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FCC Acting Mayor Commends Theo Nicol’s Politics

Acting Mayor of the Freetown City Council Mayor, Alhaji Gibril I. B. Kanu, has described the politics played by Theo Nicol as the most decent politics played in the 21st century.

He described the politics of this era as not being played by tribe but by issues surrounding the capability of contenders to serve the municipality. Nevertheless, Mayor Kanu maintained that he is a native of Freetown; as a result he is going to contest the forth coming mayoral election for the Freetown City Council. Furthermore he said the Mayor-ship of Freetown is a position meant to be occupied by those born and bred in Freetown and not just for a set of people who believed their surnames are the machine that is required for the betterment of the municipality rather than their performances and accountability.

He said he was under pressure from people of the Creole community for him not to contest the election because of his surname name, Kanu. He said even at this moment staff of the council are threatening to go on a sit down strike because of their two months salary backlog. He said since he took office in December, 2011, following the indictment by the ACC of the substantive Mayor, Herbert George Williams, he had been paying Council staff every month as early as the 26th or 28th.

He said just because he tried to change the financial structure of the Council the staff decided to join his tribalistic rivals to bring him down.

He said the staff had worked in the Council for five months without salary during the days of the former Mayor, but they did not raise any alarm because he is a Krio. He said since he chose to run for the position Theo Nicol is the only contender that has not thrown any personal attack on him. He said Nicol is one of the few politicians that discussed issues instead of throwing personal attacks on the private lives of their rivals. He stated that Nicol’s politics is a true reflection of his journalistic profession. Furthermore, he said it is this kind of example that must be set in the politics of Sierra Leone, if the country is to develop.

However, the Acting Mayor said he is contesting the election no matter what challenge he may face in the process. He said if he wins it is the will of God. He said the people of Freetown wanted him as a savoir to become the Mayor. Like Nicol, he said he will never quarrel with anyone. Alhaji Gibril Kanu said he is still writing his manifesto which he claims contains the best policies for the development of the Municipality of Freetown. He declared that when he is done, he will be ready to face his fellow contenders like Nicol, in particular, to appropriately debate on issues.

Finally, he admonished his fellow contenders for the mayor-ship of Freetown to desist from playing tribal politics and instead copy the admirable example of Theo Nicol.

Meanwhile, Theo Nicol himself is set to launch his manifesto tomorrow at the Congo Town School compound at 4 pm. He told AYV that he would tackle education, infrastructure, health and sanitation and lawlessness if given the opportunity to serve.

http://africayoungvoices.com/2012/08/fcc-acting-mayor-commends-theo-nicols-politics/#more-6252

Freedom Guy
Reply with quote  #2 
"He said he was under pressure from people of the Creole community for him not to contest the election because of his surname name, Kanu."  Hehehehehe.  This is so funny.

Is the above really true?  If yes, are the creoles really capable of flexing their muscles in an environment that is dominated by non-Creoles?
Sorie
Reply with quote  #3 
I am in a pickle about who to support in this election. Brabanxx's brother, the Reverend Gibson, who I hear is a very decent man, or my dear Komanneh, Theo Nicol, who is also a very decent chap. Let's see the manifestos.
Mohamed Kanu
Reply with quote  #4 

If you think the creoles cannot flex their muscles then you are mistaken. Read this and see how the creoles feel about the provincials. What an insult



Culled from Telegraph

"Creoles marginalisation – a taboo subject in Sierra Leone faced head on

16 August 2012

The marginalisation of the creoles in Sierra Leone by successive governments is an issue most politicians in the country are fully aware of, but few are prepared and willing to openly discuss.

Since Sierra Leone gained independence in 1961, many creoles believe that their powerbase and political strength in Freetown – the capital city, have systematically been eroded and taken away by politicians, whose sole objective was to change the balance of power in the capital as they embark on the path to social and political engineering.

There is widespread perception among the creoles that the uncontrolled urban sprawl, overcrowding, environmental blight and economic decline that characterises the city is a product of a failed migration policy implemented by politicians.

Freetown is a city designed to house a population of no more than 100,000. Today it is grossly over-populated with a population of over 2 million and counting.

