject: When will the ACC act like this?
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 16:45:18 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
Now, or never?


Subject: SLPP FEMALE SYMBOL WINNERS
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 16:13:29 06/04/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-mtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.116.8

Message:
Women continue to make progress under the SLPP. Seven women has so far been victorious in winning the Palm Tree symbol for the August 11 parliamentary election.

Three are from Kenema, Three from Bo and one from Bonthe. They are:

A. KENEMA

1. Ms. Bintu Myers

2. Ms. Bernadette Lahai

3. Ms. Theresa Sowu

B. BO

1. Ms. Emma Kowa

2. Ms. Neneh Levvie

3. Ms. Elizabeth Lavali

C. BONTHE

1. Ms. Agnes Bassie

Additions are expected to these seven victors as more primaries are conducted in increasingly genuine constituency conVentions.

Ms. Sowu in Kenema is the sister of the PMDC big shot in Kenema town, Chief Sowu, who is increasingly being isolated and rendered lonely. Also, I am told that potential PMDC contestants are declining that party's symbol and declining to run.

Please also note that INDEPENDENT CANDIDACIES are not permitted in parliamentary elections. Thanks for your attention. - JL
 


Subject: Re: SLPP FEMALE SYMBOL WINNERS
From: J. U. Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 12:34:26 06/05/07 ()
Email Address: jetty4ya@yahoo.com
Entered From: c-69-143-53-43.hsd1.va.comcast.net at 69.143.53.43

Message:
Mr. Leigh don't worry,if Berewa wins the presidential election, he will place you a ground-nut farm. There, you'll invite your fellow "Aratas" to oblitrate the remaining groung-nuts your predecessor left behind. Keep making noise on cyberspace for SLPP and its big aratas.


Subject: Re: SLPP FEMALE SYMBOL WINNERS
From: Torkpoi Nafei
To: All
Date Posted: 10:05:39 06/05/07 ()
Email Address: kemfatique@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 193.220.2.141

Message:
I used to be one of the greatest admirers of Uncle John Lee especially during the 1995 December electioneering process. But to tell you the truth, this man has fallen from grace to grassroot in Salone politics.

What makes uncle Lee thinks that whatever stupid postings he writes, it has to include Charles Margai and PMDC? Dont get me wrong as I'm not loyal to any of the political parties in Salone as they have all failed us woefully.
Does Lee thinks that most of us wil forget his postings refering to the young generation of Salone as fulumukus and san san boys?

Let me quickly remind Lee that Salone at independence was good for them but they all join hands to wreck the systems which the colonial masters left behind for us. For him to turn round and start refering to everyone as thus is just too sad. But I'm not surpirse that he is saying such. At least everyone at home,diaspora and even within the party he is shouting for knows that Lee is among the worst enemy of state in Salone.

There would have been no place for all the foolish stuff he keeps posting for his bunch of criminals in SLPP had they worked well. Bo una le we yah. Pan all de boku book wey u learn, wetin u don do 4 salone. What is important is how nationalistic and/or patriotic you are. Who told you that Chief Sowu is not popular in Kenema? You go bite you red face when you yeri de result later. And by the way, from the look of things, you guys are wasting all your time on Charles while APC continue to gain grounds in the south east, which is good. You are all in for a very big shock come August 11.
If I were you, I will just hide my face from this forum.


Subject: Re: SLPP FEMALE SYMBOL WINNERS
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 17:17:43 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
ConVentions. Tears sure, but no com-B-plaints by the defeated?
That's nice.
Hopefully, many men will vote for the women


Subject: Re: SLPP FEMALE SYMBOL WINNERS
From: CADMUS
To: All
Date Posted: 11:44:06 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 82.198.250.6

Message:
Come on Bra Cornie,

Even you with your vast mind and an anti-SLPP activist will admit that SLPP with its array of female candidates is a trend setter for equality, and diversity in our country.
Ours is the party of the past, the present and the future.


Subject: Re: SLPP FEMALE SYMBOL WINNERS
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 12:18:36 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Caddie my brother, yours is more the party of the PAST than the present or Godforbid the Future. Come Augst 11 you will see.
Stay Blessed


Subject: Re: SLPP FEMALE SYMBOL WINNERS
From: Moijue
To: All
Date Posted: 16:52:28 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.240.58.118

Message:
Why dont u just talk about ur fading SLPP.Why do you have to LIE about PMDC?
u USED TO BE A RESPECTABLE figure in our society, but now you are more of a clown than a diplomat.
Dont worry UNCLE SOLO will remember u.


Subject: Re: SLPP FEMALE SYMBOL WINNERS
From: FORREST GUMP
To: All
Date Posted: 07:57:40 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host81-157-207-85.range81-157.btcentralplus.com at 81.157.207.85

Message:
Don't worry Moijue He will be remembered because he has fought hard for his party unlike you who left the SLPP to join a dead party
FORREST


Subject: SYLVIA BLYDEN ARRESTED
From: JUDGE SESAY
To: All
Date Posted: 14:43:17 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 129.49.7.126

Message:
Judge says… ‘I am not answerable to AG and Ombudsman’

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Newly appointed Freetown High Court Judge, Justice Alusine Sesay, on Friday at his chamber, said he was not answerable to the Attorney General or the Ombudsman.

The Judge made this statement in relation to a letter written and addressed to him by Sylvia Blyden, the proprietress of the Awareness Times newspaper, copied to the Attorney General and Ombudsman.
Justice Sesay said the content of the letter addressed to him was contemptuous and therefore needed to treat the case according to the law as no one was above the law.

During the trial in the judge’s chamber, Sylvia Blyden pleaded for mercy and her lawyer, Mustapha Turay, also joined his client to beg the judge not to detain the proprietress.

After hearing their pleas, the Judge ordered Ms. Bylden’s arrest and said she should be under the custody of police in the court. It will be recalled that Sylvia Blyden was escorted to court by police officers on a bench warrant issued by the judge.

The warrant was being enforced since May 22 but the proprietress was on her heels, but her luck ran out and she was arrested by the police in her office and dragged to court.


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Subject: ALIEU ISCANDARI ------DIE HARD TRIBALIST
From: STEPHEN SWARAY
To: All
Date Posted: 11:24:40 06/04/07 ()
Email Address: swaray2@aol.com
Entered From: accb7ff7.ipt.aol.com at 172.203.127.247

Message:
Do you have a problem with the MENDE tribe or are you so bonded with a GENETIC DISORDER that inhibits the part of your brain which should enhance you to rise above TRIBALISM?
This forum has enabled an enviroment where young,forcused and even possible future leaders of our political institutions engage on issues absolutely relevant to our developmental process ,on a fair and balanced platform.
My expecation from you as an elderly participant could have been nothing less than a CONSTRUCTIVE MENTOR.
I am gravely disturbed,that all of your presentations are heavily infested with tribalistic tendencies.As a matter concern,which secondary school did you walk through? I wish you could have attended BO SCHOOL and experience how MENDE and TEMNE students coexist andestablish an everlasting relationship based on respect rather than tribe.
Fortunately,you can still be cured and have time to inculcate some good political behaviour.DATE A MENDE WOMAN.


Subject: Re: ALIEU ISCANDARI ------DIE HARD TRIBALIST
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 18:52:47 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
Mr. Swaray, imagine if this were included in the SEVEN NATIONAL VALUES of ONE COUNTRY, ONE PEOPLE


Subject: Re: ALIEU ISCANDARI ------DIE HARD TRIBALIST
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 18:28:39 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Mr. Swarray
I am going to make my telephone number be available to you so that you can discuss with me where it appears that I have shown "hatered" towards mende men. My Number is 510 938 6186. Please feel free to contact me so that we can freely discuss the merits or demerits of your allegations.

Frankly sir I have not at any time expressed any hatered towards any tribe on this forum and I have thrown out that challenge before that You or any other person accusing me of doing so must show with concrete facts, specific instances of conduct, what act or acts of mine that can OBJECTIVELY be considered tribalist.

I can almost gurantee you Mr. Swarray, that after you have had an opportunity to investigate me and my background, you will fiond out that I have more friends that are mende, than you have who are creoles or aku creoles or aku madingas or whatever tribaly permutation whioch may be extant in my genetic makeup.

Mr Swarray just like there are stupid creole boys, temene boys aku boys, there are stupid mende boys and allright mende boys. To which of these two categories do you belong? Do you be;long to that group of cowards who would by their posts be metaphorically screaming "hindo hindo" Or do you belong to that group iof mende men many of whom are my friend, who are sierra leonean first before they consider their slpp support.

You state and I quote:
"Fortunately,you can still be cured and have time to inculcate some good political behaviour.DATE A MENDE WOMAN"

I cannot for the life of me understand why you would capitalize the last sentence. But let me address the issue of good behavior as you so crassly put it. I have criticised krios and akus on this forum before does that make me anti aku or anti krio? Why is it that some of you STUPID ASSED MENDE BOYS cannot take any criticism. Who the hell do you guys think you are that you should hold sierra leone and its people to some sort of a ransome such that any mention of the things that you are collectively responsible for, brings charges of tribalism from your similarly stupid assed minds moths and brains. You may hold other sierra leoneans hostage, not me. I know many mende men who accept criticism and they in turn can give one without any claims of tribalism, but it always takes a NINCOMPOOP like you one JACKASS MENDE BOY to come out screaming some bull crap about tribalism. Leave me alone Joh mek I meditate and dont spoil my day.

DIE HARD TRIBALIST MY AZZ


Subject: Re: FOR STEPHEN SWARRAY
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq.
To: All
Date Posted: 10:09:09 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Yesterday I posted my phone number so that in the spirit of collegiality, you may have the intestinal fortitude to call me and discuss that which you claim on the WWW to be true. Last night someone called my phone and made some death threats against me and my family. Now I do undestand that this is the way you SLPP types operate and have operated for a whle back. Suffice it to say That I have turned the message over to the local FBI this morning and they wil be investigating the origin of the call.

If this was you, I warn you to desist from making any threatening calls to my phone even from a blocked numbers because the Feds would unearth you and I will move for your prosecution.

You wanna take me on the politics of sierra leone do so in a civil manner, but for goodness sake stop doing that which comes naturally to you, because I dont get intimidated easily.


Subject: Re: FOR STEPHEN SWARRAY
From: STEPHEN SWARAY
To: All
Date Posted: 07:12:12 06/06/07 ()
Email Address: swaray2@aol.com
Entered From: accb7ff7.ipt.aol.com at 172.203.127.247

Message:
Mr Iscandari
It is rather unfortunate that you received death treats as a result of your hasty and illjudged decision to publish your telephone contact.Iam sure you so desperately wanted to dispatch my allegation regarding your TRIBALISTIC AFFINITY and in doing so,made yourself vulnerable to telephone abuse.
There is also a high probability that you STAGE-MANAGED this telephone call so as to attack SLPP die hards in this forum.Do you remember in 1967 when APC ACTIVISTS spreading blood of goats and sheep at night on streets,and all in hope of destroying the good image of SLPP?
I am however,pleased that you have proved beyound reasonable doubt that you are not a tribalist and the way is open for a healthy line of communication.
Finally,may i take this opportunity to introduce myself as a DIEHARD SLPP MAN,and that my allegiance to slpp is based on the fact that we believe in a democratically moderate process,MODIFICATION IN CONTINUITY and not by violence or spontaneous and unachievable dreams in changing things for the better in SIERRA LEONE.
Have a nice day and keep me posted.


Subject: Re: FOR STEPHEN SWARRAY
From: LOW GRADE SAN SAN
To: All
Date Posted: 15:46:05 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-145-52-53.range86-145.btcentralplus.com at 86.145.52.53

Message:
THIS CAN ONLY BE DONE BY A NASTY TOERAG.I CANT WAIT TO SEE HIM OR HER GET BUSTED BY THE FBI. WHAT A SHAME!OONA DAE KILL MAN NAR SA.LONE FOR GEH POWER OONA WAN DO THE SAME NAR USA. BOY WHO EVER DID THIS IS LOWER THAN A SCUM.


Subject: Re: FOR STEPHEN SWARRAY
From: BUFORD HWY
To: All
Date Posted: 11:40:41 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
I think that call may have originated from a small school in NORTH CAROLINA.
BRA SENGBE U NOR GO LEF U SMALL ONE.NOW U WANT FOR KILL AM?


Subject: Re: FOR STEPHEN SWARRAY
From: Sengbe
To: All
Date Posted: 15:18:17 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: red_dog.niehs.nih.gov at 157.98.76.127

Message:
"...BRA SENGBE U NOR GO LEF U SMALL ONE.NOW U WANT..." quoted from Buford Hwy

I have no choice but to respond to this insanity.

Buford Hwy, why do you think it is I, Sengbe, who made that stated alleged call?

Bra, don't you guys get it? I am very busy at this time of the year to participate on this forum.

I have posted two notes - one to Bra John, and the other as a response to Bra Cornie - in a month or so on this forum.

I wish you guys would leave me out of your foolishness. I don't play that.

Mr. Moderator, and Forum Police, it would be really helpful if you guys are more dilligent in eliminating negative behaviour on your forum. Everyday, someone posts my name, my locat1on, and one of the places I work at, in an effort to malign me, and tarnish my character. You guys know all about this, but yet you do nothing to stop it. Why?

Mr. Moderator, you claim to know me, and all the members of my family, do you think I would be foolish to behave the way some of these lunatics have portrayed me here? Why don't you just stop it? Freedom of speech has its bounds, please realize that, and stop this foolishness.

Iscandari you can rest assured that I have nothing to do with that phone call you allege. In fact I am just reading your account of this phone call at 4:05 pm Eastern Time. I would NEVER go down that low to implicate your family, as you have done to me in the past.

So Buford Hwy, lef me sarful. Ar nor do nartin to you.

If this is the way you think of drawing me out of peeperdom, you are sadly mistaken. I will NOT respond anymore. I shall now fly back into peeperdom until the third week of August 2007, after the SLPP victory.

As of now, as in the past, anyone posting using my name, or moniker, is NOT genuine.

I hope WF, and MJ will see fit to refrain from their cowardly acts against me on this forum.

Mr. Moderator, Rev Kanu, and Forum Police, please take good notes regarding this issue.

How sa lon man (apc man dem) bad ehn lie so ba?


Subject: Re: FOR STEPHEN SWARRAY
From: BUFORD HWY
To: All
Date Posted: 17:35:28 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
SENGBE DON BARREE.I thought you were the KAILONDO of the MENDES.Why wont you accept that you did placed that call?Do not worry,the Forumites will plead for forgiveness on your behalf to Bra Alieu.
SLPP PIPUL DEM DAE FRAID D APC GBAGBANI.

HAVE A GOOD SUMMER HOLIDAY


Subject: Re: FOR STEPHEN SWARRAY
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 12:51:20 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Buford

Whoever it is, really does not know what they would have to deal with when I out them. I will come after that person with everything I have and thats a lot if and when I muster it.

If it is who you say it is, then he has not learned his lesson. If he had he should know that my anger has no bounds and when I get pissed off I just go after him all the way to his school mug shot and this time I will go after him for all the putdowns that I have suffered at his hands.


Subject: Re: Professor Edmund Koker ------DIE HARD TRIBALIST
From: EDWARD KOKER
To: All
Date Posted: 15:29:19 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
The die hard tribalist on this forum is YOU PROFESSOR EDMUND KOKER OF ELIZABETH STATE UNIVERSITY


Subject: Re: Professor Edmund Koker ------DIE HARD TRIBALIST
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 16:47:33 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
This is so ridiculous that it should be funny. But it’s not amusing, no matter who is in the majority and who is in the minority. So together, eight, nine, ten, lest sing the National Anthem.

Lets all try to behave now, the Germans, the Poles, the Italians, eh?
For all parties embrace the philosophy of one country at least in theory
It’s not a crime to be a Mende cultural nationalist or a celebrated Temne language poet and dramatist.

The Englishman says, “A glorious character, deny it who can, is breathed in the words, “I’m an English man.”

Thai’s positive tribal-ism and you too like to use the language, don’t you?

When it comes to football, Sierra Leone versus anybody, we’re all one.

What does the Bishop say, and what does the Imam at Fullahtong say about heaven, about “the son of God” a Jew? Well, imagine if he were Mende!

The Mendes are not exatly like the Temnes and we could celebrate the diversity, artistically......


Subject: ALIEU ISCANDRAI: Is not a tribalist!
From: Almamy Seray-Wurie Si
To: All
Date Posted: 12:14:47 06/04/07 ()
Email Address: almamysi@hotmail.com
Entered From: 24hr01.osr.columbia.edu at 156.111.18.114

Message:
Alieu has kins that are mende-Aku, mende-fullah, Aku-temne, etc
How can he be a tribalist?
Like John Leigh he sometimes goes over board.
APC Anti-Mende tendencies but forgetting Siaka was partly mende..
SLPP Anti-Northern tendencies like John Leigh on Ekutay bits
 


Subject: Re: JL HAS NOT GONE OVERBOARD
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 13:19:55 06/04/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
Mr. Almamy Seray-Wurie:

I do not believe that I have ever gone overboard in any debate with any reasonable debater in this forum. I have definitely whacked some moniker abuers real hard but my counters have been always proportionate to the attacks.

Further, my Ekutay counters are not anti-Northerner at all as you have claimed. My counters are simply anti-bad, anti-backwards, anti-crookishness, anti-coupliganism, anti-violence, etc. regardless of region, tribe, gender, religion or politics.

Please don't forget, I have heavily and publicly criticized SLPP's performances also without fear or favor and solely in the public interest.

In my counters, I am sympathetic to all persons who suffered under the APC KDDA-Ekutay hegemony. And I have ackowledged that many, many Northerners suffered under APC terror, KDDA marginalization and Binkolo Ekutay frolicking. Creoles, Mendes and others were involved in that Binkolo frolicking era.

A Mende politician was in fact, the APC Vice President to Ex-President Momoh and up to his scalp in Ekutay frolicking. Creoles, too, held senior positions in the APC KDDA-EKUTAY nation-wrecking wacko governments.

I have frequently made sympathetic references to key individual northerners that suffered gravely under APC nation-wrecking policies and practices: Paramount Chief N'Slik and others in Makeni; the Paramount Chief in Lokomassama; Hon. Dr. Mohamed Fornah, Former Minister of Finance from Magburaka and Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Targui from Matotoka.

Then there was the Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, the late Samuel Bangura from Yilleh and whom I once worked for and respected, who was murdered in cold blood during the APC height in power, and so on.

Merely because I blasted a hegemonistic group within a tribe does not mean that all the other people in that particular tribe are also my target. They are not.

Nor does it also mean that because a particular tribe is from a particular district and region, all the other people of that district and region are my target also. They are not. I can always differienciate the individual trees that comprise the SLeone political forest.

Let me tell you something. My true heroes deep down my heart are Northerners: Forna and Tarqui.

Because they meant only the very best for our country, APC marginalized them and executed them in cold blood and many decent people in authoroty in Sierra Leone failed to come to their aide. But its hard to blame people. The political atmosphere was poisonous under the terrible APC period of governance.

Just here and now listen to what a forumite had to say about the poisonous era in SLeone during APC's long and terrible incumbency:

"The coming election is going to be about telling the APC that they had their days and they did nothing with the opportunity they had." [In fact they grossly abused their opportunity] ...........................

"All I remember is ISU, Ekutay, bribery, Jamil Said, Highway, the murder of Sam Bangura, corruption, fuel shortage, blackout, inflation. Haja Dankay Kabia, put for me, Suck air, and every kind of social malaise when I think of APC." - Sidonluk

When law-abiding people have to "suck air" for dinner and/or depend on "put-for-me" for survival and to provide for their families, fighting for justice cannot be expected to be uppermost in their minds. Thank you. - JL
 


Subject: Re: JL HAS NOT GONE OVERBOARD
From: Bassie Amara
To: All
Date Posted: 11:55:46 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: eduproxy2.k12.de.us at 167.21.254.12

Message:
John Leigh,

How can Taqi be your hero when you can not even spell his name? By the way "Taqi" is the correct spelling not "Tarqui". And you claim to know it all. You just demonstrated that you are a true "Fulumunku" and a "Fluncky san-san Lawyer".

Like some other forumite stated, don't worry, Berewa will surely remember you. You might be his peggy-boy if he wins.


Subject: Re: JL HAS NOT GONE OVERBOARD
From: Coreection
To: All
Date Posted: 14:57:17 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.116.8

Message:
I do not believe that I have ever gone overboard in any debate with any reasonable debater in this forum. I have definitely whacked some moniker abuers real hard but my counters have been always proportionate to the attacks.
______________

Leigh, do you ever read what you write? The only pwerson you have whacked on this forum is yourself -- more exactly, what was left ogf your reputation after you were exposed for bribery and other acts of corruption at the Salone embassy in Washington DC, for which crimes you had been fired by the person you had bribed -- President Kabbah.

 


Subject: Re: ALIEU ISCANDRAI: Is not a tribalist!
From: Alieu Sesay
To: All
Date Posted: 13:17:10 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 67.63.2.157

Message:
He can have kins that are loko-aku. The fact remains the man is a TRIBALIST. Just turn 50( american age), we expect that he will be a uniter not a divider.
But OOH yah.
 


Subject: Re: ALIEU ISCANDRAI: Is not a tribalist!
From: KOKER STOP
To: All
Date Posted: 14:59:24 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.116.8

Message:
Koker, don't tempt Alieu to resume the beating he used to give you on this forum. You know Alieu does not like Mende tribalists with an incurable iunferiority complex like you.


Subject: HELICOPTER CRASH
From: Happy Govt
To: All
Date Posted: 10:37:05 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-216-252-183-20.wdb.ses-americom.net at 216.252.183.20

Message:
They were warned over and over, bu US, then UNAMSIL, then EU, that these 25 years old helicopters are not air worthy, but they sold the spirit for a pittance, and issued them operating licence.
Togolese Minister died, not ours!! so not problem??


Subject: ARTICLE FOR TODAY'S COCORIOKO
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 09:11:39 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 71.250.218.196

Message:
Folks, I am afraid I have to break my own law against my own will. This is an article meant for COCORIOKO today, but I have to save on this forum what I have written so far because I am at school and using one of the school's computers during my free time. Very unfortunately, the blinking computer is refusing to save the article in the page inside the website. This has happened to me many times. I have written articles at school to save myself the problem of doing so when I return home in the afternoon, but the articles failed to be saved and I lost it. There are few times when articles get saved, but most times, they don't.Homestead 's program does not seem to work with the school's program.

Inorder not to lose the article and have my labors go in vain, I am saving the unfinished article here. Please, this article is not for debates. I am just storing it. It is yet unfinished and unedited. I would rather save it here than lose it. I hope everybody takes note .

____________________________________


 


Subject: Re: ARTICLE FOR TODAY'S COCORIOKO
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 09:15:02 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 71.250.218.196

Message:
I have to even save the article in bits because the whole thing is being rejected. What a shame .


CHARLES TAYLOR, THE SPOILT AND PAMPERED BRAT OF LIBERIA.

By Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu , Editor-In-Chief


All his life, Charles Taylor has always had his way. There are people who seem to have been born with the special blessings to get away with whatever they did. Where others would suffer gory penalties for their deeds, there are others who always seem to sail through their evil doings through fate ( ?) or the machinations of a machiavellian society that rewards the evil and punishes the just.

All Charles Taylor has ever received is rewards for his actions. And it is therefore not surprising the events that so far mark the start of his historic war crimes trial in the Hague.
 

 


Subject: Re: ARTICLE FOR TODAY'S COCORIOKO
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 09:16:58 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 71.250.218.196

Message:
It is not a surprise that Charles Taylor thumbed his nose at the world by boycotting the first day of his trial. It has to be that way all the time. As far as Charlie Boy is concerned , others can stuff what they think about him. His own bloated self-concept and self-image are all that matters. He must always seek his own way out of the problems created by his own impunity.
 

 


Subject: Re: ARTICLE FOR TODAY'S COCORIOKO
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 09:18:39 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 71.250.218.196

Message:
When the late Liberian leader, Master -Sergeant Samuel K.Doe appointed him Director of the General Services Agency ( GSA ) in 1980, Taylor had a call to patriotic national stewardship. It was a test of his mettle and love for his country.After all, he was one of the members of the members of the Liberian reformist movements in the U.S. shouting their heads off against the late President William R. Tolbert in the late 1970s as opposition heightened against the rule of the True Whig Party ( TWP). Web site designed


 


Subject: Re: ARTICLE FOR TODAY'S COCORIOKO
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 09:19:51 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 71.250.218.196

Message:
When the late Liberian leader, Master -Sergeant Samuel K.Doe appointed him Director of the General Services Agency ( GSA ) in 1980, Taylor had a call to patriotic national stewardship. It was a test of his mettle and love for his country.After all, he was one of the members of the members of the Liberian reformist movements in the U.S. shouting their heads off against the late President William R. Tolbert in the late 1970s as opposition heightened against the rule of the True Whig Party ( TWP). But what did Taylor make of the golden opportunity offered him to serve his nation ? He turned it into an orgy of self-gratification and hedonistic enjoyment. A very lucrative job with potential for bribes from other corrupt citizens and residents , Taylor received huge cash payments under the table for granting favours to his cronies and exploitative citizens and residents, with the result that within a year, he had secretly become one of the richest men in his impoverished country. Not only did he fish illegal financial gains in the day; he filched with the city's stunning women at night.

 


Subject: Re: ARTICLE FOR TODAY'S COCORIOKO
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 09:20:43 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
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An undeniably handsome man with film-star boyish looks, Charles Taylor was a the typical ladies man. My first experience with Taylor left a bitter taste in my mouth about the daunting problems facing my adopted home of Liberia. It was during one of the Redemption Day Celebrations when Liberia at that time exploded with festivities and merriment to commemorate the Saturday April 12 , 1980 military coup. I was sitting with friends enjoying the last days of my life as a pagan, in the Little Red Shop along Caldwell Road, by the Anderson Compound , when this flashy-looking young man drove in riding a Hummer-like SUV , accompanied by some beautiful women, drunk like Taylor himself, scantily dressed and virtually putting on show what their mothers gave them. Soon, everybody started whispering quietly : " Oh, dar Charles Taylor ..Dar de Director of GSA "
Taylor stomped into the bar like Lord Palmerstone himself.

CONCLUDED IN COCORIOKO TODAY


Subject: Re: ARTICLE FOR TODAY'S COCORIOKO
From: KABS KANU
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Date Posted: 09:30:12 06/04/07 ()
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Sorry, guys.I even had to cut the aricle into tiny pieces to be able to save them .

These are some of the problems I am encountering. I am suffering with this website.

I am very annoyed that there are some of you when the website is not updated for one day, you start asking some members of the board why and start making sarcastic remarks .We update almost everyday ( Infact, no Sierra Leone internet newspaper updates everyday like we do--Almost all week and during weekends ) , but with all these problems, I am not going to assure you that we will update every single day.

If you are so hungry for news from us that everyday we don't update , you have to call officials of the board to comment, then put your money where your mouth is. Contribute so that we can hire people who can help me. Doing what I am doing all alone , without helpers, is getting to me. I do not have life anymore. I spend all my waking hours on this website.

Therefore stop the complaining to the officials if I miss one day or dip into your pockets and help me get helpers. I am sick and tired of your complaints when I miss one day.


Subject: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: NEW CITIZEN
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Date Posted: 09:02:42 06/04/07 ()
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NEW CITIZEN

LATEST HEADLINES


Local News
As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOSE SEATS

Among the victims are Hon. Fatmata Hassan, Member of Parliament for Tonkolili District, who could not make it at the primaries as she was defeated by J. C. Kabia.
During the primaries, Fatmata Hassan polled a disgraceful 16 votes as against 65 votes polled by her opponent, J. C. Kabia who was declared the suitable candidate for the SLPP in the 2007 elections.

Sources in Magburaka intimated the New Citizen that the collapse of Fatmata Hassan during the primaries and the disgraceful defeat she suffered at the hands of J. C. Kabia could be attributed to the fact that a large number of land owners whom she had offended actually campaigned against her just as a large number of traders whose stalls she had dismantled around the market area, near her late husband’s house, also helped to dismantle Fatmata Hassan’s bid for the SLPP symbol.

Hon. Fatmata Hassan’s name became topical in the wake of the death of journalist Harry Yansaneh two years ago, when an inquest set up by government to investigate the death of Harry Yansaneh, concluded that she and her children may have been instrumental in the death of the journalist.

The fact that she lost the contest to earn a symbol for the SLPP for the next parliamentary elections is also an indication that she would not return to parliament, an abrupt end to her political career.

An SLPP stalwart said yesterday, “it is a good thing she lost at the primaries otherwise, she could have constituted a massive embarrassment to our party during the election campaign period.”

Other Members of Parliament who lost their chances of returning to parliament, as the primaries continue in many parts of the country, are Hon. Siaka Magona of Pujehun District, Hon. C. D. Tunis, also of Pujehun District, Hon. Laurence Kamara, also of Pujehun District, Hon. M. C. Korya, also of Pujehun District.

Hon. Mary Moseray had no constituency to adopt and therefore will not return to Parliament.
The grand old man in Sierra Leone politics and the highly respected politician, Hon. Mana Kpaka, has decided to bow out of competitive politics and therefore did not take part in the primary elections for Pujehun District.

In the Bonthe District, well known Member of Parliament, Hon. Sam Maligie, was defeated by his colleague Member of Parliament, Hon. Arthur Harvey.
Councilor Sowa defeated the Hon. Sama.
As the SLPP primaries continue, it is likely that more Members of Parliament will be dropped as the contest for clinching the party symbol for the parliamentary elections continues.

Many of the MPs have been dropped primarily because during the era of the PR system, some Parliamentarians had lost contact with their constituents and therefore suddenly becoming unpopular.

One man who barely made it was Hon. Ansu Kaikai of Pujehun District, who in the face of stiff opposition from Paul Tapemah, managed to clinch the party symbol to contest for a parliamentary seat under the SLPP banner even though he had to spend several hours at his cousin’s house to catch his breath after the results were read out.

More reports on the SLPP primaries will be published on a day-to-day basis.

Posted on 04 Jun 2007


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 10:37:39 06/04/07 ()
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Forumites:

Here again is democracy at work. It is world class proof of local self-determination at work in our small corner of the world.

No more going to the SLPP National Headquarters in Freetown to quietly buy the Palm Tree Symbol like I complained about in 2002 at Bo; get elected, switch off your cell phone without making any provision for voice mail and then bluff your way around Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Kono and Makeni while avoiding your own people you were "elected" to represent.

And when some complain, you shout them down and out and bluff that you are going to marginalize them (just as APC's KDDA practised).

One reason I am supporting VP Berewa is because of this his reform towards genuine local self-determination which was the first thing he put in place when he became SLPP leader.

On the other hand, the fahlahmahkahtah party leadership is still going on with this empty bluff: "Ar go do dis, ar go do dat. You go be dis, you go be dat wenn ah ween". Yeah, right!

PMDC is so way behind and lacking in political merit that they now again substantially rely on the use of my poor name to gain ground for they have realized that their group lacks a genuinely meritous name within their ranks.

Local people are far smarter than they think. - JL


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
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Date Posted: 15:31:46 06/04/07 ()
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Fight For SLPP Symbol Exposes Financial Fraud....…Kenema West One Candidate in Police Net
Posted by on Jun 1, 2007, 22:25


 


Former Principal of the Ahamadiyya Muslim Secondary School in Blama, Madam Saffula Moigueh is a worried woman. She may have concluded her preliminary hurdle of winning the SLPP symbol in a primary election conducted on Sunday27th May, 2007 for the Kenema District Constituency seventeen, West one in an election widely described by her opponents as fraudulent. But that could be the least worries entertained by the SLPP candidate as she has the support of some members of her party. What is of great concern to the newly elected parliamentary aspirant is the alleged financial fraud recently unearthed by Police at the Kenema District that was reported by some party members to the police.

Madam Saffula Moigueh is now a perpetual visitor of the Kenema Police Station where the matter is being investigated, trying to clear her name as strings of petition are currently hanging over her head with the objective to edge her out of the August 11th race. The Police, at this initial stage are investigating her as a suspect before charging her to court if evidence discovered would incriminate her of defrauding the Sierra Leone government while serving as Principal of the School.

Citing the 1991 constitution section 76, stipulates that Civil Servants must have resigned their positions six months to the elections if they want to contest. Madam Saffula Moigueh did resign her position, according to sources, but had been allegedly collecting her pay up to February 2007. But she has denied to Police saying that she paid back every penny into the government Consolidated Fund. A document allegedly signed by the Accountant General, Mr. Cyprian Kamaray and copied to the National Administrative Secretary of the SLPP instructed that the matter be properly investigated. The Blama Ahamadiyya Muslim Principal was receiving the sum of Le 800,000 (Eight Hundred Thousand Leones) as take home pay after all deductions have been made including NASSIT. This amount when computed for six months runs into Le4.8Million, but what was paid into the government Consolidated Fund fell below this amount and when the vouchers were examined, some areas were discovered to contain blotted marks with tipex, thus giving the suspicion that some fishy games has been going on.

But because of her contact with Chief Tewah of Blama, an ex-police officer, frantic efforts are been made to prevent her from further embarrassment, while evidence to incriminate her continues to pile up on the table of Police investigators at the Kenema Police Station.

Documents from the Bank of Sierra Leone in Kenema, Treasury Sub-Accountant and the Ministry of Education are currently with the Police, but sources say she is also protected by a Mr. Ngegba, an employee of the Treasury Sub-Accountant in Kenema. When this press contacted her on the phone, she claimed not to understand the subject and referred this press to the Police. At the Kenema Police Station, Officer Sanie Sesay is head of investigation who confirmed to this press that the newly elected Parliamentary candidate is under investigation.

Both Mr. Tayib Bah and Mary Theresa Bockarie opponents of Madam Safulla Moigueh confirmed that she is under investigation for fraud, but stated that they were not happy with the outcome of the primary elections conducted on Sunday.

 


 


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 12:51:36 06/04/07 ()
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That very welcome news that there is "No more going to the SLPP National Headquarters in Freetown to quietly buy the Palm Tree Symbol"

More good news: Christiana Thorpe the Electoral Commissioner is in Sweden.......


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: BUFORD HWY
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Date Posted: 11:14:28 06/04/07 ()
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Mr Leigh,
Now that Mrs Fatmata Hassan will no longer be a Parliamentarian,would you advocate for the death of HARRY YASSANEH,and let the culprits be brought to justice?


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 12:01:09 06/04/07 ()
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Mr. BUFORD HWY:

The HARRY YANSSANEH murder case is still alive within the judiciary and I am one of those who would like to see that at the end of the day justice is done.

