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Vol XI No 9

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President Kabbah's 2007 Handing-over Speech to Ernest Bai Koroma
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Remembering January 6, 1999 and how hell was let loose on Sierra Leone


Africa's history over the last fifty years has been blighted by two areas of weakness. These have been capacity - the ability to design and deliver policies; and accountability - how well a state answers to its people. Improvements in both are first and foremost the responsibility of African countries and people...." Africa Report

"The press, radio and television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this Constitution and highlight the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people." - Sierra Leone Constitution


BBC's Special Programmes on the English Premier League in some key African languages

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power - Abraham Lincoln

Saturday September 26, 2015 - Events in Burkina Faso. Why the rat is sad that the pro-Blaise Compaore coup failed. People power wins the day as the Presidential Guards are sent packing, RPG's and all.The Presidential Guard head who ousted a peoples' government and felt the backlash.The citizens of Burkina Faso protested against the coup by the Presidential Guard.

The elite Presidential Guard of Burkina Faso is no more having burnt its fingers in an attempted coup that eventually should have seen the ousted and disgraced former President Blaise Compaore re-installed in office had it got its way in a country where the main army is as professional as it should be.

And there are interesting comparisons that Sierra Leone watchers would be keen to point out. The Presidential Guard coup was not popular and had no support among the people. In desperation members of the group got a group of people together to stage what they termed a demonstration of support after the regional body ECOWAS and other international bodies including the UN made it clear it was not in favour of a band of soldiers seizing power during a transitional period leading to elections.

In Sierra Leone, on May 25, 1997 a band of soldiers wearing green camouflage tunics on the outside and sporting red vests underneath launched an unexpected move against the democratically-elected government of President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah barely a year after elections in 1996 that saw the military, the NPRC of Valentine Strasser and Julius Maada Bio leaving power after a four-year stint. It was the most unpopular coup in Sierra Leone's political history with a large majority of civilians refusing to recognise the Johnny Paul-led AFRC. Had the AFRC handed over power peacefully, the country would have been spared further bloodshed and misery but because die-hard core APC operatives were the chief advisers it went on a campaign of murder, arson and rape prolonging the agony of the people for nine months.


Tuesday September 22, 2015 - President of the Nigerian Senate, the third in line in Nigeria's political hierarchy appears before Code of Conduct Tribunal to answer to a 13-count charge relating to his conduct in office. Takes a plea and is to appear again next month. This is how the Rule of Law operates in law-abiding and God-fearing societies unlike the jungle justice system of Sierra Leone.Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar.

Dr Olubukola Abubakar Saraki is President of the Senate, the third most powerful political figure after the President and the Vice President. His occupation of this office could have given him a sense of being above the law and so when he was ordered to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, he could well have brushed such a summon aside as he was cocksure that his lawyers would block any such order. It would seem his lawyers tried their best to delay the arrest warrant issued for him and when he failed to appear before the Tribunal as ordered on Friday last week, the head of the Tribunal would have none of it. His lawyers gave assurances that come yesterday Monday, they would produce him at the Tribunal but alas, he again failed.

The Nigeria-based online outlet Premium Times has this bit - "The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has arrived the courtroom of the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja to face trial over a 13-count charge of corruption levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau. Mr. Saraki arrived the tribunal premises at 9:32 a.m., accompanied by “about 50 senators and some members of the House of Representatives”, his spokesperson, Yusuph Olaniyonu, told PREMIUM TIMES.

The UK-based Daily Mail has also been following the unfolding drama. "The tribunal, a special court that tries asset declaration misdemeanors, charged Saraki last week and issued a warrant for his arrest on Friday after he failed to appear before the court. "I will not keep him (Saraki) here. I will let him go," said tribunal chairman Danladi Umar, releasing the senate president on bail and adjourning the hearing until October 21. The 13 charges mostly relate to the ownership of land held by his company Carlisle Properties Ltd between 2003 and 2011. Other charges relate to his transfer of $3.4 million to an account outside Nigeria while he was governor of Kwara state, and sending 1.5 million pounds sterling to a European account to cover a mortgage for a London property. 