The city’s infrastructures – water supply, roads, electricity, drainage, housing, education, healthcare, have experienced decline not fitting of a modern city. To what extent is the marginalisation of the creoles contributing to this catastrophic decline?

A debate – a real and honest debate has begun. Questions are being asked as to how the city got to the appalling condition it is today and how this unsustainable trend can be reversed.

On Saturday, 4th of August, 2012, a meeting organised by the former Mayor of Freetown – Winstanley Bankole-Johnson and other concerned citizens, was held in Freetown to discuss the way forward.

Speaking at the meeting, social and economic policy analyst and Freetown socialite – Paul Conton, presented a paper – titled; ‘Freetown and the Provinces’. This is what he said:

I know that most of you, probably all, are very concerned about rampant street trading in Freetown, squatting on public land and encroachment on to private land, with all the attendant ills of litter, filth, poor sanitation, unhealthy and unsafe environments, etc.

Looking at Sierra Leone as a whole, the national consequences of overcrowding in Freetown are huge; importation of foodstuffs and other items, large trade deficits and weakness in the national currency. Why are all these people moving to Freetown?

What drives them to uproot themselves only to come and settle in squalid conditions in an unfamiliar environment?

The underlying problem, in my view, is the dual land tenure system. All these petty traders you see roaming the streets of Freetown with scanty trays of trifles on their heads, these are landless people.

The market women, crowding onto Freetown’s streets, obstructing traffic and spreading litter, 95% of provincial origin, these are landless people.

The slum dwellers; in Kroo bay, Mabella and all the others – 95% of provincial origin, these are landless people. The ‘dreg man dem’, waiting in the streets for opportunity of any kind – 95% of provincial origin, these are landless people.

We hear about the provincials based in Freetown, who when they die are given a memorial service here in Freetown before being conveyed to their home towns for burial. These are the well-to-dos, the exceptions.

All these others, all of provincial origin, are simply given a quiet funeral in Freetown and their offspring try to pick up the pieces of their lives here in Freetown, without the benefit of inheriting that small patch of land that they can call their own, a benefit that many of us have enjoyed. It’s not that there is no land where they come from.

There is abundant land, but the system is such that this land is collectivized, not individualized.

Nobody is prepared to sacrifice to develop the land, because ultimately it does not belong to one individual. It cannot be ‘monetized’. Banks would not lend money against it. Its value cannot be maximized.

Ultimately, underneath all the other problems, this is what is driving people to Freetown. These landless people are as much victims of the system as we the people of Freetown are.

The solution to Freetown’s problems lies within our grasp.

And fortuitously, the solution to Freetown’s problems is also the solution to the national problem. The national interest coincides with our own interest as Freetonians and Creoles.

If government were to fully sanction and enforce the freehold of land in the provinces, requiring, not just allowing banks to accept conveyances as collateral for credit, the entire national economic equation would change.

Ultimately, billions of Leones would be injected through the banking system into the provinces. People always follow money and thousands, tens of thousands would follow this money trail back to the provinces or be persuaded by it to stay in the provinces.

Freetown would get some relief from its ever-growing problem of overcrowding.

If the investment is properly channelled, agricultural production would rise and once more Sierra Leone might be able to feed itself.

From day one, Freetown’s founding fathers understood and respected the principle of the private ownership of land.

When Thomas Peters and his group of Nova Scotians made plans to come to Africa, they were promised at least 30 acres of land per family (20 for a man, 10 for his wife and 5 for each child).

These were poor ex-slaves, who had not owned anything of consequence in their entire lives. Indeed they themselves had been ‘owned’ by their masters. Even their children were the property of their masters.

So this promise of acres of land, which they could call their own, must have been irresistible. Sadly the promise was never fulfilled in its entirety, and this caused much bitterness among the early settlers.

The larger point, however, is that Freetown, from its very founding, was predicated on the premise of private ownership of property. This was the rock upon which Freetown grew and prospered, outshining all the other communities in Sierra Leone and West Africa.

And then, at Independence, this economic system was joined with a system in which private ownership of property was virtually forbidden. Wise heads at the time warned that it would never work.

When Bankole Bright said, “Freetown is Freetown and the Protectorate is the Protectorate and never the twain shall meet”, it was this issue as much as any other that he was referring to.

