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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power - Abraham Lincoln
Monday June 20,
2016 - UK
Parliament recalled from recess for a special session
dedicated to the memory of slain MP Jo Cox. A session watched by
close family members including her husband, parents and two
The UK Parliament was in special session
today as all sides of the House paid tribute to the
slain Labour MP Jo Cox, a woman who given her
experiences with Oxfam and other organisations working
for the rights, lives and safety of those in danger, is
reported as never shrinking from speaking truth to power
no matter the circumstances.
The BBC in a
headline - "Jo Cox death: MPs return to Parliament to
pay tribute has this -
"MPs and peers have paid tribute to
Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in her constituency in
West Yorkshire on Thursday. Parliament, which was in
recess for the EU referendum, was recalled to remember
Mrs Cox, 41, who was described as "perfect" by her
family. Speaker John Bercow said the Commons had
gathered in "heartbreaking sadness" but also in
"heartfelt solidarity". As he led the tributes in a
packed House of Commons, he said Mrs Cox had
"outstanding qualities... she was caring, eloquent,
principled and wise".
Several MPs could be seen in tears as
tributes were made from across the House to Mrs Cox as a
charity worker, an MP, a wife and a mother. She was
"struck down too soon", said Labour MP for Leeds West
Rachel Reeves, who told MPs "it now falls on all of our
shoulders to carry on Jo's work - to combat and guard
against hatred, intolerance and injustice and serve
others with dignity and love". Ms Reeves added, to
tears, that Batley and Spen would go on to elect a new
MP, "but no one can replace a mother".
Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell said
Mrs Cox was a "truly exceptional woman" whose "goodness
and passionate dedication to humanitarian values has
inspired us all."
Daily Mail had this
"MPs wore white roses and placed
flowers on her seat in the Commons as they gathered for
an emergency recall. Jo Cox's entire family were in
Parliament to see MPs on all sides pay their tributes to
a close friend and colleague.
Stephen Kinnock says MP was
assassinated and attacks UKIP poster as he vowed to
stand up for Jo Cox's values. MPs, members of the public
and journalists all clapped for 2 minutes at the end of
extraordinarily emotional session. Emotional MPs lowered
their heads and wiped tears from their eyes as they paid
tribute to murdered colleague Jo Cox at a service of
remembrance today. Her husband Brendan Cox and their two
children Cuillin, five, and Lejla, three, watched from
the public gallery as MPs called her murder 'an attack
on democracy'. Mr Cox thanked the 'whole House' for
their 'kindness and compassion' after the session
Rest in Peace Jo.
You have fought the good fight and may the Good Lord
grant you the peace only He can give.
16, 2016 -
Woman MP is murdered in broad daylight. Recently-elected
social development and human rights campaigner Labour MP
Jo Cox is no more.
The public is still trying to come to
terms with the violent attack on a woman Member of
Parliament that resulted in her death despite efforts by
emergency services to save her life after she was
repeatedly shot and stabbed by a man described as a
loner with probable mental health issues.
The BBC had this on
its pages - "An MP has died after she was shot and
stabbed in a "horrific" assault in her constituency,
police have said.
Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen,(we
added this link)
was left bleeding on the ground after the attack in Birstall, West Yorkshire. A man was arrested nearby.
One eyewitness told the BBC they heard her attacker
shout "put Britain first" at least twice beforehand.
Tributes flooded in from politicians including David
Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn and US Secretary of State John
Kerry. Mrs Cox's husband Brendan said she would want
people "to unite to fight against the hatred that killed
her." Mrs Cox, 41, is the first sitting MP to be killed
since 1990, when Ian Gow was the last in a string of
politicians to die at the hands of Northern Irish terror
The man taken into custody was arrested in Market
Street, not far from Birstall Library where Mrs Cox was
holding a constituency surgery. He has been named
locally as Tommy Mair. Hundreds of Mrs Cox's friends and
colleagues gathered for a vigil at St Peter's Church in
Birstall earlier. Every pew was full as people packed
into the church for the emotional service. MPs including
Yvette Cooper hugged and consoled each other as it
ended. Labour leader Mr Corbyn said the country would be
"in shock at the horrific murder", describing the MP as
a "much loved colleague". He added: "Jo died doing her
public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to
and representing the people she was elected to serve.
