* His Utterances Caused Many Deaths During The War
Dr. Julius Spencer has of late been knee-deep in image-cloning, trying to present himself as this saintly guy who manipulated texters to radio stations would want to be President of Sierra Leone – and he, Caesar-like, trying to hide his ambition by saying he was not interested.
Ok, by his own words, he only wants to be a critic, a constructive critic that should be listened to by the government. Could this be a tragic joke?
Julius Spencer, the former theatre arts lecturer who specialized in acting to the point that he virtually presided over the annihilation of Sierra Leone by making himself a larger-than-life Minister of Information under President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah wants to be listened to again? This is a mad joke!
Spencer’s utterances during the war brought this whole nation to its knees. Apart from him being a member of a so-called task force that crammed thousands of ‘collaborators’ in prisons across the country only meant to keep tens, Julius Spencer was the most notorious Minister of Misinformation Sierra Leone has ever had.
When the rebels were marauding villages, mutilating villagers, ransacking towns, sacking others in a most dehumanizing way, Spencer sat in Freetown lying about government forces always being on top of situation. If the rebels attacked a town and took it, Spencer would go on radio to say government forces had re-taken it when in fact they were never near there – this caused people who were hiding in the bushes to come out only to face the wrath of the rebels!
But way before that, Spencer took on his actor paraphernalia to change his name to Joe Williams just so that he would advertently of inadvertently embark on a campaign of calumny and villainy, naming people as ‘collaborators’ to be targeted – so that when indeed the AFRC junta was removed, there was a long list of ‘collaborators’ circulating in the country, with many on that list burnt alive with tyres and petrol.
Thereafter, when the rebels were making a comeback, advancing towards the city, Spencer downplayed the whole scenario, devising the infamous jingle of ‘nar tyre fire so’, instead of telling the people the reality. When the inhabitants of eastern Freetown first heard the rebel shots of the inglorious January 6 invasion, some said ‘nar tyre fire so’, not knowing they had been misled into the dark alley of misinformation that would lead to their untimely deaths.
After the rebels had taken over some parts of Freetown and were right at the heart of Freetown, the people could not bear it any longer and came out to protest around the PZ area, calling for peace. But Spencer said these were rebels after a Nigerian fighter jet bombed them.
Spencer’s effrontery in trying to mislead this nation made him to move with two former ministers to Goderich Street in trying to falsely ascertain that there were no more rebels in the area, only for the two ministers to fall into ambush and got murdered – while Spencer himself escaped in full military fatigues! Or was it a sell-game? Sell-out? You can’t rule out anything!!!
It was Spencer who was at the forefront of saying there should not be any peace talks with the rebels, until the mayhem and destruction had occurred for the SLPP government to belatedly and grudgingly accept to talk peace after Rev. Jesse Jackson had literally extracted and dragged President Kabbah to Lome.
We are waiting for Spencer’s memoirs so we would ourselves take on the role of critiquing it and putting it into context. But for now, we advise him to keep quiet and allow peace, stability and development to reign, rather than writing incoherent articles and going on radio to talk about ‘good governance’. Look who’s talking!
Better to be silent than make mockery of yourself. Those who see him as a hero are definitely in the minority. And the Hinga Norman family would not be in that minority.
All in all, if a Rwandan-style court was set up in Sierra Leone to see how radio journalists helped in destroying their own country, Spencer would have definitely been a candidate.
We wait to hear from the man who loved Nigerian soldiers more than the Sierra Leone Army.
(C) The Torchlight Newspaper