Experience, common sense and economic theory all tell us that when you operate two economic systems within one country, migration will occur to the more successful economic system.

The greater the disparity between the two systems, the greater will be the migration. This is exactly what is happening in Sierra Leone.

We see the problem in Freetown because we are based in Freetown. But what we see is a consequence, a symptom and a reflection of the real problem.

The real problem lies up in the provinces and in the socio-economic situation that exists up there. It is an age-old problem encountered at some point by peoples all over the world.

The peasants, the serfs, the campesinos, the proletariat – use whatever name from whatever part of the world – all faced the same problem and had to struggle against entrenched power structures and economic interests.

Compare the 30 acres Thomas Peters and his Nova Scotians, ex-slaves, were promised with the average size of a subsistence farmer’s patch of land in Sierra Leone today and the picture becomes clear.

The Creoles could be in the vanguard of a peaceful revolution to change the system.

We must battle to change the land tenure system to a freehold system all over the country. In this battle we need allies.

Even the mighty US needs allies when it goes to war. Fortunately there are natural allies for this cause, which we perhaps have not made use of before. Perhaps now is the time we can rally them.

Our less privileged brothers in the provinces are natural allies in this cause. They are the ones who supposedly have ‘family’ or ‘community’ lands in their home areas, but feel compelled to come to Freetown and eventually, years later, discover they no longer have any land to which to return.

So these are natural allies and our strategy in this battle should be to reach out for their support.

We also have other potential allies in our donor partners, even including China, whose systems are of course very much based on free market, free hold principles.

Since Independence, creoles have looked inwards at Freetown only, instead of looking outwards, at the rest of Sierra Leone and analyzing what’s going wrong there.

We have kept silent and withdrawn to our own little corner – Freetown, whilst the rest of Sierra Leone has crowded in on us. It’s time to look outwards again, as our forefathers did, and find out what’s going wrong in the rest of Sierra Leone."

The Truth About Salone
Reply with quote  #5 
The truth about Sierra Leone is that Creoles hate provincial people, but most provincial people do NOT know that. The HATRED they have for provincials is too great. Each time you see Sylvia talk about Mende this or Mende that, she is only showing the DEEP hatred she has for provincials as a whole.
Sylvia does NOT hate Mendes alone. She hates provincials, but Mendes happen to be the people she piles on.  John Leigh is no exception. I believe in unity but provincial people need to wake up to the fact that our Creole brothers and sisters HATE us too badly.
The Untruth about Salone
Reply with quote  #6 
Your perceived Creoles hatred for you provincials is nothing other than paranoia and schizophrenia. Get over it. The truth is that salone has been governed by you the provincials since we gained independence.

Yet you are still blaming the creoles for your own inadequacies and shortcomings. Since when did Sylvia and John Leigh become representatives and spokespersons for the creoles at large?

Your tribalistic response to that article is short-sighted and a disgrace. You should bow your head in shame.

However, if you wish to have a civilised debate about the issues raised in that article, I would strongly suggest that you have a serious mental reorientation.  

 
Judge
Reply with quote  #7 
Every ethnic group in salone has contributed to the rot in our country. It will be very hypocritical for one group to accuse the other.

Instead of playing the blame game, its time to unite and develop our country.

Every ethnic group connived with Siaka Stevens to ruin our country. We have seen thieves from every corner in salone. Its not about ethnicity, it is about the character of the individuals involved.

U can never judge someone due to his/her ethnicity, but you can judge someone based on his/her character.

Lamin Bangura
Reply with quote  #8 
"The underlying problem, in my view, is the dual land tenure system. All these petty traders you see roaming the streets of Freetown with scanty trays of trifles on their heads, these are landless people."-Telegraph

I am perturbed by what is written above by the Telegraph. All I know is that most of the petty traders we see on the street of Freetown are Temne and from what I know the Temne are the true owners of the land in Freetown. How could creoles who were given just some plots of land in what is today greater Freetown suddenly turn out to be the owners of land sprawling all the Peninsular hills and it periphery. Because of their dominance in the Ministry something that MKK wrote about few days ago during the colonial and Sir Milton Margai days in power, they fictitiously awarded lands to themselves making false paper claiming it is theirs and today they are saying the rue inhabitant are landless people. This is so insulting and degrading. I now know why the creoles find it difficult to like the Mendes because they cannot ride on their backs easily as they would with us the Temnes because of our over hospitality
Sangala
Reply with quote  #9 
"Our less privileged brothers in the provinces are natural allies in this cause. They are the ones who supposedly have ‘family’ or ‘community’ lands in their home areas, but feel compelled to come to Freetown and eventually, years later, discover they no longer have any land to which to return."