It was a particular brutal case.

A murder is an extremely serious crime that society should not contenance and it's prosecution should not await the end of (or an interval in) any parliamentary carrier. It should be investigated thoroughly and tried as soon as all the probative evidence is collected and put together in prosecutable form - which is what I think has been going on - in conjuction with defense readiness. Thank you. - JL


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 15:42:41 06/04/07 ()
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should be investigated thoroughly and tried as soon as all the probative evidence is collected and put together in prosecutable form - which is what I think has been going on - in conjuction with defense readiness.---------------------------------------------

John it has been approximately 3 years since harry yansanneh was MURDERED with the help of a seating SLPP MP. Isnt three years too long of a time for the investigation of this matter? I think that the protracted investigations speaks to the willingness of the SLPP to prosecute one of its own and this has weakened the judiciary.

SLPP MUST GO


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 20:19:57 06/04/07 ()
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"SLPP MUST GO"

WHere?


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 22:33:07 06/04/07 ()
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anywhere except the Bush where they started with their support of the RUF. For all I care they and their asinine supporters can go to freaking hell who gives a rats azz.


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: alieu kargbo
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Date Posted: 12:09:27 06/04/07 ()
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John Leigh, where were you when the SLPP government of Berewa and Kabbah threw the case against the SLPP minister Fatmatta Hassan into the dustbin?

Do you consider such a case to be "still alive within the judiciary"?

You are totally corrupt, Leigh -- you will say or do anything just to run after the SLPP to collect your bribes you have paid Kabbah and Berewa. Shame on you, Leigh.


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: APC
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Date Posted: 13:09:14 06/04/07 ()
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When did Fatmata Hassan become an SLPP minister?


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: alieu kargbo
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Date Posted: 15:09:27 06/04/07 ()
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Your question is irrelevant.

Fatmatta Hassan, SLPP parliamentarian is not accused of being an SLPP minister. Address the only relevant accusation -- that she aided and abetted the commission of the crime of murder and the SLPP attorney general dumped the case into the dustbin, and now the always corrupt SLPP mouthpiece John Leigh calls that an active case within the legal system.

So, the question remains: Does the blind SLPP apologist John Leigh want us to believe that, in the corrupt eyes of the SLPP, our legal system is a dustbin?

 


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: MOIJUE
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Date Posted: 10:58:37 06/04/07 ()
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JOHN LEIGH, nobody cares abour a flip flopper like u anymore.
PMDC went far better than your Slpp in choosing there candidates.We had our ordinary registered and paid members to choose.

YOUR Slpp went by the same DELEGATE/ELECTORIAL college like the Makeni CONBENTION..
The name Charles Margai is more known and respected in salone than JEL will ever be.Even in Bo were you were banish from in your childhold days you are not known.
If really ur name commands political merit, how come you had to bribe to be NOMINATED at MaKENI and not even a single delegate NOMINATED U?
FIND someone to compete with Margai is a heavyweight in salone politics.
 


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: Abel Jones
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Date Posted: 11:30:21 06/04/07 ()
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Moijue:

Not only does nobody care what the flip-flopper Leigh thinks, even Leigh himself has lost his mind. Listen to his lunatic rant that shows how out of touch he is from reality:

"On the other hand, the fahlahmahkahtah party leadership is still going on with this empty bluff: "Ar go do dis, ar go do dat. You go be dis, you go be dat wenn ah ween". Yeah, right!"

Everybody but Leigh remembers that it was the SLPP -- and only the SLPP -- which made promise after promise in the 10 years that it has failed to deliver upon. For example"

1. The SLPP's President Kabbah promised in 1996 that his SLPP will build the Lungi Bridge. 10 years later, no bride.

2. The SLPP's Vice President Solomon Berewwapromised in 2006 that Freetown residents will have their regular electricity restored for the first time under SLPP misrule in December 2006. The reality: No electricity has been restored to Freetown's homes.

3. The SLPP's President Kabbah promised the people that they will have food security before he leaves office. There is now even greater hunger in Salone than before Kabbah started his misrule in Salone.

Given the reality of the SLPP's making promises and failing to deliver on them, one wwonders who but a lunatic like John Leigh would accuse oposition parties of the cankerwom disease that only his SLPP suffers from?

Like I said, Lieh has lost touch with reality -- chasing your bribes back from the corrupt SLPP has turned the fool Leigh into the lunatic fool John Leigh.

 


Subject: Re: As SLPP Primaries Continue… FATMATA HASSAN AND OTHER MPs LOS
From: CADMUS
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Date Posted: 11:20:10 06/04/07 ()
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MOIJUE,

Remember, the heavier they are the harder they fall.


Subject: Pictures of the Commissioning of Two IRCBP Projects in Magbu
From: LOCAL COUNCIL
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Date Posted: 08:26:06 06/04/07 ()
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Front view of the Health Complex

Pictures of the Commissioning of Two IRCBP Projects in Magburaka
 


These photographs show highlights of the commissionong of two completed projects by the Vice President, Mr. Solomon Berewa.

A Lorry Park and a Health complex in Magburaka, both projects undertaken by Tonlolili District Council, were commissioned by the Vice President on Sunday May 27.

There was jubilitlation throughout the township of Magburaka as residents demonstrated their gratitude to the IRCBP and the Government for the successful implementation of both projects in their township
 


Subject: Re: Pictures of the Commissioning of Two IRCBP Projects in Magbu
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 10:08:51 06/04/07 ()
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My view of SLeone politics is that SLPP is not yet perfect but it is getting there by patiently rebuilding a society violently destroyed by the AFRC and the RUF; and by the nefarous misdeeds of the APC and their culture of non-maintenance. PMDC, on the other hand, is simply trying to exploit the relatively minor errors of the current SLPP Administration for pure royal, dynastic, one-manic benefit.

Hence, there is probably some truism in the saying that:

"SLPP BUILDS. APC WRECKS and PMDC FAHLAHMAHKAHTAHS!"

Thank you. - JL


Subject: Re: Pictures of the Commissioning of Two IRCBP Projects in Magbu
From: Man butu
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Date Posted: 10:30:03 06/04/07 ()
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John, people like Allieu will tell you the SLPP and their foreign masters are just rebuilding what they destroyed by bringing war to the country.


Subject: Taylor gets tough in the rough.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 08:25:10 06/04/07 ()
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Not like a lamb to the slaughter.

You kin say, “ Ah, Taylor nah boy pikin ehn di noh to Sunday sckool ting”

 

 


Subject: Re: Taylor gets tough in the rough.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 08:36:24 06/04/07 ()
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149 witnesses lined up


Subject: Re: Taylor gets tough in the rough.
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 08:48:24 06/04/07 ()
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Witnesses to testify anonymously?


Subject: MONKEY NOR GO LEF EH BLACK HAND (SLPP)
From: BUFORD HWY
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Date Posted: 06:45:35 06/04/07 ()
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ELECTIONS SUSPENDED AFTER RIGGING
The three candidates, Councilor Idrissa Kamara, Seray Saccoh and Dr. Manso Sesay vied for the SLPP symbol during which exercise Councilor Idrissa Kamara polled 179 votes, Seray Saccoh polled 85 votes and Dr. Manso Sesay polled 185 votes totaling 449 votes.
During the second ballot, since nobody gained 50%, the two remaining candidates who contested were Dr. Manso Sesay who polled 242 votes and Idrissa Kamara who equally polled 242 votes, totaling 484, the 35 extra votes could not be accounted for.
The primary took place at the Gbendembu Secondry School compound supervised by Mr. Moseray Jalloh, SLPP Chairman, Bombali District, who himself was appalled at the mushrooming of an extra number of voters not listed down.
The Assistant Secretary-General of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party, Alpha Timbo, who was present during the arguments surrounding the strange results, suggested that the elections be annulled and a new date set for fresh elections for the award of the SLPP party symbol for the Loko dominated constituency.

Posted on 04 Jun 2007


Subject: Re: MONKEY NOR GO LEF EH BLACK HAND (SLPP)
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 09:55:10 06/04/07 ()
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Mr. BUFORD HWY:

Thanks for bringing us news about the contest for the SLPP Bombali West symbol for the parliamentary seat at the election.

I conclude that you will agree with me that integrity is fundamental to both democracy and good governance. And without the integrity of both the government, our political leaders and the people, sustainable economic development - for prosperity to underpin our political and social development - will remain a mere dream.

In the Bo 2002 SLPP Convention, I stood up for integrity in delegate sitting only to be shouted down and out. I believe that when the relevant history is written dispassionately, Bo 2002 may be shown as a prelude to aspects of 2005 Makeni.

Taking the SLPP parliamentary symbol primaries into local constituencies for the exercise of local self-determination is an excellent move towards sustainable world class democracy at home. But we still have problems and it will take effective leadership to clean the process and make the practice of local self-determination genuinely democratic and thus beneficial to all the people. The system must insure that the people elect their genuine choices every time.

Dr. Alpha Timbo made the proper decision to reschedule the Bombali West SLPP primary after the spurious tie in the second round voting that you so aptly encapsulated in the title of this your posting. But re-voting in itself is not enough. A thorough investigation should be made into where those extra votes came from and who and who were responsible for the wrongoing.

Because "who sye den tie cow nar dey he go eat grass" is absolutely not a viable creed in promoting civilization and thus in reducing national suffering and backwardness, the culprits ought to be exposed and educated and, maybe, appropriate (reasonable) punishment imposed on the wrongoers, if any. Bear in mind that excessive punishment may be as counter-productive as no punishment at all.

Corruption is endemic almost across the board in our country as well as in SLeone society abroad. We need a methodical approach to contain this corrosive cancer of political (and economic) fraud that is killing the body politic by stunting the lives of our people everywhere. Thank you. - JL
 


Subject: Re: MONKEY NOR GO LEF EH BLACK HAND (SLPP)
From: BUFORD HWY
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Date Posted: 11:28:18 06/04/07 ()
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Mr Leigh,
In as much as I do want to carry on debating you on issues of importance to our country,I think I should stop,because of your statement that you made "I will not oppose my SLPP party 12mths before and 12mths after the elections." With this statement,it made me question your PATRIOTISM.I may or may not have the right to do so,but you have to know that you were once a representative of our beloved country,so uttering such a statement makes us feel BETRAYED.


Subject: Re: MONKEY NOR GO LEF EH BLACK HAND (SLPP)
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 12:12:30 06/04/07 ()
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Mr. BUFORD HWY:

No problem! I am on my way out anyway. But betraying anyone has never been part of my culture or strategy.

In fact, all I am doing is trying to help our country and people move forward by insuring that the superior presidential candidate wins and the more democratic political organization wins also.

Perhaps, at some future point you might understand my policy of not criticizing my party at presidential and parliamentary election time. GOODBYE and thank you very much. - JL


Subject: Re: MONKEY NOR GO LEF EH BLACK HAND (SLPP)
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 15:13:56 06/04/07 ()
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But betraying anyone has never been part of my culture or strategy.------------------------------------------

REALLY!!!!!!!!!! Its no question that I felt betrayed by your attempt to distort the truth of my record with the special court and my professional achievements. Yoiu dont cionsider that betrayal? Then you dont know what the word means John


Subject: Re: MONKEY NOR GO LEF EH BLACK HAND (SLPP)
From: FACT
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Date Posted: 10:34:04 06/04/07 ()
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Why do you like to call everybody doctor? Alpha Timbo is not a doctor.


Subject: Re: MONKEY NOR GO LEF EH BLACK HAND (SLPP)
From: slpp
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Date Posted: 10:28:21 06/04/07 ()
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"Corruption is endemic almost across the board in our country as well as in SLeone society abroad. We need a methodical approach to contain this corrosive cancer of political (and economic) fraud that is killing the body politic by stunting the lives of our people everywhere."

Mr. Leigh:

By your own open admission in giving a bribe to President Kabbah who later on exchanged the favor by appointing you ambassador when you are unfit for such appointment, you are very much a part of the corrupt Sierra Leoneans abroad whose actions are "killing the body politic by stunting the lives of our people everywhere."

No one therefore expects you to suddenly have the honesty to admit it. However, I hope you will stop insulting the intelligence of the millions of Sierra Leonean victims of your corruption.

You can do so by stopping your shrill and shameless posturing as being against corruption when your actions repeatedly show your addiction to corrupt practices, specifically, bribery. Lonta.

 


Subject: Re: MONKEY NOR GO LEF EH BLACK HAND (SLPP)
From: CADMUS
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Date Posted: 11:34:48 06/04/07 ()
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I missed that, did John Leigh ...'openly admit that he gave Kabba a BRIBE so he can be appointed Ambassador...'

Can you please refer me,for matter of record to the time, date , place, or publication where John Leigh made such an admission?

You guys are so Lucky that the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights are dragging their feet and has still not rectified the application of Libel Laws to the 'World wide Web'because when that happens, most of you will be selling your hard earn possessions to pay Libel Damages on this forum to innocent victims for your careless talks.
 


Subject: Re: MONKEY NOR GO LEF EH BLACK HAND (SLPP)
From: slpp
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Date Posted: 12:02:52 06/04/07 ()
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" missed that, did John Leigh ...'openly admit that he gave Kabba a BRIBE so he can be appointed Ambassador...'


CADMUS:

It is not the only thing you have missed. In fact, one could say with truth that you have missed a lot in your life, not the least is instruction on how to think before talking.

I am not responsible for your ignorance of the fact that John Leigh openly admitted that he gave money to Kabbah for the express purpose of ensuring his election so that Leigh's personal interest in the SLPP becoming the next govt. will be realized.

Nor am I responsible for your ignorance of the implication of such an admission in the face of the fact that Leigh was rewarded for his bribe with a position as amabasador which he was totally unfit to hold.

You see, CADMUS, as any real lawyer will tell you, ignorance is no excuse under the law. Lonta.


Subject: I AM STARTING TO BE SUSPICIOUS OF JOHN LEIGH
From: Development Gateway
To: All
Date Posted: 04:30:13 06/04/07 ()
Email Address: freetownboy@yahoo.com
Entered From: 210-86-34-125.dialup.xtra.co.nz at 210.86.34.125

Message:
Also, the current SLPP Admin has done quite a lot in the six or seven or eight peaceful years it has governed. I will submit proof later-John Leigh
......................................................
Mr. Leigh, when have you realized this? Less than two years (that was over six years of SLPP rule) you were all over the place blasting Kabbah and Berewa left, right and center as corrupt, incompetent and being responsible for the country's recklessness. When has this much talked-about development taken place?


Subject: Re: I AM STARTING TO BE SUSPICIOUS OF JOHN LEIGH
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 07:09:55 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-3a8472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.58

Message:
Leigh is bending over backwards for the SLPP and at this late stage you are ”starting”to be suspicious of Johnny Leigh? Then you are the new world champion in suspicion, the previous champion – according to ”Private Eye” was Dostoevsky who - and pardon me, because I recall this from the 70s, but the old champion ” became suspicious when he noticed her male genitalia and moustache.”

 


Subject: TOOTHPASTE RECALL
From: Sam
To: All
Date Posted: 23:34:36 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-68-239-57-252.bos.east.verizon.net at 68.239.57.252

Message:
I know our people have limited options and have to go with what's available on the market, but I am copying and pasting this article because I remember when I was living back home, Chinese toothpaste were all over the place. Hopefully, people can still get Colgate and other quality toothpaste.

China Rejects U.S. Warning on Toothpaste
By ANITA CHANG
Associated Press Writer

BEIJING - China called a U.S. warning to consumers to avoid Chinese toothpaste because it may contain a poisonous chemical "unscientific, irresponsible and contradictory."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration increased its scrutiny of toothpaste made in China because of reports that the products may contain diethylene glycol, a thickening agent used in antifreeze and also as a low-cost - but frequently deadly - substitute for glycerin, a sweetener commonly used in drugs.

In a statement posted on its Web site late Saturday, China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said low levels of the chemical have been deemed safe for consumption.

The FDA was not aware of any poisoning but found toothpaste with the chemical in a shipment at the U.S. border and at two bargain retail stores, a Dollar Plus in Miami and a Todo A Peso in Puerto Rico.

China's main food safety regulator said in its statement that the ingredients of toothpaste exported to the U.S. is offered to the FDA, showing the amount of diethylene glycol. Also, the toothpaste's labeling has already been registered with the FDA, allowing it to be sold in the U.S, the statement said.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said experts from the Health Ministry had deemed diethylene glycol a "low-level" poison that does not accumulate in the body and found no evidence the substance caused cancer or deformities.

It also said European Union standards allow for a certain amount of the chemical and cited a 2000 Chinese study that found toothpaste containing less than 15.6 percent diethylene glycol was not harmful. The Chinese toothpaste the FDA is concerned about contains between 3 percent to 4 percent of the drug, according to the FDA.

"Therefore the warning issued by the FDA ... is unscientific, irresponsible and contradictory," the agency said.

The agency "requests the U.S. clarify the facts in a scientific manner as soon as possible and properly handle the issue."

The FDA al3rt Friday said the agency found diethylene glycol, or DEG, in three products manufactured by Goldcredit International Trading in China: Cooldent Fluoride, Cooldent Spearmint and Cooldent ICE.

The agency also found the chemical in one product manufactured by Suzhou City Jinmao Daily Chemical Co. Analysis of that product, Shir Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste, found it contained about 1 percent DEG.

Phones at both companies rang unanswered Sunday.

Companies that make brands previously found with DEG will have to prove the toothpaste is free of the chemical before it's allowed into the U.S., the FDA said. Meanwhile, all other brands of Chinese-made toothpaste will be stopped for testing, something the FDA has been doing since May 23.

A slew of Chinese exports have recently been banned or turned away by U.S. inspectors including, wheat gluten tainted with the chemical melamine that has been blamed for dog and cat deaths in North America, monkfish that turned out to be toxic pufferfish, drug-laced frozen eel, and juice made with unsafe color additives.

DEG was blamed for the deaths of 51 people in Panama after they took tainted cold medicine. China has admitted it was the source of the deadly chemical but insists it was originally labeled as for industrial use only.

Officials in Panama and several other Latin American countries have removed tens of thousands of tubes of Chinese-made toothpaste from stores amid concerns that they contain DEG.
 


Subject: Plane crash
From: SP
To: All
Date Posted: 17:32:08 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 216.150.143.18

Message:
yes it is true plane crash in fretown. i believe all Togolese players dead


Subject: Re: Plane crash
From: Newsman
To: All
Date Posted: 05:01:56 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 82.206.223.12

Message:
It was not a Plane, but a helicopter.
It killed Togolese officials, including the Minister of Sports, but Players were to go on the next shuttle, so they are safe,


Subject: Plane Crash in Freetown - Togolese Players on Board
From: Steven
To: All
Date Posted: 17:22:01 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4573708c.dyn.optonline.net at 69.115.112.140

Message:
Unconfirmed reports reaching me indicates that there is a plane/helicopter crash in Sierra Leone, involving Togolese players who had just defeated Sierra Leone 1-0.
Does anyone has any further info on this?
Steve


Subject: Re: Plane Crash in Freetown - Togolese Players on Board
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 17:28:01 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: h167-156-253.63.chubb.com at 167.156.63.253

Message:
Yes, it is true. Officials said to be onboard. We will bring you the latest.


Subject: Re: Plane Crash in Freetown - Togolese Players on Board
From: M. Alieu Iscandari esq
To: All
Date Posted: 17:31:36 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
I understand that it was a Plane crash and that ALL passengers on board were killed.


Subject: Re: Plane Crash in Freetown - Togolese Players on Board
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 20:46:30 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
This tragedy occuring just a day before the trial of Charles Taylor begins, focuses the world's attention just there... Sierra Leone.
We all remember heroic Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Angola all fighting for Africa's glory in the last world cup.
Africa and all sports fans are in mourning.

 


Subject: Observation of the Day
From: Ninja Journalist Observer
To: All
Date Posted: 16:37:08 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-141-186-66.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.141.186.66

Message:
That President Kabbah could make Foday Sankoh head of mining commission and give medals to cut-foot and cut-hand Ninja journalists explains why ambassador Leigh couldn't see eye to eye with the former.


Subject: What does Berewa'sspokesman have to say about August 11th?
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 14:57:44 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
What does spokesman Leigh have to say about August 11th?

I asked a question and I hope that Mr. Berewa has not given you a license to curse us with your filthy language. Or to curse us in his name, or in the name of the SLPP which he (self-appointment) purports to represent in the name of his own illusions of grandeur.

We know that apologising is not part of his grand vocabulary.

Because of the contributions that Great Britain made to ending the war, by sending troops to Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone is so to speak Chief Tony Blair’s baby. He has caught a lot of flack because he was the architect of Britain’s military presence as an adjunct of US in Iraq and his visit in part was to point to the distinct success of British military intervention in Sierra Leone, and to remind the British people and the world about that success.

Tony Blair, like the kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston, an upright Scot, was spared the horrible sight of Freetown as garbage town under the SLPP.

He talked about FANTASTIC progress made in Liberia and spoke less warmly about Sierra Leone’s most corrupt government ever, since independence. This is common knowledge in the ministry of Overseas development who have been in despair for quite some time now.
Why the British taxpayer should be pumping in some so many millions annually, only to have the money disappear into the pockets of the fraudsters posing as nationalists who sing
” High we exalt thee land of the free
Great is the love we have for thee.”?

The Hon Tejan –Jalloh the Sierra Leone ambassador to the United States, (I chatted with his charming wife when they were in Stockholm) cut his teeth at the Court of St. James. A befitting prelude to his present appointment. A rude one (and crude) would be not fare well in at either Oxford or Cambridge and certainly not at Windsor. We must have the wit to propose a fitting toast to Her Majesty. We must understand British diplomatic language which is always polite or witty, prefers understatement to exaggeration, modesty to lack of chivalry and can never be anything as crude and on the face of it unnuanced, inept and brutal as John Ernest Leigh’s. In fact, he would not understand it. The niceties of British diplomatic jargon. He wouldn’t even understand Charles Margai if Charles said to him after the Makeni ConBention ” You done good.”

He would think that Charles was praising him.

Why should Charles do such a thing?

Kabbah and Berewa – as far as I can see are not at all arrogant. Mr. Kabbah has made hundreds of speeches in which there is not the slightest trace of personal haughtiness. He does not denigrate his opponents or enemies calling them idiots, fools fulumukus, flunkies, san-san boys etc. in that sense he is a true public diplomat. He did not say to Obasanjo “I have a degree and you do not, you idiot!” He even embraced Foday Sankoh once upon a time – and in the interest of peace, called him “My brother”. Well, they have no reason to be reeling, with an inflated superego bruised, by failure and bruised by an inferiority complex which as the Wikepedia explains as going back to sibling rivalry and as Mr. Leigh made quite clear for us at a very young age. He gives considerably disproportionate space in telling us about his early background more than Bush or Blair or Obama or anybody else does in a self- presentation for political office. Who is he trying to convince? Us? Americans? (Still doesn’t give us a birth date):
http://www.changesierraleone.org/bio.asp
” Ambassador Leigh has also repeatedly stated that if another Party member, with superior credentials for the Party Leadership than himself, appears on the scene he will gladly step down for that individual. Based on what each of them has done so far for the country and the Party, none of the declared and undeclared aspirants is as qualified as Ambassador John Leigh is for the Party Leadership position.”
He writes:
” Mr. John Ernest Leigh was born in Bo, Southern Province in the Republic of Sierra Leone. When he was just a little boy and reportedly after a very serious accident, his father took him from his mother and brought him to Freetown from Bo where he raised him in his home. With a name like John Ernest Leigh, his Freetown upbringing and his six Creole siblings with whom he had a very warm and close relationship, it thus came to pass that many of his friends, schoolmates, acquaintances and the general public automatically assumed Mr. Leigh is a native Creole of Freetown. ”
He continues:
When tension between him and his stepmother appeared to become unmanageable, the senior Leigh arranged for his son, John Ernest, to join his older brother - Edward - at the E.U.B Mission (now United Methodist Church) Primary School at Yonibana, Tonkolili District, Northern Province as wards of a dear friend of his from school days at the Albert Academy: the Reverend William B. Claye, missionary in charge of the EUB Mission at Yoni Chiefdom.
“ Classical Adlerian psychology makes a distinction between primary and secondary inferiority feelings. A primary inferiority feeling is said to be rooted in the young child's original experience of weakness, helplessness and dependency. It can then be intensified by comparisons to older siblings and adults. A secondary inferiority feeling relates to an adult's experience of being unable to reach an unconscious, fictional final goal of subjective security and success to compensate for the inferiority feelings. The perceived distance from that goal would lead to a "minus" feeling that could then prompt the recall of the original inferiority feeling; this composite of inferiority feelings could be experienced as overwhelming.”


A short conversation with one of my more learned Sierra Leonean brothers has resulted in this posting. He is very disturbed that the elections have been further postponed to 11 August 2007.

”No democratic election held in the Middle of the winter” were his exact words.
He laments that it in Europe, it would be unheard of that an elections date would be set somewhere in the Middle of the winter season (In the summer in Sweden most people are either in their country houses or aboard on holidays. The elections usually take place on around 15 September when it’s still late summer weather and everybody is back from the industrial holidays.


Right now, at this very moment he says, the farmers in every part of the country are busy sowing rice. Around July they will be ”weeding” . Their engagement in their farms is 100% - that is their livelihood.

The Middle of August he says is the absolutely worst period - the middle of the rainy season which records some of the highest rainfall in the world, to chose as the election date. What are the advantages in choosing this date? Considering the ” primitive infrastructure” of Sierra Leone, the poor communications, lack of bridges, public transport vehicles, good roads - and as we know during the rainy season the heavy rainfall digs potholes into the macadamised roads. All this means that it is unlikely that our poor farmers are going to leave their livelihood and means of sustenance and to polling stations that are miles away from their farms.
The 11th of August as the new date for the presidential elections, it therefore does not guarantee the maximum turnout of our citizens who would otherwise like to vote - to determine their fate. To vote for a government that would give us what is lacking about the” primitive infrastructure: to mend the potholes, provide the means of public transport, the good roads and farm subsidies.....
In his view, it would be much better if the elections could be postponed till December –January. That would be a much better time, and that would guarantee a better voter turnout (and in my view, even give the SLPP and opposition parties more time to campaign, get their messages through and give us clear alternatives to choose from. Would further postponement be to the advantage of the SLPP or the APC and PMDC? It’s difficult to tell. Someone else observed that when the present government term of office comes to an end a warrant for the arrest of certain prominent individuals will be issued and they will be charged with specific charges for a range of crimes for which they will get a fair trial. Postponing the date won’t change that – although they would like to get their fingers on some more of that £55 million British aid money and perhaps other contributions from dignitaries who will also be visiting Sierra Leone very soon.

He was also much grieved about Obasanjo holding a press conference in which he urged the people to vote for the SLPP. In my opinion that is out of line. No president of another country, not even the United States of America has that kind of right to interfere with the domestic politics of another country. That advice is out of order and Kabbah the sometime orator of Democracy and Human Rights – Kabbah the good old friend of Sani Abacha the dictator, ought to know better. Finally, I myself would like to observe that to some extent - according to international observers, the 1996 election was severely flawed because the government as it was, did not have or exercise full sovereignty over the whole country. I myself followed the elections closely. And with great interest. Much of the East of Sierra Leone was not under the control of the Election authorities. Imagine that people living in Kono could neither move nor vote freely. Imagine also that people registered in other parts of the country but living in Kono and other parts of the East, could not leave the East to go home and vote. And those living in other parts of the country but registered in Kono were not free to go home and vote either. That and many other irregularities were observed by some overseas m9onbitoring bodies.
Yenga is a part of sovereign Sierra Leone, and it seems that neither the governing SLPP nor any of the opposition parties dare go and campaign in Yenga which, contrary to Leigh’s san-san mentality which thinks that Yenga is of no commercial value, is still a sovereign part of Sierra Leone and the lives and importance of each and every Sierra Leone citizen ,living in Yenga , should not be considered less than the lives of the there kidnapped Israeli citizens or that of Alana Johnston of the BBC or the life of Mr. John Ernest………

 


Subject: Nations Cup
From: Socceroo
To: All
Date Posted: 14:44:33 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-55-161.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.55.161

Message:
Togo:1 Vs.Sierra Leone:0

Is the nation cup a lost cause for dear Salone.


Subject: REBUTTAL OF THE WEEK
From: Independent Observer
To: All
Date Posted: 14:25:26 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.116.8

Message:
Posted by Patriot [cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14] on June 02, 2007 at 10:23:35:

In Reply to: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa posted by John E. Leigh on June 02, 2007 at 09:55:06:

"I have never put my party ahead of my country. My country is always first. But I will always put my party first and before the opposition parties."

John Leigh:

As usual, you say one thing, and you do the opposite --just as you unequivocally said that Berewa was unfit to lead Salone and then you fli-lopped and shout that Berewa is fit to lead Salone!

No wonder people say you are dishonest and corrupt -- your own words and actions provide ample evidence of your dishonesty and corruption. Let us look at a typical example of your treasonous actions against the interest of your country that you hypocritically proclaim to love.

1. You wrote: "I have never put my party ahead of my country. My country is always first. But I will always put my party first and before the opposition parties."

Question #1: How do you, Leigh, put your country ahead of your party by supporting the SLPP party that records conclusively show is absolutely the worst government in the history of Salone?

2. You also wrote: "You are totally wrong in implying that choosing either Shahid Jamil's nice peggy boy or the one-manic, discriminator, double-crossing dombolo is in the public interest."

Question #2: How can your man, Berewa, whom you have called unfit to lead SL without any reservation be a better leader than opposition candidates who have never been part of the worst government in Salone?

Your illogical and partisan answers to the above and other questions expose you clearly as a traitor to the people of Salone. It is yet further evidence of your capacity for self-serving self delusion that, against such incontrovertible evidence of your lack of objectivity and traitorous partisanship, you would call yourself objective.

Not surprising, you also say you put your country first while your actions show exactly the opposite, as proved above.

As someone told you yesterday, you are totally and irredeemably unpatriotic, John Leigh.

 


Subject: Re: REBUTTAL OF THE WEEK
From: Ansu Kallon
To: All
Date Posted: 10:32:57 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.116.8

Message:
"1. You wrote: "I have never put my party ahead of my country. My country is always first. But I will always put my party first and before the opposition parties."

Question #1: How do you, Leigh, put your country ahead of your party by supporting the SLPP party that records conclusively show is absolutely the worst government in the history of Salone?" -- Patriot

Hey Patriot, I bet you Leigh the runaway coward will never have the libea to answer ytour question. Before that, he has been running away to respond to postings that do not concern him. The fool is really a shameless charlattan.
 


Subject: Mr. Leigh
From: Ar gainse
To: All
Date Posted: 12:38:30 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
Whenever your name is mentioned on this forum, forumites, who during normal circumstances, uses euphemistic phrases not to offend others they disagree with, will come at you like a raging bull. You see the responses you get from my previous posting don’t you Leigh? Please diversify your postings or join Sengbe at “peepersville”.
Remember this John, this is not a threat; it is being done to promote a healthy Cocorioko forum.

 


Subject: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 11:11:26 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
“No secret, that the AFRC was a product of the Binkolo Ekutay hegemony. Sierra Leone has had its days with APC, and one must be very naive to think they can ever
win an election again.

“The coming election is going to be about telling the APC that they had their days and they did nothing with the opportunity they had. I know not about SLPP because there was no SLPP during my time in Sa Lone.

“All I remember is ISU, Ekutay, bribery, Jamil Said, Highway, the murder of Sam Bangura, corruption, fuel shortage, blackout, inflation. Haja Dankay Kabia, put for me, Suck air, and every kind of social malaise when I think of APC.” - Sidomluk

 


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
From: Abazam
To: All
Date Posted: 10:19:19 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: eduproxy3.k12.de.us at 167.21.254.13

Message:
John, all you remember is the negative stuff. Check out what I remembered during the rule of Siaka Stevens: Youyi building, National stadium, Police Headquarters, Constant light in Freetown and Northern towns like Magburaka, Makeni etc, Magbass sugar Factory, Mange Bridge, Kono Highway, Kabala Highway, etc etc.

Can you list down the positive things done by the Kabba/Berewa SLPP....and don't tell me you will provide evidence later, because that is the reason why you are a "fluncky" lawyer. You never had your evidence when you needed it. Why will you be a successful "loud speaker" for a rogue like Berewa.


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 12:58:27 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
you forgot the Kambia Bridge over the Great Scarcis river, freetown waterloo road, siaka stevens stadium, waterloo masiaka Road, PEACE PEACE PEACE AND UNITY.


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
From: CADMUS
To: All
Date Posted: 11:42:45 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host-84-9-60-151.bulldogdsl.com at 84.9.60.151

Message:
Say no more...John.


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
From: Mohamed A. Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 14:28:31 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: Saghinosoccerworld@yahoo.com
Entered From: ool-457951c4.dyn.optonline.net at 69.121.81.196

Message:
I am afraid you have a selective memory Mr. Leigh. If memory serves me well, the APC was not the first political party in power, after we theoretically wrestled our nation out of the colonial clutches of the british. I know for certain that no post colonial administration, properly maintained the well being of the state as a whole. Go figure.


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 15:42:35 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-mtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.116.8

Message:
Mr. Mohamed A. Kamara:

You have a point but I am willing to bet that Sir Milton's Administration was great.

Also, the current SLPP Admin has done quite a lot in the six or seven or eight peaceful years it has governed. I will submit proof later.

But yes, APC was not the only post-colonial Admin with problems maintaining the well being of the state.

Thanks for the observation. - JL


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
From: M. Alieu Iscandri Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 17:39:37 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Also, the current SLPP Admin has done quite a lot in the six or seven or eight peaceful years it has governed. I will submit proof later.
-------------------------------------------------------

Uou mean that you do not have the proof at hand. One would have thought that as a wel trained lawyer which I have no doubt that you are, you would have had the EVIDENCE available for testing by other similarly competent authorities.

Avoid making conclussory statements without first marshalling your proof, you are going to be tested on everything you proffer on this forum from now on. Expect that.


Subject: Re: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
From: Analyst
To: All
Date Posted: 10:47:12 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.116.8

Message:
Alieu, by what standards would you have ever considered a scatter-brain nitwit like John Leigh a "wel trained lawyer?"

Do you know any well-trained laywer who does not know how to present an argument as John Leigh has shown himself to be incapable of doing?

Be real, Iscandri. Friendship must not blind you to the naked fact that John Leigh is incapable of resoning properly and he prefers instead to call people with far superior intellect that he cannot hope to ever match, all kinds of illiterate names which are not to be found in any English dictionary.