Monday September 21, 2015 - "The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity" The words of Emmy Awards winner Viola Davis as for the first time a black actress wins the coveted Outstanding Actress in a Drama award. And there's a message in her brief but poignant acceptance speech.

Sunday night 20th September was the night many a TV drama watcher must have made a date with for last night the 67th Emmy Awards were held and according to the organiser's website - "The Television Academy tonight awarded the 67th Emmy® Awards, recognizing excellence in primetime programming and individual achievement for the 2014-2015 television season.

Viola Davis as Annalise Keating in "How To Get Away With Murder" was thrilled at winning the coveted award and this is what she is reported to have said as found on the BBC website - Actress Viola Davis received a standing ovation for her acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards, where she became the first black woman to win outstanding actress in a drama. The actress plays Annalise Keating - a brilliant but conflicted criminal defence professor who, with five of her students, becomes entwined in a murder plot - in How to Get Away With Murder. Her win came after two other black women took home Emmy awards - Regina King for American Crime, and Uzo Aduba for Orange Is the New Black.

It has been a long, hard road for Viola. One report says "After accepting her Emmy, Davis told reporters backstage she was feeling "really good. And if you knew me, you'd know how rare that was." The actress went on: "I've been in this business 25 years. I've been eking out a living doing Broadway, off-Broadway... I'm just excited to be a part of the conversation. I've seen the unemployment line a lot, man." Now you know.


Sunday September 20, 2015 - As heavy rains create havoc in Sierra Leone, an uncaring and undemocratic thing passing itself off as a government of the people is again at its wits end - pretending that it was an unexpected event. This even though many, including the Sierra Herald have warned about this becoming a reality.

We join all kind hearted and good people in wishing the people of our great country well and that the Good Lord in His mercy will comfort the surviving relations of the dead as well as those affected - mainly the poor and unconnected whose meagre possessions have been washed away and now left homeless. Government officials including the chief violator of the Constitution, the smoke and mirrors rat of a President occupying State House has once more seen this tragedy, not as something that could have been prevented if only they had taken their attention off dubious money-making enterprises, but is now used as a photo opportunity to show the like-minded that he really cares by visiting the national stadium where many of those affected have been ordered to find refuge and whatever succour that comes their way.Part of the many photos of the floods in Freetown.An earlier flooding scene in Freetown always ignored by an uncaring government.

No doubt, the rat and the cabal he directs would also see this disaster as yet another opportunity to enrich self and cronies - Ebola Virus Disease combat resources style with the rogue so-called leader of Parliament one Ibrahim Rassin Bundu ready to tell the nation that they have no business asking questions about the findings of the Auditor General on how resources for combating the outbreak was used, misused and abused as cronies of the rat lined their pockets with the peoples' wealth.

It would appear that the number of people killed as a result of the floods are yet to be calculated. We got this from the VOA pages - "Heavy flooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone has killed at least 12 people and displaced thousands more from homes that were damaged or destroyed. Emergency accommodations have been set up at the National Stadium to help deal with the disaster. People are sitting in the bleachers, some are laying on mattresses provided, while others line up for food and water. Naomi Koroma is one of the thousands of people displaced." We were not surprised to hear about a registration exercise - an exercise that would see the names of those affected put on a list. Don't be surprised to see a number of lists popping up with fictitious names giving the nod so that the resources would be shared at the expense of the truly affected.


Tuesday September 15, 2015 - International Day of Democracy and not a whimper from the burrows of the rat as his jackboots continue to trample upon the rights of the people using Parliament and the Judiciary as willing co-conspirators.Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh SharmaA UNDP photo of Sierra Leonean Civil Society Groups

Today Tuesday September 15 is being observed as the International Day for Democracy and this year's theme could not be more appropriate for a country like Sierra Leone where the soul of democracy has been sold to the devil of manipulation, repression and anti-democratic forces. This year's theme - Space for Civil Society should be a wake-up call to the rat and his cabal that civil society groups form one of the key pillars of governance and that these groups should be allowed to carry out their duties - one of which is to hold the government to account.