This alliance will be very difficult to harness as long as the underlying intention of the Creoles is to have provincials return to the provinces so that Freetown would be thrust into the arms of the Creoles.  At least this is the thrust of the above article.

The problem of overcrowding is not unique to Sierra Leone and there are solutions to this scourge short of pointing fingers at others for a national malaise.  Lagos which is more overcrowded and filthier than Freetown is finding a way to solve its problem without creating ethnic hysteria.  

I don't see Creoles who account for only 1% of Sierra Leone's population winning this so-called "revolution to change the system."  They can be in the vanguard of the movement but what difference will it make if they have no followers?  There is just so much distrust between Creoles and provincials that an alliance between the two in any endeavor would simply not be accomplished.
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #10 

The Truth About Salone” ?
Stay focused: It's truth and reconciliation needed her

“Unity, Freedom, Justice” is not supposed to be just a meaningless motto, nor is the Sierra Leone National Anthem or the National Pledge.

 

They mean something. We have to change our attitudes, accordingly.

Creoles contributed immensely to the development of Sierra Leone and made many other valuable contributions in Nigeria and Ghana, in many spheres.

Creoles do not hate “provincial people”

Hate is strong word, don't you think?

Do “ provincial people” hate Creoles?

Do they ever get married?

Does the SLPP hate the APC?

Does the APC hate the SLPP?

The idea that one should hate another human being because he is Creole/ Krio, or Arab or Mende, Themne, Igbo, Ijaw, Fullah or Mandinka, is so patently ridiculous andreprehensible, it is not part of good Creole ethics.

There are Creole attitudes that I resent strongly, though, - such as - at an impromptu post-nuptial party at Juba (opposite the Atlantic Ocean) where my Better Half and I were staying, it so happened that I invited Amadu Kargbo (then Sierra Leone's national goalkeeper) from the military barracks nearby – and guess what? One of my Creole friends present called me aside and asked me, “ What is he doing here?”

I lectured my Creole friend briefly, on attitudinal change - although the question “ What is he doing here?” could have meant that he was the only one who was not acquainted with my other friends...

The tables are considerably turned since then, and if anything, today it's probably the opposite, such as “ What is so and so doing in this forum?”

Apart from Cecil Blake, I have still never met any of my Sierra Leonean peers or contemporaries in a Sierra Leone Forum.

I'm given to understand that when the Sierra Leone war started in 1991,in the East of Sierra Leone, that some of the Brethren were unconcerned and had the attitude “ Let the savages continue with their savagery and go on killing themselves”and that this attitude continued until Foday S and his RUF finally arrived in Freetown to fulfil their agenda, Operation spare no soul

Was that the Creoles hating “provincials”?

With the amalgamation of the colony and the protectorate, one can understand and sympathise with the Creoles' gradual loss of political power even in what is now known as the Western Area, and to some extent the loss of economic and social prestige that could be accounted for by education for the professions and Creole entrepreneurship which contributed to their modest incomes and households.

Akintola Wyse tells the story which features the somewhat haughty Herbert Bankole-Bright and his struggles. His “The Krios of Sierra Leone” should be made compulsory reading for those who doubt the genesis of the Krio or would like to be able to account for Krio culture which has Sierra Leone as the ground of its being.

Leo Spitzer's “The Creoles of Sierra Leone” is fascinating history of the Creoles – and that book has superlative things to say about the Great Bai Bureh.....

Unfortunately some so called “ provincials” believe that all Creoles are like Herbert Bankole Bright and do not consider other Creole persona and symbols like I.T.A.Wallace- Johnson or Lamina Sankoh, Professor Eldred Jones or Justice Bankole Thompson, two other outstanding specimen of human being.

