Monday May 18, 2015
- Rewarding evil in Sierra Leone as operatives of the RUF/AFRC
are given top positions to lord it
over their surviving victims. Kicking the victims of their
atrocities in the teeth.
The Judiciary now an arm of the Executive.
On Tuesday April 21, this year the
authorities in Germany decided that one of the guards at the
infamous concentrations camps must stand trial for complicity in
the mass murders committed by those who gave the orders as well
as those who actually carried out the physical elimination of
their fellow human beings.
More than 70 years have passed
since the liberation of the concentration camps by Allied forces
and many of those who bore the greatest responsibility were
either tried at the Nuremberg Tribunal (1945-1949) at the end of the war and
those who managed to escape justice and later discovered were
made to face the justice they so richly deserved given the
horrors of the concentration camps and what was visited upon
prisoners incarcerated at these death camps.
A former Nazi death camp guard,
now 93 is facing justice - not because he himself was a member
of the death squads but because under a new law in Germany he is
charged with being an accessory to the murder of some three
hundred thousand people. Groening, known as the
"bookkeeper of Auschwitz",
was allegedly responsible for counting banknotes confiscated
the BBC "Prosecutors in
Lueneburg, northern Germany, also allege that he hid victims'
luggage away from new arrivals, to disguise the victims' fate.
Mr Groening, who began work at Auschwitz aged 21, admits
witnessing the mass killing of Jews, but denies he was an
"accomplice". He has spoken publicly about his role in the camp
- and it is that aspect of his case that observers such as Nazi
hunter Efraim Zuroff say makes it particularly important. For
about two years, Mr Groening allegedly counted money taken from
the luggage of murdered Jews and sent it back to SS headquarters
in Berlin. He also supervised luggage of prisoners being
transported to the camp. Prosecutors say Oskar Groening knew
that prisoners were murdered directly after their arrival at
Auschwitz. He spoke of witnessing an SS soldier murdering a
baby, and how the treatment of the prisoners had "horrified"
him. But he said that at the time he believed that killing Jews
- including children - was the "right" thing to do. "We were
convinced by our world view that we had been betrayed... and
that there was a great conspiracy of the Jews against us."
However, Mr Groening says he did not take part directly in the
killing, and described his role as "a small cog in the gears".
"If you can describe that as guilt, then I am guilty, but not
voluntarily. Legally speaking, I am innocent," he told Der
Spiegel in 2005.
In Sierra Leone, despite the
horrors visited on perceived opponents of the RUF/AFRC coalition
of evil led by one Johnny Paul Koroma we now see those who took
part directly or indirectly in the mass murder, rape and
abduction of civilians given well-paying prominent roles in
Sierra Leone. This is aimed at sending a message to surviving
victims and the relations of those who were murdered in the most
horrendous of circumstances that the thing which passes as a
government in Sierra Leone is more interested in rewarding the
perpetrators than compensating the survivors and the relations
of the dead. Kindly read
this testimony as recorded
from one of the AFRC operatives, one Sesay during the attack
against civilians while the rebel forces were retreating from
"Gullit ordered a group of
fighters to attack the Fourah Bay section of Freetown because an
AFRC soldier had been killed there. The witness took part in the
operation, which involved top commanders and members of the RUF,
AFRC, and the Red Lion Brigade (a group that included Liberian
former fighters of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of
Liberia – NPFL). This group forced civilians from their homes
and killed them, then burned their houses. Some civilians were
locked in their houses while they were burned. Sesay said that
he and the force could hear screaming from the houses, and that
they made sure no one escaped. He could not say how many
civilians were killed in Fourah Bay. After this operation, Sesay
said the rebels faced continued attacks from ECOMOG and withdrew
further. He said that at Upgun, Santigie Borbor Kanu
(“Five-Five”) said the troops should start amputating the arms
and hands of civilians. He demonstrated by amputating three
captured civilians with a machete: one “short sleeve”
(amputation at the wrist) and two “long sleeve” (amputation at
the elbow). Other commanders followed suit, telling their
victims to go to President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah for new hands.
Retreating further from the
city, Sesay testified that the advance force he was with burned
many houses, some in which civilians were burned to death, and
captured many civilians. Meanwhile, amputations continued...
Sesay testified that while the group of around 3,000 rebels was
based at Kissy Mental Home, Gullit ordered further attacks on
civilians because he said these had betrayed them by welcoming
ECOMOG soldiers. Sesay said he went with one group to Ferry
Junction, where they shot everyone in a market, pulled people
from their homes to kill them with guns and machetes, and burned
others alive together with their houses. Another group was sent
to an area called Low Cost Housing, where it killed and
amputated civilians and burned houses.
The following day, Gullit said
he had heard that people at a nearby mosque were sheltering
ECOMOG forces who were out of uniform. He ordered a force led by
Five-Five, and including the witness, to kill everyone in the
mosque. Sesay said that a group of more than 100 fighters
attacked the mosque, which was large and very full. Some
civilians escaped, but most were killed. The victims included
girls, boys, men and women of all ages."
We know that there were
civilians who of their own free will welcomed the rebel forces
when they got to Freetown in January 1999. They did because they were the main
beneficiaries of RUF/AFRC largesse and were known to the
murderous gang who protected them and told others that their
houses should not be torched, nor should they be harmed.
things got tough for them as the ECOMOG liberation forces put
them under pressure, these supporters asked that they be taken
along with the retreating rebels. They were quite distinct from
the many civilians who were abducted to serve as sex slaves,
looted goods carriers and potential recruits into the ranks of the rebels against their will.
