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20, 2015 -
Barely a week after the Paris attacks, Al-Quaeda-linked
gunmen target a hotel in Mali, at least 20 dead. State
of emergency declared as well as three days of national
mourning. Three people sought.
The morning of Friday November 20 would
have been like any other day in the Malian capital
Bamako as residents try as best as they could to make
their lives worth living in a country often wracked by
violence as various groups fight for one imagined prize
or the other. Caught in the middle are the unarmed
civilians - men, women and children whose only crime, it
would seem was to be and believe in a country
called Mali. All this took a different dimension in a
violent twist that was as brutal as it was unexpected.
CNN, the US-based
news organisation reported the unfolding violence that
took many by surprise even as they contemplated and
worried about the attacks in Paris.
"Heavily armed gunmen on Friday fired
indiscriminately at guests at a hotel hosting diplomats
and others in Mali's capital, the maître d' told CNN. At
least 21 people were killed in the attack in which an al
Qaeda-affiliated group is taking partial responsibility.
Al Mourabitoun, an Islamist militant
group, claimed it was jointly responsible for the
attack, according to Mauritanian news agency Al Akhbar.
The group announced it carried out the attack with al
Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the news agency
reported. Al Mourabitoun said the attack was carried out
in retaliation for government aggression in northern
Mali, Al Akhbar reported. Foreigners are often targeted
in Mali. Yet militants had never seized a target as
prominent as the 190-room Radisson Blu, where foreign
business people and diplomats are known to stay and
US State Department,
on behalf of the Obama administration condemned Friday's
attack, the taking of hostages and the murder of unarmed
civilians. Reports say among the dead in Mali is a US
citizen - Anita Ashok Datar.
The Times of India
has this - "Anita Ashok Datar, an American aid worker of
Indian-origin was among the 27 victims of the terrorist
massacre in Bamako, Mali, the Obama administration
confirmed on Friday, even as world powers closed ranks
at the United Nations to defeat the terrorist group
November 19, 2015
- Thirty years after the murder of UK police woman
Yvonne Fletcher, the case moves into high gear as the
search for the killers gathers pace. The BBC reports
that a Libyan man has been arrested. This thing called
justice - the wheels could move sometimes slowly but
eventually gets there.
Woman Police Constable Yvonne Fletcher
was on routine duty - to keep an eye on a demonstration
outside the Libyan embassy in 1984. She never went home
alive and her father who died not so long ago is
reported to have expressed regret that he would not be
alive to see her killer brought to justice.
The BBC reports -
"A Libyan man has been arrested on suspicion of
conspiracy to murder PC Yvonne Fletcher three decades
ago. PC Fletcher, 25, died after being shot while
policing a demonstration outside the Libyan Embassy in
London in 1984. Scotland Yard described the arrest of
the man, in his 50s, as a "significant development". He
was detained on Thursday morning in south-east England
and is now in custody. He was also held on suspicion of
Two other Libyan nationals - a woman in her 40s and a
man in his 30s - were also arrested on suspicion of
money laundering at separate addresses in London and
south-east England. PC Fletcher's family said: "Recently
we have had to come to terms with another loss through
the death of Yvonne's father, Tim. "His one regret in
life was that no one had been arrested... [he] never
witnessed any justice.
"Resolving this crime is still important to all the
family. "Any information, however small, can help bring
closure for the family and we therefore continue to
support the Metropolitan Police in their ongoing
investigation." The Met is offering a reward of up to
£50,000 for information. PC Fletcher was one of 50
officers policing a protest against Col Muammar
Gaddafi's regime outside the embassy when she was hit by
a burst of gunfire from a first-floor window. The death
of Gaddafi in 2011 and the subsequent regime change
provided new lines of enquiry, with police visits to
Libya since then unearthing "new and fresh evidence".
The force has released images of 14 people they want to
trace from a pro-Gaddafi group, which was holding a
counter-demonstration nearby. Video footage of the
demonstration and shooting has also been released. The
54-second clip shows the chaotic moments after shots
were fired, with dozens of demonstrators falling to the
ground after a loud bang is heard."
13, 2015 -
More than 100 dead in Paris, scores if not hundreds
wounded and thousands traumatised. France declares three
days of national mourning. President Hollande declares a
state of emergency and the military is deployed as
restrictions are put on certain everyday activities.
Parisians, visitors in the French capital
and the international community are still trying to come
to terms with Friday evening's attacks on various
populated sites in Paris at a time when people were out
enjoying the delights of the capital. The
BBC reports -
"Hollande cancelled plans to attend
this weekend’s G20 summit in Turkey and convened a
cabinet meeting. In a TV address to the nation, he
declared a state of emergency. “This is a terrible
ordeal that again assails us,” he said. “We know where
it comes from, who these criminals are, who these
terrorists are.” He said the attackers wanted “to scare
us and fill us with dread”. He added: “There is dread,
but in the face of this dread, there is a nation that
knows how to defend itself, that knows how to mobilise
its forces and, once again, will defeat the terrorists.”
The events brought immediate
international condemnation, with the US president,
Barack Obama, calling it “an attack on all of humanity
and the universal values we share”. The German
chancellor, Angela Merkel, said she was “deeply shaken
by the news and pictures that are reaching us from
UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who
is still expected to travel to the G20 summit, said he
was shocked by the events. “Our thoughts and prayers are
with the French people. We will do whatever we can to
15, 2015 - The
BBC reports that a
car has been found with automatic weapons and that raids
in Belgium have netted in suspects. At least one of the
attackers has been identified.