 


Subject: John Leigh you promise to leave the forum
From: Ar gainse
To: All
Date Posted: 05:51:58 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 144.226.173.69

Message:
John Leigh why don't you leave the forum as promised so this forum can return to discussing a variety of topics rather than your all-SLPP all the time obsession?
We miss Mohamed Jalloh on economics and finance, Dr. Thomas on health science, KLA on Earth science, and other heavy hitters on social, education, cultural, international, and other issues. These forumites are all loosing interest because you are now in the center of all the political cheap shots that infects this forum.
Please heed to Sengbe's advice and leave the forum with your all-SLPP all the time company. I am almost sure the less-known Awareness Times discussion forum will be happy with you all to increase their ratings.


Subject: FOR MY BROTHER MOIJUE
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 10:39:19 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb11dc1-161-175-132.dynamic.mts.net at 142.161.175.132

Message:
H ave you tried to talk with DABOH and DR, KARAMOH KABBA anytime since they retired from PMDC? Becareful with your deep involvement with APC and PMDC{TWINS}


Subject: Re: FOR MY BROTHER MOIJUE
From: Moijue
To: All
Date Posted: 15:06:13 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host81-152-136-203.range81-152.btcentralplus.com at 81.152.136.203

Message:
I speak to Karamoh everyday


Subject: COMPLIMENTS FOR MR LEIGH
From: okdok
To: All
Date Posted: 10:28:58 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb11dc1-161-175-132.dynamic.mts.net at 142.161.175.132

Message:
Mr Leigh,you are one of the two people i admire most here to read from.When i think about the great mother,brothers you came from and your courage to reply to some escapees from sierra leone who can never go back either because of what they did to others during the war or there ability to function in that sweet country etc.Your STANDARD in everything in life is just too high to take such courage here and i know anybody honest can accept what i am saying.Trust me your party ,my party,the peoples party will win that election come AUGUST 11TH.God bless you.


Subject: Re: COMPLIMENTS FOR MR LEIGH
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 11:15:15 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
Thank you very much, okdok. - JL


Subject: Re: John Leigh you promise to leave the forum
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 08:09:58 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
Ar gainse:

I am phasing out my depature on my own terms whether you like it or not. Anyway, I'll be done shortly.

Notice all the postings I have been ignoring lately.
People want to engage me, NOT YOU and YOUR TYPE! But I will continue to ignore postings from abusers I am already done with.

As for those like KLA, Dr. Thomas and Mr. Mohamed Jalloh, etc. that you wish to have 'resume' their participation in various subject matters, I can only laugh. All three of these contributors are active in the area they wish to participate in.

Who are you to tell them what they should focuss on? Are they complaining? If not, why should you nonentity complain?

Mr. Jalloh is the most active under at least one dozen monikers doing mostly low grade heckling, cuss, self-praising, backing-up fellow dunces, writig stupid tash and relying on flunkey dunce argumentation.

Even when I leave, I will peep in from time to time for Jalloh's dunce "economics" and "finance" trash like his imported can of soft drink he relies on to gain dollar-leone parity for the instant alleviation of Sierra Leone's poverty. If such is brilliant suff for you, its all right with me.

And any time I come across dunceness in this forum on matters relevant for me, I will butt in and tear such dummies apart.

People like you are delaying my departure.

You promised positive change but you stupidly labeled a positive changer a turncoat.

You complained about my reference to san san boys, bike drivers, shellmingo carwah boys and other low grade noise-making uninfluential types as demeaning, yet you call a positive changer errand boy and briefcase carrier. You've done so for 12 consecutive years without understanding the implications. Stupid fools.

You blame SLPP for corruption but I will soon teach you a thing or two about the real corruption problem.

For your information, I am only withdrawing from day-to-day participation in the forum but reseve the right to come in at will and clean up unthinking mumbo-tombo-dumbo munku, foolumunku, phoolumunku idiot trash talk.

If you want to debate in this forum you better be properly equipped. Democratic debate is not for remedial dunces. Thank you. - JL
 


Subject: Re: John Leigh you promise to leave the forum
From: Independent Observer
To: All
Date Posted: 09:28:06 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
John Leigh, as an independent observer, I have to agree with Ar gainse, that your rude, ignorant and compulsively ignorant rants fueled by an unquenchable inferiority complex are driving all the serious thinkers from the cesspool that has now been created by your presence on this forum.

You prove the point in your reply by indulging in the same display of ignorance by which everyone but you knows you.

To put it plainly, Leigh, you are the worst type of fool -- a fool who knows not that he is a fool. No wonder sober people do not wish to be associated with you or anything about you. From Prsident Kabbah in 1996, when he fired you, to the SLPP at Makeni when they unanimously rejected you, to the PMDC which laughed at your overreaching demand for leadership, to Berewa -- all of them have chosen to shun the pariah that you have long made yourself due to your chronic ignorance and rudensss.

Truly, Leigh, you are a loser with not much left to wallow in failure. Please go indulge your failed life's numerous shortcomings where they are welcome -- like the Awareness forum.

You stick out like a sore thumb among sober people and very knowledgeable people like KLA, Dr. Thomas and Mr. Mohamed Jalloh, etc. -- even though you can't be expected to know that because you are the worst kind of fool: One who knows not the he is a fool.


 


Subject: Re: John Leigh you promise to leave the forum
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 08:49:14 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
 

Yes,

Leigh, we are civilised being. Please make sure that you have the balls to reply to this short note. That way we get a meaningful discussion going. As Larry King usually says, “Don’t go away!”

And Leigh, stop your peggies from annoying me further by filling my letter box with some of your rubbish thoughts. Who is/was the Nigerian or South African, Kenyan, or Iranian ambassador to the United States? Do you think that is a green light/ open cheque, / or direct passport to the presidency? Not even the minister of Foreign affairs – your former boss, takes that as for granted. Well, I’ve made it clear that for every effete jab that you give me in or out of this Forum, your party bosses are going to suffer immensely. You haven’t seen anything yet. But you will, if you continue, and you can blame it all on me who does not belong to the SLPP or your enemies the PMDC and the APC. Ernest Bai Koroma is a thousand times a more principled Sierra Leonean politicians than you who are not even the leader or deputy leader of anything. You are no less than a former envoy – like many others e.g. Gershon Collier and e.g. the Liberian envoy whose challenges you do not have the grey matter to meet head on, cause you fear.

You should be helping your commander-in-thief in his toothless war against corruption. Why should someone who even failed to gain a nomination to enter the competition for leader of the SLPP, be taking centre-stage on this forum with his monomaniac non-stop, one- track hatred for Hon Charles Margai who has done him no harm?

Your presence here is not to discuss any issues but to keep your name in the limelight. Your explanations and justifications have come to nil. Ok. So you support Berewa, So what? Why then shouldn’t you place Berewa in the limelight? Why put yourself there and in doing so antagonise those who disagree with you by calling us fulumunku, idiots in need of remedial reading, flunkeys, and you keep on disrespecting the son of Sir Albert and Lady Margai who is of a superior Mende lineage than your own so called Mende Lineage, you so called half-Mende boy?

People who are much more educated and distinguished than you have ever been don’t call us that. You think Tony Blair calls us that? Are you better than him? Are you better than Peter Penfold? Do you think that you are better than DAVID CRANE?

There are issues that we would like to discuss having witnessed what happened in Nigeria.

1. The impartiality of Christiana Thorpe and the Electoral Commission:
To take all the necessary steps - vigilance at every stage - from the accuracy of the census/ counting of the people, to voter registration, to the printing of the ballot papers to their security and arrival at the polling stations. The manning of the stations, the supervision of the elections and an even-handed police and military presence in areas where there is likely to be some disturbances and we would like an increase of the number of election observers. WE do not want the lights to go out at any of the ballot-counting stations, as happened in Nigeria.
All this because the long-suffering people of Sierra Leone are NOT PREPARED to accept a rigged election. Let the will of the people speak and it is such that leads to instability in our country, whilst you are busy taking cover in the United States of America. Who I’m sure do not want someone like you as president of Sierra Leone, as it seems your demeanour suggests you want to be our King who looks down on his subjects and especially those of us he calls san-san boys to be your slaves.
About Kings, last year, I stood outside the Royal Palace and sang happy birthday to our King of Sweden. So you see I have nothing against Kings. Who do you think invited Prince Charles to Sierra Leone?
Don’t you also know these lines by heart by now? This is the situation in Sierra Leone vis-à-vis the robbers you are trying to defend because you think that you are the smartest cat that was ever born of woman, in Sierra Leone. Well, you are certainly not and you know it.
Reconsider the present Sierra Leone situation in these words.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”

You know how Samson ended it all?
We don’t know what your grasp of fundamental foreign languages is, but here’s what appeared in Dagens Nyheter in Swedish on Friday 1st June:


:”VI STYR HELA LIVET IGENOM TILLS VI DÖR.”
”Hövding Yembeh Mansaray 111 av kungadömet Warawarayagala har sett till att premiärminister Tony Blair krönts till heredershövding på livstid, för sina insatser att få slut på inbordeskriget i Sierra Leone.”

This translates:

”We steer the whole of life till we die”
Chief Yembeh Mansaray 111 of the Royal House of Warawarayagala has seen to it that Prime Minster Tony Blair was crowned Honorary Paramount chief for life, for his contributions to ending the civil war in Sierra Leone.”

Perhaps Lee could also be crowned by Bee for services rendered instead of being given the boot by Kabbah in 2002 and could have explained why he suffered this unfortunate reverse in his personal fortunes instead of blaming it all on the PMDC and the APC.

After your reply to this, I would like to quote a number of statements that you made about Colonel al-Qadhafi. I don’t do it now, as that is not the focus. And If I send another five responses, regard each one as a new paragraph. Or short chapter. Some people don’t understand that others can write several pages responses, even in Cocorioko, should they want to, but less is more, isn’t it?

So your machinations against Kabbah will not succeed no matter what your or your emissaries do or write, or say to me here or anywhere else, you semi-literate ingrate.


You could also try to eliminate this along with corruption.


Subject: Re: John Leigh you promise to leave the forum
From: Shameless
To: All
Date Posted: 07:37:51 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 80.231.204.151

Message:
Whenever there is a constructive diuscussion or constructive criticism, he will jump and and talk rubbish,thinking that all of us are big fools.He is just shameless and will never quit this forum, and if you ban him, he will be back with another handle.


Subject: Re: John Leigh you promise to leave the forum
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 08:14:57 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
Always give specific examples when you make allegations and accusations against a debating opponent.

Vague statements such as "Whenever there is a constructive diuscussion or constructive criticism, he will jump and and talk rubbish,thinking that all of us are big fools" just won't do. You must submit specific proof if credibility is important to you. Thank you. - JL


Subject: Re: John Leigh you promise to leave the forum
From: Abazam
To: All
Date Posted: 11:20:40 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: eduproxy3.k12.de.us at 167.21.254.13

Message:
So why don't you ever produce evidence after your foolish rants about nothing. Instead, you always promise to provide evidence later. This is why you are a "flunky" lawyer - to use your own word.

Leigh, there is nothing in your countless no-debate issues on this forum that bear the semblance of writings by a former envoy. You are a disgrace to career diplomats because you fail to conduct yourself in a manner that is expected of an individual that held an office like you had on behalf of Kabba's failed government. You really owe Kabba and Berewa a lot, because no sane government head will ever give your such an appointment except them.


Subject: Re: John Leigh you promise to leave the forum
From: Abazam
To: All
Date Posted: 11:19:38 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: eduproxy3.k12.de.us at 167.21.254.13

Message:
So why don't you ever produce evidence after your foolish rants about nothing. Instead, you always promise to provide evidence later. This is why you are a "flunky" lawyer - to use your own word.

Leigh, there is nothing in your countless no-debate issues on this forum that bear the semblance of writings by a former envoy. You are a disgrace to career diplomats because you fail to conduct yourself in a manner that is expected of an individual that held an office like you had on behalf of Kabba's failed government. You really owe Kabba and Berewa a lot, because no sane government head will ever give your such an appointment except them.


Subject: Re: John Leigh you promise to leave the forum
From: IRON LADY
To: All
Date Posted: 17:03:06 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: special p @yahoo.com
Entered From: at 198.133.139.165

Message:
why don't you leave john leigh alone. i guess you might be jealous of hime because his life is better than yours," or ee born u pan uman" coz i don't see why hate here


Subject: Re: John Leigh you promise to leave the forum
From: Independent Observer
To: All
Date Posted: 09:40:35 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-aa14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.116.18

Message:
"Always give specific examples when you make allegations and accusations against a debating opponent.

Vague statements such as "Whenever there is a constructive diuscussion or constructive criticism, he will jump and and talk rubbish,thinking that all of us are big fools" just won't do. You must submit specific proof if credibility is important to you. Thank you."

Mr. Leigh:

Here is one typical example: Ar gainse reminded you that you had stated your intention to remove yourself from this forum -- none too soon for sober people to reclaim the forum for constructive discussions about Salone, rather than your puerile, rude rants.

What did you do in response? Exactly what Shameless said you always do: "jump and and talk rubbish,thinking that all of us are big fools!"

Your entire nonsensical posting in reply to Shameless is the evidence you can't be expected to see, being incapable of acknowledging the truth about your rotten character.

Like I said, your problem continues to be that you are the worst kind of fool -- a fool who does not know that he is a fool.So even there is plain evidence of your foolishness, you don't see it. So, you continue to demonstrate that you are fool when a smarter fool would have stopped displaying his ignorance.


Subject: Re: He aint gon leave
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 07:27:20 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Like a gambler who has lost all or most of his money and continues to play against all odds in the hope of recouping their money. John Leigh a once respected politico who has lost all of his political capital mostly due to his presence on this forum, sticks around ONLY because he wants to regain the lost reputation against all odds and his beter judgement.

Somebody needs to impress on John Leigh that in Politics you DO NOT STAB your friends in the back.


Subject: JOHN LEIGH MUST STAY
From: LOOK WHO'S TALKING
To: All
Date Posted: 07:54:43 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-44c29146.dyn.optonline.net at 68.194.145.70

Message:
Iscandari,

You fail to realize that your much hyped friendship with John Leigh was only one-sided. If you were real friends with John Leigh how come the man didn't even have your telephone number? Besides, you and John Leigh are so different ideologically and in your entire outlook on life that a mention of friendship looks totally silly and idiotic.

 

John may have all his faults but he does look at Sierra Leone from a purely tribalistic perspective as you do. You are on record for constantly insulting all Mendes and by extension John Leigh's mother because she is Mende and you expect John to be your friend? C'mon, man grow up and put some sense into your thick skull.

 

So now as you usually do to others you are are all out to discredit John because you are still reeling from the 'Upper-Cut' that John landed on you. Well, John is a natural slugger and I tell you what, if the man releases his entire arsenal on you, you will be the one to leave this forum cos you ain't no match for super John.


Subject: Re: JOHN LEIGH MUST STAY
From: Mohamed A. Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 10:42:58 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: Saghinosoccerworld@yahoo.com
Entered From: ool-457951c4.dyn.optonline.net at 69.121.81.196

Message:
Indeed my Salone peeps are exhibiting what unfortunately comes naturally, showing the chracteristics of the put down syndrome. One would think that living in a western society, does not only involve picking money off trees, but also stirs the intuition to be civil in interacting with one another; especially after the tragic lessons, holding on to norms of indifference has dropped at our collective feet. It is more disturbing that so called academically revered individuals would stoop down to the level of those, they believe won't know any better, if even their lives depended on it. With a genuine democratic mindset, comes the realisation of the individual's right to free expression (including views which are contrary to someone else's), to freedom of movement, to participate in addressing matters of the state (regardless of one's tribal and social background or financial situation). To those who are complaining that others are using obscene language in an effort to make their point on the forum, I would say it is probably complimentary to what was dished out, prior to the response. If it were not the case, then the opportunity to exercise patience, in order to constructively enlighten a fellow citizen (more like the each one teach one approach), should come into play. The sooner we accept with conviction, that we are our brothers/sisters keepers, the more clearly we will see the big picture. Besides all the personal attacks do not help in turning the harsh living realities back home, for the better.


Subject: Re: JOHN LEIGH MUST STAY
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 08:53:54 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
Natural slugger like Sonny Liston?
Tell him that Ali is ready and will deliver a series of uppercuts before he hits the canvas like a sack of potatoes. He will probably wake up in nurse Berewa's arms, saying " I should have thrown in the towel from round one...."


Subject: Re: JOHN LEIGH MUST STAY
From: Joker
To: All
Date Posted: 09:10:33 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
"Tell him that Ali is ready and will deliver a series of uppercuts before he hits the canvas like a sack of potatoes. He will probably wake up in nurse Berewa's arms, saying " I should have thrown in the towel from round one...."

Corny, you are wickedly funny when you lampoon the comical John Leigh or his understand-nothing-he-reads batoliner with the incurable inferiority complex, Joker Coker!


Subject: PARAPHRASE OF THE DECADE !!!!
From: Albert Moinina
To: All
Date Posted: 04:17:59 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: gth3vy2f.emirates.net.ae at 213.42.21.83

Message:
"The coming election is going to be about telling the [SLPP] that they had their days and they did nothing with the opportunity they had. I know not about PMDC] because there was no [PMDC] during my time in Sa Lone." - ALBERT MOININA

 


Subject: Re: PARAPHRASE OF THE DECADE !!!!
From: ok dok
To: All
Date Posted: 07:24:29 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb11dc1-164-18.dynamic.mts.net at 142.161.164.18

Message:
Well, which party do you think will replace SLPP?By now i guess you will be able to rate all parties since they all visited you in your USA.


Subject: HUMILITY
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 18:52:34 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Humility


(From this week’s Torah Portion, Parasahas Beha’aloscha)

Bamidbar/Numbers 12:3 ” Now the man Moses was exceedingly humble, more than any person on the face of the earth,”

My Stone Edition Chumash notes on this sentence reads in part:

Exceedingly humble MOSES WAS SO HUMBLE THAT IT WAS UNTHINKABLE TO ACCUSE HIM OF CONSIDERING HIMSELF SUPERIOR TO OTHER PROPHETS. (Ibn Ezra) .................
THE TORAH’S CHARACTERISATION OF MOSES AS BEING HUMBLE SHEDS LIGHT ON THE NATURE OF TRUE HUMILITY. IT IS COMMONLY ASSUMED THAT HUMBLE PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP OR TO ASSERT THEIR AUTHORITY. THIS SURELY DOES NOT APPLY TO THE MOST HUMBLE MAN ON THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH – MOSES DID NOT HESITATE TO CONFRONT THE PHARAOH OR CASTIGATE THE ENTIRE NATION OF ISRAEL; HIS HUMILITY DID NOT DETER HIM FROM DOING WHAT WAS PROPER, EVEN IF IT WAS UNPOPULAR OR DANGEROUS. RATHER, HUMILITY REFERS TO SOMEONE’S PERSONAL ASSESSMENT OF HIMSELF. HE MAY FEEL HUMBLE THAT HE HAS NOT ACHIEVED HIS POTENTIAL, OR THAT EVEN IF HE HAS, HIS GREATER INNATE ABILITY PUTS GREATER RESPONSIBILITY ON HIM, AND NO ONE ELSE HAS A RIGHT TO FEEL HAUGHTY MERELY FOR DOING WHAT ONE IS OBLIGATED TO DO.
Further background to Numbers 12: 1-14)

”Since Moses had to be ready to hear God’s word at any moment, he had to be pure at all times, which meant that he had to refrain from marital relations with his wife Zipporah. This intimate matter remained their private affair, until Miriam learned of it from a chance remark by Zipporah. Not realising that God had instructed Moses to do so, and feeling that it was an unjustifiable affront to Zipppora, Miriam shared the news with Aaron who agreed with her. They were critical of Moses, contending that since the two of them were also prophets, but were not required to withdraw from normal life, neither was Moses. God himself appeared to them to chastise them, and to testify that Moses prophecy was of a higher order than anyone else’s and therefore had to remain ritually pure at all times.
 


Subject: Re: HUMILITY - Far from John Leigh's character
From: Alie Formeh Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 20:28:16 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-aa14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.116.18

Message:
Calling people names. Characterising people as fulumunkus and drop outs and all the other non english verb-like Krio words is very unbecomming of a man who sought the leadership position of the SLPP in order to be President of Sierra Leone.
Mr. Leigh has a baggage and it is called bad character. Humility is not a vocabulary in his world.


Subject: Re: HUMILITY - Far from John Leigh's character
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 08:46:13 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
Mr. Alie Formeh Kamara:

I do not believe that your attack on me is justified at all. Please note that 99.9% of those I refer to as mumbo-tombo-dumbo, etc. are not identifiable people.

They are mere persistent moniker abusers to me.

I initially give moniker abusers the benefit of the doubt until they are unmasked through and through. Then I go after the attacking dummies.

And if I refer to anyone as a drop-out, or flunkey or remedial dunce, etc. such characterizations are accurate and intended for voter education purposes only because where we come from one single dunce leader can wreck havoc on the whole place for our people for years and years to come.

And I only hit back when I am forced to counter-attack. I don't initial attacks at all.


Please recall at how patient I have been in the face of repeated attack articles of mostly rubbish points against VP Berewa and the SLPP on cocorioko front page. I was forced to counter because of the persistence of attackers and the poor quality of the case they made. Some of our people are gullible. So I entered the frey to balance matters.

This whole thing started with my correction of a bogus assassination plot claim. And when I endorsed VP Berewa as my individual choice for president, all hell broke loose.

What am I supposed to do? Thank you. - John


 


Subject: Re: HUMILITY - Far from John Leigh's character
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 21:38:03 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
Indeed brother Alie, it's a quality that we could all try to improve on.


Subject: CORRUPTION IS THE NAME OF THE GAME FOR THE SLPP PARTY
From: ABAZA
To: All
Date Posted: 18:26:02 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
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Fight For SLPP Symbol Exposes Financial Fraud....…Kenema West One Candidate in Police Net
Posted by on Jun 1, 2007, 22:25


 


Former Principal of the Ahamadiyya Muslim Secondary School in Blama, Madam Saffula Moigueh is a worried woman. She may have concluded her preliminary hurdle of winning the SLPP symbol in a primary election conducted on Sunday27th May, 2007 for the Kenema District Constituency seventeen, West one in an election widely described by her opponents as fraudulent. But that could be the least worries entertained by the SLPP candidate as she has the support of some members of her party. What is of great concern to the newly elected parliamentary aspirant is the alleged financial fraud recently unearthed by Police at the Kenema District that was reported by some party members to the police.

Madam Saffula Moigueh is now a perpetual visitor of the Kenema Police Station where the matter is being investigated, trying to clear her name as strings of petition are currently hanging over her head with the objective to edge her out of the August 11th race. The Police, at this initial stage are investigating her as a suspect before charging her to court if evidence discovered would incriminate her of defrauding the Sierra Leone government while serving as Principal of the School.

Citing the 1991 constitution section 76, stipulates that Civil Servants must have resigned their positions six months to the elections if they want to contest. Madam Saffula Moigueh did resign her position, according to sources, but had been allegedly collecting her pay up to February 2007. But she has denied to Police saying that she paid back every penny into the government Consolidated Fund. A document allegedly signed by the Accountant General, Mr. Cyprian Kamaray and copied to the National Administrative Secretary of the SLPP instructed that the matter be properly investigated. The Blama Ahamadiyya Muslim Principal was receiving the sum of Le 800,000 (Eight Hundred Thousand Leones) as take home pay after all deductions have been made including NASSIT. This amount when computed for six months runs into Le4.8Million, but what was paid into the government Consolidated Fund fell below this amount and when the vouchers were examined, some areas were discovered to contain blotted marks with tipex, thus giving the suspicion that some fishy games has been going on.

But because of her contact with Chief Tewah of Blama, an ex-police officer, frantic efforts are been made to prevent her from further embarrassment, while evidence to incriminate her continues to pile up on the table of Police investigators at the Kenema Police Station.

Documents from the Bank of Sierra Leone in Kenema, Treasury Sub-Accountant and the Ministry of Education are currently with the Police, but sources say she is also protected by a Mr. Ngegba, an employee of the Treasury Sub-Accountant in Kenema. When this press contacted her on the phone, she claimed not to understand the subject and referred this press to the Police. At the Kenema Police Station, Officer Sanie Sesay is head of investigation who confirmed to this press that the newly elected Parliamentary candidate is under investigation.

Both Mr. Tayib Bah and Mary Theresa Bockarie opponents of Madam Safulla Moigueh confirmed that she is under investigation for fraud, but stated that they were not happy with the outcome of the primary elections conducted on Sunday.


 


Subject: Re: CORRUPTION IS THE NAME OF THE GAME FOR THE SLPP PARTY
From: njai
To: All
Date Posted: 12:24:53 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: njai@comcast.net
Entered From: 65-78-54-33.c3-0.upd-ubr7.trpr-upd.pa.cable.rcn.com at 65.78.54.33

Message:
I don't know how the salary issue is handle in SL, but if someone resigns the salary should be stopped with effect to the date of resignation. Or is it that Madam Saffula prepares her own salary cheques from the consolidated fund and they are honoured by the bank?
The person who prepares the cheques should be held accountable. Let the cheque preparer go after Madam Saffula after he has refunded the said money.
One way to tackle corruption is from the root or source.


Subject: Re: CORRUPTION IS THE NAME OF THE GAME FOR THE SLPP PARTY
From: ok dok
To: All
Date Posted: 07:30:26 06/03/07 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
Entered From: wnpgmb11dc1-164-18.dynamic.mts.net at 142.161.164.18

Message:
Corruption is very complex for all Africans.The most are the very ones who went back to Africa from abroad.I guess you you get the chance ,you will be the worst.


Subject: IMF Threatens to pull out of Sierra Leone...New Target for c
From: ABAZA
To: All
Date Posted: 18:18:58 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:

IMF Threatens to Pull Out of Sierra Leone...New Target for Customs
Posted by Unissa Bangura on Jun 1, 2007, 20:18


 


It would appear that the long existing relationship between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Government of Sierra Leone will soon collapse if urgent steps are not taking to prevent the situation from taking.

Sources at both the Ministry of Finance and the National Revenue Authority revealed that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is threatening to pull out from business with the SLPP government if some financial regulations are not immediately put in place.

So far the, inside sources say the team is not happy with the quantum of funds released to the Sierra Leone Government that are not properly and well utilized.

In view of the prevailing circumstances, the IMF has imposed stringent financial condition on the government regarding revenue collecting as a way of generating income for the state.

The National Revenue Authority (NRA) has already accepted the conditions stated by the IMF. The new target focused for this year is pegged at Le 364.5 billion, an amount that exceeds last year’s target of Le 292 billion.

Report further states that in each month of the calendar year, the IMF team will be in Freetown to evaluate the target imposed on customs and excise and other government departments to see whether or not government is meeting its target line.

For the months of April, May and June 2007, customs and excise should collect a total of Le 82 billion and any short fall below this money, would lead to further queries.

In another development, report states that the Clearing and Forwarding Agencies are not happy with the new development and have described it as “drastic charges” put in place to value goods imported to the country with special reference made to vehicles, personal effects and containers.

The NRA sources alleged, is currently studying the method of revenue generation introduced by the foreign nationals into the country.

 

 

 

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Subject: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: Independent Man
To: All
Date Posted: 16:04:28 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-68-126-148-4.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net at 68.126.148.4

Message:
For the past 7 months, we have heard Ernest Koroma talk about not accepting any elections that are rigged. We have heard him and the other APC goats accuse the SLPP of planning to rig the Sa. Lone elections.
What I cannot understand is why Ernest Koroma is going to Nigeria to witness the inauguration of the newly "(s)elected" Nigerian President. It is well known that the Nigerian elections were rigged. International bodies have critized it. Why then is Ernest going there to lend legitimacy to the New President???? Is he just trying to stay in good terms with the New leader, so as to continue good Sa Lone-Nangoman relations should he (Ernest) win in August (even though the probability of that happening is infinitesimal), or is he just another unprincipled "two-mouth" Sa Lone politician......Just asking....


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 20:16:10 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
You should be exhorting your beloved SLPP to resist corruption.
Here's how it is in our Nigeria


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 19:12:20 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
“Independent Man” Try to be calm.

Of the three presidential candidates, I like Ernest Bai Koroma the most.

THabo Mbeki was present at the inauguration.
There is a Court case pending and it’s possible that the election results can be annulled, declared null and void.
In the meantime, do you recommend that Kabbah & Berewa and the rest of Africa break diplomatic ties with Nigeria until the issue is resolved?

Obasanjo who was recently a guest of Kabbah (perhaps to give him some tips on how to rig?) said this: ““No 60-year-old person will ever rule this country again. We will never have any 60 years old person to rule this country again.”

This was Shek G’s witty summation of what the above implies in Sierra Leone terms (I wonder if he discussed this with the 73 year old Kabbah)

“In 2007 it looks like this

Solomon Berewa - 6_ years (fill in the gap) (69 years old)
Ernest B. Koroma 53 years
Was the Nigerian president referring to .....”
 

 


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 17:30:42 06/02/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-aa14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.116.18

Message:
I-MAN:

This man grew up deep inside APC trenches. He was in APC when pass-ah-die APC conducted their bogus elections so he improperly imputes APC known misbehavior unto SLPP's.

He worked for Shahid Jamil when the latter dried up DIMINCO. He was Momoh's darling. He was silent during the heydays of AFRC/RUF ruination.

He said nothing, did nothing, proposed nothing - then and since.

His key official goping into the August election is AFRC/RUF Victor Vouchergate.

SLPP will conduct free and fair elections that will meet international standards of fairness - and the world will say so.

Looking at APC for a man of principle is like looking for a needle in a haystack. - JL
 


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 07:42:27 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 80.231.204.151

Message:
Sometimes it is better to keep quiet, than speak rubbish, as Leigh did.
Becuase of his verbal diarrhea, even his Party treats him like a pariah.
He needs to be reminded, how he was not allowed to board a plane from Lungi, and was bundled back to Freetown.
He also forgot,the Convention, where he just into Coma.
Memopries are short Eh!!!!!


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??HUUUM?
From: GBANGBANI
To: All
Date Posted: 02:16:20 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-69-230-195-147.dsl.irvnca.pacbell.net at 69.230.195.147

Message:
Then there is a whole lot of these niddle in a haystack we may be looking for within the SLPP Corrupt system of governance and its' elites.

BE 4 That AL-Barka....!!


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 23:11:07 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
John Leigh you do not know anything about Ernest Koroma. You cannot be compared to ernset koroma in any manner shape or form. As a gentleman he is far more CULTURED than you are. He is a very humble man and much more principled than you are or would ever dream to be. You mention that Ernest Koroma was silent suring the AFRC/RUF ruination and I would like to address that.

For starters, you attempt to combine and create some degree of oneness between the AFRC and the SLPP created, supported RUF. Lets get that point out clearly right now. The AFRC came about because the slpp government to which you belong and for whom you served as ambassador then, had a clear policy of providing weapons and materielle to its tribally hedgmonistic, not to mention cannibalistic militia, the Kamajors, and bypassing the regular army, post Lome. In fact had the AFRC coup not taken place, the kamajors would have by now replaced the regular as sierra leones defence forces and it would have been made up of mostly mende men willing and ready to use its possession of weapons to oppress the rest of the nation.

Now lerts turn our attention to the RUF. It is no secret that the RUF is a creaton of the slpp who supported it with men and materielle. In fact I would not even be surprised if you yourself had personally contributed money to the RUF cause. Of course I know that if you had made any such cash contributions you would DENY it. Prior to 1996 did you voiceferously oppose the RUF? Never heard you speak then against the RUF, and if that is the case what gives you the moral authority to now ask ernest koroma whether or not he had spoken against the AFRC. You are one of those people who set standards for other people that you yourself cannot meet.

Now lets talk about Victor Foh. You Slpp types are just miffed that as a mende man he did not leave the apc as most mende men did in droves when it appeared as if the apc was on its knees. You guys have done everything to insult and denigrate Victor Foh. However there are those of us wo see a different Victor Foh. We see him as a DEDICATED man, who is TRUSTWORTHY, is not a BACKSTABBER like you, is highly PRINCIPLED unlike you, is not a FLIP FLOPPER like you and to the best of our knowledge has done everything that he can to IGNORE your erratic rants and raves on this forum and other sierra leonean fora. To the best olf my knowledge at the time of the AFRC coup, Victor Foh had been wrongly incarcerated in violation of his basic human rights, by the then WITCH HUNTING Policies of the SLPP by which all opponents of the slpp were termed collaborators who were arrested, looked up without any charges and any chance of seeing a judge. You were an ardent supporter of that system of Collaborator justice then John Leigh and I hope that in the future you would be able to explain to the people of sierra leone your role then in the wanton violation of the human rights of our people and the rape of its pride by a group of hodlums who forced us to weaar palm leaves and forced our children to violate even the womb they came from.

My advice to you John is to get your crazy behind from the forum because you are becomming an embarrassment to our national psyche. Get lost man, you damn Backstabber.


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: STEPHEN SWARAY
To: All
Date Posted: 06:29:57 06/04/07 ()
Email Address: swaray2@aol.com
Entered From: accb7ff7.ipt.aol.com at 172.203.127.247

Message:
Mr Alieu Iscandari---- Do you have a problem with the MENDE tribe or are you so bonded with a genetic disorder that inhibits the part of your brain which should enhance you to rise above TRIBALISM?
Fortunately,you can still be cured.Date a MENDE WOMAN .


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: M. Alieu Iscandari
To: All
Date Posted: 10:13:46 06/05/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Date a MENDE WOMAN.....................................

ROTFLMMFAO.


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: M. Aliewu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 15:55:55 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Please point out what in that post makes me a tribalist or are you just another minnion.


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: APC
To: All
Date Posted: 23:59:48 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-75-66-114-24.hsd1.tn.comcast.net at 75.66.114.24

Message:
Victor Foh your Sec Gen is a Human Right Violator. He was a Member of the AFRC. He helped the RUF maim, Rape and Kill students who stood for democracy.
He(on August 18) with Mr Smith of SLBS were on Air taunting students and daring us to come out and demonstarte for something that we believed in, and he bragged that our parents will were black.
He also said" this AFRC government is not a TEAGAS Government.
He Victor Foh your APC- Sec Gen is a REBEL.
But what do i know you were too.
 


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: POLITICAL
To: All
Date Posted: 02:09:50 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ip70-162-167-106.ph.ph.cox.net at 70.162.167.106

Message:
I thought the RUF fought the APC and If Victor Foh was/is a staunt APC supporter from the on set, how comes you are accusing him of helping the RUF at the same time? I am confused here please explain better for me to understand.