US Secretary of State John Kerry reminds us of the need for us to respect the tenets of democracy - "We pause today to reflect on and celebrate democracy and the free and open debate it entails. We celebrate democracy not because it is easy or perfect, for it is obviously neither of those things. We celebrate democracy because it is rooted in the will of the people, and, as such, does a better job than any other form of government in respecting the rights of individuals, solving problems peacefully, and building enduring prosperity.

Sierra Leone being a member of the Commonwealth of nations should pay heed to the words of the organisation's Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma. He has noted among other things that - "Democracy is certainly about holding elections that meet the expectations of the people. It is also about practicing the culture of inclusion, empowerment and participation, respecting human rights and the rule of law, and promoting transparent and accountable representation.


Friday September 11, 2015 - The United States and the world remember this day as 14 years ago, terror from the most unexpected quarter hit the United States. The true figures of death and injury still not that certain. President Obama makes a Declaration. September 9 would now be observed in the US as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.A grieving mother remembers her son who was on one of the planes hijacked by terrorists.US President Barack Obama pays tribute to the memory of the dead and the affected.

US President Barack Obama has today made a declaration that honours the memory of all those who perished and those still living with the trauma of either having lost a loved one or have to live with the resultant trauma of that Tuesday attack 14 years ago. In making the Declaration the US President stated, among other things -

"On September 11, 2001, America experienced the worst terrorist attack in her history when nearly 3,000 men, women, and children were taken from us, leaving their families and our Nation with a void that can never be filled. But those who brought hate to our shores and smoke to our skies did not expect our country to emerge stronger, and our beacons of hope and freedom to shine brighter as a result. In the years since, we have stood strong as one people ‑‑ determined to further embolden our country's character with acts of endurance and strength; rebuilding and resilience; renewal and progress.

In remembrance of the innocent victims who lost their lives and in honor of the families they left behind, let us continue to answer these heinous acts by serving our communities, lifting the lives of our fellow citizens, and spreading the hope that others tried to dim that day.


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power - Abraham Lincoln

Monday August 31, 2015 - More than two weeks after the hype and hysteria the killers and rapists that sent poor Hannah Bockarie to an early grave are yet to be brought to justice. Despite the police promising a speedy investigation they still have to tell the public where Hannah was murdered before her body was transported to a beach close to a police station!!!Beatrice Fofanah - UMC Coordinator. Wants action by the authorities.

We are talking of at least two heinous crimes - rape and murder - and the police have to tell the public of where the rape was carried out, where the murder most foul was committed and who were the main actors including those who arranged that her body should be left on a beach so close to a police station. Were the killers hoping that her body would be washed out to sea to give the impression that she drowned or that she drowned at sea and her body washed up? These are questions that need to be answered and quickly by investigation officers in a country where cases of rape are treated with levity with survivors in a number of cases afraid to report matters to the law lest they be accused of inviting rape upon themselves.

We are pleased at the concern generated by sections of Sierra Leone society, more so the efforts of civil society groups who believed that perpetrators of such crimes should be brought to book. We note the concern of the UN Office in Sierra Leone - with this headline on their online pages dated August 20, 2015 - "Statement from the United Nations Country Team in Sierra Leone over the rape and murder of a young woman at Lumley Beach, Freetown" It says "The UN Country Team (UNCT) in Sierra Leone is shocked by the report that an 18-year-old girl, Hannah Bockarie, was brutally raped and murdered on 13 August 2015 at Lumley Beach, Freetown. The UNCT condemns this horrendous act in the strongest terms and it calls on the Sierra Leone Government to conduct a prompt, thorough and independent investigation into the girl’s death and to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice. The UN Team conveys it heartfelt sympathy to Hannah’s mother and family.

