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RESIGN-TO-RUN: “WHAT ARE” GOING ON?
In my favourite Radio Democracy advert, a vehicle starter cranks lazily without the engine coming alive. Mrs Konduwa, the lady on her way to get married makes a desperate cry: “Lord ‘ave mercy, na Reverend don call so. For say nar true da woman talk? A day forty a nor day marade. Dis motoka nor gri start. Alphajor attributes this unfortunate situation to “Black man juju”. Enter Vamboi, the only Mende man with dignity and quarity” who amidst the melee exclaims: “What are going on? Na dis motoka nor gri start. Di battery pwel. “Kiye, shouts Vamboi, Dem battery bin don die long tem. Nar dat make burial team bin day look for dem. Vamboi then brings his AC Delco battery only sold at S.A. Beckley, which on one crank brings the engine alive. Everyone heaves a big sigh of relief. Mrs Konduwa finally gets wed.
Some problems like the election resignation one may seem intractable but they could actually have simple solutions. I’ve often wondered why Mrs Konduwa (Why did they call the unmarried woman Mrs Konduwa?) did not just take a taxi to Church?
Last week we saw a host of candidates resign their jobs to run for the Presidential elections. These included mainly ruling party apparatchiks. The first was “Clean as a whistle ” Alpha Kanu, followed by Ambassadors to China and Iran, Alimamy Petito Koroma and Alimamy Kamara respectively, Ex Agriculture Minister Sam Sesay and Bank Governor Keifala Marrah. These resignations have been accompanied by veiled threats to those who are suspected to have similar ambitions but nevertheless want to stay in their jobs. One sceptic even equated it to wanting to go to heaven and asked: “You wan go heaven but you nor wan die?”. Legal luminaries have sparred over this-the most noticeable being PMDC Leader Charles Margai against the constitutional expert from the Law Officers’ Department, Mr. Farma on Radio Democracy. Both gentlemen made compelling arguments-Charles Marg