Everyone has a past. Confining ourselves to West Africa, let's take a look at the political history of Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo the last 50 years and tell us what’s right, what’s wrong, what should have been, what was. Everybody has a past - we’ve got to move on with the best material that we’ve got or that is available to us.
I believe that you have the best of intentions in cautioning the Sierra Leone electorate about the specimens of would-be presidents/presidential candidates we have to choose from: Julius Maada Bio, Samura Matthew Kamara and Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella.
The contents of your brand of sober and what could also be interpreted to be negative gossip is one of the factors still holding us back. Given the brush strokes with which you paint these three candidates, you would like us to believe that they are “birds of the same feather”, right?
That the trio all went to school in Bo. ( In my view, GOOD)
That “All three understand and speak Mende” ( In my view, great! I wish that I did too, fluently! Just imagine - if we were all Mendes then we would all proudly speak Mende, just as we all speak English, no harm in that either)
“All three are attracted to Mende Women” ( I suppose that only an okobo-man is not attracted to Mende women)
At a certain time in the troubled political and constitutional history of Sierra Leone, in varying capacities, “ All three were members of the military Junta - NPRC”
(In like manner you could give us a portrait of three from somewhere else in which, the three contenders vying for the nomination of their parties or for the presidency itself are Americans (take your pick) all three of them with an Ivy School League educational background, all of them ( of course dollar millionaires) all of them attracted to American women, maybe especially so, to the soul sisters) - all of them speak English (and hopefully Spanish too) and all of them have done their military service and (of course) are supportive of the military industrial complex - but that’s another matter not for here just now.)
When we examine our three Sierra Leonean candidates (and their runningmates and those close to them too) the criteria that ought to govern our choice and that we should be seeking in our candidates should be leadership qualities, and at base, characters that don’t only boast of their sincerity and previous service to the nation, to their communities or to humanity etc but also the sterling qualities of corruption-free honesty, integrity and in our eyes another vital ingredient, dignity and in my view also a modicum of humility.
They haven’t put out their manifestos yet , manifestoes in which they are going to promise to transform Sierra Leone into paradise
Of the three, I suppose that
Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella in talking the talk, is the one who is most likely to talk about making Sierra Leone great again and probably has the wherewithal and the determination to do so - as in the Sierra Leone National Anthem ;
“ Knowledge and truth our forefathers spread,
Mighty the nations whom they led;
Mighty they made thee, so too may we
Show forth the good that is ever in thee.”
Brigadier Julius Maada Wonie Bio - well he has been there before - like Buhari, he has tenacity and there’s no doubting his determination to be there once again.
H.E. Mr. Samura Matthew Wilson - ( relatively speaking, a Johnny come lately” all I know about him is that I saw him reading his speech at the UN General Assembly and that what he has going for him is that he has a Fullah-man as a running mate which means that all the Fullahs and the beautiful Fullahmusus are going to vote for him...