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: APC
To: All
Date Posted: 10:19:44 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-75-66-114-24.hsd1.tn.comcast.net at 75.66.114.24

Message:
Yeah. The same RUF fought the SLPP/NPRC when their aim was to remove APC.
My point still is Victor FOH your Sec Gen is/was an RUF/AFRC collaborator.
By the way did he travel with the entourage? The FBI wants him.


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 15:53:02 06/04/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
yes he did travel with the entourage and theres not a GADDAMN thing that the FBI, CIA can do to him. He is not an international paraiah like your hinga norman was.


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: Development Gateway
To: All
Date Posted: 22:00:12 06/02/07 ()
Email Address: freetownboy@yahoo.com
Entered From: 210-55-45-19.dialup.xtra.co.nz at 210.55.45.19

Message:
Mr. Leigh, any time you write here you expressed the magnitude of your desperation. If SLPP could conduct an internal elections that was bodly rigged and you (an insider-not an opposition member)were molested at such rate, what is the yardstick that they will be fair with outsiders (opposition members)?

Next, you are accussing Ernest Koroma of being silent during the AFRC days, what is your evidence? How would you know that somebody was against the coup? Did everybody had to be allover the place like you did before his contribution could be acknowledged? What benefit would it have made to Ernest Koroma when all those who staunchly opposed President Kabbah and Democracy are today the blue-eye boys of President Kabbah and Patrons-dining and wining as SLPP members? What difference would it have made when members of the Ninja crew are today awarded as loyal citizens?
I know you are desperate but in your desperation, kindly respect other people. Those who sacrificed for Democracy and President Kabbah are today the poor and defenceless majority while the minority who fought against him are the new patriots. Nobody is interested any longer with your rubbish.


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq.
To: All
Date Posted: 22:39:03 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Nobody is interested any longer with your rubbish.
-------------------------------------------------------

INDEED IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER SAID


Subject: Re: Ernest Koroma: IS HE PRINCIPLED??
From: RUBBER DUCK
To: All
Date Posted: 13:00:49 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-144-38-245.range86-144.btcentralplus.com at 86.144.38.245

Message:
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them----HYPOCRISY


Subject: John Leigh another opportunism?
From: Moijue
To: All
Date Posted: 14:06:39 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.241.147.130

Message:
Why did u not attend LATE chief Normans funeral in his village though u were in salone?
Where u a friend or opportunist angry with Chief Norman?


Subject: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: news
To: All
Date Posted: 13:26:57 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: a92065.upc-a.chello.nl at 62.163.92.65

Message:
What Leigh wrote about Berewa in the past:

LACKS ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS TRAINING

Berewa’s attitude regarding the development of our country is most discouraging. His reasoning as to how a country like Sierra Leone is going to develop reminds me of someone not schooled or experienced in either economics or international affairs but who has, instead, been isolated in a cultural wasteland for much too long. Yet, this same misguided individual is been touted in certain quarters as the next president of Sierra Leone!

How can such an individual, lacking in understanding of how nations become developed, ever hope to successfully construct social and economic institutions that would help our country advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States?

It is clear that Berewa’s announced strategy for Sierra Leone’s development, as reported by Messrs. Kargbo and Jalloh, will not work. His shallow and naive thinking is not likely to ever help the people of Sierra Leone improve the quality of their daily lives, let alone build a mighty nation whose standard of living would equal that of London and New York.

In fact, the mentality underpinning Berewa’s poor thinking is part of the very reason why Sierra Leone remains a place of extreme hardship for millions of people while a few are enriched from holding public office. We must take stock of our country’s performance to date and accept the fact that endless takings from others without giving something of commensurate value in return is not a sustainable development strategy at all.

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 19:21:29 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
My reply to this remains unaltered:

This is a crude and elementary first draft.

From now on keep your eyes on the quotation marks and you’ll know – it shouldn’t be too difficult for you to figure out
Who’s saying what.

Let no jive ass nigger from the Gambia try teaching me about “concepts” just when I’m

Quoting Johnny E, Ishmael B and Jonathan P:

True true, and never say never? It’s now or never!
Perhaps, only with Johnny in the saddle could things never
be
“most discouraging” since his aim is true:
nothing more and nothing less
then resurrecting from the mess
and in his own now famous words, make ” our country advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States!”
Oba-sanjo would be as green as the Nigerian flag
(with envy) every time he heard about us in his Theological Seminary.
I credit John with a fine sense of proportion and balance to his dreaming: indeed
Britain and the United States, rimes with
London and New York

Yes, John, Solomon Berewa and I, hear you, upbeat with your mission with a vision on cloud nine as you “advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States”

We hear you brother and Jesse Jackson himself would commend your aim to “build a mighty nation whose standard of living would equal that of London and New York.”
After that he’d more than whisper in your era” “You done good.”

Just as “shallow and naive thinking” has a natural habitat, “isolated in a cultural wasteland”

For a deeper look into this idea of a natural habitat, consider this:

Our own radical Sierra Leonean professor of literature Jonathan Peters has succinctly expressed some words, some food for thought that Cadmus himself could chew on. He had been asked about the perennial problem that holds us back:

“Ever wonder why it is so difficult to eradicate corruption, especially in African countries?

Corruption: Another Chicken or Egg Dilemma -- Which Came First? Flawed Characters or An Enabling Environment? “


Yesterday, in reply, he wrote what I quote:

“Unlike Truth and Falsehood that cannot live in the same house, Flawed Character and Enabling Environment are Siamese twins.”

Now let us give John Ernest Leigh the great, the last words of wisdom and truth on this date:
“poor thinking is part of the very reason why Sierra Leone remains a place of extreme hardship for millions of people while a few are enriched from holding public office. We must take stock of our country’s performance to date and accept the fact that endless takings from others without giving something of commensurate value in return is not a sustainable development strategy at all. ”

 


 


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: Independent Man
To: All
Date Posted: 15:46:40 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-68-126-148-4.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net at 68.126.148.4

Message:
The above in no way contradicts the statement that among the 3 candidates running for President, Berewa is superior.......He is the least of all evil, if you will. So choke on that.
 


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 19:43:42 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
WE want a level playing field. We want a government that will fight corruption. SLPP might be in the lead, but that doesn't mean that they are right.


It depends on what you mean by superior.
Johnny Leigh himself believes that he is not only superior to Berewa but also to the entire corrupt coterie of the elite SLPP crooks.
I'm sure that Idi Amin Leigh feels himself so very smart and so very superior to even you and me, and all of us.
WHO is Leigh?
Not very humble is he?
In the world of learning, he is not such a great one, and in politics even less so, so at the Makeni ConBention at which he was “robbed” – he failed to gain a nomination.

Yes, we are supposed to remove not only chametz but arrogance and haughtiness from our character.

Commander-in thief Kabbah the tiff man is at least is a little bit more humble and careful than he is.
Tiffman can start litigation. I am no Paul Kamara and the Beoku-Betts Commission was right: such people should be barred from holding public office or better still be put behind bars.

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: APC
To: All
Date Posted: 00:04:12 06/03/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-75-66-114-24.hsd1.tn.comcast.net at 75.66.114.24

Message:
Most of you running your mouths on this forum about corruption are as tainted as the ones you accuse.
 


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 17:06:31 06/02/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-aa14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.116.18

Message:
I-MAN:

Our oppositionists apparently lack brain power. So they may not fully understand what you are talking about.

Below are the fundamentals of their existing approach.

At their Bo convention during the first days of March, they came up with their present plan to reproduce my old criticisms – some going back 13 years - of the current SLPP Administration/personalities, believing that such would truly prove that the SLPP is not good for Sierra Leone. They seem to bank entirely on my credibility here.

They believe that if the current SLPP is deemed no good because I said so, PMDC dombolos would be the winners of the coming August polls. In fact, APC will come in second by my estimate.
PMDCists hope their “impending victory” would be the result by pretending that statements I made five, six or even 13 years ago are my current statements. Hence, they have been reproducing my pre-Makeni statements deliberately under present tense English and without dating them. They hope such foolumunku tricks would fool voters.

Their plan also calls for playing down my statements of support since my May 22, 2006 statement and to completely leave unmentioned my post-February 2006 statements accurately portraying the King of Stupid.

PMDCists also appear to believe that their supporters and our voters would view my post-Makeni statements as proof of flip-flopping and so will take my old five, six or even 13 year-old statements as my true view of SLPP, Berewa and Kabbah today.

They also believe that their people are dumb and would never understand that despite my support for Berewa, I still stand by my original demands for reform. They do not understand nor want their supporters to understand that my support for Berewa is truly based on the fact that his leadership is far superior than their dunce man’s.

Clearly, PMDC see me as a pivotal individual in their scheme of things. Again, they rely on me to help them, one way or the other. Since I won’t join them, they are determined to misuse my words. By the way, they are so stupid, they think that their flunkey dumbolo is really great!

You see, some people are rote learners and thus cannot think. For example, all these copiers are the exact same people, saying the exact same stupid statements about 'errand boy', 'briefcase carrier' and 'turncoat' for 12 full years without understanding the social significance of their dunce talk especially in light of their ‘positive change’ con.

Now they have put in place since March 2 or so their plan to discredit Berewa using my distorted words. Their plan is totally stupid and ineffective but they lack the brain power to adjust it to cope with the new realities.

So, they are stuck merely in copying and won't understand what you are talking about.

But you are doing a very good job by me, and the statement you've just posted shows how dumber they continue to look as they recopy and unable to develop an effective counter-punch. Thank you. - JL

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 19:45:10 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
It depends on what you mean by superior.
Johnny Leigh himself believes that he is not only superior to Berewa but also to the entire corrupt coterie of the elite SLPP crooks.
I'm sure that Idi Amin Leigh feels himself so very smart and so very superior to even you and me, and all of us.
WHO is Leigh?
Not very humble is he?
In the world of learning, he is not such a great one, and in politics even less so, so at the Makeni ConBention at which he was “robbed” with all his education, he failed to gain a nomination.

Yes, we are supposed to remove not only chametz but arrogance and haughtiness from our character.

Commander-in thief Kabbah the tiff man is at least is a little bit more humble and careful than he is.
Tiffman can start litigation. I am no Paul Kamara and the Beoku-Betts Commission was right: such people should be barred from holding public office or better still be put behind bars.
 


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: CHEZ WINAKABS EUROPE
To: All
Date Posted: 13:36:05 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-129-197-32.range86-129.btcentralplus.com at 86.129.197.32

Message:
A HARD LESSON FOR JOHN LEIGH - IT IS NOT WHAT A MAN EATS THAT DEFINES THE MAN BUT WHAT COMES OUT OF THE MAN'S MOUTH. The past creates the present. Your undiplomatic discourse of yesterday are coming to haunt you and being used as trumps by detractors with potent force.


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: Independent Man
To: All
Date Posted: 15:48:44 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-68-126-148-4.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net at 68.126.148.4

Message:
BO GO SIDOM WITH YOU JAMBA BUSINESS
THIS NAR FORUM FOR SOBER MINDED PEOPLE. NOTO FOR DEM WAN DEM WITH FRIED BRAIN.

How does John Leigh's criticisms of Solo B, contradict his stance that among the 3 candidates, Berewa is the best??? Please tell me you are not that stupid!!!
 


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: CHEZ WINAKABS EUROPE
To: All
Date Posted: 16:09:29 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-129-197-32.range86-129.btcentralplus.com at 86.129.197.32

Message:
You are missing the point. I have no fear except the fear of GOd. For your information I do not take any form of class A or B drugs. My point was for JL to becareful or considerate in his remarks about others and circumstances. What he said then was not based on the truth but a campaign tactic 9in my opinion). Today this is used by others to smear him. JL is too mature (in my opinion) to get drawn into reactive thinking - in laterally thinking JL would have bbeen a manmountain for all to call upon for assistance in whatever form. I admire him for his dogged determination and somewhat crude way of addressing issues.

Mi nor dae smoke and if a dae smokwe sef and can contain it - not to you biazness. I do not smoke.


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: Independent Man
To: All
Date Posted: 16:25:30 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-68-126-148-4.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net at 68.126.148.4

Message:
But he was campaigning for the nomination then, and bad-mouthing Berewa (by any means necessary) was part of the game....NAR POLITICS. Dirty tricks are a large part of politics anywhere. Facts get mixed up with fiction and that is just the way it goes...just ask John Kerry about how he got swift-boated....

With regards to John's tactics against Berewa, the SLPP electorate did not buy most of it. The SLPP contest is long gone, and there is nothing wrong with John now backing Berewa and using facts and propaganda to smear the opposition. NOTO PROPAGANDA APC USE FOR WIN 1967?


 


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: slpp
To: All
Date Posted: 21:54:21 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
"But he was campaigning for the nomination then, and bad-mouthing Berewa (by any means necessary) was part of the game...."

You have described an immoral person, but, of course, you would not realize it. No wonder you think it's okay for people who can say anything for their personal gain to lead Salone.

The problem with you and your ilk in the SLPP is one which you have described from your own mouth -- each and every one of you lack principles. y your own admission, you will say anything just for your own personal interest.

That is exactly the SLPP midset which thinks it is okay to plunder the country while milions suffer in darkness, thirst, disease, illiteracy and poverty. And now we have your explicit admission that it is so in your SLPP. God nor dae sleep -- look wae ee confuse you, a traitor to your own people.


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: Independent Man
To: All
Date Posted: 23:24:22 06/04/07 ()
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Principles?
Look at the Kabu-looking APC/PMDC ASSOLE talking about Principles.....

This is a political campaign, and we are going to throw everything including the kitchen sink at you and your punk ass kind. We have all the details of your party's 24 years misrule and poverty spreading as our weaponry. If you cannot stand the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh curses Berewa
From: CHEZ WINAKABS EUROPE
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Date Posted: 16:58:28 06/02/07 ()
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JL is a different breed to others who can say anything they like or dislike. You can castigate your opponent without using the kind of language JL used in describing Berewa. Had he been thinking proactively, he would have seen today. JL knew he had problems with Kabbah and the lot as they saw his ambitious plans which JL laid bare to them. These people feed on a machiavellian archetype; JL knew that and that should have given him the vantage over them. Sierra Leone is a whirlpool - can be too turbulant and deep to understand. May God help us.


Subject: UGANDA 2-1 NIGERIA
From: FOOTBALLER
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Date Posted: 10:40:10 06/02/07 ()
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Uganda has defeated Nigeria by 2 goals to 1 in kampala.


Subject: Congo was sweeter than America
From: Boeka Mibale DikaDika
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Date Posted: 08:54:04 06/02/07 ()
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Listening to music by TP OK Jazz below made me think back to good days in Congo. Congo was sweeter than America. You can enjoy in 2 different capitals same day. River only separate DR Congo and Congo-Brazzaville. You can cross river to Brazzaville from Kinshasa, enjoy , come back Kinshasa.

America tres difficult.No enjoyment. Work, work, work. Play Congo music more. Merci.


Subject: Adebayor out of Togo v Sierra Leone tie
From: Adebayor
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Date Posted: 08:43:41 06/02/07 ()
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Adebayor out of Togo v Sierra Leone tie

Posted on 02 June 2007 - 15:17

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor and two fellow Togo teammates will not be in the side to face Sierra Leone in an African Nations Cup group nine qualifier on Sunday, a team official has confirmed.
Adebayor, along with Jazira Abu Dhabi forward Kader Cougbadja and Mons defender Nibombe Dare, were in March suspended from the Togo national team over a dispute about unpaid World Cup bonuses.

Togo's Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi on Thursday handed Adebayor and his fellow Togolese rebels a midnight ultimatum to turn up or be dropped.

On Saturday, a top team official told AFP: "They will not be coming to Freetown because they have not taken part in the team's training sessions."

Adebayor told Sport Fm radio however he had decided not to take up the invitation to play for Togo because the federation had failed to make contact with any of the players' clubs.

"We're professionnals and we spend our time playing in clubs. We know that the Togolese federation has not officially communicated with our clubs," said Adebayor.

"What's more, we have yet to be told that our supposed sanctions have been lifted."

The three players were suspended for indiscipline pertaining to their perceived lead role in demanding that World Cup players are paid around €45 000 of bonuses owed to them from last year.

Togo's World Cup participation in Germany was put in doubt days before the tournament began after the players threatened to boycott the tournament over unpaid bonuses.

As well as the rebel trio, several other experienced Togo players -Adekambi Olufade, Agassa Kossi, and Yao Kaka Aziawonou - will not play in Sunday's match.


 

 


Subject: JOHN LEIGH - MAN OF A NEW SEASON
From: Sidonluk
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Date Posted: 07:27:29 06/02/07 ()
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For those who know what he did for his people and country during the AFRC terror campaign, John Leigh will forever remain a Sierra Leonean hero.

Most of his critics are a couple of centuries behind in their thinking, use old keys to open new locks in a world that has long gone beyond the "how for do"
modus operandi.

His experience in the corporate world makes him an asset if Sierra Leone is to set sail for a journey
for a brighter tomorrow.

No secret, that the AFRC was a product of the Binkolo Ekutay hegemony. Sierra Leone has had its days with APC, and one must be very naive to think they can ever
win an election again.

The coming election is going to be about telling the APC that they had their days and they did nothing with the opportunity they had. I know not about SLPP because there was no SLPP during my time in Sa Lone.

All I remember is ISU, Ekutay, bribery, Jamil Said, Highway, the murder of Sam Bangura, corruption, fuel shortage, blackout, inflation. Haja Dankay Kabia, put for me, Suck air, and every kind of social malaise when I think of APC.


Subject: Re: JOHN LEIGH - MAN OF A NEW SEASON
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 11:26:31 06/02/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
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"The coming election is going to be about telling the APC that they had their days and they did nothing with the opportunity they had. I know not about SLPP because there was no SLPP during my time in Sa Lone." - Sidonluk

Mr. Sidonluk:

You've got the issue for this election down-pat correct!

For younger people like you who do not know about Sir Milton's excellent SLPP stewardship of Sierra Leone and the state of affairs of SLeone when the APC came into power in April 1968, I am working on a piece for cocorioko to explain how APC came about and destroyed the development of Sierra Leone that Sir Milton worked so skillfully to build.

I should know. I was then at the Bank of Sierra Leone, fresh out of Grad school and the Chase Manhatta Bank.

In my coming piece, I will in my point-for-point style squarely confront the CORRUPTION ISSUE that APC & PMDC are apparently using to deceive the voters in their futile attempts to oust the sitting government.

I will seek to put this very key issue in its proper perspective.

I am preparing THREE TABLES, One each for APC, SLPP and the PMDC to surmarize their governance records in the case of APC and SLPP. When am finished, voters would want to know why APC wishes to fake itself into a NEW APC away from the catstrophic reputation of the OLD APC.

In the case of PMDC, my forthcoming Table will summarize known facts about their well known household names and decisions to help voters predict their potential for governance - good or ruinous.

In the meantime, my humble thanks to you for your very kind appreciation of my services in DC. I greatly appreciate your standing up to all those anti-SLPP, anti-good governance mumbos-tombos-dumbos, munkus, foolumukus and phoolumunkus who blindly refuse to give credit where credit is due.

SLPP is certainly not perfect yet but we are getting there. Presently, it is far superior to the Jamil peggy-boy & phoolumunku yap-yapers that jointly constitute the intellectually docile mombo-tombo-dumbo opposition. Thank you. - JL


Subject: LEONE STARS: A SUDDEN TWIST OF FATE?
From: SoccerMan
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Date Posted: 06:05:01 06/02/07 ()
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Almost four years ago in August 2003, several members of a gritty Sierra Leonean team playing in the FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament refused to return home at the end of the tournament. These players alleged that they faced persecution upon returning home and therefore applied for political asylum in Finland where the tournament was held. Their actions provoked condemnations especially from the football and political establishments in Freetown. The few that returned to home were praised for their “patriotism”. Guess what? It turned out that those who stayed in Finland made the right decision while those who returned home made a serious mistake for while the squad that remained in Finland and eventually dispersed to other parts of Europe made tremendous strides in their footballing careers, their counterparts in Sierra Leone either stagnated or seriously retrogressed.

 


Tomorrow, three members of the U-17 squad that remained in Europe will don the national colors under the umbrella of the senior national team, the Leone Stars. They will be charged with the onerous task of subduing a stubborn Togolese side with a World Cup pedigree. Umaru Bangura of Honefoss BK in Norway, Samuel Barley of OIS, in Sweden will distribute the ball from the midfield while prolific winger Sheriff Suma of GAIS in Sweden, will in the absence of captain Mohamed Kallon harass the Togolese defense with his devastating pace in a bid to lift his country, a country he once refused to return to, from the basement of its group. What an interesting twist of fate for our football program.
 


Subject: Re: LEONE STARS: A SUDDEN TWIST OF FATE?
From: SUMA
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Date Posted: 08:29:35 06/02/07 ()
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Sheriff Suma was not part of those who ran away. He returned to salone after the competition. He was spotted by an agent in Freetown after the competition. He was part of the 5 or 6 players that returned home


Subject: Re: LEONE STARS: A SUDDEN TWIST OF FATE?
From: Alie Formeh Kamara
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Date Posted: 08:02:46 06/02/07 ()
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Good story.

The government of Sierra Leone had to save its face by condeming the actions of the defectors. It was appropriate that they did so.

Considering the economic status of Sierra Leone defecting to Europe is a big deal particularly if you have a valuable skill. On the bright side, once employed, you become an asset to Sierra Leone when you transfer funds for the upkeep of your family. You may also participate in business activities, later in life at home, involving the infusion of large capital accumulated abroad. Added to these benefits to Sierra Leone is this new revelation that defecting Soccer players who wind up in Europian Soccer leagues and receive additional training become heroes and end up playing for the Sierra Leone national team.

The impetus for defection is particularly striking depending on the margin of economic disparity between the defector's home country and the new country. For Sierra Leone, slotted at the bottom of the global economic index, defections are a high probability. In time, even the government will come to realize that defections are unavoidable but it will nevertheless continue to condemn it.

I hope we thrash Togo.


Subject: Re: LEONE STARS: A SUDDEN TWIST OF FATE?
From: Alie Formeh Kamara
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Date Posted: 08:12:31 06/02/07 ()
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I was a soccer player myself.
I played for Prince of Wales Junior Soccer team, Saint Francis Secondary school team, Fourah Bay College soccer team, State University at Albany soccer team, and the Sons of Italy soccer team.
My undergraduate education was paid for because of soccer. I also earned some living expense playing for Village soccer and Sons of Italy.


Subject: Re: LEONE STARS: A SUDDEN TWIST OF FATE?
From: Fact
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Date Posted: 14:42:32 06/02/07 ()
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Are you a son of Italy? Are you Italian? Italian-Sierra Leonean or Sierra Leonean-Italian?


Subject: Re: LEONE STARS: A SUDDEN TWIST OF FATE?
From: ABAZA
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Date Posted: 10:57:22 06/02/07 ()
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It seem as if most soccer players from back home who came to the U.S. made significant efforts to continue and finish their education.A case in point is the APC President Ga chapter UNISA KANU.This guy played back for his school Ahmaddiyya Freetown,East end Lions and Freetown United before goimg to Russian to study.Upon his completion in Russian,he came to the US where he was offered full tuition at Dekald college and Georgia state university for playing soccer.Now this guy is helping young Sierra leoneans that can play soccer with full scholarship at various schools in the southeast of the USA.


Subject: How John Leigh falls so low
From: Okada driver
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Date Posted: 03:15:06 06/02/07 ()
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John Leigh, the qualified barrister and the self acclaimed economist is a wacko. He not only lick his vomit, but he is stinkinglycorrupt and full of hate for progressive people. If, Kabbah can kick his ass and thrown him from the diplomatic parlanec, who else will take John Leigh serious. He has no constituent and he is waging a fruitless fight to secure a job in the dreamy Berewa government. John Leigh is an enigma.
He has blundered big time. You cursed Berewa fiti fata and even abused Sama Banya. The curse Sama Banya thrown at you is still haunt you.
John Leigh is the most reckless and insensitive politician ever to be in Sierra Leone.
John Leigh's constituency is cyber space. He said he has close ties with the krios at wilberforce street, why are you spewing thrash here and not in Freetown or Bo to campaign for a parliamentary seat?
At all costs, you want to be Sierra Leone's Foreign Minister. Do you want the world to take us serious to have an undiplomatic diploat?
John Leigh, Berewa is aggrieved. You have molested him and he is playing a hide and seek game with you.
John Leigh the qualified barrister who flip flop and tell lies about a home his Mother does not own in Bo. John Leigh you are a sick man who needs to be taught the art of politics.
 


Subject: Re: How John Leigh falls so low
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 21:12:19 06/02/07 ()
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A so called ambassador who says that he didn't read The Washington Post?
What kind of guy is that?
What kind?


Subject: Re: How John Leigh falls so low
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 21:01:20 06/02/07 ()
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"At all costs, you want to be Sierra Leone's Foreign Minister. Do you want the world to take us serious to have an undiplomatic diplomat?"

What would Colonel al-Qadhafi say to that?
Can you seer Lee leading a delegation to the OIC?

I give Hon. Momodou Koroma 85% plus as Sierra Leone's Foreign Minister, in spite of a few scandals …..

Leigh is already a disaster and whatever he says in this Forum from this second on, can only make it worse for himself and his party. Principles? Offer him a few million bucks and see how strongly he resists. That’s the blue litmus test.

The present government is 1500% more corrupt than SLPP of ‘64 and it was SLPP corruption 1964-67 that cost them the election. That’s why APC won. Nepotism and corruption sent the SLPP packing.

Now they all shout about love of country. They who know that politics is the fastest way to go
From rags to riches – otherwise he’d be the Director of some big bank in the US, if indeed he was half as smart - and honest as he’d like you to believe in this our Forum of his peers.

It was bad enough him running the Embassy like his private property, forgetting that an Ambassador is only a state sponsored SERVANT not the BOSS.

“But I'll know my song well before I start singin'”
If he doesn’t tone down his one track mono- mania.

 


Subject: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: Okada driver
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Date Posted: 18:48:13 06/01/07 ()
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What Leigh wrote about Berewa in the past:

LACKS ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS TRAINING

Berewa’s attitude regarding the development of our country is most discouraging. His reasoning as to how a country like Sierra Leone is going to develop reminds me of someone not schooled or experienced in either economics or international affairs but who has, instead, been isolated in a cultural wasteland for much too long. Yet, this same misguided individual is been touted in certain quarters as the next president of Sierra Leone!

How can such an individual, lacking in understanding of how nations become developed, ever hope to successfully construct social and economic institutions that would help our country advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States?

It is clear that Berewa’s announced strategy for Sierra Leone’s development, as reported by Messrs. Kargbo and Jalloh, will not work. His shallow and naive thinking is not likely to ever help the people of Sierra Leone improve the quality of their daily lives, let alone build a mighty nation whose standard of living would equal that of London and New York.

In fact, the mentality underpinning Berewa’s poor thinking is part of the very reason why Sierra Leone remains a place of extreme hardship for millions of people while a few are enriched from holding public office. We must take stock of our country’s performance to date and accept the fact that endless takings from others without giving something of commensurate value in return is not a sustainable development strategy at all.

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: MUSA KAMARA
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Date Posted: 14:35:30 06/02/07 ()
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John Leigh,your list is incomplete.What about the KAMAJORS-the barbaric murderers and their late leader Hinga Norman,Kabbah, Berewa-brought mercenaries-Sand Line International to butcher our people,Maada Bio etc


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: Alieu Sesay
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Date Posted: 00:10:42 06/03/07 ()
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Why do you leave out the Tamaborohs? Were they not part of te civil defense or were they?


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: John Ernest Leigh
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Date Posted: 19:02:37 06/01/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
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Okada Dropout:

When was your the piece you've recopied first written? Last week or five or six or seven years ago?

How many times have you reposted this repeat piece?

What does it prove? That I told it like it was?

Did anyone learn from my analysis?

Can Maggai ever write like the writer of the piece you've just recopied?

Will Maggai copy us whatever he has written to claim leadership of the Third Force because no one in SLPP would listen to him so he had to go outside and foolishly try to split the party?

Can Maggai write better than the author you have just reproduced again and again? Show us an example of Maggai's best writing.

Has Maggai ever criticized Berewa in writing? Why not? Because he can't write for educated people? Thank you. - JL

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: Okada driver
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Date Posted: 03:35:51 06/02/07 ()
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Whether you write that piece three years ago of not is not important. You were specifically refering to Berewa who wants to be Sierra Leone's President in 2007. Tell me John Leigh, who is the most inconsistent person here, the self acclaimed economist of xerox fame or the okada driver? The crux of the matter is that these are the words you use to describe Solomon Berewa who is vying to rule Sierra Leone at the same time you throw your towel "In fact, the mentality underpinning Berewa’s poor thinking is part of the very reason why Sierra Leone remains a place of extreme hardship for millions of people while a few are enriched from holding public office. We must take stock of our country’s performance to date and accept the fact that endless takings from others without giving something of commensurate value in return is not a sustainable development strategy at all."


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: Development Gateway
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Date Posted: 05:40:08 06/02/07 ()
Email Address: jadalie@sierratel.sl
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Message:
that is just the tip of the iceberg. If all what John Leigh wrote against Berewa is reproduced here, no one will ever treat him seriously in life.He thinks Berewa has forgotten. E go see am

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: Alie Formeh Kamara
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Date Posted: 21:10:32 06/01/07 ()
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John, you got caught.
In Krio, they call it 'two mott pen nef.'

The man you called, literally, an idiot that is not fit to run Sierra Leone is now your candidate because you put party before your country.

But he is not only an idiot, he is also corrupt as his performance in the Makeni CONBENTION indicates,per your previous analysis.

Other's have labelled him a cold hearted Killer for his role in State executions during SLPP rule.

Is this the man you support for our country?
 


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 09:55:06 06/02/07 ()
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Mr. Alie Formeh Kamara:

I have never put my party ahead of my country. My country is always first. But I will always put my party first and before the opposition parties.

In this election, my party has the best candidate. So I am backing Berewa fully in the best interests of my country.

You are totally wrong in implying that choosing either Shahid Jamil's nice peggy boy or the one-manic, discriminator, double-crossing dombolo is in the public interest.

Next, you claim that "Others have labelled him a cold hearted Killer for his role in State executions during SLPP rule." Those labelers need some eduvcation.

Those who might have labeled him as you claim are only some APC members and the sympathizers, friends, peggy boys, and relatives, etc. of the barbaric, bloodthirsty, wilfull killers who committed treason by overthrowing the elected government; doing so violently and killing innocent bystanders in the process and authority figures as well.

Thereafter, the savage coupligans proceeded to commit thousands of heinous crimes, including thousands of murders, rapes, making prisoners of college students for the purpose of sexual slavery, arson, maiming, beatings, jailing, etc. that so shocked the conscience of mankind worldwide that: (i) the British Government sent in paratroopers to liquidate or catch them; (ii) the international community intervened with the world's largest peacekeeping force that cost the UN $2.8 billion to gain the peace we are now enjoying; and (iii) a UN-backed Special Court was set up in Freetown to prosecute the ringleaders for their violent and barbaric crimes against humanity.

In my opinion, the executions were completely lawful and thoroughly in the public interest, painful though they were to the loved ones of the executed barbaric democracy-tiffing convicts.

I my opinion, President Kabbah ought to be hailed for scrupulously applying the law. In judging the correctness of his decision, we should put ourselves as in-country eyewitnesses in 1998 and not as Diaspora armchair politicians in far off comfortable America nearly a decade after those events.

These APC-backed criminals, heavily supported by APC's ex-President Joseph Momoh and AFRC/RUF Mr. Victor VoucherGate, colluded with Charles Taylor of Liberia and other loathsome foreigners to completely plunder and despoil their own very country including the massive killings and the desecration of the bodies of tens of thousands of their own women and children.

Sierra Leone voter ballots, not coupligan guns and plotting, put responsibility for rebuilding our country in the hands of the SLPP. It is this systematic rebuilding of our country that Berewa has been engaged in under Kabbah’s mentorship.

I am one of the very first to agree that the rebuilding effort has not yet been 100% successful – too many complaints of corruption from altogether credible sources. But I am on record as having written extensively to point out some of the major flaws of the SLPP effort and pleaded for reforms.

I am told by many I respect in SLeone that a good number of SLPP stalwarts (not all) have finally come to appreciate my objective stances and ready to take heed as necessary.

Therefore, despite the absence of total perfection, I support Berewa and the SLPP because I am convinced that they will do a far better job rebuilding our country than either (i) those who colluded with criminal destroyers to wreck our country or (ii) the one-manic dombolo dunce who is hell bent to exploit SLPP's relatively small mistakes (but conveniently ignoring SLPP’s larger significant achievements) for his own purely dynastic profit at all cost.

As for the latter, here is a man who is trying to con the people of SLeone by promising ‘positive change’, but when Dr. Momodu Koroma made his own positive change from his flunkey grouping to a more desirable mentor, the dombolo flunkey allowed his Tom, Dick and Harry to label the smarter Koroma ‘a turn coat’.

Such a proven flunkey leadership, blinded by vaulting over-ambition wholly lacking in merit, can never successfully rebuild SLeone. Thank you. - JL
 


Subject: Re: Lawyer Speaks
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 07:53:05 06/03/07 ()
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My country is always first. But I will always put my party first and before the opposition parties...............................................

speak ONLY from one side of your mouth John Leigh. You are not a politician John, face the truth and you are definitely not "Presidential Material". Get lost man you are becoming a humbug
 


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: Fact
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Date Posted: 14:54:23 06/02/07 ()
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When did Momodu become a doctor? I know he has a masters degree. is it a honorary degree form the university of sierra leone or a christiana thorpe-like distant education phd?


Subject: Berewa and summary executions
From: Alie Formeh Kamara
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Date Posted: 12:37:37 06/02/07 ()
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PUBLIC
AI Index: AFR 51/21/98
20 October 1998

Further information on EXTRA 75/98 (AFR 51/19/98, 12 October 1998)

Imminent execution/Death Penalty/ Legal Concerns

SIERRA LEONE

Brigadier Hassan Karim Conteh
Corporal Tamba Gborie
Colonel Samuel Francis Koroma
Major Kula Samba (f)
Colonel Abdul Karim Sesay
and 29 other soldiers


Twenty-four soldiers sentenced to death by a court martial, after a trial which allowed no right of appeal to a higher jurisdiction, were executed by firing squad on 19 October 1998. Those executed included the soldiers named above.

