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Teacher Conteh
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It is now crystal clear that the APC AKA Tolongbo wants Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella out of the presidential race.  Tolongbo is throwing everything including the kitchen sink at Yumkella.  Yumkella's unforgivable sin is that he is taking away traditional APC voters, a development that actually benefits the Brigadier and the SLPP.  Indeed, some APC knuckleheads are even now suggesting that Yumkella may not have been born in Sierra Leone.  It is open season for the APC tribalists. 

While there is still some noise coming from APC quarters in the North, the Western Area has now become a turf for a fight between the CKC boy and the Brigadier.  Tolongbo has retreated to the outskirts of East End but even that is slowly slipping away.  Lumley, Aberdeen, Congo Cross and Brookfields are now in the camp of the CKC boy.  But the Brigadier is in control of Central 1 and Central 2.  Both men are also in a fierce fight for voters in the Western Rural district. 

 People are angry at Tolongbo for manufacturing poverty in Salone.  Yet no one should underestimate the potency of Tolongbo's 99 electoral tricks.  There are rumors that Tolongbo has set aside millions of dollars to pay for votes and also to ferry Sierra Leonean-looking voters from neighboring Guinea.  Desperate times call for desperate actions.

A message to my good friend, the right honorable, Cornelius Hamelberg is to disembark from the Samura Kamara bus of doom.  Join us in the campaign to elect the Brigadier.  He is the most qualified presidential candidate in this year's presidential elections.

Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #2 

Honourable Teacher Conteh,

Since you are a diehard Biophite, please, just give me a few more days to complete my consultations, after which I’m confident that we are going to prevail, we gonna chase those crazy baldheads out of town.

There’s this little problem for the yuki-yuki Yumkella and the Yumkellites to sort out:

I have been made to understand that in 1992, Yumkella sold the oil refinery to Nigeria and, one good turn deserves another hence we hear Obasanjo singing his payback time melody, and so, from his grateful point of view Yumkella is his boy, and the best for Sierra Leone

If I understand you correctly, we want the best for Sierra Leone and as I assume Sengbe would put it, “the MODAR” of all elections should not stand in the way.  As all the indications are that it doesn’t matter the size of the diaspora donations ( so much money destined to go down the drain)  the size of his brain, Obasanjo’s blaha  or how supersonic smart  and narcissistic Mr. Put Sierra Leone first  believes himself to be , his messianic dream and his messianic fever will soon be over  : Yumkella is going to be knocked out in the first round and the big thief that he is said to be, the relevance of how many voters he is capable of stealing from the APC is not going to be very important  since he would have been put to sleep in the first round, anyway, b'ezrat  hashem, inshallah and by God power!

 “We'll be going down so deep

 the river's going to weep,

 and the mountain's going to shout Amen!”

 At this point, if the people that he has stolen or is capable of stealing from the SLPP in the first round could only realize the futility of voting for him and should wisely vote for the SLPP instead in the first round, then Bio is more than capable of delivering a first round victory

Now, it’s not as if the NGC’s commander-in-chief Yumkella once  decisively eliminated and humiliated in the first round  should expect  total obedience to him  when he command all his troops to

 a) Not vote for either the APC or the SLPP in the second round


 b) that Keili his visionary deputy, a natural born palm tree will need to tell the NGC faithful to please  throw their weight behind Brigadier Bio  - since I’m sure , the old Southern palm tree that he is, by hook or by crook he wants any government, any government  other than the APC….

Not that we shouldn’t expect any hanky-panky from the less than angelic APC; as you rightly pointed out, “no one should underestimate the potency of Tolongbo's 99 electoral tricks.

We are forewarned but what  is anyone going to do about it?

Traditionally isn’t so that when the fat lady sings, then it’s over?



Spectator 007
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Corn, have you looked into the details of the refinery sale?

I have some questions about it

1. Did Yumkella unilaterally decide to sell the refinery or was the decision already made by the NPRC before he took up appointment as Minister of Trade?

2. Was the refinery still functioning and profitable?

3. What happened to the refinery after it was sold; were parts sold or did production continue?
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #4 


Indeed Sir, many rivers to cross and many questions to be answered.
Yumkella has been in the business for quite some time now.

1992 is of course the wrong date, since Yumkella was the military junta's Minister of Trade and Industry 1994-1995

Subsidiary questions: Is it true that he benefited from the sale?

 As Holmes would ask Watson, “What does that tell you about Mr. Yumkella?”

 Dirty or clean?

Perhaps Yumkella should like to clear the air?

