AHEAD OF 2018 GENERAL ELECTION SIERRA LEONE WILL FINALLY SINK IF WE CHOOSE THE WRONG LEADERS
By Mahmud Tim Kargbo
Centre, for Research Documentation Policy Studies and Development of Law
4 Lamina Sankoh Street
14th February 2017
Think of a country where the Auditor General Report isn’t taken seriously, where the country is grappling with $ 1.40 billion debt, where the majority of its people are in abject poverty, where the democratic institutions are control by unspecified powers from above, where the Legislative Arm of Government cannot check the excesses of the Executive Arm of Government and other national or democratic institutions, where justice is meant for the selected few, where social service deliveries are nothing to write home about, where the population is not well fed, where education, youth unemployment and health are rapidly deteriorating and where corruption is given a safe heaven to thrive in an unhindered manner. That country is Sierra Leone and the selected few continue to be very deceitful to say we are prospering as a nation.
In many cases, the lack of true success in Sierra Leone and the majority of our people is spellbound in our leaders lack of means to recognise the factor of their uninterrupted falling in to corruption and adversity. When our leaders identify their frail points or those causes that decelerate genuine development in Sierra Leone, there is the possibility, assuming the leaders of our society are sincerely determine in concretely advancing Sierra Leone forward in a number of tangible ways, to seclude and destroy such minuses, in every place that they’re existing, as an intrinsic process in advancing Sierra Leone forward. The hard but uncomfortable truth we are grappling with is we shame ourselves and humanity by the treatment of those who we have, rightly and at times wrongly, consigned to our social positions of trust. Positions that need to uphold the ethical values of our land as stated in our legal books and move Sierra Leone positively forward, are changed to a pit where the negative is multiplied and our society is eventually paying a high price for allowing evil to flourish.
Current and past failed leaders would have us to believe that it’s better for your political party, your friend, relative, regionally connected man or your tribes man to be the President of Sierra Leone in the coming elections. This is not the quintessential leader for this unique tough time on earth that Sierra Leone needs, this is the time in which old paradigms of failure are to be question and we must see outside the box if we intend to succeed. Sierra Leone needs a leader, that can help us to understand that each of us is, in fact, confined by ‘the box’ by our past and current leaders since independence to date which is nothing more than our own self compelled restrictions. Therefore we want a potential leader that has what it takes to lead us out by sharing real and raw experiences of great successes and painful losses from his own life and skillfully guide us to wake up from the more than half a century deteriorating condition that lies within the poor leadership qualities of our past and current leaders. To realise this, we need NO terrible political party loyalty that continue hold us back by only developing the selected few, but loyalty to Sierra Leone. After all, if Sierra Leone is in a good economic shape it will benefit all nationals.
In fulfilment of the fact that the once Athens of Africa (Sierra Leone) gadget presently dwell in the buttocks where even the most pessimistic had visualised it to be, it’s but fitting to concentrate on issues that continue to hold us back as a nation rather than concentrating on petty issues often designed and executed by our rogue people in social positions of trust to prevent us from properly rationalising their wickedness against the majority of our people. This article like most of my articles, is principally geared at identifying the arrowheads amongst our numerous minuses which contributed most negatively to keeping Sierra Leone in the back woods where we now find her. Since independence to date, the real suffering for the people of Sierra Leone is that whilst some pick-pockets, small time thieves are laying down and rolling about in our jail houses, the big criminals who rape the strange machines blind, plundering the treasury and wash and iron their plunder in foreign territories and support overflow cruelty in a violent manner to hold unto political power are escorted around our severely poor, illiterate and unhealthy people, with unpaved or poorly paved streets in siren blaring convoys, maiming and killing fellow nationals through their actions directly or indirectly at will. For those nationals who are completely overwhelmed with citizenship of Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone political device simply ought to be reorganise and negotiated again.
To potentially complete sound results rapidly and accurately in Sierra Leone, the new leader to succeed President Koroma must be placed in the middle, invigorate, upright, and obligated. Quality performance teamwork is divinely inspired by leaders who ascend and exhibit sincere enthusiasm, convincing, and firm decision, not doubt. As Gandhi put it, we must be the change we want to see in the world. We must lead by fearless example and demonstrate the innovative behaviours we want to see in others. The reality is with the right leader, all Sierra Leoneans possess the role to be innovative and make Sierra Leone a wonderful place for all nationals. We all get the ability to tap into our resources and turn on the financial taps perfectly on to live through financial flow and massively reduce abject poverty in our land.
Halt for a moment and question yourself how you get placed in the middle at the beginning of each day in a country where the majority of those occupying our social positions of trust are only fighting to amass wealth illegally and massively oppress the majority. Are you starting your day with fear and accentuate, stimulated by the morning news or a relentless “to do” list? Or is there time each morning for a characteristic shower, via quiet reflection and deep thought? Many Sierra Leoneans wouldn’t think over beginning the day outside a physical shower. We get up and permit time for this usual thing that we are used to doing. Are we allowing the similar time for an intellectual and passionate wash? Personally I do. I dedicate at least 1 to 2 hours every morning for reflection and deep thought. And I pick to begin my day in peace not panic or paranoia. The most essential ways to successfully address serious national challenges is asking the question “What if?” What if we try this? What if we change that? What if we arrange things in a different manner? What if we stop doing some of the wasteful things we are doing? These are questions of playful chance, not disapproval and act of judging. The unseal mind is pensive. The restricted mind is doubtful, analytical, and judgemental. There is a time for sowing and a time for reaping. And our potential leaders must know the difference since our past and current leaders, as a result of their selfish gains, deliberately failed to understand this difference. Nothing destroys a good idea quicker than a restricted mind.
The fact is the current government has so many of chances to increase in quality or enhance, to change in condition good thought into great outcome. The real difficult and stimulating task is not in discovery of sufficient concepts or projects; it is in restricting the number of projects to a important small number that seriously significant. A single significant project can be more important than 90-100 lack of consequence projects. Too many projects and ideas spread without prior planning allover this current government lead to big addition or value in the pockets of the selected few, but never lead to sincere positive change that truly benefit the majority who continue to swim in abject poverty more than before. The genuine possibility is in the gaps and in the connection amid the duties, where no one is observing. Find one long enough lever, and you can move the world.
The positive analysis of the Auditor General Report should have be the stage where things change and begin again for this current government in sincerely addressing issues of social service deliveries for the bulk of the country’s population and massively reduce abject poverty in the lives of the majority. The comprehensive auditing process revealed significant opportunity for this government in using tax payers monies wisely by addressing the concerns of the majority as per our laid down rules and regulations. The Auditor General Report neatly summed the whole government financial transaction together and connected the dots to ensure that citizens monies are responsibly handled by those charged to do so. The problem is most of these government projects are/were not single department projects. They are/were bold “systems” projects requiring cross functional participation from multiple Government Ministries and government agencies , levels, competencies, and disciplines. Which if genuinely implemented within half a year later, the majority of our citizens should have experience deep national positive change in their lives and the country.