"In the coming days there will be questions to answer
about how and why she died.
Daily Mail adds -
"Murdered Labour MP Jo Cox was subjected to a barrage of
hate mail in the three months prior to her brutal
killing and police had been considering stepping up her
security, it has emerged. The married 41-year-old
mother-of-two was punched and kicked to the ground by
her attacker before being shot three times – once in the
head - with a sawn-off shotgun and repeatedly stabbed
with a 'foot-long hunting knife' as she lay helpless on
the ground outside a West Yorkshire library. The rising
Labour star and dedicated MP died from the catastrophic
injuries she sustained in yesterday's attack, after the
killer ambushed her as she walked to her constituency
surgery in Birstall near Leeds at around 1pm. Two hours
after her death, her husband Brendan – with whom she has
two young children, aged three and five - tweeted a
photograph of her and urged people to 'fight against the
hatred that killed her.'
Tributes have been pouring in from
everywhere as the UK-based
Yorkshire Evening Post
reports - "As news of MP Jo Cox’s death spread around
the world, tributes from international public figures
flooded in. Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic
presidential nominee, led the tributes saying she was
horrified by the “assassination” and calling Mrs Cox a
“rising star”. “It is critical that the United States
and Britain, two of the world’s oldest and greatest
democracies, stand together against hatred and violence.
“This is how we must honour Jo Cox - by rejecting
bigotry in all its forms, and instead embracing, as she
always did, everything that binds us together.”
Rest In Peace Jo
Thursday June 16, 2016 - This is
the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising that gave us
the Day of the African Child. This year's theme -
“Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all
Today is the day the world
remembers events in Soweto, South Africa forty years ago
when school children decided to take head-on in a
non-violent protest the draconian rule of the apartheid
regime of the country.
reminds us on its pages - "The African continent today
commemorates the Day of the African Child under the
theme, “Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all
Children’s Rights. ”Through the African Committee of
Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC),
the African Union (AU) commissioned a continental study
on the impact of armed conflict on children in Africa as
part of efforts to elevate the child protection agenda
in conflict situations. As a result, the AU has chosen
this year’s theme as a means to promote the preservation
of life and well-being of the African children.
On a very important day like this when
one would expect a statement of commitment from the rat
at State House, there's nothing of such that talks about
the uncaring AFRC MKII programmes for making life easy
for children within the borders of Sierra Leone. For the
children of Sierra Leone, the majority of whom come from
poor homes, it has always been a life of toil and
turmoil now made worse by recent stories of children
having to get up early in the morning to fetch water
from suspicious sources making it almost impossible for
them to keep rack of their studies. No statement from
the rat at State House and we are not surprised as
children with connections to the state looters have it
all. They are either enjoying the benefits of democratic
institutions in other countries, or if in Sierra Leone
do have water-carrying tanks/lorries at their beck and
Allow us to remind you
again of the suffering of the Sierra Leone child
especially girls who are victims of sexual exploitation
by those who use ill-gotten wealth to buy them, parents
and guardians into silence and submission.
One non-governmental organisation
has this -"Over the years especially after the 11 years
conflict in Sierra Leone, there has been a miss-position
of children. Some of these street children, especially
girls, are exposed to sexual abuse. Men try to take
advantage of them because of their present condition. As
a result of this, cases of sexual penetration are on the
increase as most of these street children are
under-aged. These men use money to lure deprived
children especially girls into having sexual intercourse
with them. This exposes children to sexually transmitted
infections and even teenage pregnancies, which is the
reason you see 'child-mothers' with a child or two.
These poor conditions of living are definitely not good
for people we call our future leaders of this great
Sunday June 12,
10,000 attend picnic lunch, the last of a series of
events for the Queen's official 90th birthday.
London's weather was as usual as
unpredictable as any layman can tell and so when
Londoners expressed silent prayers that the weather
would hold for this lunch on the mall, there was that
keen sense of getting a plan B into action, getting the
picnic lunch goers an appropriate cover for them against
any precipitation from the heavens. The
BBC's webpage has
the story - "Rainy conditions have not dampened the
spirits of guests at a picnic lunch in London, the last
of the events for the Queen's official birthday. Ponchos
were handed to many of the 10,000 guests at the Patron's
Lunch - who were also given a hamper of food. Members of
the Royal Family walked down The Mall greeting guests in
a "walkabout" lasting 30 minutes.