It is often said that it takes just a spark to set off a revolution for the good of the people and we do hope that the march, demonstration and candle light vigil held in memory of the brutal rape and murder of poor Hannah Bockarie will set in motion the much-needed positive action by the authorities that would lift the cover of protection enjoyed by like-minded rapists and murderers.

It is time for action. Now.


Sunday August 9, 2015 - The longest court martial in Sierra Leone's history finally ends. All thirteen accused set free as prosecution fails, miserably, to buttress charges. Accusations that it was just another act by the smoke and mirrors rat of a President at State House.Judge Advocate Otto During. Found no grounds for conviction.The 13 freed soldiers. What happens next?

...and finally the truth is out. All thirteen soldiers arrested and held for more than two years have been declared free by a Court Martial sitting in the capital Freetown. This is a part of the story as reported when the saga started -

"A Sierra Leone military court has charged a captain and 13 soldiers with mutiny and denied them bail, a judge said. The charge was coming eight months after they were arrested for planning a protest against the president. The men, who all pleaded not guilty, were arrested last August in the northern town of Makeni for planning a protest during a visit by President Ernest Bai Koroma to his hometown.

The Judge, Otto During, said the soldiers had intended to kidnap the president and murder the defence minister during the visit, which was later cancelled. He said the account has not been independently verified and details of the event leading to the soldiers’ arrests were not addressed in court on Monday. He added that “bail was refused the suspects in the interest of public safety and the safety of the accused persons themselves. “Also, there is the risk of flight on the part of the suspects.” If found guilty, the men could face a range of punishments from demotion in rank to death by firing squad."

Their chief target would have been Rtd Brigadier Maada Bio, John Benjamin of the SLPP and others they had long wanted to charge with treason ever since that attack on the SLPP headquarters in Freetown when at a meeting of the APC inner circle one of them cried out - "This is not the APC I know. These people should be charged with attempts to overthrow the government..." We now await developments on the remedial action including compensation for the victims of this state-sponsored outrage. We salute the defence team of the soldiers who refused to be intimidated or coerced but stood their ground when the state prosecutors tried to browbeat them into submission.

We also salute all the Civil Society groups including CARL and the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone for standing up for the rights of all Sierra Leoneans - this time the rights of the soldiers and members of their family.


Wednesday August 5, 2015 - As the bookkeeper of Auschwitz is sentenced we plead with the international community to bring to justice all those who deliberately slaughtered, raped and made sexual slaves of Sierra Leoneans in a deliberate policy that had the hallmarks of genocide.Titi Kamara was murdered by junta operatives as they were forced out of the capital.Morris Kallon - one of the RUF leaders tried by the Special Court.

On one of our pages we brought you the story of a 93-year-old former member of a team that processed the victims of Nazi terror at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. He did not personally take part in the executions, but he was a part of a system that started off with the processing of new inmates brought in at the concentration camp. Oskar Groening did not take part in the gassing to death of prisoners nor did he take part in the many execution squads dotted all over the place but the law found that he was complicit in a process of extermination of human beings thought to be walking the wrong path as prescribed by the evil overlords of the Nazi regime. The bookkeeper of Auschwitz was found guilty by a court and sentenced to four years in prison for his part in the activities at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Leon Schwarzbaum was 22 when he was transported to Auschwitz. He told me he is now 94 - the same age as Groening. He pointed to the tattooed numbers on his arm. "When they punched this on my arm they told me no-one lasts long in Auschwitz." After the verdict, I saw him again; four years is the right sentence, he said, after all he's an old man. Can he forgive Oskar Groening, I asked? "No," he replied. "I lost 30 members of my family in Auschwitz."

The Special Court for Sierra Leone has now almost wrapped up its operations but we are reminded of the formation of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone whose duties and other documents could be retrieved from its pages. The Residual Court would, say if Johnny Paul Koroma pop up suddenly swing into action and try the knave, killer and rapist whose band of like-minded individuals enslaved and visited awful horror upon horror on the people of Sierra Leone. These are some accounts of atrocities as found on the pages of the Sierra Leone Peace Museum.

