SIERRA LEONE: PARLIAMENT APPROVED NOMINEES, BUT QUALIFICATION CONTINUE TO CLASH WITH UPRIGHTNESS
By Mahmud Tim Kargbo
Centre for Research Documentation Policy Studies and Development of Law
4 Lamina Sankoh Street
25th January 2017
It’s very clear that Sierra Leone is terribly poor because it continue to get terrible bad governance.
At a closet degree, it’s very clear why Sierra Leone keep on doing so badly since independence to date. The truth is witnessing a Parliamentary sitting where Presidential nominees for social positions of trust are suppose to be professionally screen out especially at the cure t deplorable economic conditions, but only face scores of blind praises; its become very clear for an objective and patriotic national not to see any conceivable supposition option and this claims is consistent with the conventional wisdom about the causes of comparative development.
The brutal truth we continue to grapple with is our past and current government’s can’t simply distinguish between the political and economic incentives they don’t know how these are generated by institutions in political and economic environments to match with concrete development that will improve the lives of all nationals. From independence to date, we continue to get a succession of politicians that has little concern or inducement in providing the most fundamental equipments required that can lead our country to flourish as per our natural wealth and population. The main reason for this is that our past and current leaders are ruling the country using the political strategy of Patrimonialism, and the general lack of transparency and accountability of the political class and others in social positions of trust continue to lead us to a very high degree of corrupt governments that takes exorbitant amount of tax money from the citizens.
The vague memory bestowed that when new people are appointed to social positions of trust they are going to create any positive change under this current government is a myth. Years of experience under this government shows that when new people are appointed in social positions of trust, the new ones make little or no differences from the old ones they succeed. Objective critics would find it very difficult to believe for a second emphasis should be put on the personality, but on the system itself. This is because the very best of men brought in to a bad system will become bad before long. So if the system doesn’t change the result will always be the same.
All five Presidential nominees for social positions of trust were well praised by The House of Parliament (Dr. Zubairu Kaloko, Sulaiman Borbor Kabba, Mr. Johansen, Mrs. Walker and Mr. Bakarr), but am specifically concern with some of the comments made by certain MPs. Let’s critically look at these words:
“Sierra Leoneans are appointed to respective social positions of trust with background of successive stories, but when their appointments are endorsed by Parliament to perform base on this ground they fail us”.
– [ ] Is our Parliament exposing itself here to be a weak and inefficient Parliament in terms of checking the excesses of the Executive Arm of government, the Judiciary and other government departments?
“I don’t know much about the other nominees, I know they’re not appointed because of their good looks it’s because of their excellent performance”.
– [ ] Is it right for a MP to make a blanket statement about the performance of nominees she knows nothing about? Is this a testament that our MPs are lacking research materials to determine both the capacity and integrity of Presidential nominees?
“Joining my colleagues in expressing their sentiments about the nominees said Hon. Ibrahim Bundu, majority leader in Parliament”
He went on summarising a Policy statement from President Koroma:
“Integrity shouldn’t only be displayed in public offices. It should be displayed in all works of life. When hardworking diasporas send monies to build houses etc do not squander it. Doing so means lacking integrity”.
Such information continue to bedevils our country. Sierra Leone we all know was named the Athens of Africa. Today where is it? Those without integrity has taken it away. Sierra Leone is where people used to visit for professional discipline trainings. Gradually, jokingly in this country we have being toying with integrity. Someone will be embezzling governments money because he’s your relative you play the cover up game for him. That’s integrity question.
These people were nominated based on their qualifications. Once we endorse people who are wealthy we no longer care for integrity. We see people who have rubbed this country broad day light robbery we endorse them to positions of trust. There’s a popular saying that: “When you lose your wealth you lose nothing. When you lose your integrity you lose everything”.
Up to 1964, Sierra Leone currency was higher to the US dollar. In 1964, when the country’s currency was changed it was two leones to one British pound. We toy about thievery and call it all types of names with the intention to justify it. We’ve witnessed people converting family members monies to their personal gains and if you can do that to your family members how about governments. The abject poverty that we are witnessing today when I was touring the Shandon Minerals I saw people buying fuel from those working in the very company and we laughed about it. That’s lacking integrity right there. You’re destroying development. When public officials embezzle money they say they are getting “mass mass”, when a politician live a luxurious life they say he’s corrupt.
If you want to come and lead this country please come with your integrity certificate because Sierra Leoneans are watching. Nominees with all your qualifications without integrity you will fail the people of this country once again just like previous failures”.
– [ ] Not just quoting quotable quotes, but nationals would be please with a proper strategic management to ensure that Parliament live up to its obligations in wisely protecting tax payers monies. As it stands, they are yet to convince nationals that they’re performing this role professionally. A Parliament that failed to press for the concrete implementation of a professional Auditor General Report that exposed the very rots in all sectors of governance as part of its responsibilities can be squarely blame for failing its citizens.
– [ ] It’s also very important to remind the Hon. Ibrahim Bundu that he once told the people of Sierra Leone that they have concrete evidence to substantiate that government officials are inflating the cost of their international trips and he promised citizens that Parliament will indict government officials that fall within this bracket. Till date, we are yet to see anything fruitful from his promised.