I'm sure that MKK can testify to the integrity that once adhered to the Sierra Leone judiciary at around Independence time, with Sir Salako Ambrose Benka-Coker., succeeded by the calibre of people like Sir Samuel Bankole-Jones, Samuel Olu Beccles-Davies, Ade Renner Thomas....

I'm sure that if the Western Area were an independent country, governed by Creoles – even without all the mineral resources , it would be in a much better shape than she is today and we would probably be winning a few gold medals like Jamaica and a few awards from the Alternative Nobel Prize people. But Sierra Leone is one country – and what's needed is to spread the manpower over the country, instead of having it concentrated in Freetown – that's why I taught at Mathura in Magburaka for a whole term before emigrating to Ghana. That's why Marianne-Rogers-Wright and the the principal Mrs. Jonah,also worked there.

So there, you have it.

Short note to Lamin Bangura. You are entirely wrong about the land of the Western Area.

Check the facts about land law in Sierra Leone....

 

PS 2. I am surprised by the venom with which P.K. Muana has been attacked.

The explanation could be that since Mendes are the intellectual rivals of Themnes etc and PK Muana is Mende, that's the only reason why he is being bombarded in that sickening manner by Rev. Kabs and his gang of keyboard warriors

PK Muana has what it takes to go on professing or to turn to other even  much more rewarding means of sustenance than professing. I hope that his cassava farming ( role-model activity) is at least helping to feed the hungry....

 

 

 

Flamimi
Reply with quote  #11 
"I'm sure that if the Western Area were an independent country, governed by Creoles – even without all the mineral resources , it would be in a much better shape than she is today and we would probably be winning a few gold medals like Jamaica and a few awards from the Alternative Nobel Prize people."  Cornelius Hamelberg.


It is self-serving and bigoted statements like the above that keeps creating ethnic discord among our people.  What Cornelius is saying is that Creole governance is superior to governance by provincials and that Freetown is in an economic mess because Creoles have not been governing it.  Very foolish and idiotic to say the least.
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #12 

There must have been a very good reason the colonialists left us with a dual land system...or was it a good reason? I don't know.

If the land laws were changed to permit private ownership of lands in the provinces, Freetown will still remain overcrowded, filthy, and miserable. Freetown is done. Last time I was there (over 2 decades ago), it reminded me of Mushin, a notorious slum in Lagos. New capital? Why isn't anyone talking about that CH?

The "landless" people Pallo refers to will be given land to use by their chief if they return....so I don't know if the term "landless" is really appropriate. Enh E lek dem be gi dem land enh say u kin sell am, dem go cam Freetong.

If the laws are changed I can see Pallo, a nationalist, buying and buying big in the provinces. He has business sense and will be a good  employer.

Do other African countries (like Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria etc) have a land ownership system similar to what we have?

What will be the economic benefits if any of changing the system? 

Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #13 
Flamimi,


This is a topic that has been discussed ad infintum with people with deep insights into the problems we are discussing - and it makes sense to me.

I don't see anything "self-serving" or " bigoted" in my observation.
I was talking about the Western Area, which means that I was making an hypothesis about Creole self-governence.

I did not arrive at arrive at any ridiculous or premature conclusions after reading  Arthur Abraham :Mende Government and politics under colonial rule

When you look at the mess that is still in progress in the whole country which has been independent since 1961, what other conclusions do you want to arrive at?

Labelling what I said as "foolish and idiotic" surely does not buttress any argument  or contribute to any self-development on your part....

It should be interesting to note where Sierra Leone will be after another 50 year of self-government.






Sorie
Reply with quote  #14 
I really don't understand this land tenure system. I need to take a crash course on it. How does land tenure affect the economy? Why can't the banks use upline land as collateral? If it is such an impediment to development, why is it still in place?

Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #15 
@Sorie: Many people don't understand it. Those who understand it keep quite or tell you to shut up. You raised very pertinent questions.
Fontoba
Reply with quote  #16 
Spectator,

How many Creoles will be willing to move to the provinces if the land tenure laws were changed?
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #17 
I think a lot. You'd be suprised.
ART
Reply with quote  #18 
"I'm sure that if the Western Area were an independent country, governed by Creoles – even without all the mineral resources , it would be in a much better shape than she is today and we would probably be winning a few gold medals like Jamaica and a few awards from the Alternative Nobel Prize people. But Sierra Leone is one country – and what's needed is to spread the manpower over the country, instead of having it concentrated in Freetown." - Cornelius

I cannot agree more bra Cornie. Devolution of power is the way forward for salone, if we are get out of the morass and decay in which we're currently stuck.