We need justice for the thousands murdered, even more numbers raped and abducted and the millions traumatised.


Tuesday July 7, 2015 - Ten years ago on this day evil walked the streets of London as suicide bombers targeted unarmed, unsuspecting and peaceful people in the capital. Their crime? Living in one of the bastions of democracy in the world.This iconic picture of a comforted survivor tells it all - that human kindness is a core of the people of London.The emergency services were stretched to near-breaking point. They managed this unprecedented and unexpected event rather well.

Ten years ago today suicide bombers targeted the transport system of London, the UK capital detonating bombs in crowded trains and a bus during rush hours in a busy capital. When the smoke cleared, the screams silent and the wailing still in the air, it was discovered that fifty two innocent and unarmed civilians were dead, many wounded and a still to be accounted for number traumatised as they battle to come to terms with what happened on that fateful day ten years ago.

The BBC has a page dedicated to the 52 victims and their stories. The write-up is a true overall picture of the random nature of the attackers whose intention, it would seem, was to kill as many people as they could taking worthy lives in their campaign of sheer terror. A service will take place at St Paul's Cathedral later to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 52 people in London. According to the BBC - "The families of those who died in the bombings of three Tube trains and a bus will attend, along with some of those injured on 7 July 2005. A minute's silence will be held during the service and on London's transport network at 11:30 BST. Prince William will also attend a service at Hyde Park's 7 July Memorial. The attack by four suicide bombers linked to al-Qaeda and carrying rucksacks of explosives was the worst single terrorist atrocity on British soil.

Just after 08:50 on 7 July 2005 three explosions took place on the Underground - 26 died in a bombing at Russell Square on the Piccadilly line; while on the Circle Line six died in an explosion at Edgware Road, and seven lost their lives at Aldgate.
Almost an hour later a fourth device was set off on a number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square, killing 13 people.
The names of the 52 victims will be read out at the national service of commemoration at St Paul's Cathedral, which begins at 11:00 BST.

We join all good people in remembering all those who died, those who survived but were left with injuries, some life-changing and those still traumatised by those terrible events of ten years ago.

Update: As the 10th Anniversary Remembrance events happened - BBC pages

Also - 'Everywhere I looked there were body parts' - Daily Mail

Sunday May 24, 2015 - The Supreme Court of Sierra Leone - not so supreme in ensuring that justice is not only done, but seen to be done. The problems with the bewigged band of comics more concerned about pleasing the Executive (the rat).Margaret Macauley - the widow of the late legal giant, herself an authority in the field.Aziz Carew lies in a coma - the Gestapo Chief of Police insisted he was pretending to be in a coma to evade "justice".

There's been quite a somewhat ever-increasing eddy of opinions regarding the decision of the Supreme Court not to grant an injunction that would have stopped a knave, a nation-wrecker and a thief from acting as the number 2 figure in the country. Many viewed this initial decision to allow the rat's chosen one to continue in that office as a big blow to common sense and indeed a slap for all those who had looked to the Supreme Court as the court that should be seen to be unfettered and not directed by any one individual as enshrined in the Constitution which states in Section 120 subsection 3 - "In the exercise of its judicial functions, the Judiciary shall be subject to only this Constitution or any other law, and shall not be subject to the control or direction of any other person or authority."

However what is common knowledge to many watchers of the judicial scene is that the Executive, meaning the rat occupying State House would do anything, like his predecessors, to have the Judiciary on its side using any and all dubious manners to achieve this. Did we hear you whisper that we are hard on the Judiciary? We say no for the simple reason that no court in Sierra Leone has so far, under the reign of the corrupt rat, ever ruled against the Executive (read the rat)?

It was somewhere in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar that we saw this line -  "O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason..." which would prompt us to ask if the Supreme Court has lost it when it failed to prevent the knave appointed by the rat to continue in an office for which he was never elected by the voters of Sierra Leone.