Or perhaps he believes that there’s much that had better be left unsaid?

007, that was a good piece about “Love is the answer”

There’s also the good lyrics to “ Gotta Serve Somebody

 You may be a businessman or some high-degree thief

 They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief

 But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed

 You’re gonna have to serve somebody

 Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

 But you’re gonna have to serve somebody"




Kandeh Bureh
Reply with quote  #5 
Load of rubbish! You could as well drag former NPRC members Bio and Sumuna through the same mud.

Bra Cornie, you are underestimating how the Kandeh name resonates with a certain tribe in that part of the world.
Reply with quote  #6 
"Kandeh Bureh,"

These are very serious allegations.  Kandeh Yumkella and not Maada Bio was the Secretary of Trade and Industry in the NPRC.  Kandeh should make a statement about this issue to quiet the voters.  

Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #7 
Is there any independent evaluation to back up Thorlu-Bangura’s claim the refinery was worth $225 or so million?

Why would NPRC allow a civilian minister to sell such a refinery for a pittance and enrich himself when they needed money to prosecute the war?

There must be more to this story

NGC or any major parties must have responses for such charges otherwise folks believe many still believe Samura Kamara is also a 2 SIM and doesn’t have a PhD, and that Maada Bio alone ordered the execution of 24 prisoners. So, I do not fault Corn for believing ATB’s claims although I personally do not consider what ATB said as convincing evidence. Wasn’t ATB a rival for the SLPP nomination at the time he gave the interview? Also I do not believe Samura is a 2 SIM, and from day one, I was convinced he was a PhD holder.

At the end of the day, when voters go to the polls, a good number will not be influenced by such stories for the most part, will put on their ethnic thinking caps, and vote for someone/party who they think will look out for their tribe’s interests.

Kandeh Bureh
Reply with quote  #8 

Some of us lived under the NPRC and everyone knew then who were calling the shots. Who knew Kandeh or Samura? Any suggestion that an ordinary trade minister could have pulled a fast one under the noses of those blood-thirsty and money-hungry junta boys is preposterous.

Nice try though
Teacher Conteh
Reply with quote  #9 
Honorable Cornelius,

Tolongbo must go.  Tolongbo is bad news for Salone.  I can understand why you are still supporting Tolongbo.  You don't live in Salone.  A poor teacher like me has no future with Tolongbo.  I have parental roots in Tonkolili and Kambia and I voted for Tolongbo in 2007 hoping that Ernest Koroma would be a breath of fresh air.  He turned out to be the worst head of state in Salone history.   There is too much hardship in the country.  At this time people just want a change, be it the Brigadier or the CKC boy.
Corneliusd Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #10 

Dear 007,

Here again, there’s no smoke without fire. All your questions in this thread are Cornelius Ignoramus’ questions too! The longer they remain unanswered the more room is given for the spread of all manner of malicious speculation some of which could hurt Yumkella and his reputation in particular – Yumkella being touted in all circumstances as the exceptional “Mr. Clean”

Takes us back to Chernoh Alpha M. Bah’s question: “what makes Kandeh Yumkella and his NGC different from the APC and SLPP, an organization that is the recent progeny of the Alhassan and Alusine of Sierra Leone politics

Re- Thorlu Bangura statements on the selling of Sierra Leone's oil refinery to Nigeria  - in which Alhaji Yumkella who was the military junta’s minister of trade and industry is implicated as the seller who made a handsome personal profit from the sale  - are accusations made way back in May 2016 – long before Alhaji Yumkella gave any indications of wanting to renounce his American citizenship ( which he finally did in November 2017) in part fulfilment of his ambition to take over the Sierra Leone presidency after his Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma,  either under the APC or the SLPP flag, at some time, no difference to him, as long as he became PRESIDENT, Sierra Leone Citizen numero uno ! (Of course the ambitious Alhaji Yumkella wouldn’t have had the ghost of a chance to be potus of the US, even if he had been born there.  Let’s face facts: He is no Brother Obama. But who knows, if he fails in his presidential bid in Sierra Leone, whether born in Guinea or Virginia, he could take a shot at the US presidency, start his own party, the Grand National Coalition of America (NGCA) full of former members (the malcontents) of the Republican and Democratic parties, fired up with the ambition to replace Trump and to paint the White House Black again!

I am also given to understand that even earlier than that the humble Alhaji also wanted to be appointed President of the African Development Bank.

