RANDOM MUSING: May 2017 Be Rough for Us.

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In the midst of our economic fog and descent into bleak house in slow motion, I had planned to reflect in absolute silence as 2016 gave way to this New Year. I mean we all know that we have a messed-up country and are equally aware that the damage is phenomenal, so the annual charade that surrounds the festive period is for me, very disheartening because of the sheer hypocrisy of it all.  I’m sure...

Here we go again – Thunder In Paradise: Episode 2

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“We rode over what they have called the longest bridge in the world, which is over 40 kilometers and these are all inspirational visits. They have inspired me to work very hard on seeing the commencement of the Mamamah project”. President Koroma, on his recent visit to China. There you have it. A grand failure to learn to be pragmatic. An illustration of what I mean by money or fantasy projects...

Here we go again – Thunder in Paradise: Episode 1

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You can’t kill the dead, can you? One of our problems is that having outsourced virtually our very existence to other cultures’ understanding frameworks, our society has now funked; as it slithers down the slope of poverty in both the spiritual and economic kind. Cause and effect doctrine. However, watching the slow death of critical thinking and public honesty; as well as the boldness...

Part 2 – A Country of Pain and Penury: Let’s Face The Real Issues

K&P
As more and more programmes for the agenda for austerity, oops; sorry, I mean prosperity, are rolled out by the government and my mind wonders to the goings-on in Sierra Leone, my silent prayer is that may the God that designed us with a thinking box, not be the same One that deactivates it. The panic and painful mixing of the proverbial oil and water, after the government had for long disconnected...

A Country of Pain and Penury – Busted Beyond Repairs?

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma waves to supporters after voting in the capital Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week. The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘Thank You’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door. The same scenario...

PART 2: The Criminalisation of Critical Thinking.

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One of the huge elephants in the room of our national existence is the fact that for so long our cockroach (the nation) has been willing to dance in the open market place but the fowl (the political class) will not allow it. Notorious for its devouring appetite, the fowl creates nothing and operates independent of the cockroach, feeding off it and yet giving nothing back to the society. Our political...

The Criminalisation of Critical Thinking.

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“Development is a tough process and prosperity does not come on a silver platter.” These two things require effective collaboration and perseverance, not “layback theoretical prescriptions” and “half-hearted political grandstanding” – (President Ernest Koroma at the official launching of the Freetown Containers Terminal Extension Project 14/10/16) This was the same President Koroma who...

Dancing On a Roulette Wheel as Future Problems Germinate Before Our Eyes.

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Came back from a West African tour to the increasing discourse about the national economic realities; as our hustlers’ paradise begin to unravel. That mighty white elephant in the room that some of us had laboured to draw attention to, but for which we were labelled as anti-government; opposition supporters; rabble rousers; attention seekers and even liars. When the government refused to keep it...

World Without End

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Paolo Conteh, Minister of Internal Affairs I listened to Palo Conteh, the Minister of Internal Affairs, shooting from the hips in an interview in which he was literarily telling the world, with all the glee of a grim reaper, to go to hell; as Sierra Leone will soon hasten the despatch of anyone sentenced to death for drawing blood from another person. Fair enough, on the face of it, he has a good point...

The Stench Of Injustice 2: The case of Professor Ibrahim Abdullah.

Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah
Embattled Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah At the root of governance failure and political dysfunction of Sierra Leone today, is the persistent deviation from truth and justice. The lack of these benchmark symbols, undermine the very credibility of those in a government which seems to have elevated indiscipline and injustice in public life. But as tomorrow looms large on the horizon of Sierra Leone’s destiny,...

The Stench Of Injustice

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I can’t believe this madness! I just cannot believe it! What is this? What is happening to us as a people? When will reason, which has long gone out of stock, make a return to the shelves of our subconscious? Even denial has an endpoint. Like everything else, when faced with public relations disaster, or when their rattling cupboard gets exposed, our leaders who know that putting on the cloak of...

Our Moral Corruption Is Worse Than Financial Corruption

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You know something, while the chatter all across the country on shop floors, in markets, within business circles, and in classrooms and beer parlours as well as gatherings of compatriots in the Diaspora, is about the current state of Sierra Leone, I have come to an inescapable conclusion that for whatever reasons, politics has turned us all to China phones that only make unnecessary noise. Frankly,...

The Conjunctivitis of Our Leaders Cannot Make Them See the National Meningitis.

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When national discourse deliberately uses soft words to hide hard crimes or impunity, then you know that as a society, you are up the proverbial creek with no paddles. This is what manifests as corruption and the evolution of a country of hustlers per excellence. ight now, our politics is constitutionally immoral and unbelievably depressing simply because some of the utterances emanating from our leaders...

The Bugle Call: Fix What is Wrong and Everything Else Will Fall into Place.

EBK
Any masquerade that fails to respect its limits will have its veil removed. This unvarnished truth is coming out more forcefully in Sierra Leone’s existence as depicted by the socio-political inanities of the country today where life just having been what it used to be. I mean how funny can it get when a responsible administration celebrates receiving money from foreign bodies and organisation after...

For Crying out Loud, Let’s Collectively Change The Script

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You know something? It appears that we are in for a ride again as the clock ticks towards the next election. Why? Because, too many of us are smirking when we should be raging. We are behaving like a cat with arthritis, hobbling along the carriages of a train at the edge of a cliff and hoping that someone builds a bridge before we hit the gorge. We are now a people yet to come to terms with certain...