Sunday March 22, 2015 - The supreme law of the land, the Constitution is violated with utter contempt for the people of Sierra Leone as the rat and his cabal refuse to learn from the lessons of history. Condemnation from civil society, the Bar Association, the Sierra Leone Labour Congress and all concerned Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone.

Mark 10:45New International Version (NIV) - 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

After plunging the country into a freefall of lawlessness, violence and utter contempt for the rule of law resulting in a decade-long war, the nation wreckers are at it again - interpreting the Constitution as it fits their warped minds and not caring about the consequences. Even though the supreme law of the land clearly states the circumstances under which the post of the Vice President could be deemed vacant as well as what needs to be done should that occur, the rat and his cabal in an unconstitutional and illegal move have ignored all the provisions of the Constitution. This makes the rat the subject of impeachment proceedings for going against the Constitution which he took an oath to protect and defend.

Despite written protestations from Sierra Leoneans versed in constitutional matters that his moves against a sitting Vice President was illegal, the rat, buoyed on by ill-informed and selfish members of his group has gone ahead - squeaking that he has "Executive Authority" and could therefore violate the Constitution went ahead with his dubious scheme and quite clearly an act of treason to "relieve" the Vice President elected by the people of Sierra Leone in the 2012 Presidential elections. Former Attorney General and Justice Minister Dr Abdulai Conteh has reminded the rat and his cabal on the illegaility of their action. "Membership of a political party is a qualification for election to the office, but nowhere is it stated in the Constitution that membership or continuing membership is a necessary qualification for or coterminous with continuing or remaining in office. In the midst of fighting the devastating scourge of the Ebola virus which is set to bring our dear country and our neighbours to ruination, we should all strive as Team Sierra Leone, to beat back this scourge and not dissipate scarce human and other resources and goodwill on avoidable and needless diversions."

We shall resist this criminal and illegal move using all means necessary for we know just how far we have come to get to this stage and no disciple of satan will be allowed to take us down the path we have said with one voice that we would never again tread.


Saturday February 28, 2014 - Panic stations in the thieving and uncaring domain of the rat after the first exposure...and this is just the tip of the massive corruption and stealing of funds meant to combat the deadly Ebola Virus disease. Time to start thinking about referring the rat and his cabal to a tribunal for crimes against the people.

The corridors of State House in Freetown have been the scene of panic, confusion and consternation as a part of the massive corruption over the use of funds to combat the deadly Ebola Virus Disease is laid bare in the recent report of the Auditor General - "Report on the Audit of the Management of the Ebola Funds". In the process of trying to smother the fallout of this disgraceful, shameful and inhuman episode, apologists of the thieving band of murderers and uncaring plunderers of resources meant to combat the disease have been falling over each other in trying to distract public attention from the thieving exploits and banditry of the uncaring cabal. First there was the war of words and authority over who should comment and take action on the report. One repugnant character terming himself as leader of the House of Representatives went as far as to publicly challenge the authority of the head of the Anti Corruption Commission telling all those who had been summoned to appear before the Commission not to heed the call. After what can only be seen as a pantomime of cover orchestrated by the rat at State House, both shameless individuals issued a rather inane statement insisting that they were now working together to bring the culprits to justice. We are not impressed because we see both the Anti Corruption Commission headed by Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara and that apology for all things honourable singing from the same sheet - protecting the rat at State House.

If the past is anything to go by, we would not be surprised to have startling revelations as to how funds were raised by various government officials within and outside the country and we would urge the Auditor General and the Anti Corruption Commission to look into the activities of our missions abroad with a view to ascertaining the funds and resources raised and how these were disbursed. We would continue to ask about the fate of those workers who were dismissed because they went on strike for their pay which had not been forthcoming. Have they been paid their just dues - we mean their monies? Now we know why genuine workers who risked their lives were not paid as the recent audit report shows that the Ebola funds were plundered by uncaring and shameless officials with close links to State House from where orders were issued as to who should have those fraudulent contracts.