This is Patron's Lunch Day.
The Queen gave a speech and thanked everyone for the
birthday wishes she had received during the year. She
said: "To everyone here today and those holding street
parties elsewhere I would like to say thank you for the
wonderful support and encouragement that you continue to
give to me. "I hope these happy celebrations will remind
us of the many benefits that can flow when people come
together for a common purpose as families friends or
neighbours." She ended with a joke: "How I will feel if
people are still singing Happy Birthday in December
remains to be seen."
Her grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, also gave a speech
to the gathering crowds and said: "Thank you so much for
showing the great British public doesn't let a little
rain spoil a good day out. "It means so much to see
everyone here today."
The open-air lunch and parade are being held to
recognise the Queen's official 90th birthday and her
patronage of more than 600 organisations in the UK and
around the Commonwealth. The event has been organised by
the Queen's eldest grandson, Peter Phillips.
While the main event takes place in
London, smaller street parties are being held around the
UK. On Saturday, thousands of people turned out to watch
Trooping the Colour parade.
Dressed in a vivid lime green coat and matching hat, the
Queen was escorted down The Mall in a horse-drawn
carriage to the ceremony at Horse Guards Parade. After
the procession of more than 1,600 soldiers and 300
horses, she appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
with members of her family, including Princess
Charlotte, for an RAF fly past.
Sunday June 12,
2016 - The
European version of the beautiful game is on with hosts
France in the opener showing how it should be done.
Beautiful atmosphere marred by trolls and vagrants
pretending to be fans.
The 2016 UEFA European Championship,
commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 is on and will be
from 10 June to 10 July 2016. For the first time, the
European Championship final tournament will be contested
by 24 teams - more teams added from the previous 16-team
format used since 1996. It is reported that France was
chosen as the host nation on 28 May 2010, after a
bidding process in which they beat Italy and Turkey for
the right to host the 2016 finals.
Lovers of the beautiful game could not
wish for more as France goes all out to show that
country and citizens would not be cowed by recent
terrorist attacks that left many dead, wounded and
traumatised and it is worth noting that the UEFA EURO
2016 logo is drawn from the theme 'Celebrating the art
According to UEFA it aims to bring
together the creativity that defines French culture with
the beauty of the game and give UEFA EURO 2016 its own
personality – thus enhancing the prestige of one of the
world's biggest sporting events by providing an easily
The security forces appear to be in
full control ensuring that fans, players and people in
towns and cities where the matches are being played are
safe, well and able to enjoy the beautiful game in
However as recent events show, no
matter what the security level is, there's always a
group of beasts who actually believe that such occasions
must be the ideal theatre for unbridled violence and
sheer recalcitrance and bad behaviour and worst of all -
parading their wretched selves as fans of the game.
What fan can engage in such acts just
when the competition is taking off?
No these are not fans and they should
all be banned from France - yes from the country for
these are the very scum of the earth who do not
appreciate the beauty of the game. And the home-grown
hooligans? Just keep them well away from any sporting
zone as the football festival of Europe continues in
Friday June 10,
Update on the world's greatest as he is laid to rest
after a well-attended and multi-faith service.
The BBC modified
its many programmes as the international broadcaster
paid homage to the man who made us all love boxing, the
man who was arguably if you will, the greatest in his
field - the one and only Muhammed Ali who was buried
"Rousing tributes have been paid to
boxing legend Muhammad Ali at a memorial service in his
home city of Louisville, Kentucky. Muslim, Christian,
Jewish and other speakers spoke of his fight for civil
rights, while a message from President Barack Obama
praised his originality. The interfaith event took place
hours after thousands said farewell as his coffin passed
through city streets. Ali was buried in a private
ceremony attended by friends and family. The service,
attended by dignitaries and by several thousand people
who acquired free tickets, was held at the KFC Yum!
has a blow by blow account of today's ceremonies,
together with pictures of how the day panned out.
His wife Lonnie told the crowd: "If
Muhammad didn't like the rules, he rewrote them. His
religion, his beliefs, his name were his to fashion, no
matter what the cost. Muhammad wants young people of
every background to see his life as proof that adversity
can make you stronger. It cannot rob you of the power to
dream, and to reach your dreams."
