THE INDEPENDENT PRESS
- HOW SO? AN INTERESTING EXAMPLE
It's that time again
- the observance of World Press Freedom Day and you can bet your bottom dollar
that many a political mouthpiece parading as "independent" outlets would be
quick to jump on the bandwagon calling for an unfettered press even though some
could be drinking deep from the corruption gourd of their masters at State
House. And you know, there's something about the Fourth Estate - those who are
in it for self-aggrandisement, for the money and perks from those in authority
so that they can paint a picture of things that are far from the truth - soon
get exposed for what they truly are. Unrepentant, belly-waddling, no-shame,
lying and outright slander and libel propagating machines - all for a few
We shall endeavour
not to bore you with these crawling and slimy creatures - two-tongued toads and
vipers of deceit but would want to point you to a corner that would give an idea
of the "philosophy"/mindset of the Ernest Bai Koroma set-up. We present the
interesting case of one "journalist" invented by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma of AFRC
junta fame. Yes, you have it.
The one and only
Essa Thaim Kurugba the overnight "journalist".
Many an internet fan searching for news about the mother country would have been
taken aback by a series of "articles" published on that "news outlet" by this
new member of the 4th Estate, but like all things in life, experience has shown
that patience has its virtues.
Allow us to start with one of them dated
Saturday 9th August 2008 with the
Commisioner Saidu Turay’s emotional farewell message
A moment of silence and nostalgia was felt Wednesday August 6, 2008 at the
Washington International Airport when Commissioner Saidu A. Turay - of
Sierra Leone National Telecommunications-completed the check-in of his
suitcases for the departure back to Freetown. The departing Commissioner
(photo) was sad, sombre and solemn when he turned around to say ciao and
good bye. He walked into our midst and gave the following pep talk by saying
each one of us had faced one or several obstacles in life and that is just
the way life is when one looks at individual life. Comrade Turay stood arms
akimbo and continued to remind us to look at our own lives and measure the
number of times something occurred in our lives that tried to set us back,
bring us down and just make us feel bad.
Jumping the gun are we? OK
let's go to Thursday July 10 where this rather interesting headline stares the
reader full in the face -
The APC Atlanta Chapter Hits Royal Jackpot!
Executives of the APC Atlanta, Georgia Chapter, our able Acting Chairman of
North America (Osman T. Conteh) and the Atlanta Chapter hit a Royal Jackpot
this evening. Those who don’t get to know this prominent and well-known
figure in the Atlanta - Marrow city, his name is Alfred M. Kamara. It’s just
another day for the APC gaining momentum in North America. This Royal
Jackpot (Alfred M Kamara) had today this afternoon unconditionally,
unreservedly and enthusiastically declared his full and satiated support for
the APC Party. He had registered as a full executive member. A little is
known about this man, but believe it or not, this new member of this APC
North America, is a Royal Jack Pot for the Atlanta Chapter.
Still in bewilderment? We pray
that you go through this one for
Thursday July 17, 2008
recent news(the cocaine plane saga) has shocked the entire universe. Does
the Koroma administration need such a political spotlight or has these
political opponents lost their brains?The people of Sierra Leone and their
political leader - President Koroma are blessed. Yes, we are blessed. It
could have being a deadly tragedy in the making (God forbid) if this plane
which was well loaded with arms and cocaine was to get in the hands of these
perpetrators. These are political enemies who apparently loathe peace,
tranquility, serenity and harmony in our nation. Why Sierra Leone? If these
enemies’ drugs and weapon trafficking were to slip through the cracks of our
Defense Ministry, these individuals would have become heroes in our Sierra
Leone political history.
crew in this plane were misguided to a roadmap that will lead them to tell
the world who sent them and why Sierra Leone. The world is asking President
Dr. Koroma, Commander-in-Chief of the Republic of Sierra Leone, leader of
the "APC Party" and Head of State to wholeheartedly do whatever it takes to
know who are these crew mercenaries, who sent them and why Sierra
Leone....and so on and so forth getting to the end with this -
Conclusively, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, descendant of Late Rev.
Sylvanus Koroma, through your royal lineage: May God bless you to keep the
Faith. Continue to uphold your religious beliefs; the people in your country
and all around the world boldly support you and the government. God will
make you prosper rather than some invaders to vainly attempt to override the
progress of our country. God will cause them to miserably fail. May the God
of our fathers bless you and the nation. Knowing God’s anointing is upon
you, the faithfull are praying for you and the nation.
such unbridled drivel, the truth came out. It was quite clear now that this new
invention was being dressed in the false colours of a journalist, Gibril
Gbanabome Koroma style because of this as revealed in the Friday August 15 2008
publication and the headline -
"Why I am vying for the position of Public Relations Officer"
And the "journalist" created by one of his type in deception puts this which he
believes is a "fit for purpose" campaign online
My name is Essa Thaim Kurugba,popularly known as I.T.Kamara and I have been
a real estate consultant for over 12 years. I am a graduate of the Real
Estate Institute with a “GRI” designation - A “Mark of Excellence” in the
real estate profession.
