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Levi Matandi
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We are often in the habit of focusing on the differences that exist between and among political candidates without paying any attention to what these candidates may have in common.  This is what I am going to do here since my path has in the past crossed with all three of our presidential candidate - Julius Maada Bio, Samura Matthew Kamara and Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella.

All three candidates attended schools in Bo - Bio (Bo School)  Kamara (St. Andrews (UCC)) and Yumkella (CKC).

All three understand and speak Mende.

All three were members of the military Junta - NPRC

All three are attracted to Mende Women.  Kamara is married to a Mende woman from Pujehun, Yumkella is married to a Mende woman from Bo and Bio was at one time married to a Mende woman from Bo.

The moral of the above narrative is that folks that are trying very hard to draw a hard distinction among our three presidential candidates are not doing a very good job. 

There are many folks like us that know these men very well.  One was my classmate in school and I have at separate times worked with the other two.  Who will I vote for in March 2018?  Good question.  The answer will remain close to my heart.
Cornelius Hamelberg
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Levi Matandi,

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?

  1. That the trio all went to school in Bo. ( In my view, GOOD)  

  2. 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)

  3. “All three are attracted to Mende Women” ( I suppose that only an okobo-man is not attracted to Mende women)

  4. 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 latelyall 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...



Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #3 
As a postscript I posted the following to our Ivy League, Pan-African forum :

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/usaafricadialogue/DtS41QbPB5E

Here's a little joke about what some politicians have in common

Hopefully the discussion ( not debate) will continue here...
Levi Matandi
Reply with quote  #4 
Cornelius Hamelberg,

I had no interest in casting our three presidential candidates in a negative light.  As I had asserted, I know all three candidates very well and believe that all three are qualified to be president of Sierra Leone.  

In essence, what I was doing in my earlier post was simply identifying areas of human endeavor where Kamara, Bio and Yumkella may converge.  For example, their attraction to Mende women, which you yourself underscored as a natural human instinct except in a case where the would-be suitor is an OKOBO. 

But suffice it that in the end, it is left to the voter to decide who to vote for.  I have not yet made that decision. But I believe that come March 7, next year, I would have already made that decision and that I will be at my polling station in Makeni ready to exercise my rights.
Spectator 007
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LM,
Which of the three speak other languages like Themne, Madingo, etc?

Being multi-lingual can be beneficial at campaign rallies. Kabbah, Karefa-Smart, and Shaki were bilingual.
Question
Reply with quote  #6 
Bra Specky, Now that Sam Sumana decided to come out from the cold, and by way of the TV interview posted here at Bintu a couple of days ago, what kind of ace do you think he may be having up his sleeves?
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #7 
“Bra Specky, Now that Sam Sumana decided to come out from the cold, and by way of the TV interview posted here at Bintu a couple of days ago, what kind of ace do you think he may be having up his sleeves?” - Question

Don’t even think he knows. Too early right now. Probably assessing the political dynamics.

What do you think?
Levi Matandi
Reply with quote  #8 
Spectator,

I don't know what other languages these guys speak.  All three may well speak Temne, given that Temne is as widely spoken in Salone as Mende and that a politician that speaks Mende and Temne has an advantage in campaigning.
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #9 

Levi Matandi,


Thanks for the affirmation of your good intentions. While naming your trio by their proper  names, assuming that “Levi Matandi” is not your legal name, I do hope that we can still take your word for what you say now and the other intimate matters that you may reveal in near future communications, even if you continue to operate under the cloak of anonymity, as the mysterious “Levi Matandi” and  even as you tantalize us when you ask yourself the question and answer it  “ Who will I vote for in March 2018?  Good question.  The answer will remain close to my heart.”


I understand that anything other than anonymity may be dangerous, even  perilous, especially if it should happen that you back the wrong horse, so to speak, So far you have told us about, “ what these candidates may have in common” . Now, in accordance with the English proverb,”never say A without saying B”  if you please, could you care to tell us a little about what these three may not have in common?


And could you please answer just these two questions from yours truly :


1. Is the person that you are going to vote for, one of the three that you have mentioned?

2.  You may regard it as positive” kongosah” In the interests of the nation  ( and in self-interest too), what are the other positive / not so positive things that you can tell us about the trio?


I understand that if you should come out too strongly in favour of one or the other, you may be suspected of being somebody’s “agent”. Anyway, at this point I don’t suspect you of being JEL and language-wise certainly not MKKKKK...


Best Regards


Cornelius

Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #10 
“I understand that anything other than anonymity may be dangerous, even perilous, especially if it should happen that you back the wrong horse, so to speak, ” - Bra Cornie

One of the main reasons why one has to be very cautious if you are on the ground and have a lot to lose.
Levi Matandi
Reply with quote  #11 

"While naming your trio by their proper  names, assuming that “Levi Matandi” is not your legal name,..."  Cornelius

Cornelius,

Levi Matandi is my moniker.  It will not be in my best interest to use my real name here.  I am politically involved in Salone.  Besides, one of our presidential candidates is an avid reader of Bintumani forum.  I am not sure he posts but he does follow the discussions here.  It will therefore not be good for me for my real name to appear here.

   "Now, in accordance with the English proverb,”never say A without saying B”  if you please, could you care to tell us a little about what these three may not have in common?"

True, Cornelius.  But if I disclose what Bio, Kamara and Yumkella do not have in common, it may look like I am revealing my choice among the three.  But be rest assured that none of them is a womanizer and that all three are a vast improvement on Ernest Koroma, that perpetual womanizer and thief.  Moreover, all three are very hardworking with a serious attention to detail.

I attended Njala University with one of the candidates, served in the military with the other and worked at the Ministry of Finance with the third.  Great folks all three are.  
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #12 
“I attended Njala University with one of the candidates, served in the military with the other and worked at the Ministry of Finance with the third. Great folks all three are. “ - Levi Matandi

No matter who wins you also win.


DMK
Reply with quote  #13 
@Levi Mutandi, Good to hear from someone who knows the candidates personally. Some of us are basing our decisions solely on what we know of their public profiles and on occasions that can be misleading.

Kamara, though he has been in public life for a while, is still a bit of an unknown quantity for me. Anything you can tell us about him, especially with regards to his economic outlook? Is he going to be another 'debt based president' or does he really understand the things that attract substantial private capital? I'm clear that Yumkella gets it and based on his recent interviews and speeches Bio now gets it also.
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