Former US President Bill Clinton
described Ali as "a free man of faith". He said: "I
think he decided very young to write his own life story.
I think he decided that he would not be ever
disempowered. Not his race, not his place, not the
expectations of others whether positive or negative
would strip from him the power to write his own story."
Saturday June 4,
2016 - He is no more. One of the world's greatest in the
boxing ring joins the ancestors after 74 years on earth.
Farewell Muhammed Ali, farewell and thanks for your
contribution to sport and the continuing fight for
racial equality and respect.
woke up this morning to news that one of the greatest in
the world of boxing, in the world of sport, in the world
of civil rights, Muhammed Ali is no more having passed
on to the great beyond on Friday night.
The man who put the glamour, who made
people want to see boxing matches whether they loved the
sport or hated it is reported to have succumbed to the
ravages of Parkinson's disease that he fought and
endured for more than thirty years since he was first
officially diagnosed with the condition in 1984.He had
been admitted into hospital
suffering from what was reported as respiratory
The BBC had this
initial report on its pages.
"Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Ali shot to
fame by winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome
Nicknamed "The Greatest", the American beat Sonny Liston
in 1964 to win his first world title and became the
first boxer to capture a world heavyweight title on
three separate occasions. He eventually retired in 1981,
having won 56 of his 61 fights.
Crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated
and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC, Ali
was noted for his pre- and post-fight talk and bold
fight predictions just as much as his boxing skills
inside the ring.
his opponent and later best friend said in an interview
after the passing away of the great man that when he was
going down during the eighth round of the Zaire fight
known as the Rumble in the Jungle, Muhammed Ali could
have finished him off with a follow up blow as he was
He did not.
Monday May 30, 2016
Habre, Chad's former dictator is sentenced to life
behind bars. This thing called justice - it may seem to
move too slowly in the eyes of victims, but eventually
A special court set up by the African
Union, the first of its kind, has sentenced Chad's
former dictator Hissene Habre to life behind bars after
he was found guilty of crimes against humanity, torture
and sexual slavery.
Al Jazeera had this
account on its online pages -
"The verdict on Monday caps
a 16-year battle by victims and rights campaigners to
bring the former leader to justice in Senegal, where he
fled after being toppled in a 1990 coup in the central
African nation. Human rights groups accuse the
72-year-old of being responsible for the deaths of
40,000 people during his rule from 1982 to 1990."
Another international news outlet,
the BBC had this on
today's historic verdict.
"Throughout the trial, Habre
refused to recognise the court's legitimacy, frequently
disrupting proceedings. The ex-president denied
accusations that he ordered the killing of 40,000 people
during his rule from 1982 to 1990. His critics dubbed
him "Africa's Pinochet" because of the atrocities
committed during his rule.
The US Secretary of State
John Kerry in a statement posted on his official website
said, he welcomed the
judgement of the AU-backed court. It is a statement that
clearly shows regret at the US government's support of
the Chadian dictator while he was in power. The US knew
what Habre was up to but ignored it as it saw the Habre
regime as a bulwark against the Ghaddafi regime, Chad's
Amnesty International West Africa
researcher Gaetan Mootoo said the verdict would serve as
a guiding light for those living in repressive regimes
around the world. 'It is moments like these that other
victims around the world can draw on in darker times
when justice appears beyond reach. It will nourish them
with hope and give them strength to fight for what is
right,' Mootoo said in a statement.
A good day for justice and the
persistence of victims. Kindly help to document crimes
committed against the people by the rat including the
murder of the Constitution, his failure to condemn
sexual violence against women as well as his refusal to
make public his assets.
Wednesday May 25, 2016 - 19
years ago, the awful horror called the AFRC/RUF
Coalition of Evil otherwise known as the beasts was
unleashed upon the people of Sierra Leone - and this on
a day commemorated as Africa Liberation Day.
