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Vol 9 No 1

The tendency sometimes to protect perpetrators for the sake of peace...doesn't help society. Impunity should not be allowed to stand. - Kofi Annan on Waki report

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We warned Sierra Leoneans 2 years ago about this SLPP Game plan

Only people who do not know the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP ) will be surprised to hear that the chaos in Bo yesterday was a well-planned and well-orchestrated ploy by the SLPP to gain sympathy from the international community. We have been warning Sierra Leoneans about this since two years ago that the SLPP , knowing how limited they are in human resources to challenge President Ernest Koroma ‘s popularity and achievements , will do everything to provoke violence and frame the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ) to involve the fickle International Community.


Everything happening is according to laid-out textbook -type plan by the SLPP to frame the APC. Remember that they started it in 2009 during that famous chaos at their headquarters in Freetown that was provoked by them , during which the demonic John Benjamin, tried unsuccessfully to use the former U.S. Ambassador, June Carter Perry, to smear the APC Government to the International Community. Knowing the revulsion with which the International Community and the United Nations (UN ) now regards politically-motivated rape and human rights abuses of women, the SLPP coached some women to lie that they were raped by SLPP supporters. It was only when a judicial investigation was launched through the setting up of a committee that the truth was unravelled that the women were not raped. All these tricks being employed by the SLPP are the handiwork of the desperate -for-power and nebulous character, John Benjamin , who believes that by stigmatizing the APC as a violent party he can get the International Community to sympathize with the SLPP and effect regime change in Sierra Leone.

If the SLPP are not depending on violence, they would not have chosen a violent thug and murderer like Maada Bio as their presidential candidate . The move to cheat Wusu BOIE of the flagbeareship in the last minute and hand it to Bio was motivated by the desire to bring in a violent man and somebody who provokes violemce because the SLPP has decided that violence that will frame the APC is the only way. What is surprising is why certain people just cannot get this message.

It is to be hoped that the International Community will not buy into the SLPP game plan and that they wait for all the facts to come in from independent sources on the ground. They need to know that some of the key officials of the Sierra Leone Association For Journalists ( SLAJ ) are pro-SLPP. They showed their true colours recently when a journalist was assaulted .Quickly, without waiting for the facts to emerge, SLAJ floated a statement accusing the Presidential guard and calling for investigations. Interestingly, when three journalists from the AWARENESS TIMES newspaper were brutalized by thugs unleashed on them by the violent Maada Bio, SLAJ response was muted and compromising. This is one of the incidents of double standards by SLAJ that will destroy the organization’s credibility if it is not stopped .

Nor should the International Community take some of our civil society groups seriously. They came into existence during the reign of the SLPP and many of them are pro-SLPP. All these facts attest to the delicacy of the political situation in Sierra Leone and the International Community should avoid making the mistake of jumping to conclusion early when the SLPP and their allies SLAJ and civil society groups start condemning the government. They should make their own objective investigations.

We hope the SLPP will cease all the dirty policking and start practising real and genuine politics.

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