Thirty-four soldiers had been convicted of treason and other offences on 12 October 1998 in connection with the military coup of 25 May 1997, in which the elected government of President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was overthrown and the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) came to power. The 10 others had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment by a committee on the prerogative of mercy, chaired by President Kabbah.

These executions violate Sierra Leone's obligations under international human rights law.

Article 14(5) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), ratified by President Kabbah's government in 1996, states that "Everyone convicted of a crime shall have the right to his conviction and sentence being reviewed by a higher tribunal according to law."

Under the Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, also ratified by Sierra Leone in 1996, where rights guaranteed by the ICCPR, including the right to fair trial, have been violated, recourse may be sought from the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee. The Human Rights Committee has concluded that imposition of a death sentence after a trial which violates the provisions of the ICCPR, including Article 14, constitutes a violation of the right to life which is guaranteed by Article 6 of the treaty.

Applications on behalf of 18 of those sentenced to death were reported to have been submitted to the Human Rights Committee.

The Safeguards Guaranteeing Protection of the Rights of Those Facing the Death Penalty, adopted by the UN Economic and Social Council in 1984, state that: "Anyone sentenced to death shall have the right to appeal to a court of higher jurisdiction, and steps should be taken to ensure that such appeals shall become mandatory."

The African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights, which was ratified by Sierra Leone in 1984, also guarantees, under Article 7, the right to fair trial. The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights has made several decisions which interpret Article 7 of the African Charter to include a right of appeal to a higher jurisdiction. The execution of these 24 soldiers, who were denied the right to a fair trial, also amounts to arbitrary deprivation of the right to life which is prohibited by Article 4 of the African Charter.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Amnesty International acknowledges the government's responsibility to bring to justice, in accordance with international standards, those responsible for the serious crimes, including killings and torture, committed by forces of the AFRC and the armed opposition Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Amnesty International has repeatedly condemned the widespread atrocities committed by AFRC and RUF forces and insists that there should be no impunity for human rights abuses. Accountability for these atrocities must be established in order to combat impunity, to bring justice and to contribute to peace and reconciliation in Sierra Leone.

Amnesty International is, however, unconditionally opposed to the use of the death penalty. There is no evidence that the death penalty has any special power to reduce crime or political violence, or to meet any genuine social need.

FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/ airmail letters in English or in your own language:
- expressing profound concern and regret at the executions of 24 soldiers on 19 October 1998;
- expressing particular concern that those sentenced to death had no right of appeal against conviction or sentence to a higher jurisdiction, in violation of international standards for a fair trial, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights;
- also expressing concern that the executions were carried out while applications submitted to the United Human Rights Committee were pending;
- while acknowledging the gravity of the crimes for which those executed were convicted and government's responsibility to bring to justice those responsible for such crimes, stating your unconditional opposition to the death penalty;
- urging that no further executions take place.

APPEALS TO:

President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
State House
Independence Avenue
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Telegrams: President Kabbah, State House, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Faxes: + 232 22 22 22 50
Salutation: Dear President Kabbah

COPIES TO:

Mr Solomon Berewa
Attorney General and Minister of Justice
Department of Justice and Office of the Attorney General
Guma Building
Lamina Sankoh Street
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Faxes: + 232 22 22 93 66

and to diplomatic representatives of Sierra Leone accredited to your country.
 


Subject: Re: No right to appeal. John is that right?
From: Alie Formeh Kamara
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Date Posted: 12:07:20 06/02/07 ()
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Human Rights Watch Condemns Executions in Sierra Leone
(New York, October 19, 1998)— Human Rights Watch expressed its outrage at the execution earlier today of twenty-four soldiers by the government of Sierra Leone

The decision to carry out the death sentences without the basic right to appeal is extremely disappointing. This will not sow the seeds of national reconciliation nor help to establish a state based on respect of international human rights standards.

Dr. Peter Takirambudde
The Executive Director for Africa at Human Rights Watch

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Human Rights Watch had previously requested Sierra Leonean President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah to commute death sentences for thirty-four soldiers accused of treason, ten of whom were given life sentences today.

"The decision to carry out the death sentences without the basic right to appeal is extremely disappointing," said Peter Takirambudde, executive director of the Africa division of Human Rights Watch. "This will not sow the seeds of national reconciliation nor help to establish a state based on respect of international human rights standards."

On October 12, a court martial in Sierra Leone handed down the sentences on the soldiers accused of treason and collaboration with the former military regime known for its flagrant violations of human rights.

As a State Party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), as well as its Optional Protocol, the government of Sierra Leone is obliged to guarantee the right to review by a higher court. The Sierra Leonean military court system currently makes no provision for appeal of sentences, including capital punishment.

Human Rights Watch opposes the death penalty in all cases, particularly in light of Sierra Leone’s fledgling judicial system and the irreversible nature of a death sentence. The New York-based rights group further called on the Sierra Leonean government to restructure the military court system
 


Subject: Re: No right to appeal. John is that right?
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 14:59:29 06/02/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
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"Re: No right to appeal. John is that right?" - Mr. Alie Formeh Kamara

Dear Mr. Alie Formeh Kamara:

Unfortunately and painful as it was to the close coupligan survivors, that was the law in force at the time of the establishment and the entire incumbency of the AFRC/RUF coupligan regime, their overthrow, the trial of the convicted soldiers and their execution.

It was also the law in force during at least part APC's incumbency and used to execute coupists then. Worse, the NPRC executed 26 people by shooting them merely upon self-serving allegations by the regime without any trial.

Those soldiers executed were in the military at the time of the NPRC executions of the 26 innocents and never saw it fit to complain. Nor did their relatives, friends, yes-men, peggy boys and their supporters ever protested those arbitrary executions in cold blood. Nor did they advocate for compensation to their survivors.

The RUF killed tens of thousands without trials. They even sentenced Dr. James Jonah, Chief Justice Desmond Luke and JL to DEATH WITHOUT ANY TRIAL; put up a bill board with offers of a bounty for our arrests.

I am sure that if the barbarians had the opportunity they would have executed us in cold blood without trial - let alone an appeal.

At any rate, the crimes the coupligans committed were gross and were there for all to see and many to sadly and painfully experience. They killed many innocent people without trial.

Hence, the charges against them were true and their trials were fair and opened to the public. I sat in some of those trials myself. Even Amnesty international (AI) stated publicly that the crimes the coupligans committed were outrageous. AI merely wanted the formality of an appeal.

SLeone was too unstable then and people were extremely fearful of coupligans escaping from detentions and hurting them all over again. Just imagine what the soldiers ECOMOG evicted did later!

Besides, President Kabbah obeyed the existing law in carrying out the sentences by having the Board of Pardons review the sentences according to law. Fully 10 coupligans escaped their death sentences under that process.

Friends and relatives, etc. of the coupligans cannot now be heard complaining about the lack of an appeal under the above-described circumstances. This, however, cannot detract from the pain of survivors of the executed.

I was in Magburaka during the SLPP leadership campaign in August 2005 and was fortunate to meet Mrs. Ibrahim Tarqui who had traveled from nearby Matotoka to meet me. We sat and chatted.

She was obviously in pain 30 years after her civilian husband was executed in cold blood by APC Siaka Stevens. I felt is as we discussed relevant issues.

I have read THE DEVIL THAT DANCED ON WATER by Aminata Fornah reviewing her late father's life and how Siaka Stevens railroaded him to the gallows just because Dr. Fornah put the public interests first and above corrupt party interests. Reading her story, you can feel Ms. Fornah's deep pain 30 years after that unjust execution of a decent nationalist Sierra Leonean.

So, while I sympathize with the coupligans' survivors, I believe justice was done to each of the coupligans themselves.

In the future, we SLeoneans ought to call our bad relatives to the side and quietly tell them that what they are doing is wrong rather than sit quietly in the shadows and hoping the wrongdoers would win and you the relatives will then become the new elite in a badly wounded country.

When I tried to encourage Binkolo people to call Johnny Paul Koroma & Co aside and quietly advise them to terminate their coupliganism by telling them that we know the where the AFRC ringleaders hailed from, Frog Doctor, probably at the behest of the King of Stupid, sought unsuccessfully for seven years to brand JL as anti-Limba. To the credit of his targets, no one sensible believed him and reports of most of his attempts reached me, unbeknownst to him.

Please let us stop our opportunism and stand up in time for what is right instead of hoping to profit from wrongdoing. Thank you. - JL
 


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: ABK
To: All
Date Posted: 10:55:54 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
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"You are totally wrong in implying that choosing either Shahid Jamil's nice peggy boy or the one-manic, discriminator, double-crossing dombolo is in the public interest. "

Comical Aleigh,the problem with you is your narcissism.How dare you call a man who came from humble beginnings,attended Fourah Bay College,became a teacher and later went to work at National Insurance and then Reliance Insurance,a peggy boy.If you are implying that all those who worked in one of Jamil's numerous businesses are his peggy boys then many members in your party are peggy boys.Going by your analogy,can we say that Berewa is Kabbah's peggy boy or even Momoh's peggy boy as he was used as a proscecutor by Momoh's Govt.to try so called opponents.
How about you?Whose peggy boy are you or are you just engage in"lay bellehism"with the hope of scoring a job if your man wins.
Comical Aleigh,your politics stinks.First you were jealous of Charles and now you are calling a self made man a "peggy boy".Although,I am not a supporter of the APC,I happen to have known Ernest since I was a boy and one thing I can say about him is that he is an honest and decent gentleman and I believe he would be a better leader any day compared to your man who is corrupt and inept.


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: Patriot
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Date Posted: 10:23:35 06/02/07 ()
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"I have never put my party ahead of my country. My country is always first. But I will always put my party first and before the opposition parties."

John Leigh:

As usual, you say one thing, and you do the opposite --just as you unequivocally said that Berewa was unfit to lead Salone and then you fli-lopped and shout that Berewa is fit to lead Salone!

No wonder people say you are dishonest and corrupt -- your own words and actions provide ample evidence of your dishonesty and corruption. Let us look at a typical example of your treasonous actions against the interest of your country that you hypocritically proclaim to love.

1. You wrote: "I have never put my party ahead of my country. My country is always first. But I will always put my party first and before the opposition parties."

Question #1: How do you, Leigh, put your country ahead of your party by supporting the SLPP party that records conclusively show is absolutely the worst government in the history of Salone?

2. You also wrote: "You are totally wrong in implying that choosing either Shahid Jamil's nice peggy boy or the one-manic, discriminator, double-crossing dombolo is in the public interest."

Question #2: How can your man, Berewa, whom you have called unfit to lead SL without any reservation be a better leader than opposition candidates who have never been part of the worst government in Salone?

Your illogical and partisan answers to the above and other questions expose you clearly as a traitor to the people of Salone. It is yet further evidence of your capacity for self-serving self delusion that, against such incontrovertible evidence of your lack of objectivity and traitorous partisanship, you would call yourself objective.

Not surprising, you also say you put your country first while your actions show exactly the opposite, as proved above.

As someone told you yesterday, you are totally and irredeemably unpatriotic, John Leigh.


 


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: Fan
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Date Posted: 21:25:59 06/01/07 ()
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Alie:

The following is perhaps one of the best diagnoses of John Leigh's personal dishonesty and public corruption:

"Posted by SLPP on June 01, 2007 at 01:52:07:

In Reply to: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES posted by John E. Leigh on May 31, 2007 at 21:25:17:

Actually, it is you who does not understand the significance of your predicament -- you have been exposed to be a flip-flopping, opportunistic, unprincipled politician who would say anything to try to gain personal benefits even if it means condemning the people of SL to continued suffering under the corrupt and incompetent SLPP.

Just before the SLPP convention lasy year, you severely criticised the man you now support -- the SLPP's Solomon Berewa -- using material you had written earlier. You flip-flopped and started praising the same man you had recently called totally unfit to lead SL -- Solomon Berewa -- only after you failed to obtain a single vote at the SLPP covention, despite allegedly bribing the delegates to vote for you.

The evidence is overwhelming, therefore, that you are clearly an opportunist who flips and flops with the consistent purpose of serving only your own very selfish interest at the expense of the far greater interest of the people of SL. In short, you are totally and irredeemably unpatriotic."

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: Development Gateway
To: All
Date Posted: 20:08:44 06/01/07 ()
Email Address: jadalie@sierratel.sl
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Message:
When the article was written is not important. Besides, you cannot tell us within Berewa has been trained in the art of development and international relations to the extent of becoming a better leader since 2005. Charles Margai has nothing to do with writing rubbish in newspapers so do not bring him into your nonsense. You were the one who spit and went back to vomit it. Berewa was corrupt yesterday and incompetent, today he is a saint and competent. What do you think you are taking people for? Mr. Leigh go easy. The only man who can now treat you seriously is yourself, nt even Berewa.
 


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: M. A;lieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 20:15:19 06/01/07 ()
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Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our minds"

Robert Nesta Marley

John Leigh is a bag of hot stinking air. He talks rubbish, thinks that he is the smartest sierra leonean and that he has an answer to the problems of sierra leone. he is very mistaken. I want John Leigh to know that I am addressing his issues ONLY under my OWN DAMN name so that when others attack him with Pseudonyms he does not get his usual knee jerk reactions based on some psychological deficit he may suffer from unknowingly.


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: Independent Man
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Date Posted: 23:56:54 06/01/07 ()
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Now look who is talking about Hot Air.....
Are you on some sort of prescr1ption????
Go drain the dorty water out of the APC bucket. Then, we might consider listening to your boto-bata.

 

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: Independent Observer
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Date Posted: 06:06:44 06/02/07 ()
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"Go drain the dorty water out of the APC bucket. Then, we might consider listening to your boto-bata."

This is yet another example of the chronic SLPP blind apologists' disease -- they never understand anything they read or write!

Everyone but you dim-witted SLPP apologists know that the APC has not been in power in Sierra Leone during the past 10 years of SLPP misrule.

So the only boto bota in the posts between you and Alieu's is found in your irrelevant rant about a party that has not been in power in Sierra Leone at any time during the last 15 years. But of course, you are a blind SLPP apologist with the guarabteed accompanying chronic disease of incomprehension.

So you would be the last one, if ever, to recognize the obvious fact that it is only the most corrupt and incompetent regime in the history of Sierra Leone, the SLPP, that has dragged Sierra Leone to the bottom of the list of the world's worst nations and kept our people there for each and every year of its 10-year maladministration of our once proud country.

That is why Alieu is perfectly correct in his diagnosis of flacidity in one of the most corrupt and absolutely dishonest SLPP apologists -- the dim-witted John Leigh. Seeking to deny that fact, as you did, makes you as blind as the ding-bat Leigh. That means you are both typical SLPP apologists.


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Berewa
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
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Date Posted: 20:05:11 06/01/07 ()
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And I take it by your own estimation you are the smartest egg in the basket right? You give your self too much damn credit John Leigh.

I told you once before that you condemnation of Charkles Margai has served one purpose, it has made him a houshold name, now the PMDC must thank you for giving CFM all the press that he needs with you usual infantile manifestation of superiority complex.


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Allieu Iscandari
From: John E. Leigh
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Date Posted: 10:44:17 06/02/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
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"I told you once before that you condemnation of Charkles Margai has served one purpose, it has made him a houshold name, now the PMDC must thank you for giving CFM all the press that he needs with you usual infantile manifestation of superiority complex." - Atty. Allieu Iscandari

Al:

Please talk sense like a smart lawyer does. Here is Lesson One:

Merely making one like Margai into a household name is not the significant issue - as you are foolishly arguing.

The value of a high name recognition depends on whether the said household name has more positives than negatives.

In our own small corner of the world, you and I know that names such as Foday Sankoh, Sam Bockarie, Johnny Paul Koroma, Joseph Momoh, Victor Vouchergate AFRC/RUF, Shahid Jamil, Zagalo, Charles Taylor, Ekutay, RUF, AFRC, etc. are all household names.

Now you say I have made PMDC Margai into a household name. You may or may not be right - I am not sure that such a dubios honor belongs to me especially in light of his own background and his own arrangements such as:

A one-manic disposition, a secretive, non-collegial dynastic political party ownership; fahlahmahkahtah, double-crossing, dombolo decisions, yap-yap talk of 'ar go do dis; ar go do dat wenn ar ween! etc. And

The dubious human quality of PMDC support base including: junior tribalist blockheads, mumbo-tombo-dumbos, remedial dunces; munkus, foolumunkus, phoolumunkus; bangucrooks, tiff-tiff disbarred, disrobed, defrocked lawyer; alphabet-soup opportunistic crookish political types, etc.

Even if you are correct, how is PMDC perceived from my writings? Capable of leading Sierra Leone? Or a hopeless over-ambitious group of flunkeys, dunces and dull, angry-belleh politicians?

Here is a group comprising of close Margai associates and which for over 12 years mechanically and routinely parroted their leadership refrain of Dr. Momodu Koroma being "Mr. Maggai's errand boy, briefcase carrier and a turn coat" with not a single one of them ever questioning publicly the stupidity of the erroneous theme of their anthem especially after they came up with their "Positive Change" con.

SLPP, on the other hand, has people like me to speak out fearlessly in the public interest - especially after the door in Bo was rudely shut in my face with this: "Shut up, sit down and go back to America."

Instead, I went to the press in SLeone and on-line!

A well-trained lawyer is usually analytical - and never gets hung-up on trash. Now you know why I politely refused your unsound Margai advice. Thanks. - JL

PS: I would like to quickly phase out my presence in this forum and would appreciate your cooperation. Thanks in advance. - JL


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Allieu Iscandari
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 18:10:07 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
PS: I would like to quickly phase out my presence in this forum and would appreciate your cooperation. Thanks in advance. - JL

Thats easy John Resist the need to grovell on behalf of Berewah and bringing whats left of your once stellar reputation into disrepute and stop your usual trash writing and the uncontrollable urge to respond to all commers, stab your friends in the back andthen and ONLY then would you be able to phase out your pressence on this forum and to that most people on the forum would say "GOD RIDDANCE JOHN DONT LET THE DOOR KNOB HIT YER ON THE WAY OUT AND WHILE YOU ARE OUT THERE CLEAN YOURSELF OF THIS MEGALOMANIAC TENDENCY THAT YOU TENFD TO EXHIBIT SO PROFUSELY. It does make you look and act like a BUFFON


Subject: Re: John Leigh castigates Allieu Iscandari
From: CHEZ WINAKABS EUROPE
To: All
Date Posted: 13:58:30 06/02/07 ()
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JL - go back and read what you just penned. Always remeber the lesson that in negative thought comes out positivity. As Alieu rightly said your undiplomatic crtiticisms gave rise to a formidable CFM. Had it come from someone of a more undiluted background people will not believe otherwise. Recall my plea to you - use reason in your writings and thuinking. You are promoting margai's case and that is detrimental to our campaign. take a back seat and propel from the rear. I am sure SLPP is going to win; your words to others must carry respect for humanity.


Subject: Ministry of Education Hands Over Authority for Primary and J
From: LOCAL COUNCIL
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Date Posted: 18:44:04 06/01/07 ()
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Through a power point presentation Dr. Wurie explains in great detail what the transfer actually involves. Giving him ready assistance is one of his 'lieutenants', Salieu Kamara

 

Ministry of Education Hands Over Authority for Primary and Junior Secondary School Education to Local Councils.
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The Minister of Education, Dr. Alpha Wrie, on Friday, June 1, handed over responsibility for primary and junior secondary school education in Sierra Leone, to the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.

 

The ceremony took the form of a workshop in Freetown which was chaired by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Alhaji Banie Eilla Sesay who was deputising for the Minister, Mr. Sidique Brima.

 

This is the culmination of the devolution process in that Ministry which called for the devolution of some of its functions personnel and assets to local councils under the on- going decentralisation programme
 


Subject: Bra Cornie, where were you when this one came out?
From: Non-Partisan Observer
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Date Posted: 17:17:19 06/01/07 ()
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Get your platform shoes out of your garages, put on your eleganza pants, comb out your afros and chill.


Subject: Re: Bra Cornie, where were you when this one came out?
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 18:17:12 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Anecdote (2)

When I put on the BBC (TV) after the Sabbath, to see what’s been happening in our world, there was an actor talking about how he played Hamlet, after it had been played by all the great actors available on recordings Videos, DVDS so that it’s possible to make a composite of all the bits and pieces and parts that you like from Oliver and Company…

He came to the conclusion that it’s best to be oneself. The same with music I think. That you are a product of all that has influenced you and – in the one-timeness, you will be you…. Not Carlos Santana of yore…..

In 1973, I was sitting in the park called Humlegården, by the Royal Library, with a group of Africans which included Stefan Dikanda, a Cameroonian. The talk turned to music. You can play? It's like asking can you read and write? Yes, I am Sierra Leone’s Jimi Hendrix , I boasted. (The Bannerman brothers at Kumasi's Kingsway Hotel were playing mostly that) so (well you know Africans’) he took me up the road to his friend who turned out to be Mr. Ekwe. He appeared in his dressing gown and was looking a little annoyed and arrogant. Took out his Fender Stratocaster and did a slave like rendition of Franco’s Mado, note for note. I was suitably impressed, but even Segovia can do that...

You say, “I can play “just as I can also say, “I’m a poet” and not have to prove it to any outsider (this was 73 at that time I was a 5% guitarist.) and it’s a challenge, like a competition. Someone will even tell you that ” that’s not African”. Funny. How can it not be African and I am an African? So is Jimi Hendrix., Bob Marley, Sly Stone, and Louis Mhlanga.

http://www.google.se/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4ADBR_enSE222SE222&q=Louis+Mhlanga


When the lead guitarist of CHICAGO died, there were about 1,500 applicants to take his place. I suppose the audition consisted in plugging and blowing up the amplifier.......

George Wadenius, a Swedish guitarist took over as lead guitarist in the band. (Wadenius, JOJO as he is called and Willy on Congas, appear on a live album with the Swedish Trumpeter Lars Farnlöf)

It must be a hard life as a pro performer, mostly on the road.

Anyway, after my birthday present of 1995 I’ve listened to all the Franco that I could find. It’s like reading Nahjul Balagha , after some time you start thinking , well I did - along those lines) and so it was with Franco. I am now 75% Franco at bottom, especially the double chords– it’s difficult to explain, I rave about Popoliopo, Caen Madoka etc, but at the base is Franco – furthest away from King Sunny Adé's lead style. His rhythm is part of me........

Dr. Alpha Wurie our minister of Education and culture should start a Music school…….it’s part of the Arts……

 


Subject: Re: Bra Cornie, where were you when this one came out?
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 17:19:01 06/02/07 ()
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Thanks a million!

Actually and quite literally, I was with my brothers and mother in London but got the double Franco CD (with Mario just when it came out.) Actually Mario is not one of my favourite of Franco compositions – too long and I must confess, a little boring………yet of all the Congolese guitarist, it is Franco first, Dr. NICO next and Papa Noel, that have been and continue to be my early masters – along with Kwame Ampadu…….

I learned everything in Ghana, over here in Sweden and in Nigeria – by listening and imitating note for note a big step from Western Pop to Sembene….

Dr. Dynamite has showed me a few chords and I sort of got it together later, more clearly and more distinctly. Of course, the feeling has always been there. First music I listened to in Sierra Leone was Cuban, mostly Johnny Pacheco on flute. Stanley Fraser’s favourite…..type of charanga…before that I remember hearing S.E. Rogers type guitar whilst I was in the cradle. That’s my earliest memory. Still a mystery…….My dad played Saxophone.

A little story here:

After Franco passed away and after a few days it had still not been reported in Dagens Nyheter (to which we are subscribed) I phoned Dagens Nyheter and talked to the guy in charge of Music.
The talking was brief. I asked him:” If Elvis Presley passed away would you report it?” (Elvis was already in heaven)
He said, “Yes! Certainly”
And then very briefly, I told him who Franco is.
The next day there was full page article about our FRANCO!

My Cameroonian friend Willy Ekwe is also a great fan (one of the finest palm wine guitarist that Africa has ever produced - he appears in than Manu Dibango‘s first Soul Mucosa Album, on guitar, unfortunately has been living in Sweden since the early 70s and far away from the heartland centres of studio music production which is dominated by about six Zairian guitarists mostly living in Paris and Brussels.
He tells me that Franco is the peoples’ guy whilst Dr. NICO is more of an intellectual guitarist. Of course, I don’t agree with him. Perhaps he means the lyrical contents such as Franco’s “President Eyadema “ vs. NICO’s “Desolation”

The last recording that Dr. NICO made was soon after his visit to Sierra Leone. Both NICO – Nico first, and Franco were carried away by HIV. Pongo Love too. Perhaps many others.

AS a matter of fact my last visit to Sierra Leone (March-April 1970) coincided with the visit of Seigneur Rochereau with Dr. NICO and the African Fiesta Sukisa……..


In 1995 my son gave me this book and it’s well worth reading. It is the life of Franco set against the social cultural backdrop that was Congo before and during Mobutu. Mobutu got everybody to take African names, So Rochereau (as you know) became Tabu Ley and Franco became Luambo Makiadi. (The same type of thing happened in Iran and my Sufi Master took the name BICHAREH which in Farsi means “Helpless” or as we would say in Krio “Ow for do?) Franco among other things became a Muslim (as did John Coltrane, when it was a fad among African American musicians to do so) but what is more interesting is the political background and Franco’s great importance on the Congo’s political arena.


 


Subject: Post-Independence SL Went Down After Sir Milton
From: Almamy Seray-Wurie Si
To: All
Date Posted: 16:02:26 06/01/07 ()
Email Address: almamysi@hotmail.com
Entered From: 24hrpc9.cpmc.columbia.edu at 156.111.18.148

Message:
Thanks to John Leigh and Alieu Iscandri for doing their best in reforming their parties (SLPP and APC).
I pray that reforms continue as my child would be best placed in either the bad old teacher's small classroom or the new good teacher's crowded classroom.
 


Subject: Re: Post-Independence SL Went Down After Sir Milton
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 22:04:32 06/02/07 ()
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Iscand-A-ri is the correct spelling of his surname, if you please.
As for the crooks the motto of he who was robbed is, ”If you can't beat them then join them"

 


Subject: Help - St. Edwards Secondary School
From: Webmaster
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Date Posted: 13:28:32 06/01/07 ()
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I am the webmaster for the Edwardian webpage and need an updated info regarding the shool phone/fax number,
principal's phone number, and school email address if there is one.

I have been receiving plenty of verification emails and I need to update the school's website with info about who to contact.

Dirge Nos In Veritate


Subject: Fans threaten Liberia coach
From: Ledgerhood Rennie
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Date Posted: 12:47:50 06/01/07 ()
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Fans threaten Liberia coach
By Ledgerhood Rennie
BBC Sport, Monrovia



Fans are angry with Liberia coach Frank Jericho Nagbe

Irate Liberian football fans have threatened the life of the Lone Star coach, Frank Jericho Nagbe, after he left out several overseas-based players from his latest squad.

Liberia are preparing to host Cameroon in a Group Five 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday.

The coach's home was besieged overnight by furious fans threatening to burn it down, as he was forced to abandon the Lone Star's training camp in Monrovia to be with his family.

"My life is being threatened and I will have to resign if I do not get the security guarantees from the government," Nagbe told a local radio station.

The coach has refused to return to the training camp even though police have now cordoned off his home in order to protect his family.

The fans are criticizing Nagbe's squad as being too inexperience and immature to encounter the highly-rated Cameroonians.

They want the inclusion of the likes of the Greek-based Kelvin Sebwe and Oliver Makor as well as goalie Loius Crayton, who plies his trade in Switzerland.

But Nagbe has continued to insist that these players do not fit into his plan for Sunday's encounter.

"I have not dropped these players from the team, but this time around they just don't fit into my game plan," he explained.

Even the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has taken an interest in the row and made an impromptu visit to the team's training session on Friday morning.

"I am very concerned about the unfolding events so I have come to get a first hand understanding of what is happening," she told the frightened players.

"We do not want any violence that would lead to our suspension from international football so we will be meeting with the coach and others concern to see how we can handle this crisis."


 


Subject: CONGRATULATION, CHARLENE !
From: Dr. Charles Curtis-Thomas
To: All
Date Posted: 12:44:50 06/01/07 ()
Email Address: RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM
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Message:
CHARLENE CURTIS-THOMAS, This is to congratulate you as you graduate today from high school. I am sooooooooooooooooo proud of your hard word and determination to succeed.

As you prepare to begin college in August, May the good Lord continue to guide and guard you.

LOVE, ALWAYS, FROM YOUR DAD


Subject: Re: CONGRATULATION, CHARLENE !
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 17:22:41 06/02/07 ()
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CONGRATULATIONS CHARLENE... and here I am adding my avuncular voice to your very proud dad's ( we are now singing in the same choir)
WORK HARD!WE are all very intelligent beings. With hard work sky's the limit to what you can achieve - what you want to achieve. But you have to work hard......


Subject: he danced barefoot on hot coals
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 10:50:55 06/01/07 ()
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Just trying to set the record straight because the behaviour of the uncivilisable is tiresome.
Some people laugh at us, at some of the antic on the Forum “Is that your (so and so?)” I was asked.
They can’t believe it.
My brother-in-law, Saul, laughs at me. He says, “But Corn, you are a Swede. You’ve lived here almost all your life!” Some time ago, he called me a “Racist”…. But that’s another story……
Yesterday I visited my dear friend from the Gambia, Mustapha Touray. I call him MUZU – because that’s how I used to call my friend Muctarr Mustapha (whose dad was minister of finance, when the SLPP was the SLPP). I last had a few beers with Muzu at Kit Kat, the very last time I was in Sierra Leone and that was in March 1970. He was still sporting his young Harry Belafonte hairstyle, whereas I had a magnificent Afro. (I lost my Afro in Stockholm. Went into the barber's shop at Stureplan and asked him if he knew how to cut Blackman’s hair. I should have known there was something wrong with the guy when he told me that he had done Jimi Hendrix just a few weeks earlier – I should have remembered the beginning of that David Crosby song “ Almost cut my hair – it happened just the other day”)
I was standing at the square at Biblioteksgatan and waiting for my wife, as we arranged. When she turned up, about ten minutes late, she said that she was late, because she had been looking everywhere for me. I told her, “But I’ve been standing here for the past half an hour!”
“What have they done to you, my sweet boy? “ She asked.
“What do you mean? “
“Corn! You have been shorn!” She cried, “Your Samson hair is all gone….”
Ah yes, the “Jimi Hendrix” haircutter had been trimming and trimming, trying to level out my nigger hair , gradually mowing it down like his lawn……shorn…. My wife had not been looking for me but for my Afro head, and when she didn’t find it sticking out in the crowd, had passed me by……)
I have known Muzu (Mustapha Touray and his wife Birgitta, since the early 70's in Stockholm kept good company (as brothers should. Had several cups of "Ah Tire" tea. He had invited me to Okro soup, but Halal is not exactly kosher so I declined. Mustapha and I have never quarrelled. In fact, the only quarrels I have had have been on the Internet). The only Sierra Leoneans that have ever been home to me, since I got here in 1970, are, Kotoh Ahmadu, (once in 1972), my best friend Khassim Kamara, Michael Kamara of the PMDC, Hamid Taqi (the brother of Ibrahim Taqi, was my special guest for an afternoon in 1973. Regina Daramy, the wife of Soulay Daramy) Moses Sesay, Joseph Tarawallie, Dennis Mok, Osman Lahai, who stayed with me for ten days, Dr. Bright –Taylor, who stayed with me for about a month before taking up his appointment in Trondheim, Norway, Gloria Dillsworth (nee Ashwood) Sierra Leonean Librarian who stayed with us for about a week or so…….some years ago and brother Desmond Dumbuya.
Is there anyone I have not mentioned? I don’t think so. So if any Sierra Leonean tells you what Persian or Chinese carpet’s on the floor it’s one of the people mentioned above.
Yes, our music machine is a solid Bang & Olufsen was a present, my 2nd solid top Tapa Maciza guitar too.
WE do not live in rented premises. Those who say they know me have a lot fantasy. They should write fiction. I’ll do the review.
Don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of friends, from South, East, North, West Africa – you name the country, and I have a friend from that country in Africa. Diplomats+ Yes, I have a few friends there to from all over the world, including the UK, Sweden, Israel and the United States of America.
The 10th Commandment is
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet they neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.” Covetousness is the cause of many problems in our communities.
I do not covet .Yes, I do not covet and I have not coveted. It just happens to be so and let me add there is no one, no property, no position, ( e.g. President, vice president, minister of this and that, guitar player, poet, singer, writer, orator or Sierra Leone ambassador to anywhere etc, that I covet. Orator? I admired Muctarr Mustapha very much, especially his hyperboles……

Well, whilst Mustapha was praying his ASR, I read through some of his magazines from Mecca and came across the saying by the prophet of Islam, that strength does not consist in being able to beat someone into a bloody pulp, but strength consists in being able to gain mastery over, e.g. your anger. After he finished praying, we discussed this. I told him that Imam Ali (a.s.) says that if you are angry and you are standing up, sit down and if you are sitting down, lay down. (Of course Muslims know the hadith about some kuffar who once spat in his face, during one of the battles in which he and ZULFIKAR were once again heroes. Well Ali, didn’t finish the bastard off there and then, he continued the fight somewhere else, and when he was not at all angry, and it was known to the Imam that it was not destined that the spitter was going to be a Muslim, came back and sent him directly to the fire, for that is where he belongs and I’m sure that he is still burning there.
True brothers and sisters of the Cocorioko, after joining the Leonenet community, this is where my anger began:
“ Netters,

The only kind of history, records show, that repeats itself in Sierra Leone
is ugly and harmful history. The history of corruption, nepotism, tribalism,
insatiable greed and the like, continuously reinvents itself on the Sierra
Leonean soil. As recently as three days ago, the history of 'naked'
political betrayal repeated itself. Hinga Norman, SLPP's minister of
Internal Affairs, former head of the Kamajor/CDF, a government sanctioned
and supported militia against marauding rebels, was indicted by the Special
Court. However, indictment is not so much the issue, but the manner in which
Hinga Norman was treated by his own government, one for which he danced
barefooted on hot coal.