It is another May 25 - a day that should
be dedicated to
Africa's Freedom - Africa Day and it was on this day,
nineteen years ago in 1997, that evil forces inspired by
anti-democratic behind the scenes manipulators decided
to enslave the people of Sierra Leone. The action by
soldiers to oust the barely year-old
democratically-elected government of President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and replace it with a murderous and human
rights-abusing junta has been described as the bloodiest
coup in Sierra Leone's history. Rogue soldiers, known as
sobels for being soldiers in the country's colours in
the day and rebels as soon as darkness falls upon the
land, had long been reported by civilians who, thinking
that men in military uniforms were there to protect them
hardly survived to tell their story as they were
ruthlessly mowed down by weapons bought through their
sweat. It was a period of lawlessness where the laws of
the jungle reigned supreme and anyone with a weapon
became a law unto him/herself to loot, murder, rape and
abduct at the slightest whim.
One news source
had this account of what happened in the aftermath of a
coup that was so unpopular even within the military that
the main operatives
decided that it would serve their best interest to have
the RUF, the Foday Sankoh human rights abusers to join
them in what they termed a government of
the AFRC. This was
to serve two key purposes. 1. To increase the number of
killers on the streets of the capital and other parts of
the country and 2. To intimidate and cow the civilian
population into submission. They failed in the second as
the resistance of the civilian populations quite clearly
showed with them refusing to go to work, schools and
colleges no longer safe places with the smell of death,
destruction and chaos all around.
At least one person was killed and
another injured in Bo on May 27 when AFRC soldiers shot
at a crowd of about 5,000 persons demonstrating against
the coup. The demonstration started when large
quantities of looted goods were discovered in the army's
possession. At least 80 people, including 30 civilians,
were killed during fighting in Kenema between RSLMF
troops and Kamajohs during the first weekend in May.
Fighting started when soldiers shot at a truck of
Kamajohs, killing three, as they drove past the army
base at Kpetema. At least 22 people, including at least
6 civilians, were killed in fighting that started that
weekend between RSLMF troops and Kapras at Camp Charlie
near Matotoka. During an attack on the town of Moyamba
at the end of June, RUF troops tortured student leader
Sheku Kabbah in public before killing him; they gouged
out his eyes and cut off his ears before cutting his
throat. On July 8, a young woman was summarily executed
by uniformed soldiers in Freetown for publicly
supporting President Kabbah. Junta military officers
executed three soldiers in July in Kenema for looting.
The rat at State House, the leader of
AFRC MKII has been rewarding the killers, dishing out
appointments right, left and centre quite believing that
he would not be made to account. The guilty verdicts and
sentences of the Special Court for Sierra Leone is a
reminder of the horrors visited upon peaceful Sierra
Friday April 29,
2016 - Another year
and another day to remind us of what happens when law
and order becomes clay in the hands of rogue
politicians. Twenty four years ago today, an uncaring
and despotic APC regime was kicked out of power by its
own khaki boys.
Twenty four years ago
today on the Wednesday morning of April 29, 1992 a
section of the war front moved to the gates of State
House in Freetown as soldiers who had been battling
rebels in the east of the country decided that enough
was enough and demanded to meet their
Commander-in-Chief, President Joseph Saidu Momoh.
By the time the day was
over, a radio announcement by a breathless Captain
Valentine Strasser on the only functional radio station
in the capital, the Aberdeen-based private FM 94 made it
known to the world that the twenty four year despotic
reign of the APC was over. Thus was formed the National
Provisional Ruling Council, the NPRC which held the
reigns of government until 1996 when largely free and
fair elections ushered in a new civilian administration
led by the SLPP's Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.
Back in power in 2007
after elections held that year, fifteen years after
being booted out of power, the APC has learnt nothing
from those lessons as it engages in what is now seen as
a ravenous rape of the country's resources using every
means at hand and throwing law and order regulations under the bus.
Key functionaries of the APC who had been singing
praises of President Momoh to hide their personal
thieving ventures are back in Freetown making observers
wonder just what they had been up to in those fifteen
Secretary-General Kofi Annan made these observations at
a recent symposium on security in Africa. "Elections should be the
vehicle for popular choice in which the winner does not
take all and the losers do not lose all. Those who win
must recognize that they do not have a licence to rule
without restraint or remain in office in perpetuity. Let
us not confuse legality with legitimacy. Elections that
meet legal form but fail the test of integrity are only
pyrrhic victories that usually store up trouble for the
future. 'I think Africa has done well, by and large the
coups have more or less ended, generals are remaining in
their barracks, but we are creating situations, which
may bring them back"
Kindly refresh your
memory on the governance issue in Sierra Leone by taking
a look at
this article written in 2012,
twenty years after the historic and successful coup
against the despotic and uncaring APC regime.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power - Abraham Lincoln
Monday April 11,
2016 - Al Shaabab sympathiser and journalist is
executed after court finds him guilty of the murder of
at least one journalist. Implicated in the deaths of
man who has been described as a respected broadcaster
and journalist in Somalia for many years has been
executed by a firing squad in the Somali capital,
Mogadishu. The execution was carried out after he was sentenced to death
for his alleged role
in supporting the terrorist organisation Al-Shaabab.
