SIERRA LEONE: THE BAD POLITICS OF IGNORING JUSTICE TO THE ORDINARY PEOPLE
By Manmud Tim Kargbo
Centre for Research, Documentation Policy Studies and Development of Law
4 Lamina Sankoh Street
17th February 2017
Imagine a country where the opposition is teaming up with the Executive Arm of Government against the people in unleashing massive terror in the lives of the majority with all the huge minerals and human resources we own as a nation. Imagine the Panama papers Flaws in Sierra Leone’s diamond trade and please add the Auditor General Report to it and sum it up neatly with the facts below.
Thanks so Much.
Now you sincerely know why we need a potential productive leader in Sierra Leone in the coming general elections to disconnect the corruption cables past and current regimes succeeded to wired our country with.
11.9 % of Sierra Leoneans are vulnerable to poverty. 54.7% are in severe poverty and 47.8% are destitute. 11 districts have over 50% of their people in severe poverty. Only Bombali, which has 46.7% of people who are in severe poverty. nine district have over 50% of their people destitute. Kenema is 48.0%, Bo is 45.9%, and Bombali has 40.1%.
Tax exemption and low transparency are hurting Sierra Leone.
Political Parties are essential part of the cause of action of the pattern of behaviour of democracy. Thus, political parties according to IDEA (2000) produce the candidates, set the parameters of issues and agenda within which elections are to be held and they are expected to perform these duties periodically. The functions of a political party were summarised by Carr (cited in Egbewole and Muhtar, 2010) as:
* (i) Stimulating the citizenry to take a greater interest in election and activities of government.
* (ii) Defining political issues of the day and sharpen the choice between alternative paths.
(iii) Presenting candidates who are committed to announce position with respect to issues.
(iv) Majority party provides basis upon which government can be operated.
(V) Accepting responsibility to govern upon winning election.
In addition, Political Parties, according to Huntington (1968), perform the duties of arranging the political system; they work to give form to political process and guarantee that nationals involvement in that cause of action in proper manner; they pursue to furnish a unique communal associate for their supporters, one that is postulated on approval of basic rules of the national political arena. As a result of these functions, Diamond (1997) asserted that:
Political parties remain significant if not fundamental tools for representing political constituencies and concerns of nationals, amassing strong requests and priority, training and exposing new candidate for office with ethical behaviour; genuinely arranging the electoral challenge for power, designing policy choice, organising the policy designing agenda, forming effective governments to address the concerns of the country and its people, and merging ensembles and individuals into the democratic process to address the social challenges of the country not the social challenges of the selected few as it is happening in Sierra Leone since independence to date.
To positively perform these functions, political party leaders should be instructed by unique ideology which will sell them to a central set of electorates and discern them clearly from other political parties.
At this stage, ideology becomes influential parts of political parties. Party ideology, according to Seruton is ethic systems that make sacred the saintliness of contact and promise between them (parties) and electorate; it form the political tenet from which a programme of political actions flow out from and on which basis citizens choose how they will like to be ruled (Sambine, 2004). In one of his write ups, Nnoli (2003) established a view point that ideology is a very essential facet of politics, not only by act of serving as an awareness base for looking at society as a whole and providing a guide to individual action and judgment, but as a sober instrument of conflict management, self identification, popular mobilisation and legitimisation. The party’s policies plus strategies for achieving them and code of conduct for party members are encapsulated in ideology. On this basis, Simbine (2005) posited that parties and their manifestoes need to espouse the ideology on which they plan to run the government in order to give the electorates a clear picture of where the country is heading to and to decide whether or not to work in that direction. Absence of ideology in parties will therefore make it difficult for political parties to harmonise members view on political issues.
Any productive Sierra Leone President will uses presentiment, deep thought, and insight to select thoughts and activities wisely especially when it comes to the area of using tax payers monies and manifesting respect for the laws of the land generally. The question “why?” helps rationally minded leaders around the globe to accurately practice this act of conceiving in the mind routine and build these abilities. Also it assist them reveal important prosperity cause to share their knowledge to their people and get them to work to address social challenges. Unfortunately this isn’t the case for our past and current leaders in Sierra Leone who can only trade negative ideas inside to the majority in our social positions of trust and pretend out side to the people that they have what it take to turn their negative ideas from inside it into great results. This is completely inconsistent with the reality when we take modern days leadership qualities in to consideration because leaders need genuine help, genuine teamwork, and sincere support to effect peaceful positive change from within. So when a leader starts engaging his team inside with deceitful tricks there’s no way such a leader can meet up to his party manifesto.