Monday March 2, 2015 -Update: We've just heard the Vice President of Sierra Leone Sam Sumana on the BBC saying he has put himself into quarantine.


Monday December 22, 2014 - The audit report for 2013 is out and its the same old rot. The rampant thieving of the people's money, the lack of accountability, a determination to flout all financial rules and regulations and through it all - the thieving hands of the rat and his gang of looters of state coffers.The Auditor General Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce.

The 2013 audit report into the accounts of the Sierra Leone government as well as associated institutions is now out and it does not make good reading for all those wishing the country well as instances of massive financial irregularities are laid bare by the Auditor-General Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce. One would have believed that given the various recommendations made in previous audit reports, those controlling the purse strings of the peoples' resources would have mended their ways and would have done the right thing as required by the country's financial regulations, orders as well as the Constitution.

This audit report has a special focus on the country's procurement methods - rules of procurement as against what obtains on the ground with these provisions aimed at giving true stewardship of how the peoples' resources are managed/mismanaged thrown to the winds. Indeed in the introduction to this year's report which has been given a qualified "except for" opinion, the Auditor-General has stated -

"It must be noted that the various issues giving rise to my qualified ‘except for’ opinion are very serious in terms of their effect on the accounts, and need to be dealt with urgently. Unfortunately, they serve to further confirm the government’s widely held reputation of being unable to decisively deal with poor public financial management. Our public servants could and should do better. As I have said before, with a stronger commitment and willingness to address public financial management reform and strong enforcement of existing well-established laws and regulations, the matters could be put right quickly as other countries have done. That is the responsibility of the government and all public officials. Parliamentarians, Ministers and public sector managers at all levels need to provide leadership in not accepting petty and grand corruption as normative. Those in position to do so should follow the money when things go wrong. As citizens, none of us should ever accept fiduciary irresponsibility from those charged with holding the strings of the public purse. To do so is morally corrosive, erodes our civic rights and damages our hard-won young democracy." 


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power - Abraham Lincoln

Monday February 3, 2014 - Accounting for the country's resources - an anathema for the government of the rat where simple arithmetic becomes a complex equation aimed at covering the tracks of charlatans bent on taking the country down the road to infamy - never mind the "re-branding" mantra.The anti corruption head who cannot raise a finger against the rat's corruption den

We have waited, we have watched, we have tried to figure out why since the audit of government accounts for 2012 was made public, none of the sewer rats extolling the virtues of the King Rat and who see no wrong in his manipulation of Parliament and the Judiciary, have commented on the massive thieving going on in the affairs of state. We can only come to the very painful conclusion that since they are all beneficiaries of the thieving machine, they dare not make a squeak in that direction lest they lose their part of the loot. Rather than tell their overlords that the thieving would in the end lead the country to the same state that the country would never want to tread again, the pay-as-you-go writers, refuse to acknowledge that the massive thieving now going on could lead to one and only one thing - the disintegration of community, region and state with dire consequences for all innocent Sierra Leoneans who continue to suffer in silence and are not a part of the state resources plundering machine oiled and kept running from the heart of State House itself. You would think it is the God-given right of King Rat and his caboodle to steal, steal and steal. That they are not accountable to anyone not even their conscience, assuming there's any left in the pool of moral bankruptcy in which they swim exposing their ill-gotten wealth. The reckless spending of the peoples' resources and wealth highlighted in audit reports, like this AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF OVERSEAS MISSIONS AND HIGH COMMISSIONS FOR THE PERIOD 1ST JANUARY 2003 TO 31ST DECEMBER 2010 and the failure to hold those responsible to account shows all too clearly that the smoke and mirrors State House occupant does not care about such reports and so it was with quite some interest when we heard that he was trying to make good on Sierra Leone's suspension from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Why the suspension? Again the government and the various functionaries simply cannot figure out their basic arithmetic and this from a rat who once headed an insurance body that did simple and somehow complex sums that determined just how much the insured should pay on a monthly or yearly basis or whatever time reference in question. In the EITI all that is being asked for is transparency and some honesty in reporting what is paid into government coffers by the various industries - and this is not confined to mining alone as oil blocks sales and allied fields appear to be yielding more money into the coffers (read thieving paws of the rat of a President). On the website of EITI there's an interesting report for Wednesday January 22 with the headline - "Big jump in revenues from Sierra Leone's extractives sector" with the sweetener that "revenues are up by almost four times but remain a small part of the economy".


