30, 2016 -
Rehearsal of Sierra Leone's neck-tie party as the rat
and his cronies prepare to hang those convicted by a
compromised not fit for purpose judiciary.
Its another Sunday, a Holy Day in the
Christian calendar that witnesses those of the faith
attending places of worship, mainly churches, to give
thanks to the Good Lord for His mercies and to ask for
divine intervention into problems, both personal and
global that would make life worth living.
Among those who would be attending
could be found members of the rat's cabal whose main
reason for making their way into churches is to con
their way into positions of respectability using
ill-gotten wealth, stolen from the coffers of the
Some would even dare to stand in front
of the faithful to perform certain functions ranging
from such earthly titles like Grand Chief Patron to
whatever flowery and meaningless title that should see
them parting with envelopes containing a part of the
wealth stolen from the people.
Some would even dare manipulate their
way into the functions of churches where they would be
called upon to preach the Word to an unsuspecting
congregation and who among whom would be some who would
be wondering what the House of the Lord had become.
Among them would be the rat's minister
who has taken upon himself the role of ensuring that the
long dormant gallows at the central prison at Pademba
Road in Freetown is oiled and made ready for planned
executions, one Palo Conteh, a former operative of the
feared Military Intelligence Branch, the MIB.
The MIB where Palo Conteh, a relation
of the then President Joseph Saidu Momoh was an arm of
the repressive setup that took upon itself not only the
role of weeding out perceived enemies of the one party
state of the APC, but made it a duty to kidnap and take
into custody civilians that individuals and party
officials had an axe to grind with. Intimidation and
torture were just a part of the modus operandi that
would end with victims being forced to admit to crimes
they never knew about but which nonetheless made it a
tool for getting selected victims to suffer death at the
gallows at the central prison in Freetown.
As we had stated before, the hanging
ceremony was a party affair where on the day/night
decided upon, key functionaries of the APC party would
be invited to watch the hanging of those
the compromised courts
obeying the orders of the APC party, would order dead.
No expense was spared. Free drinks of every type were
provided and food was in abundance. It was a celebration
as prison officials, including the Director of Prison
and his top officials were forced to play central roles.
The hanging theatre at the Pademba
Road central prison contains one single trap door
through which the condemned slipped as their body weight
ensured that their spinal cord gets separated from the
brain in the countdown to another life snuffed out by
Sources close to the central prison
say as there was only one set of trap doors there's an
hour's pause between the condemned. When on 7th October
1989, the Supreme Court rejected the appeals of former
Vice President Francis Misheck Minah and others, the
government of the day then wasted no time in carrying
out the executions which started at midnight of 7th
October and ended at 6am on 8th October with three
members of the Kaikai family including one demoted
Police top gun, one Gabriel Tennyson Kaikai and one
soldier from Makeni Conrad Iniss.
The speed with which the executions
were carried out surprised many and as news filtered
into town that the former Vice President and the five
others condemned with him were facing the gallows, a
kind of unease spread throughout the capital.
Those were days that left quite a blot
on Sierra Leone's human rights record and it was a
silent prayer on the lips of many that such cruel way of
snuffing the life out of political and other criminal
elements would be at an end with the necessary education
and support that would see those prone to wrong-doing
being given the necessary counselling and direction.
No official hanging was acknowledged
by the APC government since then and just as human
rights activists were hoping that the death penalty
would be removed from the books comes a rallying cry
from someone who people claimed is a UK-trained lawyer,
his Chambers and practice still to be revealed. A really
UK-trained lawyer gloating over the prospect of hanging
people, feeling pleased with himself that somebody's
life is to be violently snuffed out? Spare people the
Pallo Conteh has now thought it fit to
tell the whole world that he was getting ready to start
another round of executions and was photographed at the
central prison overseeing a dress rehearsal for the
execution of the condemned as he boasted that he had
instructed prison officials to oil and make ready the
gallows. Under normal circumstances such action, if
deemed necessary is done behind closed doors and not as
a photo opportunity.
That he would have dared to do this
would mean only one thing. The rat and his cabal have
already decided on the people to be hanged and this show
of premeditated gore and life-taking could have been
given the okay from the highest level - State House.
This is a part of
a report that
encapsulates it all -
"Sierra Leone’s Internal Affairs Minister Paolo Conteh
has told a local radio in Freetown that the death
penalty should be reactivated for people found guilty of
murder in order to curb gang violence.
Sierra Leone still has the death penalty by hanging for
those found guilty of murder and treason. But no one has
been put to death since 1998.
“I have given instructions to the prison officers to
clean and ready the tools and machines used to kill
people, as reckless killing is on the increase. We have
lost a lot of people through reckless killing and ended
wasting resources feeding such prisoners for several
years. This is unacceptable,” the minister told Radio
Democracy in the capital Freetown.
The minister’s comments come in the midst of an increase
in gang and political violence in the country.
Last week, two Sierra Leoneans were sentenced to death
by hanging after they were found guilty of murdering a
popular radio DJ in Freetown.
Conteh, who is also a retired major in the country’s
military, said the death penalty will scare others who
think taking others lives carelessly is justifiable.
“It’s in the bible, an eye for an eye. Our local people
say kill a dog in front of another to know that death is
real,” the Minister said.
Imagine that it you will.
There was a time when the business of
the prisons department was under the portfolio of the
Ministry of Social Welfare and so found it strange that
an Internal Affairs minister should take it upon himself
to usurp the role of another ministry.
Well, under the
rat, lawlessness on their behalf is good. On behalf of
others it is bad.
We have been receiving reports of some
groups of extremely violent gangs calling themselves
"cliques" or what have you - groups who have seen
state-sponsored violence given free reign and who could
have taken the cue that as long as you are in the good
books of the powers that be, its back to the AFRC/RUF
days of "Kill Man No Law".
The cliques could have seen the rising
number of deaths from the guns of Munu's repressive
paramilitary police, the OSD. This armed wing of the APC
has been implicated in a number of extrajudicial
killings - from the Bo violence, through the Bumbuna
protests to the Wellington and Kabala murders with none
of the killers brought to justice.
The murder of the former
retired police officer Conteh and
his wife remains fresh in the minds of
relations and the public and yet no arrests were made.
The brutal murder of one Mustapha and
his female companion remain on the records and despite
promises of an impartial and thorough investigation,
gang member Munu has not lifted a finger to bring the
killers to justice. Could members of the so-called
clique have been involved?