I also co-authored a book in 2001 titled: "Scientific Institution Bows to
Tradition" and in 2008 "Nightmare in Paradise" currently in manuscript form
and ready for publication.
Now here is the
interesting bit. It would seem the job description for the post has already
been made known and from what is written it is so easy to imagine what could
have been on draft of the duties of the post holder
I have the ability to cope with pressure and I am very creative with lots of
initiative; I am an enquiring person, with an analytical mind and an ongoing
interest in current affairs. I am also a persuasive, resilient and confident
And the reason for the items
published by Gibril is now made clear. He even becomes not only a writer, but an
editor and publisher.
I have written, edited and published over fifteen articles in the Cocorioko
and Patriotic Vanguard online newspapers over the past two months.
This piece no doubt is from
the draft of the job requirements of the candidate - something he clearly does
not possess from the start, but soldiers on encouraged by his type.
In my candid opinion, the main reasons for running for the position of
Public Relations (PR) Officer and what I intend to do are as follows:
would like to use all means of communication available to build, maintain
and manage the reputation of our APC North America and all its chapters.
Reputation arises from what you do, say and what others say about you. In
this age of intense competition in all political sectors, I can be the
organization’s greatest asset. My main objective is to manage the reputation
of our political party organization, and all the chapters in North America
in order to gain understanding, support and influence other members’
opinions and behavioral attitudes.
will research and analyze and do a continuous evaluation of our political
organization or campaign strategy.
interviews and focus groups; co-coordinate surveys; research recent reports
and articles; or commission the progress of the North America APC.
and plan campaigns, define goals, analyze problems and opportunities; liaise
with the Chairman and the Chapter presidents.
and edit press releases, in-house newsletters, speeches, articles and annual
reports; maintain and update information on the organization’s website; use
the APC symbol to advertise and maintain the organization’s identity, name
and supervise the production of publicity brochures, handouts, direct mail
leaflets, promotional videos, answer enquiries from individuals, journalists
and other organizations;
Speak at public meetings, press conferences, and do radio and TV interviews.
I will also develop and maintain good working relations with the media,
including local and national newspapers, magazines, radio and television;
to organize special events, such as press conferences, exhibitions, and
community relations through events and involvement in community initiatives.
as a potential candidate, I have shown the evidence of my candidacy and I
need your votes. God Bless.
And then on Sunday August 24, 2008 (Was this
the birth date of the great Bandele?), we saw this
APC-North America elects new executive
A new executive
to run the affairs of the North America branch of the APC has been elected
Saturday at the Mirage Hall, Langley Park, Maryland. These are the newly elected
members of the Executive branch of the APC North America and on and on until the
name - Essa
Thaim Kurugba Kamara (DC.) - Public Relations Officer
And the creator of the fake
journalist Krugba, Gibril Gbanabome Koroma chimed in with
August 24, 2008 -
Congratulations to the new APC-North America executive
We have just received news of the election of a new APC-North America executive
headed by former Acting chairman Osman Conteh of Washington DC.
Apart from Osman, we at the Vanguard know some of the new executive members(they
had graced our pages with some fine writing). There is the feisty and
no-nonsense Essa Thaim-Kurugba, a very good writer well known to our readers(he
is now the Public Relations Officer); there is Mohamed Forna alias Yamba
Lawyer(now the treasurer). Mohamed recently wrote for us a very politically
blunt article on Gbonkolenken. We also know Abdul Kamara, alias Chief(now
General Secretary) another PV contributor and fine writer in his own right.
And before his
election to the post we thought you would like to recall this one from Krugba
Sunday 17 August
My dear Comrades,
I would like to address myself, in this epistle, to all APC members in North
America, and the rest of you in the diaspora, who are too afraid to come out
from the shadows as true APC supporters, and to those who declared for the APC
party after the 2007 general elections maybe just to gain recognition or to the
ones who are really hungry for power.