The intriguing story of journalists detained, harassed, arrested and molested - and all because a self-styled monarch in a republic called Sierra Leone Republic alleges he is compared to a rat. If it squeaks like a rat, sniffs the air for deals of any nature and smells of massive corruption, then its a rat - rattus rattus. Photo: Ariogbo


Wednesday October 12, 2011 - The truth is finally out. Now we know why the high priest at the altar of falsehood, profanities and indecency dedicated to the smoke and mirrors President expunged those articles from his web site reaffirming once more that for a few dollars more he would be willing to lie on oath in order to earn his supper. And this from a so-called man of the cloth who has been caught out more often than not - lying to his face and feeling good about it.

We now know why those articles were expunged from the web site of the high priest who thinks nothing of lying through his teeth to please his masters at State House in Freetown. Remember what he wrote about the Bo incident in which one man was reported killed by the police, some structures belonging to the APC ruling party torched and the flag bearer of the main opposition SLPP Brigadier (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio got hurt? The pro-APC, pro_Ernest Bai Koroma publications had a field day with each tabloid trying to outdo the other in presenting a feel-good article that would be pleasing to their paymaster/s at State House. It was a time to write articles pleasing to their handlers at State House. And please recall too that when the President ordered an investigation, we pleaded that no comment be made that would somehow appear to blame anyone? This piece of advice given in good faith was ignored and just to please his master, his mammon at State House the high priest at the altar of lies, falsehood and profanities dedicated to his god ernest bai koroma published articles blaming people left, right and centre as well as here, there and everywhere and even going as far as to suggest that there was no one at the APC party office in Bo on that day? Well we now have a copy of that report and we can state here that the reason why those articles were expunged was because the report showed that what had been published, as usual was a big and deliberate lie aimed at keeping his master happy. And pleasing his master we doubt very much because we know that there are good and honest people at State House, real professional journalists and civil servants who would always frown on anyone who on one hand gloats about a diplomatic appointment while on the other becoming the chief fabricator and purveyor of lies, more lies and damned lies.

Below are some of the headlines, the articles of which were expunged and for which action we demanded an explanation. None was forthcoming, none was expected. That is what happens when you, as we say "broke congosah" on the gossiping liar's head.

Reports : SLPP rally in Bo was unlawful and unauthorized and was recipe for chaos orchestrated by Maada Bio, John Benjamin and Abbass Bundu

Journalist says the chaos in Bo was well-planned by the SLPP

Where is the blood ? The biggest hoax since ‘Janet Bundle’ ?

Exclusive : How Maada Bio got hurt in Bo

EXCLUSIVE : More ringleaders of the Bo disturbances named, as SLPP forms clandestine organization to drive out all APC supporters

Among the key findings of the report after investigating the Bo incident was

1. The SLPP thank you rally was legal.

2. That Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio was indeed wounded during the attack.

3. That the APC Office was occupied by APC supporters on the day of the attack and that even before then preparations had been made to attack the Maada Bio march in Bo with instructions given to women allied to the APC to collect stones.

4. Stoning was started by APC supporters from their party office.

5. The SLPP supporters attacked and torched structures of the APC.

6. One bike rider was shot and killed by a named policeman who still remains free.

We will now bring you most of the expunged articles so that you can see further proof of the devious methods of a compulsive liar and we daresay the typical "kongosah bench" carrier.



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