Specky, you asked why no one is talking about a new capital? I posed this in an article that I wrote over a year ago and was discussed here at Bintu. Many thought it would be too costly and unnecessary.

The rather apt title of Paul Conton's article published by the telegraph, is so right. The mentioning of "Creole marginalisation" does whip up so much emotion among some non-creoles and you can see why.

It seems its OK when the Telegraph published its article condemning Northernisation and Southernisation, but not acceptable to talk about creole marginalisation.

Thats just too bad. As Cornelius rightly infer, the debate will go - generation after generation, until viable solutions are sought to redress the imbalance. 
 
Fontoba
Reply with quote  #19 
Spectator,

I don't think so.  If Creoles are always trying to be exclusive of the rest of Sierra Leoneans, I would not expect any kind of mass migration to the provinces on their part if the laws were changed.  And it is precisely due to this desire for exclusivity that provincial folks that are educated in the land tenure system do not find it useful to get into debates about it.  There is the perception that Creoles are more interested in having provincials in Freetown move to the provinces than they (Creoles) are interested in migrating to the provinces with a change in the land tenure system.
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #20 
@Fontoba: Of course there will be no mass migration from jump start. Their movement will be based on a a wait and see assessment. A few will start out, settle, and share their experiences. Then others will follow. Kelleh-kelleh...small small.

Do you think the law is fair to all Sierra Leoneans? Does it have to be fair?

U geh boku sense. Please respond
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #21 
"It seems its OK when the Telegraph published its article condemning Northernisation and Southernisation, but not acceptable to talk about creole marginalisation." - Agba ART

Don't you know why it is unacceptable to talk about Ceole Marginalization?
Jeneba Koroma
Reply with quote  #22 
"It seems its OK when the Telegraph published its article condemning Northernisation and Southernisation, but not acceptable to talk about creole marginalisation"-ART

ART, I totally disagree with you with this kind of inference. Marginalization in Sierra Leone is not unique to Creoles alone. All tribes are victims from the kind of dogmatic political clique we have in the country. Those who are the perpetrators cut across tribes and regions.

Prominent Creoles have been and are still part of this status quo. The destruction of Sierra Leone and Freetown in particular by Stevens was facilitated by prominent Creoles like SAJ Pratt. Even as of today with his diminishing memory, his is still pulling the strings under EBK.

The problem the Creoles have is that they have taken sides among brothers from the provinces. It is crystal clear that the Creoles are known to supporting one region over the other for no apparent reason. In 1967 when the predominant Mende senior Military officers got rid of a Mende General who had taken power unconstitutionally, they handed that power to a Creole who was not residing inside the country at the time to rule. In 1992 when young military officer took over power (NPRC) an outfit that is been labeled today by even some Creoles as the handiwork of Mendes, a Creole was selected to rule. He was for four years vigorously protected by all his Lieutenants including Mendes for four years even when SAJ Musa (a Mende) tried to upsurge power from him just a year into his r rule. He was only taken off the seat when he was instigated by Creoles in the NPRC such as Leslie Scott and the current NEC chairlady and some Lodge people to sack all of his compatriots and derail the 1996 elections.

Even in the allocation of lands, the Mendes, Limbas and Lokos came to Freetown almost at the same time but the Creoles using the statutory Declaration, gave plenty lands to the Limbas and Lokos and today they feel threatened by these people over land in the Western area. Hardly would you see a Mende man fighting for bogs plots and hectares of land in the Western area. Half of the land today in the Western area is owned by Limbas. Somebody once asked me when I was working at the lands Ministry how did the Limbas come by these hectares of lands in Freetown. An elderly Creole office mate of mine said they (Creoles) should be asked that question.

 So to me it is the political clique in Sierra Leone that is the problem and until we change the system of having an Executive President who is not answerable to Parliament, to a system where the President can be summoned to answer to infractions even when in office, we will continue to have the majority of the people marginalized by this small clique of politicians.