The reality is, today in Sierra Leone, just like before, genuine change is in many cases faced with uncertainty and act of fighting by the majority of the selected few and their stooges; a great number of them would prefer the status quo and play it safe. The potential Productive leader look to organise a quality team for change, a team of devoted people who are keen to help change foresight into actuality. And those who fail to behave responsibly in addressing this goal face punitive measures not recycling them within the system.
For the potential Productive leader in Sierra Leone to build a team for change that will truly add value in the lives of the people in a number of tangible ways irrespective of tribe, region or failed political party ideologies and affiliations, the potential leader must build on these characteristics:
• Trustworthiness • Bravery. • Creed. • Legal right of possession. • Obligation. • Quality of being accountable. • Sixth sense.
• Enterprise. • Diligence.
Intelligence minus credibility and power to convince fellow nationals is nothing but an act of hiding behind good intention to rogue the people. People must see the value in the idea and believe in it. If a politician construct roads, build democratic institutions, procured buses and ambulances or provide social service deliveries with no value for money or bypassed procurement rules it’s pure criminality. That’s not genuine development but thievery by hiding under good intention to deceive the people as if you care to address their welfare whilst on the other end you’re busy looting their finances to your foreign reserves. Development must be commensurate to physical cash involved in any specific project otherwise it’s not development but thieving tax payers monies under the guise of national development.
The easy way we can assess a potential productive leader in Sierra Leone is we need to do our homework in knowing his credibility and the people he surrounds himself with. We need to take a keen look at our past and current leaders, identify and recognise our own savage reality we experienced from them irrespective of our huge mineral deposit, the good, the bad, and the ugly part of our past and current leaders must always be taken in to keen consideration if we want to elect a true leader that can save our nation and stop th exploitative styles of our current and past leaders. We want to see that potential unique Sierra Leone leader who see the connection between the mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing of fellow nationals and his or her ability to direct positive energy into their various business endeavours for positive national economic growth and massively reduce abject poverty in the lives of the majority. We want a leader that’s very good at shining the light on the prerequisite of a positive outlook on high end success in any work environment in Sierra Leone and stop outright sycophancy. The potential productive leader is the how to guide to get us there. Each of his actions will walks us through a series of thought provoking steps of what if, why, why not, who, how, when, “yeah, but,” so what, and finally now what. His/her actions will show Sierra Leoneans how to turn ideas into not just good words in paper and audios but great actions and results that can add value in the lives of all nationals irrespective of political affiliations, region, tribe or status. Let me say this, it only takes a productive leader not to follow poor footsteps of past and current leaders by understanding that if Sierra Leone is great, it’s great for all nationals.
We need to know what are we blessed with in Sierra Leone and how the potential leader can use our resources wisely in genuinely addressing the plight of the majority? What abilities and aptitudes have the potential leader to change Sierra Leone? Is the potential leader willing to fight corruption with a nationalistic sense of purpose? As a nation, what particular leadership skills are we looking for from the potential leader to overcome more than half a century of poor leadership in Sierra Leone? What help will the potential leader need? What help can we offer shall we continue to perfect wrongs over right and expect Sierra Leone to develop? How best can the potential leader leverage our strengths and offset the limitations of our past and current leaders? More than anything, what is our “altitude” telling us about our past and current leaders patriotic attitudes towards our country and the people? Due to the current wretched standard of living of the majority Is it true that we are precisely where we are supposed to be given the self centred level of thinking of our current and past leaders? Taking modern productive leadership qualities in to consideration, base on our resources in our land, what do we truly believe about what our potential leaders can and can’t do? Why must we think this way about our potential leaders? What mental and emotional programmes are ruling our lives, consciously and subconsciously?
I encourage all Sierra Leoneans to use the mirror as a metaphor to slowly but deliberately ascertain the relationship between what we sow and what we reap from our past and current political leaders taking the manifestos of these political leaders in to consideration. One would quickly sense their high level of deceitful acts against our country and its people and come to the conclusion that they are very good in amassing unexplained wealth leaving the majority of our people suffering in a number of odd ways. The hard but uncomfortable truth is there can be no positive change in outputs without a positive change in inputs. Find the right levers and you can move the world.