Thursday November 19, 2015 - After
security forces fire five thousand bullets in the Saint
Denis raid in Paris yesterday morning, alleged ring
leader of the Friday killings is identified as killed in
the French security forces raids.
The BBC states -
"The suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks,
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was among those killed in a French
police raid on Wednesday, prosecutors say. The Paris
prosecutor's office confirmed that Abaaoud was among
those killed when anti-terror police stormed a flat in
the Paris suburb of Saint Denis. His body was found
riddled with bullets and shrapnel in the apartment. The
Belgian national, 28, was identified from his
fingerprints. Eight people were arrested and at least
two killed in the raid on the property in Saint Denis.
Heavily armed police stormed the building after a
tip-off that Abaaoud was in Paris.
All 129 killed now identified. The
Independent news outlet.
November 12, 2015
- Donors threaten travel
restrictions on the corrupt in Kenya as heads of
missions issue a joint statement in which they demand
that all allegations of corruption be investigated and
"those responsible must be prosecuted and, if guilty,
appropriately punished - regardless of position or
Kenya was again in the news - this time
because the heads of key diplomatic missions had now
deemed it fit to voice their alarm at the increasing and
unabated level of corruption within and without top
government circles. In
a joint statement
on corruption they stated -
As strong and committed international
partners of Kenya, we share the concern of Kenyans at
the ongoing problem of corruption. In our discussions
today, we agreed that all allegations of corruption must
be investigated. When evidence of corruption is found,
those responsible must be prosecuted and, if guilty,
appropriately punished - regardless of position or
wealth. For our part, the international partners will
continue to assist with investigations that involve our
citizens or cross into our jurisdictions.
An editorial in the
widely circulated Daily Nation of Kenya stated - The threat of the envoys of 11 Western countries to
impose a visa ban on public officials involved in
corruption is yet another blot on the country’s image.
It demonstrates the frustration of the Western nations
over untamed corruption and a government that seems
unconcerned as public resources are plundered. Out there
in Sierra Leone with clear evidence of massive
corruption by those in authority and the poor deprived
of a right to live in dignity, envoys representing the
United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union
and others of the donor community sit on their hands not
daring to criticise the rat and his cabal. To them, it
would seem all is well in Sierra Leone never mind the
tip of the iceberg of corruption revealed by the report
of the Auditor-General -
"Report on the Audit of the
Management of the Ebola Funds".
Saturday November 7, 2015
- It is official, it is
from a much sobered-up World Health Organisation. Sierra
Leone is now Ebola Virus Disease free. Time to rejoice
and a time to be even more vigilant as this viral beast
has a way of re-appearing when vigilance level is
This is a part of the World Health
that says it all. "Today, the World Health Organization
declares that Ebola virus transmission has been stopped
in Sierra Leone. Forty-two days, that is two Ebola virus
incubation cycles, have now passed since the last person
confirmed to have Ebola virus disease had a second
negative blood test. "Since Sierra Leone recorded the
first Ebola case in May 2014, a total number of 8,704
people were infected and 3,589 have died, 221 of them
healthcare workers, all of whom we remember on this day”
said Dr Anders Nordström, WHO Representative in Sierra
The BBC's Tulip Mazumdar
has been in Freetown and reported on how the capital,
Freetown was getting ready for the occasion - "This is
the moment Sierra Leone has been waiting for. Thousands
of people took to the streets of the capital on the
run-up to midnight. Women's groups came together to
organise a march through the city centre; the final
point was a 600-year-old cotton tree which sits on a
huge roundabout. Usually, the area is jammed with cars,
but last night it was packed with people."
UK Foreign Secretary Philip
Hammond observed - "Defeating Ebola has
been a long and difficult journey and this achievement
belongs first and foremost to the people of Sierra Leone
who have demonstrated incredible resilience, bravery and
determination. In the face of lives lost and huge
sacrifices, we should remember the 221 Sierra Leonean
healthcare workers who lost their lives during this
The worries of many Sierra Leoneans
however is that given the manner in which contracts were
awarded that saw unscrupulous and wicked people with
close links to the rat became millionaires at the
expense of the dead, infected, afflicted and affected, a
system of proper accountability must be in place and we
are not thinking of the kind of Parliamentary oversight
headed by one RASS-in Bundu.
Among those who were around to listen
to the smoke and mirrors rat of a president squeaking
away during the celebration was his new money-maker,
Transport and Aviation mafia don Logus Koroma who
would think nothing of getting Sierra Leone indebted in
projects that would line his pockets. Don't be surprised
to hear him come up with a project involving investing
in a patch of land on the moon a la China!!!
Even as we rejoice and give thanks to
the Good Lord that our many prayers have been answered
let us not forget the health troubles and economic
difficulties affecting the Ebola Virus Disease
Every support must be given to them as
health experts try to unravel the impact of the disease
on those it could not kill.
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.
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
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.
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
Sierra Leone being a member of the
Commonwealth of nations should pay heed to the words of
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.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power - Abraham Lincoln
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!!!
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
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
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.
|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.
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
|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).
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.
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.
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".
SMOKE AND MIRRORS OCCUPANT OF STATE HOUSE GOES BERSERK - SEES MORE THAN RED IN JOURNALISTS WHO REFUSE TO BOW DOWN AND WORSHIP AT HIS ALTAR OF UNBRIDLED CORRUPTION, FALSEHOOD, CHICANERY AND SHEER INCOMPETENCE.
|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.