Hassan Hanafi is alleged to have used his affinity to
and connections with
Al-Shaabab to finger colleague journalists - threatening
them with death should they fail to fall in line with
the edict of Al-Shaabab.
Haji acted as al-Shabab's liaison officer to the media
and pressured journalists to report according to the
group's media rules, which included avoiding stories
related to military setbacks. He was known to threaten
journalists and radio stations if they did not comply.
He later worked for Radio Andalus, al-Shabab’s official
Also reported was news that a
few days before Hassan Hanafi's execution, two other Al-Shaabab
operatives were also shot by a firing squad after they
were found guilty of the murder of Somalia female
Hindiyo Haji Mohamed
by a car bomb. She never stood a chance as she succumbed
to the horrendous wounds inflicted by the assassin's
Monday April 11,
Corruption Incorporated in another smoke and mirrors
move to cover tracks of criminals in the fishing sector.
What next after that Public Service Commission report?
media reported on
Friday February 12, 2016 that a report on the
Project in the Ministry of Fisheries and Mineral Resources (MFMR), had been
presented to their overlord at State House - "Speaking
after receiving the report, President Koroma assured
that the report will be looked at closely and
recommendations thereof will be implemented to the
fullest. (A catchphrase when the rat intends to do
nothing as witnessed in the
Kelvin Lewis report
on the Bo disturbances).
He said the report will help to create
awareness among civil servants to be looking into their
activities as well as send a clear message that no one
is untouchable. The president reiterated government's
commitment in restructuring the Civil Service by giving
it the relevant professionalism in the execution of its
mandate. He pointed out that the Secretary to the
President in consultation with the Chief of Staff and
the Anti-Corruption Commission will work closely on the
Kindly note that for 2 years, the
Joint Monitoring Centre, the JMC that had been
monitoring illegal fishing had not been operational due
to a lack of due diligence by the government of the rat
who could have used this period to encourage the massive
illegal fishing that went on within Sierra Leone's
territorial waters. As the
reported in a headline - "Increase in illegal
fishing…World Bank frowns at JMC closure" So what
is the PSC report all about? In a nutshell,
the PSC report
unearthed a rotten and crooked system that was
encouraged by the government and in which a sibling of
the rat was named as one of the rotten fishes.
Sunday April 10, 2016 - Lessons
from South Africa for Sierra Leone - Accountability, the
rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution sees
President Zuma and Parliament slammed over corporate
deception and fraud.
Recent events in South Africa
have clearly demonstrated just what can be achieved when
the tenets of democracy, the rule of law and the
separation of powers are adhered to as enshrined in the
Constitution. On Thursday March 31, 2016 the
Constitutional Court of South Africa gave its ruling
over a simmering brew of corruption charges against
President Jacob Zuma with a hard-hitting judgement which
clearly highlighted the efficacy and supremacy of the
It all started off with the opposition and the press
wanting to know just how much of the peoples' money had
been spent in a massive refurbishment of the residence
of the President. All those who were in the camp of the
President including Parliament investigated and did not
find any wrong-doing on the part of President Zuma as he
and his cronies insisted that the works carried out at
his private residence was a security upgrade needed to
keep him safe and happy and that included a swimming
pool, additional ranches and a few expensive additions
all carried by the tax payer, the people of South
The BBC carried
this bit when judgement day broke on Thursday last week
"The highest court in South Africa has ruled that
President Jacob Zuma violated the constitution when he
failed to repay government money spent on his private
It gave the treasury 60 days to determine how much he
The ruling is a victory for the opposition, who said
they would push for Mr Zuma's impeachment.
