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Salone politics: Eating fufu with orkro soup

16 May 2016 at 01:08 | 1765 views

Opinion

By Tony Bee, Sydney, Australia.

Every day we learn to live and we live to learn, particularly from both present and past
events, be they good or bad. But looking at things, it seems as if the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) is deliberately refusing to learn from both present and past happenings in the world, especially in the country’s political activities. They are seemingly refusing to learn good lessons from the world’s every day events, especially political events, including those in Europe, America and Africa.

They also seem not to learn from their present and past mistakes for the success of their party in the country. Therefore, I am constrained to say that they seemingly failed to do that because of the personal pride and political egos of some of their
members. They (SLPP) know why they are losing elections to APC, but they always turn blind eyes to that pretending not to know anything about that at their own expense.

The SLPP know that they normally lose elections to APC because they do not believe in working very hard with honesty for the people in the country like what the APC is currently doing. They spent not too long ago a total of 11 years in power but they did very little for the country and for its people, particularly in terms of the improvement of electricity ( remember the Kabbah Tiger generators?), good hospital facilities, good roads etc.

The fact is they depend on the promotion of tribalism, regionalism, fake politics and
political violence. And also their ungrateful attitudes and behaviour towards
their fellow Sierra Leoneans, especially those within their own political party are weighing heavily on them. Whether they accept that or not is their own business, it’s up to them, it’s an open secret.

They seem to forget that the days of fake or deceitful politics or fake propaganda are over.There is no more room for fake politics or deceitful politics for Sierra Leoneans, especially for those living in the country.

We now live in an Information Age; you cannot easily tell lies or make fake propaganda on people and go free. People will go all out to find out the truth for themselves with their cell phones and the Internet.

Every town and village in the country now needs progress and development NOT
party colours or tribalism or fake propaganda. They need good roads, electricity, good
health facilities, good market facilities, good drinking water and so on.

Whether SLPP likes to hear that or not President Koroma’s APC government is doing extremely well in the country, particularly in terms of infrastructural development and also the provision of electricity which are any country’s life blood. Sometimes it is good to praise others for their good work and we critique when necessary because no one knows it all.

Anyway, it is not yet time to talk politics or write politics. It is time to write, talk or discuss national development and the good work of our law makers, especially the effective monitoring of the "shylocky" and wicked business people, land grabbers and fake contractors that used to say our governments are in their pockets.

Also, we should be talking about how to keep our country safe from the enemies of peace and development in and out of the country. Our people are tired of violence and war. We should give them peace.

However, the just concluded Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) convention prompted me to ask the question: Did the SLPP learn any good lessons from the election of the flag bearer of the ADP political party?

I decided to ask the question because I wanted to know if the SLPP cry-baby party learned good lessons from the ADP because of their past regular and unpatriotic habit of walking out of Parliament. What fruits did they get from the political tree after their walking out of Parliamentary proceedings?

When David Gbla of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) recently walked out of the ADP convention what benefit did he get out of that action? Who became the victor between him (Gbla) and Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray? These questions are food for thought for SLPP.

Recently, after the country’s Central Statistics Office ended doing some very good work by counting all Sierra Leoneans living in the country they (SLPP) threatened to boycott the pending presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in 2018. They say the census was unfair and that the statistical results are problematic.

They further argued that the ruling APC government manipulated the census in their favour, by making what they called APC strongholds, which are the northern and western parts of the country, more populated than the Southern and Eastern areas. Thank God the international community has approved the census results.

Generally speaking, since SLPP lost elections in 2007 to APC, anything that is not in their favour is a sham. Nothing is good in the country for them, particularly to some of their blind critics or detractors.

For simple logical argument’s sake, SLPP forgot that when the war started in the Eastern part of the country it took some time there before it was extended to the Southern region.

During that time, those who ran to the north-west of the country for their safety had
already settled in those areas of the country with good integration, including inter-marrying before the war got there (north-west).

Many people from the South-Eastern parts of the country were forced to move to the North-Western areas of the country for their safety during the war; after the war many of them did not return to their various towns and villages.

In fact some of them cannot even identify or recognize their towns and villages any more because of the heavy destruction that took place there. For some, their villages are currently being covered with elephant grass, trees and deadly snakes while for others, because of the ongoing mining in the North, they have gained employment and settled down. Others have lost their settlements completely in the South-Eastern parts of the country as I said.

In view of that, we should think about the population growth in the north-western region,particularly Freetown, the capital city of the country before the war and after the war before we can talk about the South-Eastern population. In other words, the populations of the north and the west have swollen tremendously, more than the south and east because of the war.

However, if SLPP really believe that if they boycott the pending 2018 presidential and
parliamentary elections because of the census results in the country they will get political dividends, they are woefully mistaken; they should learn from David Gbla and the ADP flag bearer convention.

If the SLPP do any boycott in 2018, the APC will simply have less campaigning to do. The 2018 election will be like eating fufu and orkro soup for them.

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