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Bubba Wa Matungi
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John Leigh once vowed to harass the SLPP until thy kingdom come.  But the man has been missing in action for a considerable amount of time.  Did he quit politics?  Or by crossing over to the APC, has Leigh realized that the grass was never greener on the outside?

John Ernest Leigh had his baptism of fire in APC membership in 2012.  Soon thereafter, he vowed to wage a vigorous war on the SLPP.  Obviously, he must have been expecting a generous offer from his new party that he could use as platform to fight the SLPP.  But this might definitely have been a miscalculation on the part of the small guy. 

The fact that president Ernest Koroma never showed up at Leigh’s APC confirmation ceremony, held on a sunny day at APC headquarters in Brookfields, could have been a signal that Leigh was no big fish that deserved a grandiose reception.  Afterwards, the political wimp had only gotten three votes in two SLPP flag bearer elections – paltry and disgraceful by any standard.

Leigh ran on a rigid and open anti-Mende platform, injecting raw tribalism into a campaign that was doomed from the start.   But despite the anti-Mendeness being self-evident, Leigh used it as a façade to conceal his bigger anti-countryman acrimony and revulsion.

  Thus, with uncouth and putrid utterances and rants especially in Bintumani, the diminutive politician designed his candidacy as a covert counterbalance to countryman political domination in Salone.  Additionally, Leigh’s feckless and uninspiring campaign endeavored to  revive a fictitious Creole power and leadership in national affairs.   This indeed must have been a prodigious task for the political pigmy given that countrymen account for 99% of Salone’s population while Creoles account for only 1%.

Yet with Leigh, nothing seems impossible.  He would dream big until he gets punched in the mouth.  In two flag bearer contests, he garnered a total of 3 votes, apparently, the worst electoral losses in Salone history.

There is no denying that politics in Sierra Leone is mired in tribalism. Tribalism has become the ideology that politicians use to divide the people.  It is precisely this hopeless situation that the John Leighs of the world would capitalize on to get their fifteen minutes of fame. 

It follows that despite being educated in advanced democracies, Sierra Leone’s political reprobates by their very tendency to easily succumb to blatant bigotry as an instinct, they make an already bad situation a national social malady.  How can there be any meaningful effort at nation building in such an environment?

So where is John Leigh now?  Where is the rambunctious and haughty nuisance that ran the structurally inept and ideologically bankrupt political campaign five years ago?  Where is the minuscule and inconsequential political brat that vowed five years ago to act as a bulwark against the SLPP?  Is he scared of confronting the very problems that he helped create?

In Sierra Leone, a decrepit and moribund political system often attracts spent and rotten forces to have their fifteen minutes of fame.  These hustlers with no party or national loyalty usually pitch tent first with the SLPP.  The thinking is that the democratic process inherent in the SLPP would somehow insulate their malevolent intentions.  But when they fail, they quickly jump ship and pitch tent with the APC.   For the sake of patriotism, these folks should be exposed and thrown out of the political process as they are dangerous and inimical not only to the democratic process but also to any attempts at national cohesion and nation building.

  As we draw closer to national elections next year, we must hope that good-intentioned and magnanimous candidates emerge from either side of the political spectrum.  This is the only way that the rottenness that we find ourselves in can somehow be overturned.

Masoila
Reply with quote  #2 
Hahahaha.  Interesting read.  I was also wondering where the guy has disappeared to with his red APC ronko.
Fan Of JEL
Reply with quote  #3 
Becareful you might be holding a tiger by the tail. Enti oona don bigin fen JEL een plaba ehn? Oona don forget waitin di Pa doo to Devuyama? JEL shoooo!
Knice
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The JEL I prefer to remember is the Ambassador for Sierra Leone at the height of the RUF terror. I once attended a presentation when Ambassador JEL made a case for assistance to Sierra Leone during the height of the RUF terror. He was impressive and effective; and that pattern continued all across the USA and Canada during his tenure. Obviously JEL overrated his chances when he sought the presidency and did not react magnanimously when he failed. But the man served his country well and ought to be treated with respect for that service, and because he is a successful Sierra Leonean in his personal life.
KL
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The real question is why are so many people running away from the SLPP.
Magnus
Reply with quote  #6 
KL,

The answer to your question can be found in Bubba's brilliant analysis.  Please read with a desire to comprehend.
Itie Abanda
Reply with quote  #7 
Big bro Knice, I think you should reserve those warm but misleading sentiments for JEL's obituary when that time comes. 

Cheap geriatric and megalomaniac carpetbaggers like JEL are why our nation remains poor. They are only interested in getting paid - even if it means undressing themselves in public. They have no shame, not to mention character.

I hear the old clown was nursing leadership aspirations of the APC, believing he was still in the SLPP. Paolo Konteh reportedly invited him to his office and asked him if what he was hearing was true. Poor JEL timidly nodded in the affirmative. Sources say Paolo then asked JEL to open his mouth and keep still. The old fool compiled. Paolo rose up slowly from his armchair and spat in JEL's gaped mouth - following up with a stern command: SWALLOW you fool. Do you think this is SLPP where every joe blogg dreams of vying for the top job?! If Ihear that from you again, we will flog you publicly.The intimidated JEL reluctantly swallowed Paolo's spittle... and has gone in hiding since.

I bet he is still gurgling that mouthwash.

I saw JohnLeigh Yesterday
Reply with quote  #8 
I saw JEL yesterday and he was carrying a mouthwash bottle, half-filled. He looked  a broken and very bitter man. I hear he has still not recovered from the humiliation of swallowing Paolo's nasty spittle. What a way for the once noisy fella to end his retirement.

