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Since the launch of the Governance Transition Team (GTT) report last Wednesday 4th July 2018, the social media have been awash with subjective articles and audio messages that are very inciting.
It could be recalled that when President (Brig.) Rtd. Julius Maada Bio acceded to power on 4th April, 2018, he set of the GTT to take stock of the erstwhile Koroma administration and publish its findings and recommendations which it did last Wednesday. “Grim, gloomy and crabby” were some of the adjectives used to describe the report according to BBC’s Umaru Fofanah. Opinions however vary over the report. While many Sierra Leoneans with partisan interest have described the report as rubbish, others believe if those who the report has recommended for investigation should have no fear but to comply with the Bio administration in its investigation into the corruption allegations leveled against them in the report.
Be that as it may, the inciting statements and messages over the GTT report in the social media are not good for the peace and security of Sierra Leone that has suffered a lot of calamities for nearly three decades, ranging from the eleven-year-long civil conflict, the outbreak of Cholera followed by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the recent mudslide and flash flood disaster last year that took its toll of hundreds of unsuspecting Sierra Leoneans. It would therefore be unfortunate for us as a nation to take the path to destruction because of partisan reasons instead of choosing the path to national development that would benefit generations yet unborn.
We are very much aware of the fact that because of the closely fought presidential runoff election on 31st March 2018, its aftermath was marred by violence, humiliation and intimidation that affected both the All People’s Congress (APC) and Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) members and supporters nationwide though the former claimed that the latter overdid it in their strongholds and Kono which is a swing district.The current war of words and inciting statements and messages in the social media by unarguably members of these two political parties indicate that there is still tension mounting between the two divides.
The Sierra Leonean investigative journalist, Sorious Samura recently posted a video story in the social media advising that no politician is worth shedding your blood for. He recalled that in 1991, he released “Cry Freetown” and the international community came to our aid, adding that prior to that, he had released one for the Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda when he saw how tribal and ethnic war had destroyed that country. To his guesstimation, Sorious Samura sees Sierra Leone taking to the war path and this time we won’t be lucky like it happened during the war years, when the international community came to the rescue. He therefore advised his compatriots to desist from any action that would undermine national security and the peace and tranquility we are enjoying as a nation despite we are poor.
I believe the contents of the GTT report are mere allegations whose veracitieshave to be ascertained by a judicial system, while the public, international community and the media would be keenly watching to see whether the investigation into those allegations would be fair.Therefore, the fifty-one people whose names have been recommended for investigation by the report need not fear or politicize the issue but to present themselves as peaceful citizens and face justice without appealing to any partisan sentiments that could ignite political demonstrations during the investigation.According to common law, all the accused are presumed innocent until the court finds them guilty or not. So there is nothing to fear if they don’t have any skeletons in their cupboards.
Furthermore, the Bio administration should also take cognizance of the fact that the GTT report is very sensitive and would help put measures in place that would ensure accountable and transparent economic good government and also serve as a deterrent to serving Government officials. That is why the Government should speedily investigate those in the report instead of delaying it thereby causing more tension among supporters and sympathizers of the affected politicians, their families, relatives and friends.
By and large, what is realistic is that corruption has over the last five decades eaten deeply into the economic fabric of Mama Salone due to the blatant mismanagement and misappropriation of our country’s natural wealth that has led to the retrogression of national development. Therefore, if Sierra Leone should develop, we should fight corruption collectively irrespective of our partisan differences because the victims of corruption are the ordinary impoverished Sierra Leoneans while the looters of our wealth, their families, relatives, spouses and friends live opulent lifestyle.

Since the launch of the Governance Transition Team (GTT) report last Wednesday 4th July 2018, the social media have been awash with subjective articles and audio messages that are very inciting.

It could be recalled that when President (Brig.) Rtd. Julius Maada Bio acceded to power on 4th April, 2018, he set of the GTT to take stock of the erstwhile Koroma administration and publish its findings and recommendations which it did last Wednesday. “Grim, gloomy and crabby” were some of the adjectives used to describe the report according to BBC’s Umaru Fofanah. Opinions however vary over the report. While many Sierra Leoneans with partisan interest have described the report as rubbish, others believe if those who the report has recommended for investigation should have no fear but to comply with the Bio administration in its investigation into the corruption allegations leveled against them in the report.

Be that as it may, the inciting statements and messages over the GTT report in the social media are not good for the peace and security of Sierra Leone that has suffered a lot of calamities for nearly three decades, ranging from the eleven-year-long civil conflict, the outbreak of Cholera followed by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the recent mudslide and flash flood disaster last year that took its toll of hundreds of unsuspecting Sierra Leoneans. It would therefore be unfortunate for us as a nation to take the path to destruction because of partisan reasons instead of choosing the path to national development that would benefit generations yet unborn.

We are very much aware of the fact that because of the closely fought presidential runoff election on 31st March 2018, its aftermath was marred by violence, humiliation and intimidation that affected both the All People’s Congress (APC) and Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) members and supporters nationwide though the former claimed that the latter overdid it in their strongholds and Kono which is a swing district.The current war of words and inciting statements and messages in the social media by unarguably members of these two political parties indicate that there is still tension mounting between the two divides.

The Sierra Leonean investigative journalist, Sorious Samura recently posted a video story in the social media advising that no politician is worth shedding your blood for. He recalled that in 1991, he released “Cry Freetown” and the international community came to our aid, adding that prior to that, he had released one for the Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda when he saw how tribal and ethnic war had destroyed that country. To his guesstimation, Sorious Samura sees Sierra Leone taking to the war path and this time we won’t be lucky like it happened during the war years, when the international community came to the rescue. He therefore advised his compatriots to desist from any action that would undermine national security and the peace and tranquility we are enjoying as a nation despite we are poor.

I believe the contents of the GTT report are mere allegations whose veracitieshave to be ascertained by a judicial system, while the public, international community and the media would be keenly watching to see whether the investigation into those allegations would be fair.Therefore, the fifty-one people whose names have been recommended for investigation by the report need not fear or politicize the issue but to present themselves as peaceful citizens and face justice without appealing to any partisan sentiments that could ignite political demonstrations during the investigation.According to common law, all the accused are presumed innocent until the court finds them guilty or not. So there is nothing to fear if they don’t have any skeletons in their cupboards.

Furthermore, the Bio administration should also take cognizance of the fact that the GTT report is very sensitive and would help put measures in place that would ensure accountable and transparent economic good government and also serve as a deterrent to serving Government officials. That is why the Government should speedily investigate those in the report instead of delaying it thereby causing more tension among supporters and sympathizers of the affected politicians, their families, relatives and friends.

By and large, what is realistic is that corruption has over the last five decades eaten deeply into the economic fabric of Mama Salone due to the blatant mismanagement and misappropriation of our country’s natural wealth that has led to the retrogression of national development. Therefore, if Sierra Leone should develop, we should fight corruption collectively irrespective of our partisan differences because the victims of corruption are the ordinary impoverished Sierra Leoneans while the looters of our wealth, their families, relatives, spouses and friends live opulent lifestyle.

 

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