I am personally not surprised by the indictment, but something deeply
worries me about the manner in which Hinga Norman was arrested. No matter
how one's natural prejudice may make one feel about Hinga Norman, one's
sense of decency will not make one put Hinga Norman on the same level with
some of the world's most brutal beasts----Foday Sankoh, Maskita, Charles
Taylor etc. Even if Hinga Norman may not have protected one's area, he and
his militia protected Sierra Leoneans and Sierra Leone, and provided the
only national response to the ruthless RUF machinery. Such an effort, a
patriotic response to an unnatural calamity, was bound to involve unnatural
activity. Was Hinga Norman not waging a "Just War" against the Rebels? Did
our president and his impotent ministers not flee the country? Could the
government not have designed a 'decent' way of turning in Hinga Norman to
the Special Court? Is the family of the man who protected the family of
others from physical and psychological torment, not entitled to even that
protection? Well, what a world? Sourie Turay, I agree with you, this
government has bungled big time. But I don't think it is an innocent
mistake, nor is it a mere respect for Law. I think it is calumny, it is a
betrayal of Shakespearean proportions. I agree with Kayode that the
indictment only signals "potential culpability," not necessarily guilt. I am
convinced that Hinga Norman will not be found guilty if the Special Court is
not just a charade.

I do not have access to the information in the possession of the Special
Court, but no matter what it is, I think the country should solidly support
Hinga Norman. Any attempt to politicize, regionalize, tribalize, or
personalize this issue is an attempt to fracture our future, and undermine
the basis for national mobilization. In fact, the indictment of Hinga Norman
is in some sense an indictment of the Government itself, and an indictment
of the concept of Self defense. I am worried about our penchant for
political betrayal.


Sheikh Umarr Kamarah "
 


Subject: Re: he danced barefoot on hot coals
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 21:27:28 06/02/07 ()
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Correction ( should read):

Apart from my family (including Ebun Wright)

The only Sierra Leoneans that have ever been home to me, since I got here in 1970, are, Kotoh Ahmadu, (once in 1972), my best friend Khassim Kamara, Michael Kamara of the PMDC, Hamid Taqi (the brother of Ibrahim Taqi, was my special guest for an afternoon in 1973. Regina Daramy, the wife of Soulay Daramy) Moses Sesay, Joseph Tarawallie, Alieu Kamara and Family, Dennis Mok, Osman Lahai, who stayed with me for ten days, Dr. Bright –Taylor, who stayed with me for about a month before taking up his appointment in Trondheim, Norway, Gloria Dillsworth (nee Ashwood) Sierra Leonean Librarian who stayed with us for about a week or so…….some years ago and brother Desmond Dumbuya.
Is there anyone I have not mentioned? I don’t think so. So if any Sierra Leonean tells you what Persian or Chinese carpet’s on the floor it’s one of the people mentioned above.
 


Subject: FOR MOIJUE
From: okdok
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Date Posted: 10:55:56 06/01/07 ()
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Message:
Can you please tell me how former VP Joe Demby is going along with PMDC?Its so long without hearing anything about him.


Subject: Re: FOR MOIJUE
From: Moijue
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Date Posted: 13:43:12 06/01/07 ()
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Very well.


Subject: Cornelius "Moijue" Hamelberg
From: Chiefdom Elders
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Date Posted: 12:33:19 06/01/07 ()
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Message:
CORNELIUS "MOIJUE" Hamelberg.


Subject: Re: Cornelius "Moijue" Hamelberg
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 12:42:40 06/01/07 ()
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Message:
It was a reply to what I had posted.

I take the opportunity to add this.

Sengbe,

If you say so, I take your word for it.
There are many impersonations on the net.
I get private mail from real people and impersonators, saying this and that about others including you.
My niceness is because of love for country. And let me tell you, when I was in Sierra Leone, it’s not everybody, every Tom-Dick and Harry that was my friend. Johnny Leigh is not and has never been a “big man” to me. Yes, I have friends who are ambassadors. Even from countries that are not the second poorest in the world, because you guys don’t know what love is and that’s why you are always fighting over peanuts and about your tiny tot personalities competing about “prestige” Who gives fuck if Berewa was AG or Leigh was is or will be Sierra Leone president/ messenger to everywhere or be buried in his home village at sunset?

But to Johnny Leigh etc and others, let me make this clear now. The next time somebody messes with me and this is my last warning, a process will be set in motion when that kicks those sons of bitches, their asses will stay kicked and all SLPP supporters will regret it, forever.

It’s statements like this “and pray that you do not get me involved in your mess” that reflect your second hand feeling/sensitivity about the English language.

The only mess there is the one that the SLPP created – that creation started in 1964 and it is the same mess that your idols Kabbah and Berewa are sustaining and now want to give continuity.

The guy in this video looks like my younger brother Harold.

This is not tragedy

Have a peacable wekend and stop the petty squabbling.....and little village boy antics....

 


 


Subject: Re: FOR MOIJUE
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 11:36:42 06/01/07 ()
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Message:
Joe Demby?
I have no idea. I knew Pa Demby, Melrose and Josephine Demby (Later Ms Solomon Sesay).

I have no connection with the PMDC.
I talked to Dr. Columbia Blango once, Michael Kumara once, and Peter Penfold once, on the phone.
I can call Michael Kamara in London to enquire. Perhaps he knows. He's back from Sierra Leone.
(There’s nothing that you want to know that you cannot find out. Even if it’s in Bolivia or Isfahan or Yersushalayim. You can find out what President Kabbah had for dinner last night , if you want.

 


Subject: EXPERTS SAY SLPP A FAILURE
From: patriot
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Date Posted: 09:29:32 06/01/07 ()
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By Nick Tattersall
1 June 2007
10:33 GMT
Reuters News

FREETOWN, June 1 (Reuters) -- Sierra Leone is making little progress in tackling corruption and is squandering foreign aid, leaving its most vulnerable citizens as destitute as they were before its civil war ended five years ago, experts say.

Since the guns fell silent after more than a decade of conflict, the former British colony -- a country of just 5 million people, rich in diamonds, iron ore and gold -- remains one of the poorest nations on earth.


 


Subject: Re: EXPERTS SAY SLPP A FAILURE
From: CADMUS
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Date Posted: 11:22:49 06/01/07 ()
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Message:
Just because Nick Tattersall reports for Reuters does not make him an 'EXPERT' on Sa Lone affairs.

There is a saying I learned in Jurisprudence all those years ago that...'People find what they are looking for' I am not going to start explaing this to you, it take all day.
All I will say is that there have been other reporters who have expressed appreciation in the pregress albeit, small (after a very brutal civil war) that Sa lone has made.

Many other reports from international institutions like the Wold Bank, IMF, EU, and UN have indicated their appreciation of the progress the country has made so far.

So my friend please remember that just like the way Lawyers will never agree, Economists will never agree,politicians will never agree, so also Journalists will never agree....Each to their own.
They are no EXPERT.They express openion.

You guys seen to make this allegation of corruption as the mainsay, be all and end all of a Country's progress.....I hate corruption and should never be allowed in any shape or form any where, but there are other pregress which a country can make. The current Labour government in Britain is been invertigated for corrupt practices relating to giving of Honours in return for payments....Still the Country is progressing fine.It happens even to the best of us, and it is never the end of the world.

Let us get real.

PS:
Dont get ALIEU involved in this mindless tittle tattle...He knows better.


Subject: Re: EXPERTS SAY SLPP A FAILURE
From: SLPP
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Date Posted: 12:13:45 06/01/07 ()
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Message:
"Just because Nick Tattersall reports for Reuters does not make him an 'EXPERT' on Sa Lone affairs."

As usual, here comes another blind SLPP apologist blissfully displaying the second most chronic disease (the first is corruption) -- an inability to understyand anything they read or write!

Cad-M(o)us(e), the experts referred to in the title of Nick Tattersall's article obviously refer to individuals other than Mr. Tattersall. Plus, Mr. Tattersall is one person -- so how could the plural term experts be referring to him?

Bo, oona sef pass mark pan fool.

You and your fellow blind SLPP suporters like Edmund Koker and John Leigh should start learning English. It may help you start to cure your chronic incomprehension problems that seem to be a requirement for membership in the society of the blind aka SLPP supporters and their leaders.
 


Subject: For Alieu
From: ok dok
To: All
Date Posted: 09:38:27 06/01/07 ()
Email Address: okdok@yahoo.com
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Message:
My friend you are the most honest APC but the rest are just pretending to be.Try if you can make the rest to follow your honest life.


Subject: CHRONIC SLPP CORRUPTION AND IT FOLLOWERS
From: MUSA KAMARA
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Date Posted: 07:22:55 06/01/07 ()
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I have just gone through one of the postings,where the enemies of the state and loyalists to the incompetent and most corrupt government in the history of our nation,are comparing corruption in the uk,us, to that of the hienous slpp government.It is difficult to swallow my spit,because it is disgusting for such comparison.Firstly,the habitants of the above named states have got the basic human amenities to live a dignify life,which for most Sierra-Leoneans will be just a dream.I do agree corruption exists in all nations but the level in which it is practised alters from nation to nation.Take a country like Sierra-Leone,where there is practically no physical or social infrastructure.The health system is shambolic,people die everyday for simple curable diseases due to lack of medicine.Unlike in the uk,us,people hardly die for such diseases.Electricity and clean water is luxury for the populace.The educational system is in degradation,due to lack of proper tools to a conducive learning.Salaries are not paid on time,if they are infact paid,therefore Teachers and Lecturers spend most of their time on strikes and fetching other means for survival, as a result teaching and learning is not efficient.The donor countries poured millions of dollars for reconstruction after the war,where is the money?The state is in a deplorable condition with all the promises to raise the living standard of the average Sierra-Leonean pledge by this government.In the uk,us,the government knows its moral obligation to the people and always ready to serve them.If the governments of the uk,us pledged to build a bridge,school,hospital,recreational centre or construct a road,they will do so despite the corruption that may exist in those countries.Whereas,in Sierra-Leone it is the opposite.


Subject: Re: CHRONIC SLPP CORRUPTION AND IT FOLLOWERS
From: SLPP
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Date Posted: 08:28:29 06/01/07 ()
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Like you said, those traitors to the people of Sa Lon are true enemies of the state who see black and they call it white -- all for a few cocoa-ebbehs for their treasonous selves.

As Emmerson sang about the: Den go gbenkilenki, en we go beat drum, drink coffee en dance pan den berring!


Subject: Re: CHRONIC SLPP CORRUPTION AND IT FOLLOWERS
From: NAR U SABI
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Date Posted: 07:26:24 06/01/07 ()
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Message:
NAR U SABI


Subject: Re: CHRONIC SLPP CORRUPTION AND IT FOLLOWERS
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 09:08:22 06/01/07 ()
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Today is 1 June. In Stockholm, the Sabbath Candles are at 21.28 this evening.
Last Sabbath the Haphtarah (Judges 13: 2-25) was about the circumstances of Samson’s birth (he was to be a Nazarite) ……………………….
There are those who mistake someone who is nice for being someone who is a weak and spineless piece of rust. It’s all a matter of perception. I joined Leonenet Forum on 17th of January 2003 and have hung out mostly there since then. About perception? How we see others?
There’s the tip of the iceberg factor. I don’t swear. My mother by the way is Evelyn Hamelberg. I mention her because people say ” Ah sweh to me Mamie!”, when they are not serious and there is a saying in Krio. ” Kakroach wae don alaki kin go fen palmine bottle for drown” .As Eddie Murphy makes clear, some kid – Italian kid, after watching Hollywood’s Victor Stallone in ” Rocky” starts thinking he is Rocky Marciano and in that state of delusion, would like to challenge Muhammad Ali, in his prime.
Ah don say ah sweh to mi Mamie exactly once in my life.
.”the manner in which
Hinga Norman was treated by his own government, one for which he danced
barefooted on hot coal.”
(Sheikh Umarr Kamarah , 13th March 2003)
As Da Mayor says in Spike Lee’s ”Do the Right Thing”,
” Those who'll tell don't know. Those who know won't tell.”

Here’s the manuscr1pt to the film:
http://www.awesomefilm.com/scr1pt/dotherightthing.txt
And here is one of many veeiled statements:
”The peace has not been won in Sierra Leone. The Foreign Office and Department for International Development are in a private state of despair at the vanishing nature of British aid, running at £40m a year since 2002, with a further £55m announced yesterday. Most of Freetown is still without electricity and safe water.” (The Independent, UK)

 


Subject: Re: CHRONIC SLPP CORRUPTION AND IT FOLLOWERS
From: YOU GO SABI
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Date Posted: 08:25:51 06/01/07 ()
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YOU GO SABI


Subject: Midfielder Predicts Leone Stars Victory
From: Sport Page
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Date Posted: 06:34:21 06/01/07 ()
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LATEST HEADLINES
NEW CITIZEN

Sport Page
Midfielder Predicts Leone Stars Victory

Okomie made this prediction on Wednesday when the New Citizen sports editor contacted him at his 7 Morgan Lane residence, Brookfields.

He informed the New Citizen Sports desk that at the moment, the players are in high spirits and are determined more than ever to bring victory to Sierra Leoneans, come Sunday encounter.

The Leone Stars midfielder attributed the determination of the team to the interest manifested in the players by officials of the Sierra Leone Football Association in hiring the services of a foreign coach to take over the national team.

Okomie, one of Sierra Leone’s most outstanding midfielders who is most times called upon to take up the midfield duties during international competitions was born in 1980 at Makeni, where he started his football career before he joined Real Republicans football Club in Freetown later in his career.

Okomie was later contracted by FC Kallon officials to join the premier league club as one of the midfielders and within his five years’ stay in FC Kallon, Okomie has been identified by football fans as one of FC Kallon’s dependable midfielders who has contributed greatly for that team to clinch the Premier League trophy, the FA Cup and the Charity Shield concomitantly.

He was among the Leone Stars U-17 national team that represented Sierra Leone in Finland during the U-17 Junior World Cup in 2003 and was later called to join the U-20 national team in which capacity he has represented Sierra Leone in many U-20 competitions and most times captained that side in international competitions.

His call to the national team, Leone Stars, through his impressive performance has attracted the new Leone Stars Coach, Lerroy Rosenoir, to recognize Okomie as one of the midfielders fit in his squad and are presently in camp in readiness for the coming match.

Meanwhile, most of the invited foreign based players have arrived for the Sunday encounter including; Sheriff Suma, Pa Saffa, Nahim Khadi Jr., Kewullay Conteh, Samuel Ballay, Melvin Kamara, Ahmed Deen, Albert Jarret, Julius Caesar Conteh, Musa Jalloh, Koeman Sesay, Gibrilla Woobay, Sidney Kargbo.
Paul Kpaka and Umara Zaingallay Bangura arrived yesterday for the Sunday encounter.

Posted on 01 Jun 2007


Subject: REBUTTAL OF THE WEEK
From: news
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Date Posted: 05:07:36 06/01/07 ()
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Posted by Allie Kanu on June 01, 2007 at 01:37:42:

In Reply to: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES posted by John E. Leigh on May 31, 2007 at 19:37:54:

"Why do you have an OLD APC and now a New APC?

Is anyone from the OLD APC involved in the New APC at the Executive Council Level of the party? Thank you. - JL


John Leigh:

The answers to your questions are as follows:

1. You have a new APC to signify a new leadership and philosophy in the new APC.

2. There are members of the old APC in the new APC, inlcuding at least one in the executive because, as you have never tired to remind us in defending the SLPP leaders jwho joined the old APC, it was the only party allowed in Salone in the days of the old APC.

Please let me know if you need any other question answered for your information.

Yours sincerely,
Allie Kanu

 


Subject: Re: REBUTTAL OF THE WEEK
From: M. Alieu Iscandari esq
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Date Posted: 06:59:45 06/01/07 ()
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I read the post and was not going to dignify the rants of a spent force with any response whatsoever. However your response was quite appropriate. If John Leigh wants to know who is in the executive of the APC, then that information is public knowledge. The APC old or new is a far more inclusive political entity than the SLPP in its present state or past reincarnations. John Leigh was effectively shut out of the SLPP in the 90's and at the Makeni "conbention" as he so aptly described it because he was a "krio boy". This is a fact not unknown to him.

As an attack dog for the slpp, John leigh packs no bite. He was my friend and close professionl confidant until he atempted to stab me in the back recently when I was out of the country. He made an attempt to profesionally ruin me with LIES and untrue facts. A very god friend of mine al3rted me to his nefarious plot and now I am aware of his potential to back stab people. When I was in sierra leone, I was informed by a very well placed SLPP functionary, that John Leigh had ZERO political capital within the slpp because of what this person permed the "TRUST FACTOR". In short John Leigh nar IGBERRI OBGBODO e nor sabi keep secret.


Subject: Re: REBUTTAL OF THE WEEK
From: True
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Date Posted: 08:25:21 06/01/07 ()
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"As an attack dog for the slpp, John leigh packs no bite."

Alieu:

That is so very true. Whosoever said Leigh is clueless was completely correct. The man is like a retarded child -- what my Krio fambul used to call "charlatt."


Subject: Re: REBUTTAL OF THE WEEK
From: Independent Man
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Date Posted: 23:54:08 06/01/07 ()
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True,
I believe that you and the rest of the APC/PMDC Clowns are the retards....and the charlatts
Go sidom take you medicine. Most of you clowns will shut the hell up after August 11th
 


Subject: Re: REBUTTAL OF THE WEEK
From: Independent Observer
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Date Posted: 06:16:52 06/02/07 ()
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True is absolutely correct.

Edmund Koker, you are displaying the very same disease for which you and your fellow SLPP apologists are notorious -- you never understand anything you read or write.

You also display another odious trait most exmplied by one of your more rabid fellow SLPP blind supporters, John Leigh -- rudeness when you can't reason correctly.

You traitors to the cause of the interest of the people of Sierra Leone will rot in hell for your calumny against your own people.


Subject: Re: REBUTTAL OF THE WEEK
From: Johnny Come Lately
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Date Posted: 05:20:13 06/01/07 ()
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Simply brilliant. An excellent rebuttal, indeed.

Allie Kanu, you make John-(ny Come Late-)Leigh look like a donkey.


Subject: For SLPP Symbol ... Konuwa Beats Murray Lamin
From: KONOUWA
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Date Posted: 04:26:05 06/01/07 ()
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LOCAL NEWS


For SLPP Symbol ... Konuwa Beats Murray Lamin

Francis Konuwa defeated aspirant Murray Lamin, President of the Farmers Association, Sierra Leone with 107 votes against Murray Lamin’s 17 votes cast at Panguma, Lower Bambara Chiefdom, Kenema District,
Sources from the Electoral College intimated that one aspirant, Alphonso Komeh withdrew from the contest which left only two aspirants, Francis Konuwa and Murray Lamin, to contest for the SLPP symbol.


In a telephone conversation yesterday, Francis Konuwa intimated the New Citizen that if he was elected as Member of Parliament for Kenema East Constituency 13, he would do more in terms of development in his constituency and therefore asked the electorates to vote for him, come August 11th


Subject: Liberia's Government Alleges Coup Plot
From: James Butty
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Date Posted: 03:58:06 06/01/07 ()
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Liberia's Government Alleges Coup Plot
By James Butty
Washington, D.C.
01 June 2007

Butty interview with Johnson-Morris
Listen to Butty interview with Johnson


Who is plotting to overthrow the government of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, or is the government simply crying wolf? Ever since her inauguration as Africa’s first elected female president, Johnson Sirleaf’s government has been making claims that certain groups were planning to overthrow her government. The latest came from Justice Minister Frances Johnson-Morris. She said defeated politicians from last October’s general elections have been conniving with disgruntled soldiers of the Liberian army to seize power by military means.

The opposition has accused the government of crying wolf, saying it should arrest and prosecute the so-called coup plotters or stop crying wolf. But Justice Minister Johnson-Morris told VOA the government has preponderance of evidence.

“That statement was made by me, and we have sufficient evidence to prove that there are people who are planning and plotting to cause unrest in the country or to stage a coup. We have sufficient information to establish that,” she said.

Johnson-Morris dismissed some opposition members’ claims who urged the government to either use its so-called evidence to either arrest the alleged coup plotters or stop putting fear in the Liberian people.

“At an appropriate time, the government of Liberia will expose the names of those persons and individuals involved in this plan. We are gathering our evidence, making sure that everything is water-tight and irrefutable before we can disclose the names of the individuals concerned,” Johnson-Morris said.

The leader of the opposition Liberty Party, Charles Brumskine, said in a statement that the Liberian government should realize that its repeated allegation of a coup plan creates an air of instability in an already fragile environment. He called on the government to stop crying wolf. But Johnson-Morris said the government is not crying wolf.

“No, we are not crying wolf at all. This is not a story that is being made up by the government. As I said earlier, we have adequate evidence to prove that there are people. Unfortunately, we thought everyone was on the same page about our determination to move our country forward and restore normalcy and stability to the country. But unfortunately there are those among us who are not prepared and ready for peace,” she said.

Johnson-Morris said some of the alleged coup plotters are both in and outside Liberia, and she rejects opposition accusation that her government’s claims might be scaring investors away from Liberia.

“Some of them are in and some people are outside the country. And don’t worry you will soon get to hear the full details of the plot. This is not a fairy tale that I’m telling you. No one will take pleasure in scaring away investors just trying to stare up rumors that are not true,” Johnson-Morris said.

She rejects opposition allegations that the Liberian government might be employing the same tactics used by previous Liberian governments like Samuel Doe and Charles Taylor when they tried to implicate their serious opposition or those who might have fallen out with the government in some kind of a coup plot.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m not aware of any group of people that the government doesn’t like. I’m not aware that this government has such agenda. We’re not interested in that. I’m giving you facts. I don’t know that this government has fallen out with anyone for that matter,” Johnson-Morris said.
 


Subject: Blair did not even step foot in FREETOWN disgraceful
From: CHRISTIAN MONITOR
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Date Posted: 00:31:33 06/01/07 ()
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Blair will not step foot in Freetown to see for himself firsthand the hub of what he calls his international ‘success story’.


Tony Blair arrives his ‘success story’ of corruption and economic hardship News - National Tuesday, 29 May 2007 British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in Sierra Leone today 30th May, for a few hours visit. He will be holding a press conference upon arrival at Lungi International Airport and a reception in his honour is being organized by President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah at the Lungi Airport Hotel. Blair will not step foot in Freetown to see for himself firsthand the hub of what he calls his international ‘success story’.

A success story that is blighted by corruption, chronic governance issues, poverty, massive youth unemployment, the list seems endless. An enormous number of the Sierra Leone populace still go to bed hungry despite the massive assistance by Britain and other development partners to help salvage a beleaguered people from the shackles of poverty and other forms of depression. People in the East End part of the city still go for days without water supply. Power supply in that part is almost non-existent as residents rely heavily on standby generators – that is, for those who can afford such luxury. For the rest of the city of Freetown people count themselves lucky to receive electricity for a few hours once every fortnight.

The British government’s zest to assist the country combat corruption by establishing the Anti-Corruption Commission was frustrated by the very political administration that had called for it just because of its desire to protect its cronies from being prosecuted for graft. Today the Commission is just a shadow of its former self, having lost its credibility and the respect of the entire citizenry. The unexplained wealth of government officials is unimaginable and immeasurable while the ACC stares helplessly by. Now Britain has seized all financial support to the ACC because of non-performance.

Huge sums of British tax-payers money have been spent on both the police and army to help raise the capacities of these institutions to be able to meet international standards of modern day policing and professional military standards. Yet there is little to show for the huge investment apart from, maybe, material hardware. The ethics, morals and discipline are nothing to write home about because of the politicization of those institutions.

Surely there have been some improvements that cannot be ignored. There is now 75% children literacy with huge investments in school buildings throughout the country. Government ministries can now boast of records of staff where there was none after the war ended. To some extent, there is some freedom of speech prevalent in the land compared to what obtained before this government took over.

However, these achievements are peripheral and minimal compared to the huge investments the country has seen over the years, since the official end of the war five years ago. With little or no electricity in the city, scarce water supply, massive youth unemployment, corruption galore, no government audit for the past five years at least, some government institutions and parastatals without pay for over six months, Sierra Leone is hardly what one can call a ‘success story’. If anything, it is a country with misplaced priorities; where politicians have channeled scarce resources not on the things that would better the lives of the majority but on cosmetic needs that tend to benefit the few.

The outgoing British Prime Minister must and should be honest enough to recognize the failings of this government. Blair should remove the wool from his eyes, face up to the truth that even though, there have been some improvements in some areas - security and primary education for instance - by and large things have not gone well for Sierra Leone. The problematic areas of corruption, bad governance and massive youth unemployment threaten to derail the very peace and security we have come to cherish. This is why a rethink by the UK and other donor countries and institutions, in their strategy of development cooperation with this government and the next is paramount if the hard won peace is to be sustained. Forget about ‘success story’.
 


Subject: Freetown in Darkness… Where is the Le600 Million for Nationa
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Date Posted: 00:20:35 06/01/07 ()
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Freetown in Darkness… Where is the Le600 Million for National Power Authority
Posted by on May 30, 2007, 22:26


 


The Minister of Energy and Power, Mr. Lloyd During is an unhappy man, despite his status as a government minister occupying an enviable position in state governance. Life for him since he assumed the position has not been pleasant. His letter of 10th May, 2007 to the Chairman of the National Commission for Privatization, Mr. A.R. Turay gives a glimpse of the current predicament of the country’s national power station. Between 4th to 8th May, 2007, Minister During stated that the sum of Le233 Million was generated which he thought could have been used to purchase fuel to keep the city in bright light, but that failed “I am confused and frustrated” Mr. During remarked, thinking that his managerial ability could have been useful to improve the status of the industry. “I am glad that more revenue has been generated to the tune of Le600 Million” The Minister consoled himself. But the consolation is not reflecting on the city of Freetown, nor the country as the city of Freetown continues to envelope in blackout everyday and night without any hope of improving the status quo. The minister again explained that revenue deposited into the accounts of the institution are withdrawn by their creditors “Cemmat left behind colossal debt which is chasing us everyday” He revealed, and went on to explain, the amount is about Le6 Billion, and we are duty bound to service the debt, when will that be is still not known” Mr. I.D.A Carol’s reply to the Minister regarding what could be referred to as a scam hit the Minister very hard, beyond his expectation and almost sent him hopeless that light for the city remains unpredictable “… Directors have been informed that Government has not budgeted for subsidy to NPA and will therefore stop the quarterly subsidies forthwith. This move will have a negative effect on NPA’s present financial status and the overall performance of the Authority including its generating capacity” Mr. Carol revealed. Indeed, the present situation has clearly exposed the inability of NPA to generate electricity for the city of Freetown. At the moment it is rumoured that several electricity generating machines had been overhauled including the Sulzer five, Mitsubishi and marlees engines but not money to purchase fuel to put them into function, thus creating more problems and setback for the country. The amount of money collected is not enough to purchase fuel and pay salary to workers especially when the entire scenario is unfolding at the end of month. In addition, money provided by government over the past month is still in the books of the company as part of it unpaid debt. The dilemma that the Minister is now faced with is how can NPA generate electricity at the same time pay it huge debts and salary to its numerous workers.

 

 


Subject: "Human - Baboon” CORNELIUS HAMELBERGTerrorizes Bomi
From: BABOON CORNY HAMELBERG
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Date Posted: 21:28:31 05/31/07 ()
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ANALYST

"Human - Baboon” Terrorizes Bomi

Reports emanating from Dewein District, Bomi County in Western Liberia speak of disturbances from a baboon named C ornelius Hamelberg believed to be that of a human being, terrorizing the area, leaving farmers, students, aid workers and business people to live in perpetual fear.

According to reports, the human baboon, Cornelius Hamelberg armed with sticks for the past weeks has habitually chased residents of the district and terrorized peaceful citizens as if they were its enemies.

The principal of the only primary school in the area who is also a farmer, Elder Boima Vanni, told journalists that the incident has led to a disruption of classes and halted farming activities - the major source of income for district residents to a standstill.

Several residents confirmed that they have seen the baboon, named Cornelius Hamelberg transforming itself into a human and going after mostly women, children and small girls.

The citizens indicated that the situation has created fear among the local population and foreign nationals with many institutions beginning to scale-down their activities for fear that they may come under attack from the human-baboon.

The people in the district and its surroundings have accused one Cornelius Hamelberg of involvement in the mysterious action of transforming into a baboon to harm his fellow citizens.

This is an allegation that Mr. Cornelius Hamelberg has denied and called on the government and county authorities to investigate. Some of the citizens told The Analyst that the issue of baboon transforming into human being has been in the area over the past decades.

 


 


Subject: Re: "Human - Baboon” CORNELIUS HAMELBERGTerrorizes Bomi
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 23:04:38 05/31/07 ()
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Cad mouse /Seng-bee of your less prestigious Elizabeth City State University and whatever else you take a fancy to calling yourself, if you want your monkeyass kicked just let me know; I have some friends who would gladly oblige to put you where you belong

 


Subject: Re: "Human - Baboon” CORNELIUS HAMELBERGTerrorizes Bomi
From: Sengbe
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Date Posted: 08:48:12 06/01/07 ()
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But Bra Cornie, what have I got to do with this issue? I have not posted on this forum for a while until yesterday - to advice Bra John. How did I incur your wrath this time? Please tell me.

Don't blame me for defamatory articles written against you, or anyone else on this forum, for that matter. I told you all that I was leaving the forum temporarily until August, and I stand by that. I am too busy at this time of the year for participation on this forum. Please believe me.

I am now going back into peeperdom, and pray that you do not get me involved in your mess.

Thank you.


Subject: Re: "Human - Baboon” CORNELIUS HAMELBERGTerrorizes Bomi
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 14:23:37 06/01/07 ()
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Sengbe

It's a pity that you would like to be away during the next two months, but hopefully you will be back by 1st August.

If I were an SLPPer, I'd be trying to make alliances, and not to be quarrelling with everybody as one of your slppers has been doing.

Ee make man tire. I cannot imagine ambassadors of the calibre of Dr. Davidson Nicol or Professor Cyril Foray or indeed Professor Sylvester Rowe or any of the other servants rich or poor, as ambassadors, governors, ministers, MPs even in Lebanon - that I know - slugging in the gutter, calling people fulumunku , treading punches with all and sundry, completely devoid of any kind of dignity , charm , or self-esteem, and bringing your party down, all in order to promote his small boy ego ( the small usually want to be big)

 


Subject: Re: "Human - Baboon” CORNELIUS HAMELBERGTerrorizes Bomi
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 12:20:10 06/01/07 ()
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Message:
Sengbe,

If you say so, I take your word for it.
There are many impersonations on the net.
I get private mail from real people and impersonators, saying this and that about others including you.
My niceness is because of love for country. And let me tell you, when I was in Sierra Leone, it’s not everybody, every Tom Dick and Harry that was my friend. Johnny Leigh is not and has never been a “big man” to me. Yes, I have friends who are ambassadors. Even from countries that are not the second poorest in the world, because you guys don’t know what love is and that’s why you are always fighting over peanuts and about their tiny tot personalities competing about “prestige” Who gives fuck if Berewa was AG or the clown Leigh was is or will be Sierra Leone president/ messenger to everywhere or be buried in his home village at sunset?

Now if Leigh was like Dr.Cyril I. Obi, that would be something. But even a third rate mind has a purpose on this blessed earth.

But let me Johnny Leigh etc and others, let me make this absolutely clear now. The next time somebody messes with me and this is my last warning, a process will be set in motion when that kicks those sons of bitches, their asses will stay kicked and all SLPP supporters will regret it, forever.

It’s statements like this “and pray that you do not get me involved in your mess” that reflect your second hand feeling/sensitivity about the Englsih language.

The only mess there is the one that the SLPP created – that creation started in 1964 and it is the same mess that your idols Kabbah and Berewa are sustaining and now want to give continuity.

The guy in this video looks like my younger brother Harold.


 


Subject: Re: "Human - Baboon” CORNELIUS HAMELBERGTerrorizes Bomi
From: alieu ceesay
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Date Posted: 08:51:30 06/01/07 ()
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"But Bra Cornie, what have I got to do with this issue? I have not posted on this forum for a while until yesterday

Edmund Koker, stop lying. You are as dishonest as the rest of your fellow blind SLPP supporters. You are also a coward.


Subject: Re: "Human - Baboon” CORNELIUS HAMELBERGTerrorizes Bomi
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 12:21:19 06/01/07 ()
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Alieu,

Pray for us.


Subject: Re: "Human - Baboon” CORNELIUS HAMELBERGTerrorizes Bomi
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 22:13:27 05/31/07 ()
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That's what your mind is full of and you speak from the darkness of your heart.

I don't have any problem with the most beautiful people. Do you know any?

I'm sure that I'm more beautiful than your father and more handsome than that old gorilla-hole from whence you came:


Subject: Re: "Human - Baboon” CORNELIUS HAMELBERGTerrorizes Bomi
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 22:04:57 05/31/07 ()
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Please feel at home and do go on making a FOOL of yourself to our ocassional visitors, such as my Yoruba Professor

You think that I care what Berewa or Kabbah or Gbakimah think about philosophy or poetry or Wes Montgomery


Subject: A Leetle corrected
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
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Date Posted: 20:29:35 05/31/07 ()
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Dearest Cadmus,

This is a crude and elementary first draft.

From now on keep your eyes on the quotation marks and you’ll know – it shouldn’t be too difficult for you to figure out
Who’s saying what.

Let no jive ass nigger from the Gambia try teaching me about “concepts” just when I’m

Quoting Johnny E, Ishmael B and Jonathan P:

True true, and never say never? It’s now or never!
Perhaps, only with Johnny in the saddle could things never
be
“most discouraging” since his aim is true:
nothing more and nothing less
than resurrecting from the mess
and in his own now famous words, make ”our country advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States!”
Oba-sanjo would be as green as the Nigerian flag
(with envy) every time he heard about us in his Theological Seminary.
I credit John with a fine sense of proportion and balance to his dreaming: indeed
Britain and the United States, rimes with
London and New York

Yes, John, Solomon Berewa and I hear you, upbeat with your mission with a vision on cloud nine as you “advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States”

We hear brother and Jesse Jackson himself commend your aim to “build a mighty nation whose standard of living would equal that of London and New York.”
After that, he’d more than whisper in your ear “You done good.”

Just as “shallow and naive thinking” has a natural habitat, “isolated in a cultural wasteland”.

So

for a deeper look into this idea of a natural habitat, consider this:

Our own radical Sierra Leonean professor of literature Jonathan Peters has succinctly expressed in words, some food for thought that Cadmus himself could chew on. He had been asked about the perennial problem that holds us back:

“Ever wonder why it is so difficult to eradicate corruption, especially in African countries?

Corruption: Another Chicken or Egg Dilemma -- Which Came First? Flawed Characters or An Enabling Environment? “


Yesterday, in reply, he wrote what I quote:

“Unlike Truth and Falsehood that cannot live in the same house, Flawed Character and Enabling Environment are Siamese twins.”