We have in the past stated that
the rat passing himself off as a democrat is a smoke and mirrors
beast of no nation who has no respect for the rule of law
believing that the use of bribes and intimidation would get him
what he wants. The three arms of governance which the
Constitution went to great pains to separate appears to be one
entity with Parliament and the Judiciary compromised. This flies
in the face of the APC party's own 2007 manifesto which in part
"The All Peoples Congress Party
affirms its belief in the supremacy and inviolability of the
constitution of Sierra Leone and the sovereignty of our people.
As a government we are committed to the strict observance and
enforcement of it provisions. We will therefore conform to the
spirit and letter of the constitution."
This is what Sierra Leoneans
and friends of Sierra Leone were made to believe, not knowing
that they were dealing with an evil and deceptive cabal whose
only interest was to get into power after fifteen years of being
denied access to the nation's purse strings.
Here's a party which states
that it is committed to the letter and spirit of the
Constitution and yet has its leader illegally sacking a Vice
President who was elected by the people on the same ticket as
the rat himself. Here's a part of the APC 2007 manifesto on the
separation of powers.
"Under the principle of
separation of powers as provided for in our national
constitution, the Sierra Leone Parliament has, in the last ten
years, clearly demonstrated an inability to exercise its
functions as an institution distinct from the executive.
Unfortunately, executive interference, coupled with the pursuit
of political party interests have clearly undercut the
constitutional role of the legislature."
Clearly, given the many
instances witnessed in Sierra Leone under the rat, there's
really no separation of powers as Parliament and more
significantly, the Judiciary has been compromised. The latest
excuse from the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court
that they could not grant an injunction that would stop an
illegally-appointed Vice President shames what vestiges of
respectability and integrity the Judiciary can boast of -
making a mockery of justice in Sierra Leone.
Here's a Judiciary that would
put all the stumbling blocks before any legal challenge
presented by the opposition, but would shamelessly order APC
candidates who failed miserably in elections in Constituency 005
and 015 to sit in Parliament representing areas where results
clearly showed they were not the popular choice of the people.
Under normal circumstances, the Judiciary would declare such
seats null and void and the National Electoral Commission would
then hold a bye election. Not this time. The Judiciary
represented by one Judge Showers serving under then Chief
Justice Umu Hawa Jalloh ordered the APC candidates to sit in
Parliament putting the judicial process at risk.
There's the case of the
opposition SLPP wanting to have a new Minority Leader in
Parliament to replace one Bernadette Lahai. Quick as a flash,
she was advised to file an injunction against such an action -
something which was shamelessly endorsed by the Judiciary.
There are instances of court
cases deliberately ruled in favour of the ruling APC party. When
former SLPP accused members declare for the APC while a matter
was still in court, the court case would be dropped thus
coercing the opposition into the ranks of the ruling party.
It is a real shame and the latest move by the Supreme Court has
dented the reputation of an organisation that was once the
shining example to the rest of Africa and by extension, the
The country is now saddled with
an illegal appointee whose reputation as a nation-wrecker, a
thief and a man of ill-repute is well-known - and all because
the Judiciary has now taken upon itself to, like a fawning dog,
lap the milk provided for it by the rat at State House. What a
shame - given this provision in the Constitution which states in
Section 120 (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."
And it was quite a surprise to
see in the
online news outlet of one
of the advisers to the rat and who was a key member in the whole
illegal shenanigan, one I B Kargbo this line - "The Judges quote
several legal books and cited similar cases in Law and came to
the conclusion that indeed 'there is a serious issue to be tried
based on the Motion of summon and the affidavit in support of
the said motion', but however restraining the current Vice
President from performing his duties as stated in the 1991
Constitution would create more harm in society."
We have here a known supporter
and spokesman of the human rights-abusing RUF/AFRC coalition of
evil who was seen on national television defending the
murderers, rapists and arsonists. A thing that should have been
hauled before the Special Court for Sierra Leone, if not the ICC
foisted upon the people by one of his ardent admirers during and
after our dark days under the rule of the beasts. And here we
have the highest court in the land stating such gibberish as -
"restraining the current Vice President from performing his
duties as stated in the 1991 Constitution would create more harm
We would respectfully ask the
Supreme Court to tell the people of Sierra Leone just what harm
the restraining of
this horror let loose upon
the people would cause.
We fear that we have entered an
era we thought and actually believed we would never experience
again - judges in matters of treason and other serious offences
being directed by the Executive to ensure that political
opponents are sentenced to death and other heavy prison
sentences. What a tragedy.
It is no secret that the rat
now occupying the highest political office of the land had links
with the murderers, arsonists and rapists - otherwise what would
explain his affinity for those who brought so much misery and
suffering on the people?
Is there a link somewhere that
needs following given the fact that when Foday Sankoh was made a
kind of State minister responsible for our diamonds stated that
he was ready to pay the salaries of teachers in Makeni?
Who was the chief liaison
between Foday Sankoh, his blood money and the teachers he
promised to pay salaries?
We would therefore urge that
though the Special Court for Sierra Leone tried those deemed to
be most responsible for our troubles, there are within Sierra
Leone society vermin like the bookkeeper of Auschwitz who are
still feeding deep from the blood of the dead.
They have to be brought to
account by charging them with complicity in the deaths, rape,
abduction and sexual slavery of thousands of Sierra Leoneans in
their own God-given land.
Sierra Leone needs that court