6, 2016 - We always knew we were right - that the
so-called austerity measures were never intended to be
implemented. That the shady deals would still go on,
hyper-inflated vouchers would still be manufactured and
paid and travels at state expense would continue.
We stated before and will say it again.
The so-called austerity measures announcement was just
that - an announcement by the smoke and mirrors exponent
at State House, the rat.
It was the usual calculated
deception to show international financial institutions
that those fiddling with the country's finances meant
business in curbing the excessive unbudgeted and
reckless spending that has become an integral central
core of the nation wreckers' plans to scrape and steal
every morsel their thieving paws can lay hands on.
Kindly recall that among the austerity
measures was this -
•Restrict all overseas travels and
rationalize delegation sizes.
Believe this and you are
likely to believe that the moon is made of cheese
manufactured at the rat's college of science and
technology and all things mechanical.
Take a careful
look at the cabal members recent movements and you would notice that the
nation wreckers are still jetting all over the globe on
one excuse or another.
Why was the rat in Nigeria recently to
deliver what his hirelings called a keynote address?
What was so keynote about that address that it could not
have been delivered by Sierra Leone's diplomatic mission
in that country?
The size of the delegation that was
with the rat remains unknown as State House officials
would not want the public to know how much money was
wasted on that unnecessary trip.
Among those who
attended that so-called keynote-address scenario, you
could not find one sitting Head of State. All those who
had darkened the doors of a Presidency were former
rulers including former President Olusegun Obasanjo were
present but serious development-inclined figures like
Kagame of Rwanda sent a representative.
The rat was the
only sitting President who, after announcing his
so-called austerity measures went to Nigeria taking along a yet-to-be-disclosed
delegation size and composition and most of all - why
they were there. There's a picture in one of the online
publications of Nigeria,
Bella Naija, which
gave an indication of the size of the delegation that went to Nigeria.
This is just an indication and does not show others who
could have gone there for the ride and the daily
allowances that are paid out in foreign exchange, the
It is worth noting this observation by
one Dr Julius Spencer (a genuine PhD holder) and
one-time Cabinet minister in the government of President
Ahmad Tejan Kabbah after the
austerity measures announced by the rat. Writing in the
Sierra Leone Telegraph
he states -
"The two most telling items on the list,
however, that to my mind amount to a clear admission of
mismanagement are the one that signals a restriction on
overseas travels and rationalization of delegation sizes
and the one about eliminating double payments of
pensions and salaries.
Coming so soon after the hue and
cry over the size of the government delegation to the
recent UN General Assembly where some of the members of
the delegation spent some time dancing “sen am go dong”
on the streets of New York, that line in the government
statement is a clear admission that government
delegations in the past have not been properly
To make matters worse, the Minister of
Information was on radio recently saying that now any
minister wanting to travel will have to justify to
Cabinet the need for the trip and what the country
stands to benefit. I was surprised to hear that because
I thought that this process was in place, since that was
what was in operation when I was a minister.
while I was a minister, you had to submit a Cabinet
paper and defend it, and on your return, you had to
submit a report to Cabinet on the trip, clearly
outlining the benefits to the country.
It is clear that
this procedure was abandoned at some point and is only
now being reinstated. I hope it will become a permanent
feature of government procedure now.
I notice also that
the government statement only talks about per diem for
local travels being cut by 50% which indicates that per
diem for international travel will not be affected. I
wonder whether the system of using the UN daily
subsistence rate that was in place while I was a
minister is still in operation or whether it had been
carried this as a part of the rat's address, an address
that could have been delivered by a representative of
the High Commission of Sierra Leone to Nigeria -
"He said his government had
taken great steps in supporting youth empowerment
through entrepreneurship, including establishing the
Ministry of Youth Affairs, with a mandate to addressing
challenges faced by young people in Sierra Leone.
further told the gathering that he also appointed a
youth to man the ministry, plus the appointment of
several youth into cabinet positions.
He concluded that
it was the sacred duty of political and economic leaders
to continue working together and eliminating road blocks
to development in Africa, thus encouraging the young
entrepreneurs to be steadfast."
The rat failed to
mention the involvement of disillusioned youths of
Sierra Leone in political violence and crime and that
his government had already condemned a number of them to
the gallows while leaving state-sponsored killers in the para-military OSD
police to commit extra-judicial killings as
was witnessed in the murder of
Musu Conteh whose
only crime was to stage a peaceful demonstration against
working conditions at a mine believed to have poured
quite some amount into the paws of the rat.
There are speculations that the rat
could have hurried off to Nigeria in the wake of
the legal action
brought against him by his former Vice President Sam
Sumana to the
ECOWAS Court of Justice
to explore means of softening any blow that could emerge
from this line of action.