They accuse him of using "ill-gotten wealth" to upgrade
his home with a swimming pool and amphitheatre." It is to be recalled that even before this ruling by
the highest court of South Africa, a body that acts as
the overall Ombudsman,
the Public Protector,
Thuli Madonsela, had ruled that the President
should pay back a part of the money that was used for
the upgrade of his private residence as some of the
expenses were not security-related. President Zuma
dismissed the orders of this Constitutionally-authorised
body tagging its role as merely advisory and that its
orders had no legal weight.
In Sierra Leone,
findings of the Auditor General
are treated with levity by both the Judiciary and
Parliament and even though quite clearly public
documents, are not acted upon by the Anti Corruption
Commission, a Constitutional body.
Wednesday March 23, 2016 - 25
five years ago today on March 23, 1991, the first shots
were fired in Bomaru, eastern Sierra Leone as the first
armed rebellion in independent Sierra Leone was
25 years on the same conditions which germinated the war
are being nourished by the present set-up with reckless
The war was officially declared over in
2002 by the then Head of State, President Ahmad Tejan
Kabbah after many twists and turns, some definitely
unpalatable to the wishes of surviving victims and the
memory of the many killed, traumatised and having to
live a life without limbs while wallowing in poverty and
despair. It was a war that brought out the beasts in
two-footed creatures parading as human beings. Beasts of
terror who sought to create a fiefdom of terror and
deprivation in a once peaceful and beautiful land called
At the end of the day, the government,
on the advice of civil society, the international
community and all those interested in the welfare of the
country thought it would be in the best interest of the
country, then, now and forever to take a forensic look
at what led to the armed rebellion initiated by those
March 23, 1991 shots in Bomaru. Thus was the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission, the TRC, established and this
body patiently heard evidence from victims,
perpetrators, those who lived through it all as well as
key entities and functionaries during the period that
was reviewed. It later came out with
a report that
should guide all Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra
Leone on what lessons are there to be gleaned that would
never see us go down the road of national perfidy and
We are reminded in that report on the
causes of the conflict which are many are varied, but
among the chief causes are, according to the TRC report
- "While there were many factors, both internal and
external, that explain the
cause of the civil war, the Commission came to the
conclusion that it was years
of bad governance, endemic corruption and the denial of
basic human rights that created the deplorable
conditions that made conflict inevitable."
For all who wish Sierra Leone well,
there's the need to heed the warnings of institutional
collapse that led to the destruction of democracy and
the rule of law and as anyone who knows the ups and
downs of this beautiful country lest we go down the path
that led to a conflict that should have been prevented
had due diligence been paid to the rule of law,
12, 2016 -
As the world observed the international day dedicated to
focus on the needs of women and girls, it is all hot air
from the smoke and mirrors rat at State House who has
never publicly condemned sexual and other violence
against women in Sierra Leone.
Tuesday of this week, 8th March was
observed by all responsible and caring governments to
focus on the plight of women and girls. This year's
theme - parity - is a message to all governments to
increase the participation of women in all spheres of
life - from government, through Parliamentary
representations to a determined effort to have qualified
women standing shoulder to shoulder with their male
counterparts as a sign of appreciation and respect for
the contribution of our women folk in the long march to
50-50 parity in gender.
We visited the State House website to
see just how much weight the thing which passes for a
government gave to the affairs of women and girls and we
were not that surprised to note that what they had was
the rat responding to issues raised by women at a
symposium at which the lead address was delivered by one
Sia Nyama Koroma, the country's First Lady.
We have, in the past, heard the
speeches by government officials when March 8 is upon us
and so far we have not seen any follow-up to what had
been pledged in previous years but are heartened by this
line in the official State House report -
"President Koroma encouraged women to
stand up for their rights and follow up on any acts of
abuse or rape against them..." which leads to questions
relating to the government's policy of addressing sexual
violence against women and girls."
We have, time and again shone the
on rape and other acts of sexual
violence on women and girls within the
borders of Sierra Leone urging the government and law
enforcement officials to bring to book all those accused
of these crimes. Time and again, it's all hot air and
nothing is being done to bring perpetrators to justice.
We would again call for a proper forensic kit that would
link the DNA of perpetrators to their victims and this
is where the international community should step in to
help. Now here's a reminder for the government, ruling
party, the ineffective, dormant and compromised
opposition parties and all the good people of Sierra
Leone - please take heed of
this message. "A rape is not a romp – It is time to end the titillating
portrayal of sexual violence"
February 25, 2016
- The continuing story of State House-endorsed
corruption. Who benefited from the collapse of the 28
million dollar World Bank-funded West Africa Regional
Fisheries Project? Why was this kept under wraps until
the World Bank representative blew the cover off?