Now let us give John Ernest Leigh the great, the last words of wisdom and truth on this date:
“poor thinking is part of the very reason why Sierra Leone remains a place of extreme hardship for millions of people while a few are enriched from holding public office. We must take stock of our country’s performance to date and accept the fact that endless takings from others without giving something of commensurate value in return is not a sustainable development strategy at all. ”

Without bias, howz this for

 

 

 


Subject: ‘I am not a miracle worker’ - Leroy Rosenior
From: AWOKO SPORT
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Date Posted: 19:49:07 05/31/07 ()
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AWOKO SPORT

May-31-07

‘I am not a miracle worker’ - Leroy Rosenior
The newly appointed caretaker coach of the national team Leone Stars, Leroy Rosenior, revealed to Awoko Sports at the National Stadium on Tuesday that he was not a miracle worker but someone to give the players proper direction.

He said, “the players are the ones who can achieve the goals I am only there to help and give the necessary direction.”

Rosenior said he was not the only one that could change the situation but that “every one needs to come together as a group if we want to achieve our goal as a nation.”

He noted that his job was to prepare the team and make the selection, and “therefore I am not going to listen to anybody when it comes to selecting my team”.

The caretaker coach noted that coaching Leone Stars was his first priority because he had made his commitment to the team which he believed he should keep.

Leroy Rosenior, whose coaching career had three stints with major clubs in Europe, stated that he had played football with top clubs in England.


Subject: USAID Rehabilitates John F. Kennedy Building at Fourah Bay
From: USAID
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Date Posted: 19:34:46 05/31/07 ()
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Ambassador Thomas Hull and USAID Christine Sheckler (center) with other dignitaries in front of the John F.
Kennedy Building at Fourah Bay College

Press Releases
USAID Rehabilitates John F. Kennedy Building at Fourah Bay College
Freetown
May 25, 2007
Contact: USAID Christine Sheckler
Tel: 515-000

The United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Ambassador Thomas N. Hull, launched the rehabilitation of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Building commonly called the JFK Building, at Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone. The rehabilitation project, costing $220,000 (approximately Le 660,000,000), is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). “As a result of this grant,” the Ambassador said, “the JFK building will soon be shining magnificently once again high above Freetown as a distinguished landmark, a center of excellence, and a symbol of the American commitment to Sierra Leone.”

USAID constructed and handed over the JFK Building to the FBC in 1963. The building was named in memory of the 35th President of the United States of America who was assassinated the year the building was constructed. USAID’s assistance to the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) through donation to FBC at that time also included an additional faculty building and staff residences. USAID is proud to rehabilitate the building that it had originally built after over four decades of use for the building of the human capital of Sierra Leone.

United States foreign assistance to Sierra Leone promotes security, restores good governance through democratic policies and institutional reforms, and reconstructs the economy. USAID’s support to rehabilitating the JFK Building is one of many mechanisms it has employed to achieve US foreign assistance goals. The goal of the project is two-fold: to enhance the learning environment at a tertiary level and to provide short-term youth employment opportunities. As a host to departments and faculties that contribute to building a just, peaceful and democratic Sierra Leone through training and research, the JFK building will be a more conducive space for teaching and learning after the rehabilitation.

CARE Sierra Leone and Catholic Relief Services, are USAID’s implementing partners for this initiative. The rehabilitation will include such activities as cleaning, painting and scrapping the exterior walls and panels; painting, repairs and replacement of many doors, ceilings, windows and window panes; and some repairs of the toilets and water facilities and electrical fittings of the entire eight-story building.

The rehabilitation of the JFK Building will provide short term job opportunities for young men and women, with one third of the work force comprised of “unemployed youth.” This provision pursues the goals of the youth employment initiatives of both the GoSL and USAID.

The three-month rehabilitation project will commence June 2007.

 

 


Subject: My dear Cad wrote
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 17:54:59 05/31/07 ()
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” Six posting from the old man Bra Cornie on the same subject? wow: can someone please send for the Doctor . I think Medication is due foe sure.”

Well, dear Cadmus,

Please do not be distressed about whatever is beyond your comprehension. Perhaps if I had posted zero postings or given you six dollars, instead of the only one that you deserve, you would have been less impressed or moved to send for your doctor to prescribe the medication that you know so well. I don’t.

A few weeks ago, I wrote to Mr. Leigh privately, to tell him that I don’t have anything against him personally, but forgot to add that respect begets respect.

Do you know how the second Caliph Umar Ibn Khattab died?
Well his Persian servant was complaining bitterly to him about something, dear Umar either was not listening attentively enough or perhaps with some disregard, and so his servant took out his dagger and did him in. That was the end of the Caliph who had ridden on a donkey, into Jerusalem as conqueror.

Don’t think so poorly of another for just being here with you and not out of harm’s way.

If it had been six chapters instead of six snippets of small talk, I guess you would have understood that although they were six different chapters or even verses, they were hitting on the same point.

I’m not going to say Stupid or as Yaya says, ” tupppit” , just because we don’t have the same point of view or react differently to any six chapters, verses, words, parties, women, presidential candidates.
Similarly, a professor of everything can be more ignorant than a specialist in only one thing. This could more or less = the saying, “jackass of all trades and master of none.”

I must also add, that it’s not because some one has been elected president, or appointed envoy to Rome that those who are not envoys of Rome deserve to be deemed stupid. (I once played the part of the Servant that Mark Anthony sends as his ambassador to the murderers who had just assassinated Caesar in the Capitol. Well the words are well chosen (He does not say,” You damn idiots, fulumukus, flunkeys, good for nothing murders, we are going to wipe you out and avenge Cesar’s death!” Anthony as you know, later on shows what a skilful orator can do.

My lines as Servant/ messenger were few:

“ Servant Thus, Brutus, did my master bid me kneel:
Thus did Mark Antony bid me fall down;
And, being prostrate, thus he bade me say:
Brutus is noble, wise, valiant, and honest;
Caesar was mighty, bold, royal, and loving:
Say I love Brutus, and I honour him;
Say I fear'd Caesar, honour'd him and loved him.
If Brutus will vouchsafe that Antony
May safely come to him, and be resolved
How Caesar hath deserved to lie in death,
Mark Antony shall not love Caesar dead
So well as Brutus living; but will follow
The fortunes and affairs of noble Brutus
Thorough the hazards of this untrod state
With all true faith. So says my master Antony.

BRUTUS Thy master is a wise and valiant Roman;
I never thought him worse.
Tell him, so please him come unto this place,
He shall be satisfied; and, by my honour,
Depart untouch'd.

Servant : I'll fetch him presently.”


Let me add this: I would never disrespect president Kabbah or Vice-president Berewa - if Sir Albert had slapped me, I would not have turned the other cheek , but I would have told him that I don’t think that his brother Sir Milton would do that.
I would not disrespect the children of Sir Milton or Sir Albert and Lady Margai, either, because respect begets respect.
There is a Hebrew expression” sinat chinam” which translates as” baseless hatred” or “hatred without cause”

This had best be avoided – even though some people might want to give reasons for their hatred.

NOT GOOD:

 

 


 


Subject: Re: My dear Cad wrote
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 19:15:11 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
Cadmus,

Here comes the second posting on the same subject. Seems that one more could increase your distress or nervousness. How easily a few words can make a mental patient out of you although you are the one who autored the Phoenician alphabet.

Still not feeling quite alright? Please accept my sympathy, but I don’t understand why you should think that your medication time is due and start sending for your doctor every time "old man Bra Cornie " makes a few postings on the same issue.

It must be more psychological than physical. Fear usually is. I hope that the medication has done wonders for you, and you are no longer feeling intimidated by the possibility of not being up to reading and understanding more than one posting per issue.

I wish that I was in a better position to help you (a slight change of the wording perhaps?)

Exactly what medication is it that your doctor usually prescribes for you?

If the problem persists, please change your doctor. It’s possible that she has been prescribing the wrong medication. That was only six postings. Wait until John posts his 999 or 666….
They will probably have to take you to the emergency ward on a stretcher and let’s hope that Rev Kanu will be at hand or on special standby to pray for your speedy recovery or ascension to heaven

 

 


Subject: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: san san boy
To: All
Date Posted: 17:26:46 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: 56-67-ftth.onsneteindhoven.nl at 88.159.67.56

Message:
What Leigh wrote about Berewa in the past:

LACKS ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS TRAINING

Berewa’s attitude regarding the development of our country is most discouraging. His reasoning as to how a country like Sierra Leone is going to develop reminds me of someone not schooled or experienced in either economics or international affairs but who has, instead, been isolated in a cultural wasteland for much too long. Yet, this same misguided individual is been touted in certain quarters as the next president of Sierra Leone!

How can such an individual, lacking in understanding of how nations become developed, ever hope to successfully construct social and economic institutions that would help our country advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States?

It is clear that Berewa’s announced strategy for Sierra Leone’s development, as reported by Messrs. Kargbo and Jalloh, will not work. His shallow and naive thinking is not likely to ever help the people of Sierra Leone improve the quality of their daily lives, let alone build a mighty nation whose standard of living would equal that of London and New York.

In fact, the mentality underpinning Berewa’s poor thinking is part of the very reason why Sierra Leone remains a place of extreme hardship for millions of people while a few are enriched from holding public office. We must take stock of our country’s performance to date and accept the fact that endless takings from others without giving something of commensurate value in return is not a sustainable development strategy at all.

 

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 20:12:04 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
Dearest Cadmus,

This is a crude and elementary first draft.

From now on keep your eyes on the quotation marks and you’ll know – it shouldn’t be too difficult for you to figure out
Who’s saying what.

Let no jive ass nigger from the Gambia try teaching me about “concepts” just when I’m

Quoting Johnny E, Ishmael B and Jonathan P:

True true, and never say never? It’s now or never!
Perhaps, only with Johnny in the saddle could things never
be
“most discouraging” since his aim is true:
nothing more and nothing less
then resurrecting from the mess
and in his own now famous words, make ” our country advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States!”
Oba-sanjo would be as green as the Nigerian flag
(with envy) every time he heard about us in his Theological Seminary.
I credit John with a fine sense of proportion and balance to his dreaming: indeed
Britain and the United States, rimes with
London and New York

Yes, John, Solomon Berewa and I, hear you, upbeat with your mission with a vision on cloud nine as you “advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States”

We hear you brother and Jesse Jackson himself would commend your aim to “build a mighty nation whose standard of living would equal that of London and New York.”
After that he’d more than whisper in your era” “You done good.”

Just as “shallow and naive thinking” has a natural habitat, “isolated in a cultural wasteland”

For a deeper look into this idea of a natural habitat, consider this:

Our own radical Sierra Leonean professor of literature Jonathan Peters has succinctly expressed some words, some food for thought that Cadmus himself could chew on. He had been asked about the perennial problem that holds us back:

“Ever wonder why it is so difficult to eradicate corruption, especially in African countries?

Corruption: Another Chicken or Egg Dilemma -- Which Came First? Flawed Characters or An Enabling Environment? “


Yesterday, in reply, he wrote what I quote:

“Unlike Truth and Falsehood that cannot live in the same house, Flawed Character and Enabling Environment are Siamese twins.”

Now let us give John Ernest Leigh the great, the last words of wisdom and truth on this date:
“poor thinking is part of the very reason why Sierra Leone remains a place of extreme hardship for millions of people while a few are enriched from holding public office. We must take stock of our country’s performance to date and accept the fact that endless takings from others without giving something of commensurate value in return is not a sustainable development strategy at all. ”

 

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: CRAZY BALDHEAD
To: All
Date Posted: 20:17:58 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-050.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.50

Message:
Corny,

what is wrong with you? Bra, you need help. At your age, you sound like a complete crazy balhead. Bra, go seek medical help before its too late. You are acting like a craxzy old fool on cocorioco. And you are also very rude and crude. You o;d goat.


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 19:58:12 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
You are not very intelligent are you?
Cannot understand what you read can you?
I am younger than Charles Margai, Berewa, and Kabbah .
I am not competing for political office or writing under a false name.
Just out of cursorily, what’s your IQ and what is the title of the last book you read?

AS for poetry you could start with something as straightforward as

 

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 21:59:44 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
Crazy Baldhead,

Before I wish you good night, let me ask you a funny question or two and I hope you know the answer:

What's your other name & exactly

How big is your head?

You sure like to moralise and criticise.

You should be writing reviews of Karamoh Kabba’s ”Fire from Timbuktu” , Bankole Marke, Sheikh Umarr Kamara, Gbanabom, Emmerson, Sabanoh, Kofi Olomide ( his dad is from Sierra Leone), who else ?

Don’t go near the three ladies or waste your time with any of these: Robert Wellesley Cole, Syl, Abioseh Nicol, Amadu Maddy, JP, William F. Conton, Dr. Sarif Easmon, and Winston Forde.

I was never that kind of Sierra Leonean that you must be imagining. Ask any of my male of women friends over there or overseas.

Even meeting here in this Coco world, we are not on the same wavelength and I’m not going to try to bridge any gap. That’s for the missionaries as you can see here:

 

 


 


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 21:10:30 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
Take a formal look at yourself


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 21:04:50 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
And your grandmother, what do you think of her?


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: CRAZYBALDHEAD
To: All
Date Posted: 21:21:28 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ac202-050.resnet.stonybrook.edu at 130.245.202.50

Message:
Are you talking about grandma Hamelberg, you crazy old fool? You reckless piece of crap.


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 01:51:21 06/01/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
Look crazy baldhead Edmond B Koker as from this moment for every phoneme that drops from your twisted mouth Berewa and Kabbah will feel it where it hurts most.
Now please begin and you have from now till 21.00 hrs.


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 07:50:19 06/01/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
My grandmother Maud Hamelberg and my grandfather Louis Hamelberg.


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 01:44:48 06/01/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
She is not Mende or SLPP
 


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 20:59:35 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
Don't worry.
You will never play like me.
YOU think I care what you think?


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 20:43:25 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
Sound?
THat was not my guitar.
You want to hear me play?
I'm sure that you would sit there dumb and wonder who it is that's playing. On the other hand your response to music could be much better than your verbal intelligence, today.

For your sake I would simplyfy jazz into fusing melody and rhythm.

But I don't play for you.

David composed his Pslams for the Almighty.

Similraly I would not be too disappointed if my humble efforts did not bring you any happiness. I am always happy when I play - even a bolero....

Music is my thing........

 

 


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 20:31:21 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
There is a vareity in the creation
even of madness.


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: Cornelius Hamelberg
To: All
Date Posted: 10:55:51 06/01/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-378472d5.01-32-73746f42.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se at 213.114.132.55

Message:
That's one more significan observation. An important issue for you, maybe.

There is variety in the creation and I do not belong to the Sierra Leone, one percentage.


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: RUBBER DUCK
To: All
Date Posted: 08:38:06 06/01/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host217-44-229-202.range217-44.btcentralplus.com at 217.44.229.202

Message:
Hey!!!!! I think something is wrong with your computer is is coming out in bits


Subject: Re: John Leigh describes Berewa
From: FOR MOIJUE
To: All
Date Posted: 19:00:51 05/31/07 ()
Email Address: jadalie@sierratel.sl
Entered From: 210-54-67-67.dialup.xtra.co.nz at 210.54.67.67

Message:
Please provide the date for the article/story. Its interesting.


Subject: HUMAN BABOON TERRORIZE BOMI
From: Oh Africa
To: All
Date Posted: 16:37:46 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-aa14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.116.18

Message:
“Human - Baboon” Terrorizes Bomi

Reports emanating from Dewein District, Bomi County in Western Liberia speak of disturbances from a baboon believed to be that of a human being, terrorizing the area, leaving farmers, students, aid workers and business people to live in perpetual fear.

According to reports, the human baboon armed with sticks for the past weeks has habitually chased residents of the district and terrorized peaceful citizens as if they were its enemies.

The principal of the only primary school in the area who is also a farmer, Elder Boima Vanni, told journalists that the incident has led to a disruption of classes and halted farming activities - the major source of income for district residents to a standstill.

Several residents confirmed that they have seen the baboon transforming itself into a human and going after mostly women, children and small girls.

The citizens indicated that the situation has created fear among the local population and foreign nationals with many institutions beginning to scale-down their activities for fear that they may come under attack from the human-baboon.

The people in the district and its surroundings have accused one Boakai Varney of involvement in the mysterious action of transforming into a baboon to harm his fellow citizens.

This is an allegation that Mr. Varney has denied and called on the government and county authorities to investigate. Some of the citizens told The Analyst that the issue of baboon transforming into human being has been in the area over the past decades.




 







 


Subject: BEREWA and ERNEST
From: Almamy Seray-Wurie Si
To: All
Date Posted: 16:19:32 05/31/07 ()
Email Address: almamysi@hotmail.com
Entered From: 24hr01.osr.columbia.edu at 156.111.18.114

Message:
Berewa..the old bad teacher in a small classroom versus Ernest..the new good teacher in a growded classroom.
Which would you prefer?
*Corruption at Zero Tolerance
*Fair Judicial System (Consolidating Peace)
*Vibrant Economy
*Accepts opposition in an atmosphere of healthy competition
*Genuine in Promoting Political Awareness (Voters Education and Representatives taking responsibilities)
*Fosters Patriotism and Believes in National Development
*Accountable and transparent leadership
*Health and Education
*Decentralisation and Merit system based on results
*God-fearing Leadership
 


Subject: Just Peeping!
From: Nah Sabi Talk
To: All
Date Posted: 15:39:04 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: static-76-160-64-185.dsl.cavtel.net at 76.160.64.185

Message:
Hope all is fine and dandy!
Hey Mohamed Jalloh! History is on your side, my brother. Is Sierra Leone still clapping after Wolfowitz's disgraceful acquital? ... We told that Pa at Awarenesstimes and the so called economics prospective Ph.D holder and wanna be politician from Maryland so, but hey... a drowning man can grab at anything without mercy. Is the people that we all sorry for because we are too blessed to be oppressed.

Alieu! Still behaving?
Peace out you all!


Subject: ...AND IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT I LIKE HON. JOHN LEIGH
From: Dr. CHARLES CURTIS-THOMAS
To: All
Date Posted: 14:55:39 05/31/07 ()
Email Address: RNMDTWO@YAHOO.COM
Entered From: pool-72-66-52-84.washdc.east.verizon.net at 72.66.52.84

Message:
The reason why I admire the Hon. John Leigh is that not only is the gentleman very brilliant, but (like me) he will say it the way he sees it irrespective of the consequencies. When John Leigh is faced with making a decision between the good of Sierra Leone versus the "good" of the Party that he "loves", he has inevitably made a decision in favor of Salone. The following prove this point.(Dr. C. Curtis-Thomas)

------------------------------------------------------------

 

 

posted by Moijue on May 31, 2007 at 12:03:10:

In Reply to: Re: JOHN LEIGH'S OPPORTUNISM AND THE DOWNFALL OF SALONE posted by silent majority on May 31, 2007 at 11:29:16:

Evidence of his opportunism, and why he is not trusted.

What Leigh wrote about Berewa in the past:

LACKS ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS TRAINING

Berewa’s attitude regarding the development of our country is most discouraging. His reasoning as to how a country like Sierra Leone is going to develop reminds me of someone not schooled or experienced in either economics or international affairs but who has, instead, been isolated in a cultural wasteland for much too long. Yet, this same misguided individual is been touted in certain quarters as the next president of Sierra Leone!

How can such an individual, lacking in understanding of how nations become developed, ever hope to successfully construct social and economic institutions that would help our country advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States?

It is clear that Berewa’s announced strategy for Sierra Leone’s development, as reported by Messrs. Kargbo and Jalloh, will not work. His shallow and naive thinking is not likely to ever help the people of Sierra Leone improve the quality of their daily lives, let alone build a mighty nation whose standard of living would equal that of London and New York.

In fact, the mentality underpinning Berewa’s poor thinking is part of the very reason why Sierra Leone remains a place of extreme hardship for millions of people while a few are enriched from holding public office. We must take stock of our country’s performance to date and accept the fact that endless takings from others without giving something of commensurate value in return is not a sustainable development strategy at all.

 

 


 


Subject: Re: ...AND IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT I LIKE HON. JOHN LEIGH
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 20:00:19 05/31/07 ()
Email Address: john E. Leigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-aa14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.116.18

Message:
Dr. Thomas Curtis-Thomas:

Thank you very much.

Some of our people do not understand much. They waste their time debating above their knowledge level.

They are usually convinced ignorantly that democracy means that if you criticized someone in writing four, five, six or even 13 years ago, it is forever wrong to work with him or support him; no matter the up-to-date information is in your possession; no matter the changed circumstances and no matter the choices available in a general election.

Rote learning by obviously low grade blockheads is partly behind the degradation heaped upon our country since the passing on of Sir Milton.

I admire your patience and skill in deal with some of our slow people. Thank you again. - JL

 


Subject: Re: ...AND IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT I LIKE HON. JOHN LEIGH
From: CHEZ WINAKABS EUROPE
To: All
Date Posted: 14:40:24 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host86-129-197-32.range86-129.btcentralplus.com at 86.129.197.32

Message:
You are a real sucker - condscending statement and you fell for it - everyday you shoot your self - think before you react to any statement - Curtis just wants you to reaffirm your statement made out of anger and dejection


Subject: Re: ...AND IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT I LIKE HON. JOHN LEIGH
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq.
To: All
Date Posted: 18:52:30 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
ROTFLMMFAO


Subject: Re: ...AND IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT I LIKE HON. JOHN LEIGH
From: HATER AND LIAR LEIGH
To: All
Date Posted: 15:05:16 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
John Leigh is a hater and a liar.
He hates Charles Margai, and his attitude toward the man is based on pure hate rather than political opposition. What is making Leigh less and less a gentleman is the fact that he is willing to lie, pretend, misinform and shamelessly sell his souls out just to get the attention of the big guns in the SLPP for a posible job offer. That is disgusting and it smells of all the reasons why Salone has gone to the dogs. A liar? Look a John Leigh


Subject: Re: ...AND IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT I LIKE HON. JOHN LEIGH
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 16:13:05 05/31/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-mtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.116.8

Message:
"John Leigh is a hater and a liar." - Despondent PMDCists

1. He [JL] hates Charles Margai, and his attitude toward the man is based on pure hate rather than political opposition." - Despondent PMDCists

JL: Please present specific examples to back up your wild claim. Thank you.

2. "What is making Leigh less and less a gentleman is the fact that he is willing to lie, pretend, misinform and shamelessly sell his souls out just to get the attention of the big guns in the SLPP for a posible job offer." - Despondent PMDCists

JL: Your private views do not control whether or not I am a gentleman or considered as such by reasonable people.

Next, please give this forum examples of any material "lie, pretend, misinform[ation]" as well as proof of "selling" my soul for whatever you claim.

Aren't Berewa, Koroma and Margai seeking jobs also? How about those shelling out funding for their electoral success like I did years ago.

Didn't Koroma and Margai come to America to meet their supporters, collect money and look for potential appointees? Didn't the wannabees also very enthusiastically flocked to meet those two "leaders" I have no use for?

Wouldn't the opposition have preferred me to go to bat for them rather than for my party and Berewa and thus put dem opposition on the receiving end of my 1,000 mm howitzer?

For your information, the reason post-independence SLeone went down is because after Sir Milton passed on, we never had good leaders. Promising leaders like Dr. Mohamed Fornah and Alhaji Ibrahim Tarqui were simply executed on contrived evidence by people who sold their soul for coaco and ehbeh and people like me were kept out of the system by discrimination based on ethnicity.

Believe me, I will be in my shack in Massachusetts after Berewa's government is sworn in August, quietly taking notes which I may publically discuss in late 2008.

Please don't get upset as you appear to be with my political stance. The correct thing to do is to pick apart my arguments to pieces by furnishing proof and reasoning, not insults, cuss, hecklings, allegations not based on facts or by flunkey dunce argumentation.

I know Margai. He does not have the requisite brain power to lead a flunkey nation that SLPP is now systematically rebuilding. Thank you. - JL

 


Subject: Re: ...AND IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT I LIKE HON. JOHN LEIGH
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 07:17:17 06/01/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Wouldn't the opposition have preferred me to go to bat for them rather than for my party and Berewa and thus put dem opposition on the receiving end of my 1,000 mm howitzer?

dem howitzers shoot ONLY stinking hot gas John, do not delude yourself into believeing that you have been having any effect on the opposition that keeps on keeping on. You give yourself tooo much shekels and you and your rants are really not worth that much in "kobos"
 


Subject: Re: ...AND IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT I LIKE HON. JOHN LEIGH
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 07:20:42 06/01/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-aa14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.116.18

Message:
Al:

Thank you very much. - JL


Subject: Post-Independence SL Went Down After Sir Milton
From: Almamy Seray-Wurie Si
To: All
Date Posted: 16:44:42 05/31/07 ()
Email Address: almamysi@hotmail.com
Entered From: 24hr01.osr.columbia.edu at 156.111.18.114

Message:
I agree with you Amb. John Leigh. I was told John Akar was denied political leadershipat some point. Sir Albert of SLPP took on Kallon and Tucker at the expense of qualified Creoles. Sir Siaka killed Taqi and Fornah...
Is it not time for us to clean up with:
* APC and SLPP gone for good as both bring back bad memories..not suggesting PMDC which is SLPC
* The two parties reform from within and make a public apology for the past
* Stop thinking that Northerners are less civilized/violent as compared to Southerners or thinking that Southerners are cannibals/power drunks
* Acknowledging that we inherited a colonial order which put Christian-Creoles, Shebros, Muslim-Creoles, Mendes, Temnes, Afro-Lebanese,Kroos,Limbas, Vais, Madingoes, and Susus first in terms of exposed to Euro-centric politics before Fullahs, Korankos, Kissis, Konos, Yalunkas,etc


Subject: Re: Post-Independence SL Went Down After Sir Milton
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 08:02:06 06/01/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
Mr. Almamy Seray-Wurie:

My involvement in public affairs is to help re-write the rules so that society is more democratic and deep-seated problems are better confronted and resolved in a manner that advances the public interest.

As long as talented people are kept under wraps for ethnic reasons, SLeone and her peoples will be on the receiving end of mediocrity - thus compounding the sufferings and miseries in their daily lives.

I believe that SLPP can be reformed from within, but it won't be easy. Even so, reform would be more sensible and doable than setting up another political party. The latter can be done only if there is no other way out.

As for apologies, I laugh. Apologies are cheap. How many times did the RUF apologize to the people of SLeone but kept on doing the same barbatic deeds? We need people of good character and well led organizations, not skilled hypocrites.

As for the prejudices people hold and display, it will require patience and proper education nationwide. Our cram-vomit-and-pass system is not good. Proper education is going to be a slow and expensive process but such has to be a key part of national reforms.

In my view, as long as elements of the population are deeply ignorant and/or superstitious we are going to inconvenienced with such prejudices. In the meantime, individuals and groups will have to devise ways and means to deal with this problem.

Thank you for raising those points. - JL


Subject: Re: Post-Independence SL Went Down After Sir Milton
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 07:25:32 06/01/07 ()
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Almamy the APC through its leader has made an apology for the past and if you have never heard it then you are really not following up on politics of sierra leone or you are not paying any attention. On the issue of reform, the APC is a diferent party than what it was many years ago in terms of its internal structure and make up. In order to know what types of changes that have happened you need to be a member. There are those of us within the party who will spare not the rod if at any time we believe that our party risks beng denigrted by a few of its members regardless of where they stand within the party heirachy.


Subject: RIGGING AND BRIBING FOR SLPP PARTY SYMBOL
From: BUFORD HWY
To: All
Date Posted: 13:07:48 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
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Big Bribe For Party Symbols…SLPP Aspirants May go Independent
Posted by Saidu Kamara on May 30, 2007, 22:27


 


The award of party symbols to aspirants for the ruling government party, Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) is causing a serious commotion that may finally claim the detriment of the party ahead of the polls scheduled for August 11 if what sources called ‘urgent steps’ are not put in place to ensure the right procedures and methods are applied.

Currently, many aspiring candidates vying for party symbols are threatening to abandon the party for other political parties or either go as independent candidates if they are given the party symbols.

The current brouhaha rocking the party is being caused by some top guns with the money and influence who have penetrated the party’s hierarchy to marginalize the young and potential candidates who want to try their hands on the game of politics but are becoming unfavourable by the deciding elders of the party. Allegations of bribery, favouritism, marginalization and others have climaxed the recent developments now threatening a mass exodus of members from the SLPP.

One such victim is the SLPP Kambia based MP, Hon. Ibrahim Sorie Kamara. The Hon. MP who has represented the district through out this while claims to be deprived of carrying the SLPP party symbol for Constituency 41 which comprises of Gbinleh Dixon, Samu and Mambolo chiefdoms in Kambia district.

Hon. Kamara accused the SLPP central body of attempting to manipulate the primary elections of the district in order to disallow him and the various zonal executives to decide who should merit the symbol.

Even the structures put in place by the late SLPP Chairman of Kambia district, Alhaji M.K. Suma have been by-stepped by allowing all the five aspirants to nominate ten zonal heads to vote for the award of the symbol.

This motive according to Hon. I.S Kamara, has the suspicion of rigging the SLPP primaries in favour of hand picked candidates. Mr. Kamara has therefore consequently denounced his intention to contest under the party rather would go to the polls as an independent candidate if the authorities failed to reverse their plan.

 

 

 

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Subject: Re: RIGGING AND BRIBING FOR SLPP PARTY SYMBOL
From: CHIEFDOM ELDERS
To: All
Date Posted: 14:27:48 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
THIS IS A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS.


Subject: ON JOHN LEIGH
From: Critical Thinker
To: All
Date Posted: 12:44:44 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
I disagree with John Leigh’s unrelenting support for the SLPP. This surprising change of tune from his excellent pre-convention analyses of the problems plaguing our country is cause for serious concern. I also disagree with the fact that he argues, as it were, for the election of Berewa by default since in his view the alternatives, the APC and the PMDC, represent greater evils. Of course this argument cannot be substantiated since there has never been a PMDC led administration in the country. I also think that his not-so-veiled allegations about Iscandari and his tenure at the special court were very distasteful and unbecoming of man Alieu had previously referred to as his friend on this forum.

However, I also disagree with those who have chosen to attack his persona rather than engage him in any meaningful debate. If we must fault him on the special court issue we must also speak out against personal attacks against him. With the abundance of useful evidence that can be marshaled to make a compelling case against electing the SLPP, we are doing a disservice to ourselves by not sticking to issues on national concern when we engage him. John Leigh, in my view, appears to be blinded by party loyalty, and does not appear to realize he may make a better presidential candidate for the SLPP than Berewa himself. We need to let him understand that, and hopefully help to remind him that his first object of loyalty is to Sierra Leone and not the SLPP.
 


Subject: Re: ON JOHN LEIGH
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 20:04:46 05/31/07 ()
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Message:
I also think that his not-so-veiled allegations about Iscandari and his tenure at the special court were very distasteful and unbecoming of man Alieu had previously referred to as his friend on this forum.
______________________________________________________

Indeed Mr. Leigh has defamed my person on this forum and I am presently weighing my options. I have NEVER attacked John Leigh in any manner what so ever and even our exchanges in support of our diametrically opposed and polar political positions, which have been frequent have been always in good taste and collegial in nature.
That John Leigh would post materials on the forum which, had he bothered to ask me and cross checked with me, he would have found out was false, beguiles me. As you are aware I was one of the leaders of the "Draft John Ernest Leigh for president" movement. John Leigh sought my advice privately prior to the Makeni Convention. John leigh has telephone and e mail contacts for me. John Leigh has referred one of his very good clients to me for Legal consultations. John Leigh chose to write me an explanation with regrads to the issue surrounding his purported child who lives in New York. It was a private e mail and I have and will always maintain that privacy and entrustment of those facts.
Why then with such contact did John Leigh choose to malign my character and bring my professional reputation into disrepute? That is the million dollar question that I intend to find an answer to.

Since I addressed this issue upon my return, John Leigh has frantically called my cell phone and offered what I would consider a very lame apology. he stated that he was not talking about me and that his reference was to someone else not me. Nothing can be farther from the truth. The truth is that I am the ONLY US trained lawyer of sierra leonean extraction who worked for the special court and is a regular contributor to this forum. Suffice it to say that if there has been any disciplinary actions taken against me by the state bar of california, any such actions would be a part of my public record which is available to the public. That John Leigh, a lawyer in his own true right, with knowledge of the procedure, failed to utilise that which he should have, to check on the veracity of that which he was about to post, smacks of a degree of callousness unbecoming of someone of his professional and international stature.

John Leighs assertion on this forum that I was fired or terminated from the special court is UNTRUE and I detest that he made those assertions, with a malicious intent to defame my person and bring me into professional disrepute.

What is more diusturbing is the fact that there appears to be a collusion between John Leigh and this owners and moderators their agents and assigns of this forum, to delete from the archives the offending piece. I have however been able to locate it and a very good friend of mine in perth Australia will be providing me a copy of the post. Clearly John Leigh and Cocorioko Forum have conspired to defame me personally and professionally and for that I am righteously PISSED.


Subject: Re: ON JOHN LEIGH
From: LOW GRADE SAN SAN
To: All
Date Posted: 07:09:23 06/02/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: host81-158-193-74.range81-158.btcentralplus.com at 81.158.193.74

Message:
Clearly John Leigh and Cocorioko Forum have conspired to defame me personally and professionally and for that I am righteously PISSED.

Alieu,
don't get cheesed off. Leigh is notorious for lying. If Boy Leigh can tell a blatant lie on both his parents about a house in Bo.Why should he thinks twice to malign a TRUSTED friend? I am always telling people that this hopeless fool has got no morals.Leigh is a desperate reject he will tell any lie and even lick someones PENDA just to get by. As the saying goes in krio jos lef am nar ee sad useless state en condition.

For the Cokorioko team, let me repeat what i said here the last time when Leigh was trying to muzzle me through the FA. Please be careful of this back stabbing creep.Because the day you don't give him what he want. He will call your paper RAG SHEET and refer to you all as GONGORLIE LIE LIE JOURDALISTS. Enti oona see waetin ee pass with Sylvia Blydon en Betty Foray. Leigh ee rudness nor geh boundary.Wae you see man fet ee mamie. Nar for becareful wit am. The man geh mamie sweh en ee crais.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Subject: Re: ON JOHN LEIGH
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 20:14:31 05/31/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-aa14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.116.18

Message:
"Since I addressed this issue upon my return, John Leigh has frantically called my cell phone and offered what I would consider a very lame." Allieu Iscandari

This is pure rubbish. I do not act franticlly on account of anything. Someone called me and begged me to call Al Iscandari and tell him that he was not my target. So I did on the telephone number he gave me.