I guess that if he fails in his bid to become President of Sierra Leone and has to content himself with warming the opposition benches for five years (which I foresee he is unlikely to content himself with) he might take a shot at being appointed President of the IMF and the World Bank of which Nigeria’s  Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was formerly Managing Director (2007-2011)

 @”Kandeh Bureh”: Indeed there you touch on name-recognition. Except for the fact that unlike Brer Yumkella, Kandeh Bureh was Temne and a distinguished Sierra Leonean politician !

Isn’t “Yumkellla” full Monty, the chieftaincy name and Suma the family name?

As far as name recognition, in Israel or in Sierra Leone is concerned, I guess that even a dog can be named “Benjamin ?

This reminds me of Acts 19:11-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

 “Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.   Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We[a] exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.”  Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”

Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered[b] them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.”

 ( I was in Ephesus in Turkey in 2015  - followed the Nigerian Presidential elections from the hotel , didn’t know about “ roaming” ,  it cost me £400 sterling in surfing fees….007, I took it a little easy with googling after that experience)

007, I guess our main concern is not whether or not Thorlu Bangura’s accusations were motivated  by rivalry , but whether they are true or not.  In the meantime what do we hear from Yumkella? YAING! Which some might interpret to mean, “Silence means consent” = GUILT.  On the other hand the embattled Yumkella does not want to get bogged defending and explaining what is possibly indefensible and inexplicable. Embattled? Yes! More is to come….


Deacon Willie
Reply with quote  #11 
Bra Cornie,

Is the Kandeh name susu or theme. Not every voter in themneland will realise Kandeh is not a temne. If he speaks just a little themne to those villagers in the Rural areas, he could be a threat to Tolongbo. When he was at Njala, i had thought he is themne.
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #12 

Deacon Willie,

I like all tribes and get along particularly well with Indians, Iranians, Arabs, Turks, Kurds,  the Limba, Temne, Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, Susu, Igbo, Ijaw, Yoruba, Hausa,  Ga, Ewe, and the CONGOLESE !

I know that you are right. Kandeh is Themne. A popular name, the most well-known Kandeh is of course Kandeh Bureh, maybe wan of Yumkella im fambul. I had a xalam guitar teacher named Kandeh (Fula guy) from Casamance. The greatest Temne man for me is still BAI BUREH ; he is  beautifully treated, explained, eulogized, exonerated, vindicated, humanized and celebrated in Leo Spitzer’s The Creoles of Sierra Leone.  Needless to say if a reincarnated Bai Bureh were in the race for Salone president today, I would have already 100% made up my mind to vote for him and to move others to vote for him instead of any uncle tom, neo-colonial servant


Maybe leadership of both the APC and the SLPP could be adjusted to some kind of “zoning” as in Nigeria, should be made to alternate between the North and South, East and West…


Djeli Moussa Diawara: rehearsing Haidara

Reply with quote  #13 
"I like all tribes and get along particularly well with Indians, Iranians, Arabs, Turks, Kurds,  the Limba, Temne, Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, Susu, Igbo, Ijaw, Yoruba, Hausa,  Ga, Ewe, and the CONGOLESE !"  Cornelius Hamelberg.

Mende is not on the above list.  Phewwwwwww!!! Cornelius does not get along with Mendes.  Is that why Cornelius is Tolongbo?  Hmmmmmmmm!!!

Was Bai-Bureh Themne?  The history books say he was Loko.
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #14 

Dear Kamabai,

I knew that you would say that about my deliberate omission. The first Sierra Leonean that I met in Sweden (on a boat between Kalmar and Bornholm) was Mende, Murray Samba Nabie Sesay - he lives in Göteborg and I talked with him on the phone yesterday

Of course, MENDES, Kru, and the Sherbro too, although in this life I have met very few of the tribes of Sierra Leone, very few...

Among many others, the following are also not on the list:  Creoles, Ethiopians, Eritreans, Brazilians, Italians, Somali,  Luo, kikuyu, Jola, Caribbean, Xhosa, Zulu, African-Americans, Cameroonians, Fanti, Ashanti, Berbers,  Brits, Irish, Chinese, Welsh, Dutch, Swiss, Germans, Swedes, Pakistanis, Cubans, Chileans, the list is long….

ballaké sissoko

SIERRA LEONE ( By the way, one evening  I met Rogie  at my favourite joint, “The Yellow Diamond” off Krootown Road; he sent me to go call a certain Lady to come over and join us at his table. Well , what shall I tell her, I asked him.  “Tell am say nah Rogie dae call am”. She was happy to come over. I expect that later on that night he must have been crooning his “Do me justice” to his heart’s content…

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