It was a press statement on the State
House website titled "President receives Report on
Fisheries Project" that could well have alerted many to
a part of the goings-on at the country's ministry that
is responsible for marine resources. The report
delivered by one Dr Max Amadu Sesay revealed that indeed
investigations had been going on into a failed project
and this after one
Parminder Brar, World Bank Country Manager in Sierra
Leone told the press that for the past two years, a key
component in the fight against illegal fishing had been
"Before we started supporting the sector, there were 80
trawlers doing fishing [in the country’s waters]. When
we started that number was reduced to 30 because of the
Joint Management Centre (JMC) that we set up to monitor
illegal fishing,” said Brar, adding however that
currently, the number of foreign trawlers has increased
again to 80 and that there is 60% illegal fishing going
on in the country’s territorial waters."
Another factor was the collapse of the Joint Monitoring
Centre, which used to monitor illegal fishing activities
in the waters of Sierra Leone, he added and disclosed
that the JMC was destroyed by lightning some two years
“Currently there is no satellite and internet connection
at the JMC in Murray Town, and there are only three
staff there at the moment,” Brar told newsmen."
The State House press statement makes
interesting reading - "Dr Sesay however noted that due to lack of real evidence
to corroborate most of the allegations of corruption, it
was difficult for the committee to recommend more severe
disciplinary action. The preponderance of the evidence
submitted instead points in the direction of weak
financial base of the contractor, poor financial
management by the contractor and poor contractor
performance and delivery." If the Public Service
Chairman would want Sierra Leoneans to believe that
there were no paper trails, no money trails that could
have highlighted and thrown the spotlight on individuals
responsible for the massive corruption that was going on
with regards to this project, what was he then reporting
about? What was his mandate? Protection of people who
should have been in court charged with thieving?
(All pictures are from the
Al Jazeera films)
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power - Abraham Lincoln
December 17, 2015
- The Auditor Generals report for the management of
government resources for the year 2014 is out and save
for a few areas of improvement, the picture of a
deliberate lack of financial control and gross
impropriety remains in government ministries,
departments and missions abroad.
The Auditor General Mrs Lara
Taylor-Pearce has again published the body's findings
with regards to the reporting and the use of government
assets and resources in the care of officials in charge
of safe-guarding these resources. The
picture for 2014
tells the story of a band of hardened and unrepentant
criminals who flout laid down rules with impunity,
divert the people's money into the pockets of
co-conspirators - giving a message out to all - that as
long as they enjoy the protection of the smoke and
mirrors rat at State House, they can get away with
anything. Perhaps the frustration of dedicated officials
at the Auditor General's office could best be summed up
in this observation contained in the report. These are
in the main -
"A slow response by
those charged with governance to our message of
embracing their responsibility to guide and direct the
development and performance of a strong system of
internal controls in ministries, departments and
agencies (MDAs). This includes improving their oversight
function, demonstrating effective and ethical
leadership, strengthening the audit committees and
insisting on credible and regular reports on the
finances and activities of MDAs.
A lack of consequences
for poor performance and transgressions in general
government. This is evident from the inadequate response
to the high levels of unauthorised, irregular as well as
fruitless and wasteful expenditure, as detailed in the
audit report in other paragraphs indirectly supporting
the opinion; and the weaknesses in performance
management, which include a lack of credible and
effective performance management systems across MDAs.
The action of the
executive arm of Government towards the implementation
of the recommendations in the report of the
Auditor-General, a report debated and approved by
Parliament, has not been very effective in achieving the
goals of improving public financial management reforms
in Sierra Leone. Therefore the incidences of financial
indiscipline continue to persist. The challenge we face
is that when our report is sent to Parliament our
elected representatives, meeting in committee, do not
always demand a full accounting from officials for the
issues raised. Parliamentary promotion of transparency
in public administration and good governance is perhaps
not as effective as it might be. This has forced us to
consider why we are not having sufficient impact when it
comes to audit findings and recommendations."
some excerpts from the report)
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power - Abraham Lincoln
|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.