But "frantic"? Pure rubbish! - JL


Subject: Re: ON JOHN LEIGH
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 23:44:44 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Did you need to be begged John? You are old enough to know RIGHT FROM WRONG. oR WOULD YOU RATHER as you are wont to do justify the assault against my reputation when it was clear that you were wrong. Now call that rubbish.


Subject: Re: ON JOHN LEIGH
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 08:40:51 06/01/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com at 152.163.101.14

Message:
No, I do not need to be begged at all.

I told our mutual friend that I had no reason to call you but he urged me to call and confirm that you were not my target. He gave me you cell number. And I soon called your number to confirm that you are not the target.

And that's the sole message I left in your voice mail.

Next thing I saw was your boastful claim in your posting that I made a "frantic call". This boastful claim of a 'frantic call'I say is pure rubbish.

I called simply out of my sense of decency and cooperation to please my friend and mollify you - and for no other reason - and it was a straightforward friendly call. Nothing was 'frantic' about it!

But if you think my call to you was a "frantic call", please go ahead and continue to think so. Its your right!

But nothing was done knowingly behind your back and I had no way of knowing your back was facing me. If you were in Freetown, how would I have known that at the time I contemporaneously responded to a multiple moniker? Thanks. - JL

 


Subject: Re: ON JOHN LEIGH
From: M. Alieu Iscandari esq
To: All
Date Posted: 17:22:40 06/01/07 ()
Email Address: aiscandari@aol.com
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
Your call was frantic John if it were not so you would not have informed the intermediary that you were waiting for a return call from me and that you were standing by the phone. Secondly you needed not to mollify, what you needed to have done was not to stab people in the back who have been on your side. It takes many moons to make and create friendly relationships but just one "dunce" (to borrow one of your most frequently used words in describing others)Moment to break it all down. You sir, in posting that which was untrue about me, when you had had the opportunity to contact me via e mail and phone to check the veracity of the bunch of lies you had posted, have had your day in "DUNCE SUNSHINE". If I were you I would leave the forum, not read anything that is posted here about you, because you clearly are not a politician and definitely NOT a frioend that ANY man or woman could entrust with anything. You behavior on this forum so far has been ERRATIC, smacks of abject CRAZINESS, and very UNBECOMMING of someone who was MY country's representative to this Great nation the United States of America. In short, you, who once was a rising political star with all the potential of a shoein candidate for the presidency of sierra leone, having now lost political capital by your erratic, idiotic, nonsensical, and unintelligible rants and raves on this international forum, now stand in a position of praising that which you had previously condemned and expect the rest of us to buy that unnationalistic partisan NONSENSE that you are the purveyor of.

RUBBISH AS YOU WOULD SAY. UTTER RUBBISH IF I MIGHT ADD.

Stay Blessed John. The battle for the e,mancipation of my people from mental slavery and the likes of forked tontue politicians like you has just started. You fired the first salvo with you so called hot air Howies now nwatch me engage you in close combat with my uzi and gallils. Yesiree you can fight and say all of your rubbish from afar but when one comes into close contact with you and engages you directly you are what you speak a belly dragging, forked tongue former diplomat with a penchant for putting his damn foot in his mouth and sometimes easting the leather that goes with it too

Stay blessed John!!!
Your erstwhile friend
M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
510 938 6186 Cell
240 515 6316 Cell
510 615 6000 Office


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 15:35:50 05/31/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-mtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.116.8

Message:
Critical Thinker:

Yes, I agree with you completely that my support for my party is unrelenting. But so are the attackers. Besides, my relentlessness is proportionate, more on less, to the utter stupidity and persistence of my party’s attackers, given the flunkey post-independence history of our country.

My post-Makeni support for Berewa does in no way mean that I have abandoned my pre-convention stance. (I have already confirmed this position many times before. Where were you?)

On the contrary, after evaluating the choices available, I came to the conclusion that the known record of my party and Berewa’s – in spite of all my criticisms of his & Kabbah’s record – are far superior by a very wide margin - and that he and the SLPP are closer to my hopes for Sierra Leone - than the available alternatives (how many times do I have to restate this fact?).

My own view of the competition is that APC’s record is dismally fearful and the personalities of the new PMDC are of inferior quality to the SLPP's as reflected by the way they went about organizing themselves into their new party as well as what their imputed personnel records say of them.

I would not want to be viewed as a political associate of any one of them at all, especially now that I am more knowledgeable of their backgrounds.

Kindly, put yourself in my shoes and answer the following questions truthfully.

What do you expect me to do under the present circumstances: support APC, support PMDC, be neither here nor there? Or should I simply sit out the elections and let those I vehemently oppose - solely because of their bad record and thus their propensity (in my own estimation) to further damage our country - waltz into power?

Or should I stand firmly and unequivocally behind my own party and strive to seek change from within?

As you know, I am not a candidate for anything. So I am totally out of the equation. And I accept the distinct possibility that your choice defers from mine. But then, we have different life experiences.

Your point though that those upset with my counters ought to focus on presenting their views on the relevant issues rather than waste time with frivolous personal attacks, is an excellent one.

For their information, I have carefully itemized the points in my counter to PJK and Dr. Kamara so that opponents can easily come up with their own point-for-point arguments on whatever issue they wish to raise. But if they prefer to be reduced to cuss, insults, heckling on the sidelines, etc. I will just move on.

Again, Berewa is not perfect but he is the best candidate closest to me in objectives for Sierra Leone with the mental ability to devise policies to accomplish those objectives.

Also, because his education, experience, training, mentoring, attitude, intelligence and background are superior to Koroma’s and all the others, I believe he is better positioned to address my concerns with a greater likelihood of success and move our country forward, safer and more systematically than each one of his inferior rivals – in spite of all his numerous faults that I wrote about again and again and again.

Just compare my criticisms of Berewa with my criticisms of his rivals and their parties and judge for yourself who is totally inferior and who is more superior. Thank you. - JL
 


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: Critical Thinker
To: All
Date Posted: 16:21:10 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: sph16-204.harvard.edu at 128.103.16.204

Message:
John, like yourself I am very apprehensive about a government led by the APC. Apart from the fact that their leader is not tainted by the malfeasances of previous APC administrations, they have little to show to convince us that they are now different.

But one cannot draw the same conclusion about the PMDC. (For the record, I am not a member of the PMDC). We cannot dismiss the fact that a new breed of leaders without the baggage of the APC or SLPP may just make a difference. I am not convinced that this will be all about Margai. Anyone sincerely serious about straightening things out and fighting corruption in Sierra Leone can be successful. That person may be Margai, in spite of his inadequacies which you are so often quick to point out.

With regard to Berewa, be careful not to hurt your chances at another shot at being the SLPP flag bearer sometime in the future.
 


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 22:05:59 05/31/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-aa14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.116.18

Message:
Critical Thinker:

The NEW APC is no different from the OLD APC. The leader was mentored by Shahid Jamil and ex-President Momoh. He was referred to Jamil by none other than Stevens. Further, APC's current Secretary-general is AFRC/RUF Victor VoucherGate Foh. Hiding behind those two officials are a whole bunch of of KDDAs, Ekutays and Ex-Binkolo frolickers and hegemonistic tribalists.

The PMDC by its various deeds is of the same class as the APC but slightly better - but not by much. The same APC strategy of hegemony, secretiveness, double cross, one-manism, etc., etc. are their tricks in trade. Added to this is supposed royal blood.

Moreover, SLeone does not operate as you think. Once elected, the president has all the cards. There is zero collegiality as you supposed. He can discard anyone he wishes at any time for any or no reason and all your colleagues will refrain from coming to your aid, lest they be the next to be axed.

Further, there is an unlimited number of Yes-Men enthusiastically willing and waiting to wear your official shoes.

When you find out that a leader is a notorious one-manic royal type and a chronic double-crosser, I would think twice, thrice, before putting your him.

Accordingly, I most certainly disagree with your assesssment of Mr. Margai and the PMDC. Besides, you need an intelligent leader or else people will continue to suffer. Sorry. - JL

 

 


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 17:25:26 06/01/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
When you find out that a leader is a notorious one-manic royal type and a chronic double-crosser, I would think twice, thrice,

John were you looking in the MIRROR when you wrote this?


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: Independent Observer
To: All
Date Posted: 01:22:22 06/01/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
"Accordingly, I most certainly disagree with your assesssment of Mr. Margai and the PMDC. Besides, you need an intelligent leader or else people will continue to suffer." -- John Leigh

There is a very obvious reason why any patriotic Sierra Leonean who wishes to end the suffering of Sierera Leoneans would not vote for the SLPP -- the SLPP's record is the worst of any government in the hiistory of Sierra Leone.

It is a fact that the SLPP has received more foreign aid than any govt. in the history of Sierra Leone. In fact, it has received more aid than all the other govts. in the history of independent SL combined. Yet, unlike any other govt., the SLPP has made Sierra Leone the worst or second worst country in the world in each and every year of its 10-year rule of our country.

That is the worst performance of any government in the history of Sierra Leone. It is also the worst suffering ever inflicted by a govt. on Sthe people of Sierra Leone.

Therefore, voting for the SLPP is a vote to continue the worst suffering of the people of Sierra Leone since our independence.

Voting for the APC would stop the current suffering of the people because the record of the APC is better than that of the SLPP -- the worst govt. in the history of Sierra Leone. By your own estimation, the PMDC is slightly better than the APC. Therefore, voting for the PMDC will put an end to the worst suffering inflicted upon the people of Sierra Leone.

It is a fact, therefore, that the worst choice facing th4e people of Sierra Leone in the August 11 elections is the SLPP because it is simply the party with the worst record of performance in the history of Sierra Leone.

 


 


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: new APC
To: All
Date Posted: 19:02:29 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 164.82.85.3

Message:
WE DO NOT STEAL OR LIE


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 19:37:54 05/31/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
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Message:
Why do you have an OLD APC and now a New APC?

Is anyone from the OLD APC involved in the New APC at the Executive Council Level of the party? Thank you. - JL

 


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: Allie Kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 01:37:42 06/01/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
"Why do you have an OLD APC and now a New APC?

Is anyone from the OLD APC involved in the New APC at the Executive Council Level of the party? Thank you. - JL


John Leigh:

The answers to your questions are as follows:

1. You have a new APC to signify a new leadership and philosophy in the new APC.

2. There are members of the old APC in the new APC, inlcuding at least one in the executive because, as you have never tired to remind us in defending the SLPP leaders jwho joined the old APC, it was the only party allowed in Salone in the days of the old APC.

Please let me know if you need any other question answered for your information.

Yours sincerely,
Allie Kanu

 

 


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 07:19:01 06/01/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-aa14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.116.18

Message:
Mr. Kanu:

Thank you very much. - JL


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: APC
To: All
Date Posted: 21:02:03 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 67.63.2.157

Message:
Yes JL. They have Victor (AFRC/RUF) Foh as their secretary General. Victor vouchergate Foh.


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: John E. Leigh
To: All
Date Posted: 21:25:17 05/31/07 ()
Email Address: johnernestleigh@yahoo.com
Entered From: cache-dtc-aa14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.116.18

Message:
APC:

Thank you very much. We have reduced some of the opposition to silence; others to copying critiquis going back four, five, six, even 13 years without their understanding the significance of what they are posting. Some are reduced to talking to themselves nonstop in public. Oh these mumbo-tombo-dumbo-Munkus..... Thank you. - JL


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: Moijue
To: All
Date Posted: 03:59:39 06/01/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 89.241.147.130

Message:
JEL, AS THE KRIO PEOPLE SAY WHEN U THROW ashes it will follow u my man.Bringing to light ur past comments about SLPP leadership including Berewa clearly shows that u are desperate and ready to do anything to be recognise.

U have not silence anybody, you have become the flip flopper of this forum and the evidence is enormous for all to see.

Have you not alleged that Margai failed in CKC THAT occured in the 1960's against him.Where the actions of JOHN KERRY in Vietnam not osed against him in the last election in the USA that occured over 30 years agao.What about Gary Hart or Obama actions in the past?

Your utterances were used by ur veryself in 2005 to discredit BEREWA so it is fair game.
NO PMDC will be silence by a fli-flopper.It's a promise.


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: SLPP
To: All
Date Posted: 01:52:07 06/01/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-mtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com at 64.12.116.8

Message:
Actually, it is you who does not understand the significance of your predicament -- you have been exposed to be a flip-flopping, opportunistic, unprincipled politician who would say anything to try to gain personal benefits even if it means condemning the people of SL to continued suffering under the corrupt and incompetent SLPP.

Just before the SLPP convention lasy year, you severely criticised the man you now support -- the SLPP's Solomon Berewa -- using material you had written earlier. You flip-flopped and started praising the same man you had recently called totally unfit to lead SL -- Solomon Berewa -- only after you failed to obtain a single vote at the SLPP covention, despite allegedly bribing the delegates to vote for you.

The evidence is overwhelming, therefore, that you are clearly an opportunist who flips and flops with the consistent purpose of serving only your own very selfish interest at the expense of the far greater interest of the people of SL. In short, you are totally and irredeemably unpatriotic.

 


Subject: Re: ON THE CRITICAL CHOICES
From: M. Alieu Iscandari Esq
To: All
Date Posted: 07:10:26 06/01/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-ntc-ad04.proxy.aol.com at 207.200.116.198

Message:
In short, you are totally and irredeemably unpatriotic.

That he has become


Subject: Re: ON JOHN LEIGH
From: Almamy Seray-Wurie Si
To: All
Date Posted: 13:01:02 05/31/07 ()
Email Address: almamysi@hotmail.com
Entered From: 24hr03.osr.columbia.edu at 156.111.18.112

Message:
I agree with your reminder that being loyal to SL must be greater than party loyalty. SLPP must go but is APC prepared..!
There was a shadow cabinet set up by Ernest Koroma after the past elections..
Is it better to have a good teacher in an overcrowded classroom than having a bad teacher in a class classroom?
 


Subject: DOES SLFA HAS THE LEGAL RIGHT TO STOP ARSENAL FANS
From: BUFORD HWY
To: All
Date Posted: 12:33:34 05/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-074-228-219-218.sip.asm.bellsouth.net at 74.228.219.218

Message:
Message from the Proprietor
 

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SLFA WARNS SALONE ARSENAL SUPPORTERS
The SLFA officials yesterday made the point very clear that supporters of Arsenal in Freetown must behave themselves as Sierra Leoneans and should always be proud of supporting their national team, Leone Stars, in any international competition because the national team belongs to every Sierra Leonean and we should be proud of the fact that win or lose, it is the Sierra Leoneans who either carry the laurels or bear the disgrace.
The FA has also warned Arsenal supporters not to wear any Arsenal jersey during the match and also to desist from making any attempt to welcome the Arsenal striker, Emmanuel Adebayo, as failure to do so would amount to stiff resistance on the part of the football authorities during Sunday’s match.
SLFA has also informed the police force about the moves taken by Arsenal supporters to throng the streets of Freetown to welcome Emmanuel Adebayo which would be very unfair to any sober minded Sierra Leoneans as according to the SLFA, the national team, Leone Stars, belongs to the people of Sierra Leone and it is the responsibility of every Sierra Leoneans to join hands and give their total support to Leone Stars come Saturday.

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Subject: PORTRAIT OF A WEST AFRICAN HOLOCAUST
From: foday mansaray
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Date Posted: 12:23:32 05/31/07 ()
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PICTURES OF SHAME
PORTRAIT OF A WEST AFRICAN HOLOCAUST


 

A review of Oumar Farouk Sesay’s Salute to the Remains of a Peasant, a collection of poems published by Publish America: Baltimore, USA 2007, p.105

by Gbanabom Hallowell

 

 

When you read Salute to the Remains of a Peasant, do not congregate in your mind, the four million peasants existing in Sierra Leone. Do not picture the remains of any peasant in the miserable lives of us the wretched survivors of our civil war. This volume is not about survivors. It is not about the living. It is not about the dead. It is not about you. It is not about me. It is not about the past. It is not about the present. It is not about the future. It is not about our hopes. It is not about our dreams. It is not about our mistakes. It is not about our achievements. It is not about our failures—all because it is not a book of blames nor is it a book of praise. This book is about a single peasant, whose remain lies within and between us.

 

 

In reading Salute to the Remains of a Peasant, I am guided by a philosophical theory known as “the veil of ignorance” as propounded by John Rawls in his book A Theory of Justice. Rawls argues that (p.137) ‘First of all, no one knows his place in society, his class position or social status.” I allow myself to be led by a poet in his search for the cadaver of a peasant, one upon whose circumstance the greater circumstance could be understood; one upon whose demise is portrayed a fratricidal design Julius Caesar-like, with the poet pointing and identifying the several swords of the nobility that murdered the lion of the Sierra. Oumar Farouk Sesay, in his several poems, shows me the remains of Caesar, the peasants’ peasant, pointing where the Brutuses, the Cassiuses, the Cascas and all other nobles stabbed the beloved lion.

 

 

Salute to the Remains of a Peasant is a collection of poems that focuses on a state of being. It is a work of still-life, the point at which our collective tension, mangle and pause forever! It is the artistry of the big bang, the theory of results. It is physics the elements of cause and effect. It is geography of human features as created by our love, our anger, our temperament, our attitude, and our power. Along came a poet on life’s pedestrian path. Oumar Farouk Sesay belongs to the generation of poets who happened on the road after the great Mangling. Born in the 60s, Sesay did not witness the meanderings that eventually showed him the skewed image of the life of a peasant in Sierra Leone. What he came upon was “a thatched hut of mud/On the fringes of the forest/an unmarked heap of mud/In the depth of the forest.”

 

 

Note the peasant world that took in Sesay. Juxtapose the images of “mud” and ‘forest”; also juxtapose “fringes,” “unmarked heap” and “depth.” When a poet shows great sensitivity to place like Sesay does, the reader is hooked. In these tight lines from the title poem, Sesay is whispering to his reader to tread cautiously on the temporality of the peasant so that before the thatched mud collapses, before the unmarked grave disappears, and before the forest closes in, someone, the unknown peasant whose “mortal mould of mud/Is laid to rest/After a life of unrest in the mud” is saluted. Sesay is reliving the minds of Picasso and Goya, using the genre of poetry to expose the gothic and the obscure brought about by a bitter experience fashioned long before the decade of climatic rebellion that consumed the soul of Sierra Leone. The poet wants you to witness how, after Sierra Leoneans have been made in the image of God, the nobles of this country then manufactured them in the image of a peasant. Sesay is our own Dostoevsky.

 

 

Perhaps the question is what kind of a poet then is Oumar Farouk Sesay. In the literary world, there is always the tendency for critics to search from the list of older poets in order to understand the voice of a new poet. I shall defy that tradition for many reasons, but only one deserves to be mentioned here: Sesay like many of us Sierra Leonean poets comes from an obscure poetic background, not having been exposed to the country’s literary tradition either in school or in his daily life. I shall instead determine what kind of a poet Sesay is from a creative angle. Sesay is a pacific as well as a tormented poet. It is rare to come across a poet with such antithetical elemental combination. Sierra Leone does not have a dearth of pacific poets, with Gladys Casely-Hayford heading the list, or a dearth of tormented poets, with Syl Cheney-Coker heading that list. One may be tempted to insert Sesay as the mean between these two poets. But Sesay is not a mean, not in any Aristotelian sense. Aristotle, in determining a mean, consented that two opposite extremes exist in human life; while Sesay in his poems does not quarrel with such a theory, he comes across as an unfolding, employing no more than the paintbrush of the fine artist as he lingers between several heavens and hells seeking the stillness of life in his country’s pictures of shame. Sesay therefore, should be approached from multifaceted pole angles. Perhaps among Sesay’s finest qualities, is his ability to compel anger while articulating reasoning. In the poem, “At Tellu Bongor,” Sesay writes: (p.13) “What prowls like hungry tiger in the Gola forest of my mind/Is rage nursed to puncture your heart for raping your mother at/Tellu Bongor.”

 

 

Using the word peasant as a metaphor to lament his Sierra Leone, Sesay comes across to the fratricidal brother on a deeply moralistic note. The opening line cuts across like the chase of an eight hundred pound gorilla but in the second line the diction, “nursed” softens the chase, with the prowling and hunger giving way to caution and strong dialogue. In pacifying his rapist brother, and to help him see reason, the poet creates a dual metaphor of the peasant country: Tellu Bongor the house of defilement and the greater country, Sierra Leone the defiled. In school, I was taught that the idiom, a thunderstorm in a tea cup is hyperbolic of reality, and yet in Sesay’s poetry of realism, a country can indeed be shamed in a tea cup in a non-hyperbolic sense. Usually, many a great poem is destroyed by bad closures and that is when the poet strays away from the thesis set in the opening lines. In “Tellu Bongor” Sesay’s thesis is to reason with the fratricidal brother; it is gratifying to arrive with him at such a successful closure when he reminds the brother that (p.13) “a hungry lion in the Kailahun of my mind is enraged/To snatch your galled heart at Tellu Bongor.” Remember that Sesay, in his book does not set out to alter the image of the remains of the peasant he writes about. His grand thesis as I stated earlier, is to show a state of being. In reading Sesay, I am reminded of the work of a contemporary American poet, David St.John. This is what St. John writes about his own work in an interview he gave to The Writer’s Chronicle:

 

 

I hope the colors act as a kind of musical/visual resonance that help to locate the reader, but I don’t want to predetermine a particular scene or vignette. And I hoped it wouldn’t limit the poem, so there could be degrees of red or green or blue, and the poems could be as soft and shifting as a prism of light on a wall.

I can picture Sesay articulating a similar concern about his poetry because Salute to the Remains of a Peasant has a rainbow of colors, a jamboree of musical instruments and a choral ensemble. In “The Cry” he writes:

 

 

The cry sucks strength
From the gull of her despair
Ebbs through the tides
Strikes her vocal cords
And explodes into the air
Drenching the cacophony of groans (p.24)

 

 

In this stanza, we are drawn to a galaxy of musical and visual images. At once the struggle to absorb in order to emit is seen through painful dictions like “gull,” “despair,” “explodes,” and “groans.” Sesay is convinced that any experience as bad as that in the quoted stanza is only capable of producing a faulty tune, hence, “…the cacophony of groans.”

 

 

But while the pain and the struggle of this peasant produce disturbing music to the air, a technique the poet uses to articulate the true meaning of being a peasant, the poet himself is a compelling lyricist, using concrete and action verbs to convey music to our ears. In “He Did Not Die That Day” he writes: “When the tale of the toll/Of the war was told/In the warmth of our room/My husband folded the sleeves of his Ronko.” (p.38) In “Driftwood” he writes: “The fading warmth of a feeble/Kiss is all I cling to.” (p.82) In “Rebels” he writes: “A specter of Gloom/Loomed over the horizon/As zombies zoomed/The nation to doom/With the boom boom of bombs.” (p.100)

Let us comment briefly on another of Sesay’s compulsive nature, his superb referential ideology. In his seminal work, Language and Self-transformation, Peter Stromberg writes that (p.2) “behind a subject’s language lies a set of events and emotions that the language transparently reflects.” Indeed language is an essential agent of the poet’s personality and therefore a fascinating experience. Sesay writes about what I will call, the peasantization of Sierra Leone and our individual selves, but that is not all, he seeks to discover what one writer refers to as “the real self from the spurious self.” Because the language and lyricism of Sesay’s poetry reminds me of that of e.e. cummings, arguably America’s greatest lyrical poet, I shall borrow from the words of Horace Gregory, a Cummings’ critic, to appropriate Sesay, a poet who sustains an aphoristic language he has called his own, “a language of sharpened images and verbal wit and action—and mastered with great economy of phrasing.”

As well as proving himself a master of closures, Sesay excels in enjambments, otherwise called line endings. Line endings require sound literary talent to construct a unique architectural poetry. In “The Child Who Danced” he writes:

 

 

I was the Poster child
Draped in rags
Adorned with hunger
Infested by pests
Consumed by ignorance
Who danced in celebration
Of the new dawn (p.28)

 

 

Being a poet of practical sorrow, Sesay hangs his verbs on a rather transitive edge, so that the reader, gliding unto a succeeding plane of landscape in the next line is embraced by concrete nouns—suggesting that the poet is keener on realistic experiences than on surreal ones. And if a line ends with a noun, especially so when that noun opens a sore in the heart, it often serves as an antecedent to succeeding lines of tactile images.

 

 

Among the poets of my generation, both within and without Sierra Leone, Oumar Farouk Sesay stands out as the most lyrical—reaching us more in sounds than in words. In this collection Sesay redefines the devices of onomatopoeia and assonance, poem after poem with new semantic flavor. The ten year war of his Sierra Leone and that country’s overall disastrous past serve as an accompanying instrument, helping him to dig deeper into the remnant of the life of the wretched, and indeed into our collective and often abused humanity wherever. Reading Sesay’s poetry is like witnessing the ebb and tide of human struggle in a past and present that will never again be a foreign country.


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Subject: I WATCHED BBC 2 MOIJUE.........and?
From: CADMUS
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Date Posted: 10:58:09 05/31/07 ()
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My Brother Moijue,

I watched BBC 2 as per you advise yesterday with interest and anticipation. What did I see? I saw a MOTLEY CREW of the USUAL SUSPECTS ranting and raving all over the place..in other words PMDC whingers.

There was Councillor Blango who was complaining bitterly that....'some people in Sa lone are buying houses in London with cash, and he wanted to know where the money was coming from...' of course the top host of Newsnight was away. I mean Paxman, so the standin presenter was not able to ask Blango to supply evidence of these people..... he got away with it.Especially since he appeared like an expers on Sa lone matters rather than a leading oposition politician.That was a deceit in itself.

Then there was a man whose face could not be shown for 'fear for his life' The faceless idiot was complaining that there were people in sa Lone who were receiving salaries for ghost workers. If he was so confident why did he not show his face? The problem of ghost salaries in Sa Lone is as old as time itself.So what is new, pussy cat?

Then we had the very respectable former British High Commissioner to Sa lone, Peter Penfold....After hearing that Colomba Blango wanted him back in Sa Lone,'to continue the good work' the quietly spoken Penfold could only confirm his continous interest in the country and says...'I would like to do my best to help sa lone'I felt he was off message...

The Acting High Commissioner James Alie was baffled that ...'people cannot see the very many pregress made in the country..'H e confirmed the the ACC was doing a good job

Mojue, I am still baffled that PMDC's only policy statement is to continue to accuse SLPP of corruption without supplying the evidence.

The only corrupt practices with evidence I am aware of is when one Charles Margai , then minister gave contrcts to his wife.This is fact and it is a matter of public records....the rest has been DEN SAY and no more.....am I missing something, Do you actually have the evidence? please let us have it...name thse people buying houses in London, I will help you expose them.GIVE ME TH EVIDENCE I WILL SHOW YOU THAT NOT ALL SLPP ARE CORRUPT as you pu it.


Subject: Re: I WATCHED BBC 2 MOIJUE.........and?
From: Moijue
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Date Posted: 11:30:16 05/31/07 ()
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If MARGAI is corrupt as u claim why was he not prosecuted by SOLO BEE, who was the Justice minister?
This clearly shows once more that Berewa those not love salone.
The RULE OF LAW must prevail.

I wonder why you miss the area of CORRUPTION that PENFOLD touched on.It is worse than before.
Fragile


BBC CORRESPONDENT A.Little reports:

Sierra Leone remains one of the poorest nations on earth, despite its abundant mineral wealth.
Up-country the diamond mines are working again. The people wonder where that wealth is going.

Life remains tough for most in Sierra Leone
Climb the hill above Freetown and part of the answer presents itself: the sprawl of new homes - large, luxurious and gated - that stand now on land that was, seven years ago, lightly forested hillside.
The government that Britain rescued seven years ago is still in power.
It has presided over a system of entrenched corruption in which the political elite grows rich while the mass of the people remain poor.
Unemployment stands at 80%. Life expectancy for men is 39.
In the seven years since Britain's intervention there has been no serious anti-corruption drive. Freetown remains one of the world's few capital cities with no mains electricity supply and no running water in most homes.
Poverty and corruption fuelled the last war. Their persistence means that the ending of the war and bringing of lasting peace remains an achievement both remarkable and fragile.

 


Subject: Re: I WATCHED BBC 2 MOIJUE.........and?
From: cadmus
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Date Posted: 16:31:49 05/31/07 ()
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Moijue, it is rather so depressing reading your coments about corruption in Sierra Leone.I would have anticepated that your so called PMDC gang of fustrated political and matrimonical prostitutes could have come forward with positive and functional options rather than stage managing the BBC report.Every politically minded sierra leonean in the UK is knowledged about COLUMBA BLANGO'S anti SLPP drive .


Subject: Re: I WATCHED BBC 2 MOIJUE.........and?
From: Moijue
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Date Posted: 16:45:00 05/31/07 ()
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Is PMDC so powerful to control BBC,BRAVO NEXT SALONE


Subject: Re: I WATCHED BBC 2 MOIJUE.........and?
From: CADMUS
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Date Posted: 17:52:56 05/31/07 ()
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Moijue:
I've already made my comments on this matter above.
The cadmus posting in small letters is not from me. That is the work of the serial handle abuser on this forum. I've complained about the abuse of my handle to Kabbs before. I do hope he will soon start to investigate these abuses and take some actions


Subject: JOHN LEIGH'S OPPORTUNISM AND THE DOWNFALL OF SALONE
From: SORRY FOR SALONE
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Date Posted: 10:16:48 05/31/07 ()
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Ugly dwarf John Leigh is not fooling anyone. Everything he says on this forum is said out of insincerity of the worse kind. Trying to get attention for job offers is one thing. Shameless opportunism in the name of Sierra Leone is another thing.

John Leigh's opportunism is as ugly as himslef. Looking at John Leigh, it's easy to see why Sierra Leone is down and out. There is no integrity in the way politics is carried out in the country. People will pretend, lie, cheat and say and do everything just to get a job. If you look at John Leigh online, you will see why Sierra Leone is down and out.


Subject: Re: JOHN LEIGH'S OPPORTUNISM AND THE DOWNFALL OF SALONE
From: silent majority
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Date Posted: 11:29:16 05/31/07 ()
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The thrust of Mr Leigh's arguments on this forum is that the risks associated with handing over the levers of power to APC or PMDC are greater than than staying with the SLPP. He has, in my view, presented persuasive evidence to support his position.

The best way to win support for an alternative position is to attack his arguments not to impugn his motives.

In any case it is surely entirely possible to adopt a position that is manifestly in the country's interest even if one's motive is selfish.


Subject: Re: JOHN LEIGH'S OPPORTUNISM AND THE DOWNFALL OF SALONE
From: Moijue
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Date Posted: 12:03:10 05/31/07 ()
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Evidence of his opportunism, and why he is not trusted.

What Leigh wrote about Berewa in the past:

LACKS ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS TRAINING

Berewa’s attitude regarding the development of our country is most discouraging. His reasoning as to how a country like Sierra Leone is going to develop reminds me of someone not schooled or experienced in either economics or international affairs but who has, instead, been isolated in a cultural wasteland for much too long. Yet, this same misguided individual is been touted in certain quarters as the next president of Sierra Leone!

How can such an individual, lacking in understanding of how nations become developed, ever hope to successfully construct social and economic institutions that would help our country advance from last place position and make Sierra Leone into a place like Britain and the United States?

It is clear that Berewa’s announced strategy for Sierra Leone’s development, as reported by Messrs. Kargbo and Jalloh, will not work. His shallow and naive thinking is not likely to ever help the people of Sierra Leone improve the quality of their daily lives, let alone build a mighty nation whose standard of living would equal that of London and New York.

In fact, the mentality underpinning Berewa’s poor thinking is part of the very reason why Sierra Leone remains a place of extreme hardship for millions of people while a few are enriched from holding public office. We must take stock of our country’s performance to date and accept the fact that endless takings from others without giving something of commensurate value in return is not a sustainable development strategy at all.


 


Subject: Re: JOHN LEIGH'S OPPORTUNISM AND THE DOWNFALL OF SALONE
From: Sahr Menjor
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Date Posted: 15:34:47 05/31/07 ()
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Moijue, you are joking! did Bra leigh actually said these words about Berewa? if it is true that these are the words of bra leigh, then i have no respect for him. Bra you mek are fraid salon man.


Subject: Re: JOHN LEIGH'S OPPORTUNISM AND THE DOWNFALL OF SALONE
From: Fact
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Date Posted: 19:08:20 05/31/07 ()
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Yes, this is a real upper-cut from Moijue. John Leigh has gone to his corner to take some ice and advice from Sengbe. One of his eyes is swollen and his lower lip is bleeding. Massy.


Subject: Re: JOHN LEIGH'S OPPORTUNISM AND THE DOWNFALL OF SALONE
From: FACT
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Date Posted: 13:19:55 05/31/07 ()
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Wow, did John Leigh say this about Berewa? Massy Lord!


Subject: Re: JOHN LEIGH'S OPPORTUNISM AND THE DOWNFALL OF SALONE
From: Moijue
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Date Posted: 15:57:19 05/31/07 ()
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Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssss he did.

As someone normally's says i stand by it.


Subject: IS LIFE REALLY "ALL IS VANITY"?
From: Charles Curtis-Thomas, BSN, RN, MD(Hons.), MPH
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Date Posted: 09:52:00 05/31/07 ()
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"VANITY OF VANITIES, SAITH THE PREACHER,VANITY OF VANITIES, ALL IS VANITY". (Eccles. 1:2)
------------------------------------------------------Most translations of this verse use the word VANITY. The Hebrew word, "hebel" , means literally "vapor" or "breath"; it also carries the idea of emptiness, meaninglessness, and futility. The word will appear numerous times in the book of Ecclesiastes.

If one's heart and mind is "set on the things of this world", then at the end of our earthly existence all will appear as if it is "vanity". This is exactly what happened to Solomon, the author of the book of Ecclesiastes. The years of his life, so full of potential and promise, were squandered on things that do not last, things of no permanent value. When most of your whole life is made up of "hebel" or vapor, when you get to the end of that life the whole thing can seem like a vapor because it passed by very quiclky and seemed so full of meaningless things.

What makes Solomon's words sooooooooooooooo powerful is that here is a man who had everything this world could offer. He, perhaps unlike anyone else, had his fill of earthly pleasures. As he himself said later, anything that he wanted he got (Eccles. 2:10). Yet, in the end, he calls it all meaningless, an empty vapor or breath.

What a lesson about what is important in life and what is not. Good old Paul, the apostle, said it right when he said not to "set our minds on things of this earth..."

If our minds are set on things above, then I violently disagree with "wise King Solomon" when he said "VANITY OF VANITIES...ALL IS VANITY".


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