ART
Reply with quote  #23 
JK what I am saying is that we must consistently condemn all forms of social and political marginalisation - no matter its origin, and work towards implementing viable and sustainable solutions, which should be built on that rich diversity that characterises Sierra Leone today.   
Rev Temple
Reply with quote  #24 
Jen K your analysis is very accurate. The further polarization of our nation by EBK has just compounded this age old problem.

A part of the analysis you left out is that more often than not - it is dodgy Creoles that associate themselves with nasty rulers. The bulk of the decent creole dignitaries will either stay apolitical or only support a decent government. Just check the few that are surrounding EBK now - the are to a very large extent the dodgy characters.

We all know where the diamint and petty traders that litter the streets of Freetown come from. We also know why they are encouraged to do so. Frankly I think the solution lies in the long term strategy suggested by ART and others a while ago. The time is now ripe for us to initiate another metropolitan settlement as well as consolidate our decentralization efforts.

This is however going to be doubly difficult with the current dispensation that believes only folks from Bombali or attended MOBA should benefit from government programs. Until the good Creoles get active and prevent the few rotten and selfish ones from dominating their representation, it's not going to get better.

The former Mayor was disgraced for stealing whilst EBK's Limba cousin was promoted for stealing even more in the ferry debacle.

On the mor
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #25 
"In 1967 when the predominant Mende senior Military officers got rid of a Mende General who had taken power unconstitutionally, they handed that power to a Creole who was not residing inside the country at the time to rule." -JK


Toward the end of his rule in 1968, Brigadier A.T. Juxon-Smith went about the country re-introducing himself, claiming to hail from ethnic groups all over the country. E claim dis...e claim dat. Too little, too late. He was toppled shortly afterward. I know his mother was a mende woman from the south. His father a Creole...an APC man who represented Bonthe in parliament after the 1968 bye-elections. A couple of thugs armed with AK47s was all it took from the Pa to win.
ART
Reply with quote  #26 
"Don't you know why it is unacceptable to talk about Ceole Marginalization?" - Specky

Good rhetorical question Specky! 
Jonah
Reply with quote  #27 
ART,

Me man take am easy pan dis marginalization bizness.  udat di marginalize who?  This so-called problem of marginalization has turned out to be more of a class issue than an ethnic issue.  Correct me if I am wrong, bra. 
OKURU DOUG
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VERY WELL SAID AND GOD BLESS YOU.
LOOK AT THE CONSTUENCES IN FREETOWN, EVEN WESTERN RURAL.MY VILLAGE OF HAMILTON THE SO CALLED HEADMAN IS A MR.KAMARA. WHEN WILL A MR. JOHNSON BENAMED CIEF OR HEAD MAN IN LOKOMASSAMA????????
Mohamed Kutubu Koroma
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Mr.Cornelius Hamelberg,your comments are very interesting.

Unfortunately two people you mentioned here that I knew very well have since  moved on to eternity.

Major. Amadu Kargbo.He was married to a Creole lady.

Dr.Ann Rogers-Wright was a very good friend of mine while she lived in the Washington Metropolitan Area before moving finally to New Youk.

She left behind one son.I am sure he is a very grown up man by now.

Cornelius Hamelberg
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Yes Kutubu , those good old days when the Patrick Patnelli's DailyMail headline news could be something like " Dog bites man!"

 It's just that this tribe thing is  now so suffocating! I should like to point out that in the early sixties Freetown (when the population was about 250, 000) long before the influx or an addition 1.5 million people LUCIEN GENET ( a Frenchman) was Mayor of Freetown and everything was OK , 24 hrs uninterrupted flow of electricity, enough water from the Guma Valley to meet the needs of capital city, a very clean city (although there were a few okuru dogs to be seen here and there – and the wonderful Night-time Lantern Parades ---- the closest we come to a Rio Festival....

 

A Frenchman as mayor! How's that for tribal-ism?

Race-ism?

And I remember the prominent role played by the Kroo and Bassa tribal headmen and councillors of the Freetown City Council Pa Ashwood etc...

Who are our city planners?.What plans do they have for the next five years?

 

 

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