JEL and Usu Boie must be lessons for younger folks in politics. Do not change horses in the last lap of your race. It may just be your last horse ever and it may not be in any race. The humiliation you will suffer after exposing how cheap and unprincipled you are rubs off even on your progeny. Do not let your insatiable desire for relevance lead you to self-destruct.  
Forum Commie
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"The fact that president Ernest Koroma never showed up at Leigh’s APC confirmation ceremony, held on a sunny day at APC headquarters in Brookfields, could have been a signal that Leigh was no big fish that deserved a grandiose reception."

 

So much was pointed out at the time. Few people not in the diaspora even knew who he was. He was a minor tool to be used for just a moment as an SLPP deserter. No longer useful, he was tossed aside and forgotten. It was very clear he would not get anything for his change in allegiance. It was totally self-serving, he has nothing to give anyone in the APC. And as an outsider could not expect any patronage. People stopped listening to him all around because his rants were just about revenge for his shabby treatment and insignificance in the SLPP. He felt he was entitled to something but no one agreed. Since he has left politics there is no reason to weigh in other than more revenge. He could be tired of that by now since he doesn't get much attention. But I would not rule out a resurfacing on the forum if the APC guys are willing to give him encouragement. He could have a limited use-value in cyberspace once again, if not on the political ground of actual party politics. Cheers.

Commander
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"He could have a limited use-value in cyberspace once again, if not on the political ground of actual party politics. Cheers."



Wow!!! I thought John Leigh was still the owner of Bintumani and that he could shut it down for any critical views directed at him.
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #11 
I wonder why JEL doesn't post here any more?
Forum Commie
Reply with quote  #12 
@Commander, you must not come here to much. John Leigh has not been affiliated with Bintumani since like 2010-2011. Well before the last election.

@Specky, he has not posted here since just after the 2012 election, when he got in some very nasty arguments with a few forumites. I would not be surprised if he came back when the election heats up. I doubt he could stay away.
Koboko
Reply with quote  #13 
"I wonder why JEL doesn't post here any more? "Specky

But truly Specky if you were John Leigh would you show your face here after the all the dust has settled? I think not. Granted JEL has no shame Specky, but what will he come here to say? That the graft-epidemic APC has spearheaded over the last decade is not the reason for the destitution in our nation - where citizens have been reduced to rummaging Bormeh dumpsite for rotten chicken to feed their families? Or that his carpetbagging retirement-scam was not lucrative after all his geriatric efforts? Or perhaps you would want JEL to come and confess that he was cheap, unprincipled and a crude opportunist who thought that his failed legal practice in Boston must be rewarded with a Presidency in Salone.

Agba Specky do you really like John Leigh? I do not think so Double O. Would you really want him to come here and tell us what Paolo did to him when he mistakenly murmured that he wanted the APC flag? What if his grandchildren are reading Specky?

Good fellas, please allow John Leigh to hide and spend his last few years gnashing his teeth and cursing his APC kingpins who used him as a tiny irrelevant fry - cutting to him to size and getting him to understand that he is completely finished, politically. Let him stay in hiding, because if he comes here he will get  good hiding on that wrinkled behind of his.

You heard !!!!?
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #14 
@FC and Koboko: If JEL were to participate, don't you think it would be exciting...increased traffic to to follow the toe-to-toe battles?

It'd be a win-win for all. No?
Koboko
Reply with quote  #15 
Specky I am sure John Leigh is free to participate here. The question is... what does he have to say... and who will take him seriously after such display of moral bankruptcy? With all the suffering and graft in SL have you ever heard this ol'boy say phim?

I am also sure he is reading/peeping and saying to himself, "Specky koni lef me saaful... my maa' did not raise me a fool...I am staying right on my stool in my hideout".

You know Specky, JEL knows when the jig is up. He knows APC is finished. He was heard saying that privately to a few friends at a diner, a couple of months ago. I dare him to be brave and show up. But will he?

PS
Lemme go and put my koboko behind mi dohmort... sometem me naybar JL go crace...
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #16 
@Koboko: Folks like JEL, Toegondoe Sagbah, AFK, and the indomitable Bra E make threads interesting by pushing the envelope. These are battle hardened cyber gladiators.
Forum Commie
Reply with quote  #17 
JEL is absolutely free to participate here, why wouldn't he be? Though I would not expect him soon. Through the who Ebola crisis that ravaged Salone he did not show up here once to comment on the government's response. He has discussions on his own Facebook page, I believe.

Toejam has not been here in many years. He was banned for tribalist provocation when the forum was still pretty new. I would not expect to see him return.
Capo Di Tutti Capi
Reply with quote  #18 
You people are getting it all wrong JEL is as useful to the APC just as water is useful to life. JEL makes no noise because he is not an empty vessel like most diasporans who are into the histrionics habit. When you talk of indispensable APC strategists you just have to count JEL in.
Capo di Bloh-hun
Reply with quote  #19 
Capo di Kakara$$ stop mocking JEL. The old fool wants to be President of Salone and he is not even allowed to whisper that in the APC without attracting Paolo's nasty spit in his mouth. If this is how you reward your strategists, then we are not surprised that you dirtied yourself in arresting the ADP's vibrant Kamarainba. 

This lower animal-like politics of arresting opponents is only prevalent in Ekutay-dom. Like JS Momoh Bigwase before this useless lot, we know most are going to end in disgrace. Animals will never learn to be civil.

 If JEL has any iota of conscience, he should come to Bintuland and apologize for joining nation wreckers who are bent on taking our nation to Bormeh. But the coward will forever stay in hiding. 
Salone Striker
Reply with quote  #20 
Bo Unu lef this man nor
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