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A response to Kortor Kamara’s article on Chieftaincy

27 November 2008 at 23:16 | 1201 views

In response to the article "The institution of Chieftaincy", Tuesday, 21 October 2008 by Kortor Kamara, USA.

This article is a dream come true, a must read by all Sierra Leoneans. It has always been my contention that a primary requirement / ingredient for change in Sierra Leone, is that our brothers and sisters who have direct roots in the provinces or are stakeholders must understand the issues and or causational factors that contribute to our state of underdevelopment and stagnation.

Secondly, they must become strong advocates for change of
some of our traditions and culture that are holding us back and
are non-beneficial to our people. Particularly those that are an impediment to progress. In this case and point, "Chieftaincy".

Mr. Kortor Kamaras’ article is a classic example of a problem solving approach we need to follow if Sierra Leone is to
progress.

I know he is not alone, the rest of us with deep roots and as stake holders in the provinces must come out of the closet and follow Mr. Kortor Kamaras’ example, take a position on an an issue, and speak out as sons and daughters of our people
in the provinces. We owe it to them and our children and to the future of Sierra Leone.

We must put aside our ethnic, political party, and secret society allegiances, or whatever other allegiance that we may have and speak out on that which affects the national welfare of our people. This is something we must do, if Sierra Leone is to move forward from our present predicament, social status in the index of nations.

We must have the courage. Be bold. Be brave, to identify
non-benificial cultural practices and traditions and speak
out against them. The truth is a bitter pill, but if spoken,
will eventually bring brighter days for future generations.

I call upon all meaningfull stakeholders to get onboard this
train. The train of "NEW THINKERS", be an advocate
for change.

Change is brought by those individuals who are
dissatisfied with their conditions. All is not lost.
There is hope for a better and brighter Sierra Leone.

Dr. Walcut B. Metzger, JD.

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