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Berewa and his Cigarettes

16 October 2006 at 09:12 | 700 views

"According to another close source to the Sierra Leone UN Mission in New York, Vice President Berewa lit up a cigarette in the official sedan of the Sierra Leone Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Joe Pemagbi. The source further stated Berewa placed the cigarette butt under his shoe, on the floor of the sedan, and crushed it against the nice and clean carpet as if it were nothing."

By Karamoh Kabba and Sidi Yaya Tunis

Vice President Solomon Berewa’s official trip across the Atlantic in September, 2006, purposely to attend the Non-Aligned Movement in Cuba and to address the UN General Assembly in New York that became a sensitization tour to woo Sierra Leoneans abroad for political support met with several public relations disasters, including one major incident on the 22nd of the same month, in Columbus, Ohio, where he lit a cigarette at the high table of dignitaries while addressing Sierra Leoneans in a town hall meeting.

Also,according to one anonymous source, Berewa wanted to light up so badly that he asked to be excused from the meeting during one of the UN General Assembly debate sessions to smoke. He was escorted by security guards to such facility, according to our source, losing fifteen minutes of debate time, when heads and representatives of governments from other countries sat at the edge of chairs to take in every bit of information that was being imparted.

According to another close source to the Sierra Leone UN Mission in New York, Vice President Berewa lit up a cigarette in the official sedan of the Sierra Leone Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Joe Pemagbi. The source further stated Berewa placed the cigarette butt under his shoe, on the floor of the sedan, and crushed it against the nice and clean carpet as if it were nothing.

On his second coming to New York within a month for another separate UN Summit to discuss how best war-torn nations such as Sierra Leone, Rwanda and many more could be helped with postwar reconstruction and rehabilitation, who knows what else Vice President Berewa would be up to?

Vice President Berewa is also the SLPP presidential candidate for the upcoming 2007 general elections in Sierra Leone. As Vice President, he has helped to run the country in constant blackout, frequent shortage of pipe borne water, mass unemployment and systemic corruption. Nonetheless, he is now wooing the people to vote for him so that he can continue with one of the worst governmental apparatuses of the world.

Poverty and its subsequent nightmare have become so embedded in the society that even the Vice President’s actions abroad have become manifest representations of the diminished Sierra Leonean perception of what is beautiful.

In another incident in Silver Spring, Maryland, the Vice President spoke of a poor teacher who wants to become a president of Sierra Leone with derision and contempt.

Editor’s Note: Karamoh Kabba and Sidi Yaya Tunis are prominent members of the PMDC North America branch.

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