I am one of the Sierra Leoneans that you are backbiting. I am one of the sons of
the soil that you think are too boorish to know what is best for my political
party. I am one of the little persons that you think have to be led around by
greedy and self centered politicians like you. I am also one of the little
people that, as far as you are concerned, don’t matter in the big scheme of
I am one of the gentlemen that believe in things like moral values, freedom,
kindness, helping others, fair play, courtesy, manners, dignity, respect, caring
for one’s family, etc. I am one of the patriots and I love my country, my people
and my government. I believe in my country and I am proud to be a Sierra
I am fed up with some of you, fed up with your puppets disparaging our
government. When you ridicule the government, you are provoking the nation and
thereby giving fuel to our detractors and enemies. This endangers our APC party,
loved ones and therefore scare
Mission accomplished. Within a
month or so a journalist is created, who goes for a PR job of the ruling party
branch somewhere in the United States and wins it. Why, because his
badly-written pieces were splashed on the internet pages of Gibril Gbanabome
Koroma and his boss in deception "Rev" "Lawyer" "Mariama Massaquoi" Kabs Kanu,
owner of Sierra Leone's version of the Rwandan
So do not be surprised at any
appointments made under the AFRC Mk 2 cabal headed by Ernest Bai Koroma. Like
their predecessors, they will break any rule/protocol, find any excuse to have
things go their way thus making way for items like these
The Koroma administration is firm -
The APC government under the leadership of Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma had nothing to
afraid of. He declared his assets, signed an anti drug law, preached openly
about accountability and transparency. What else? My fellow country men, the
Koroma Administration had nothing to hide nor afraid of any fear. First and
foremost, you would like to ask yourself a question what you will do when fear
shows up in front of your domain. Do you behave like the SLPP supporters who
will run and hide under the covers of life, shivering furiously and anxiously
wait the moment of fear to pass? The Koroma’s Administration will stand up with
the full confident, smile and embrace fear. Our political concerned and answer
to this simple question will have a considerable impact on the level of freedom,
excitement and empowerment the APC government especially, when there was a
clandestine activities on the cocaine trafficking is being experience on a daily
basis by the SLPP government.
The thing to remember is that, all fears and intimidation’s that stood in front
of the APC government’s domain are the fears that the APC government had no fear
to be afraid of! The cocaine revelation was unearthed under the watchful eyes of
the APC government. A drug dealer will not be selling drugs or do business at a
subdivision surrounded with street lights or security lights. The SLPP created a
permanent blackout in Sierra Leone in which other named our country “The Crave
Yard of West Africa”. Immediately the Koroma Administration took office, he
brought in lights, sanitation and defused the nefarious and dissolute activities
of the SLPP.
And when Alusine Sesay (Aloo-loo) got appointed as
Chief of Protocol to replace Sullay Daramy we got this
It is also clear that you took this office at a
time when the country’s top administrative office (State House) needed elites
with academic acumen, representation, prayerful, sympathy and love of the
people. You filled that vacuum with energy, dependability, dedication, and love
of service. You challenged that arduous task with masculine courage. The effort
you put in our country and its work had earned you credibility of
Your willingness to work with the Koroma’s
Administration has transcends all considerations and barriers, which has earned
you an unparalleled character as an honorable Chief of Protocol Officer in
Office of the President. We pray that God continue to give you the courage, long
life, blessings for your family and your country. May God bless you.
And on our very own ambassador to the US the one
and only Bockarie Stevens (Bockay) came this
I was really privileged to meet with H.E. Ambassador Bockarie K. Stevens at the
Sierra Leone Embassy a week before the arrival of His Excellency the Vice
President - Alhaji Chief Sam Sumana and his entourage in the United States.
Before I proceed further with this article, I have to commend the Patriotic
Vanguard newspaper’s editor for the publication of an exclusive interview he had
with The Peoples’ Ambassador. Others may have met H.E. Ambassador Bockarie K.
Stevens briefly, sometimes its good to know an individual better than saying
negative comments about his activities. Again, the New People online newspaper
must stop attacking The Peoples’ Ambassador in North America. H.E. Ambassador
Bockarie K. Stevens(photo) is a man of gentle character. His meteoric rise in
the Koroma Administration had earned him the credibility to be where he is
today. A man of such acumen, shrewdness and good judgment within him possesses
the “Three Ds” in his life, (3 -DDD). He is a Disciplined, Dedicated and
Diligent diplomat who is also a willing and able servant, ready to work for his
people. He always listens when you speak.
This was a man who had been
taken over the coals in the so-called "forums" of...you know them. Topics ranged
How Bockarie was a low-life
cab driver (as if earning your money doing honest work is a crime),
how he was not that educated and all manner of things the administrators of
those outlets using all manner of names can come up with.
Little did they care to find
out that at the time of these unfounded attacks, the man had completed his MA in
Refugee Studies and was already registered at the same University of East London
for a PhD!!!
Here's one more Krugba special
- commenting on the outcome of what could well have been a "fixed" affair
APC-North America Chairmanship: The battle is almost over -
Tuesday 19 August 2008.
By Essa Thaim Kurugba, USA
I strongly, believe, after careful consideration and analysis, that the battle
for the National Chairmanship of the North America branch of the APC is almost
Yes, the contest is almost over. I am not putting across anything here in this
article other than my opinion. Getting feedback from the Philadelphia meeting
which took place on Sunday August 11, 2008 was very helpful. With distinguished
elites and founder members in the APC hierarchy in full attendance, the crowd at
that meeting in Philadelphia was huge and the venue was jampacked.
According to the "Kurugba gallop polls" and surveys carried out within the
respective chapters, the most popular and qualified candidate for the position
for the Chairmanship is Comrade Osman T. Conteh (pictured) and his able
lieutenant Comrade Leslie Allen.
If you've never heard of a
Kurugba Gallop Poll - don't
Hope you enjoyed this one.