Already a number of fly by night
charlatans claiming to know how to interpret the law
have been demonstrating their rabid ignorance of case
law quite believing that wishful thinking is equivalent
to the words in legal documents.
The hapless and compromised members of
the Supreme Court allowed themselves to be slaves at the
behest of the rat throwing away all their years of
experience in law and raising questions about their past
conduct in the performance of duties to which they had
taken an oath to defend.
Supreme Court's decision
of giving legality to an illegal and unconstitutional
act for which the rat should have been tried in court
was a disgrace that will always be a blot on the
reputation of Sierra Leone's highest court.
Kindly take a look at some sections of
the opening lines of the presentation made by lawyers on
behalf of the sacked elected Vice President and why the
matter was being taken to the ECOWAS Court of Justice.
v. The failure of Sierra Leone to
provide an effective remedy for the violation of the
rights of the Applicant has necessitated the Applicant’s
resort to the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice and
viii. The ECOWAS Court is empowered to hear cases in
which domestic courts had given judgments.
This is not the first time that Sierra
Leone is being dragged before the regional Court of
In one instance, the rat's government hurriedly
paid out money it was said to owe a certain Lebanese
businessman over the acquisition of a patrol boat. This
boat, more of a phantom than not has never been seen on
the waters of Sierra Leone nor has it ever been seen in
photos but there was then Information minister Ibrahim
Ben Kargbo defending the need to make a payout as soon
as they can.
Interestingly, the self-imposed and
unelected rat's Vice President knows only too well the
story behind that boat and a certain Mr Mohammed Wanza when the
Tejan Kabbah government at the time refused to pay.
Then there was the case of sacked
police officer Tahib Bah on whose behalf the Court had
ordered the government to pay him money for his illegal
dismissal by the government of Sierra Leone.
The Decision of the open Court
dated 4th May 2015 was in the presence of the following
judges. 1- Hon. Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke –
Presiding 2- Hon. Justice Micah Wilkins Wright – Member
3- Hon. Justice Hameye Foune Mahalmadane – Member
Assisted by Aboubakar Diakité - Registrar.
The judgement stated in part -
...the Applicant in this case, has suffered, pain, mental,
psychological trauma and deprivation. Indeed as
expected, dismissal carries with it some measure of
infamy and stigma and deprives the individual the right
or benefits accorded by the employment and society at
large. It is therefore not surprising that having been
dismissed, though wrongly.
In the Courts view, the
Applicant was rightly rejected at the election on the
grounds of being unfit for Public Office. Above all,
having been dismissed from employment, the Applicant has
remained unemployable because no one is expected to
engage a dishonest employee.
All these damages suffered
by the Applicant are direct as well as foreseeable
consequences of his wrongful dismissal in violation of
his right to fair hearing as guaranteed by Art 7 (1) of
the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.
the avoidance of doubt, at this stage of development of
International Human Rights Law regime, persons,
including States, must be careful with regard to the
treatment of their nationals or citizens and other
individuals within their territorial jurisdictions.
Where their acts or omissions towards such persons
violate their rights as enshrined in international
instruments, an international tribunal, such as ours,
will have no alternative than to hold them answerable
for the wrongs.
The era of gross impunity by Member
States and their Governments in our sub-region shall no
longer be tolerated.
In this direction, having regard to
Article 4(g) of the Ecowas Revised Treaty which empowers
the Court to apply the African Charter on Human and
Peoples Right, more particularly Article 7(I) on the
Right to fair hearing and having regard to findings of
fact made herein, the Court decides that the Plaintiff
has established that his dismissal by the Defendant from
its Police Force is illegal, null and void and of no
effect, having been done without giving the Applicant a
hearing in violation of Article 7(I) of the African
Charter. Accordingly, the Court DECLARES:
(I) That the dismissal of the Applicant from the Police
Force of the Defendant in 1994 and confirmed on 3rd June
2013, is illegal, null, void and of no effect as it
violates the Plaintiff’s right to fair hearing enshrined
in Article 7 of the African Charter on Human and
((II) Orders the Defendant to reinstate the Applicant in
his appropriate position in the Police Force of the
Defendants and pay him all outstanding salaries,
benefits, entitlements, including promotion.
(III) Directs the Defendant to pay the Applicant the sum
of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand US. Dollars ($ 250,000.00)
as general damages for the wrong occasioned by their
The Defendant shall bear the costs of this Action and
the Chief Registrar is directed to assess the costs,
taking into account the relevant provisions of Article
66-69 of the Court’s Rules of Procedure.
The government of the rat, the
Defendant, remains in breach of
this order even after paying out millions of dollars for
a patrol boat it had never set eyes on.