Letter to editor

Response to Abdulai Bayraytay’s article on Vice President Berewa of Sierra Leone

29 September 2005 at 06:09 | 490 views

Hi Bayraytay,

I read your article about the forthcoming presidential elections with some interest. I would have responded earlier but was so busy since this is the beginning of the semester. It appears to me that you have given the presidency to Berewa on a silver platter. Berewa must have enjoyed reading that piece. I don’t question your judgment because you must have done your research very well. But what I want you to know is that things will not be as easy for Berewa as you have predicted. If the opposition (APC in particular), is highly organized and united, and there is free and fair election which is hardly possible, they will give Berewa a run for his money. Take a look at the out come of the last district council election. APC swept almost all the seats in Western area and the north which forced the government not to announce the remaining results. Look at the huge poverty that is now

engulfing our people. Here is a government that can not even achieve a simple and clear objective (clean the city). Cleaning that city does not need a brain from heaven. There is lots of disgruntlement among the populace. If a government has ever let down his people that trust in it, it’s the Tejan Kabbah government. People had lots of expectations from this man. They gave him the benefit of the doubt and decided to return him to office thinking that the war and all the coups must have disrupted his plans. But what happened? Corruption and nepotism have become the order of the day.

Bayraytay, you know that people like you and me would not have been suffering in other people’s land if we had the right people in government. What troubles me is that all these guys are just the same. No one comes with a single agenda which he strives to fulfill. They have no sympathy for the people and have no interest in the country absolutely. So you the guys that are out there whose job is to educate the masses (journalist) should be very critical of them. Try to put them on heir guard if ever they would. Sing to them their messes and may be they will try to address them. Its only by doing so may these fellows will change. Otherwise we are heading for doom.

Take care,

Mohamed Lamin Sesay
Biology Department
State University of New York at Buffalo
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222