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Cornelius Hamelberg
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Shortly : On behalf of all Sierra Leoneans I wish President Julius Maada Bio well. Well = Success.

Waiting for the judgements of history takes too long a time, after all it is not as if people suffer or have suffered retrospectively. People, in this case the long-suffering people of Sierra Leone have suffered on a daily basis, that is to say, in some cases, perhaps in most cases, have been suffering every day of their lives, living sub-standard lives up till today, but hopefully, with the new President's New Direction, the hope that the religious people and the optimists have been praying for, is now on the horizon, anxious to do the right thing, to deliver the one country, one people from their immediate pangs of sufferation...

Unlike President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah whose ten years as President suffered a ten month interruption when Johnny Paul Koroma took over and Pa Kabbah had to take refuge in Guinea Conakry, President Bio's immediate predecessor, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has had an uninterrupted ten long years to show his mettle, even if those years may be said to have been interrupted by the outbreak of Ebola and in the last phase of his presidency another unnatural disaster, that mudslide.( Paradoxically, APCerians have been crying that Ernest Bai took the North as for granted , did next to nothing for the North and everything for the South and the East, confident that that should guarantee APC victory in the East and at least make more inroads in the South)

President Bio is off to a good start - unlike my man Muhammadu Buhari who took an inordinately long time ( over six months) to name a cabinet , Our Julius has got cracking from the very beginning and is roaring to go. As for the cry babies who anticipated a cabinet composed entirely of Mendes, sadly their anticipation has been without any foundation and they and all of us have to get used to the idea that the Retired Brigadier is now in charge of Saro operations and that of course the composition of his cabinet will have to reflect the values, the vision and the agenda of the SLPP and not necessarily that of the APC or the NGC or the Fullahtong mosque.

My only reservation about the current cabinet is that the erstwhile wayward Charles Margai has been rewarded for his humble return to his home base ( the SLPP, where he truly belongs) but the question remains in the air, does Charles Margai have the spunk and all that it takes to effectively perform as Sierra Leone's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice? I ask the question because there are rumours of impending Commissions of Enquiry about Corruption and the Acquisition of ill-gotten assets - and even if thus far President Bio has only given an assurance that Civil Servants should have nothing to worry about, that should not mean that given the disastrous state of the nation's economy, money that has been corruptly acquired by the crooks should not be recovered and returned to the national treasury where such money legally belongs. ( In Nigeria. President Buhari has been facing similar problems , in his case the Nigerian Senate is being controlled the opposition which is in no way anxious to pass any legislation that would legalise the investigation of it's own members , since that would be tantamount to signing their own death warrants or the liquidation of´ the considerable assets that they are rumoured to have acquired by hook and mostly by crook.

The first succinct statement about the state of the economy shows that Brer Bio means business, because the opposition - and that includes those who want the SLPP to fail miserably in all that they do – when Bio emphasises EDUCATION - a very important nation building item in the pre-election SLPP a manifesto - such opposition people are asking , ” Where is the money going to come from?”

(To be continued)

Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #2 

Corrected:

Shortly : On behalf of all Sierra Leoneans I wish President Julius Maada Bio well.
Well = Success.

Waiting for the judgements of history takes too long a time, after all it is not as if people suffer or have suffered retrospectively. People, in this case the long-suffering people of Sierra Leone have suffered on a daily basis, that is to say, in some cases, perhaps in most cases, have been suffering every day of their lives, living sub-standard lives up till today, but hopefully, with the new President's New Direction, the hope that the religious people and the optimists have been praying for, is now on the horizon, anxious to do the right thing, to deliver the one country, one people from their immediate pangs of sufferation...

Unlike President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah whose ten years as President suffered a ten month interruption when Johnny Paul Koroma took over and Pa Kabbah had to take refuge in Guinea Conakry, President Bio's immediate predecessor, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has had an uninterrupted ten long years to show his mettle, even if those years may be said to have been interrupted by the outbreak of Ebola and in the last phase of his presidency another unnatural disaster, that mudslide. ( Paradoxically, APCerians have been crying that Ernest Bai took the North as for granted , did next to nothing for the North and everything for the South and the East, confident that that should guarantee APC victory in the East and at least make more inroads in the South)

President Bio is off to a good start - unlike my man Muhammadu Buhari who took an inordinately long time ( over six months) to name a cabinet , Our Julius has got cracking from the very beginning and is roaring to go. As for the cry babies who anticipated a cabinet composed entirely of Mendes, sadly their anticipation has been without any foundation and they and all of us have to get used to the idea that the Retired Brigadier is now in charge of Saro operations and that of course the composition of his cabinet will have to reflect the values, the vision and the agenda of the SLPP and not necessarily that of the APC or the NGC or the Fullahtong mosque.

My only reservation about the current cabinet is that the erstwhile wayward Charles Margai has been rewarded for his humble return to his home base ( the SLPP, where he truly belongs) but the question remains in the air, does Charles Margai have the spunk and all that it takes to effectively perform as Sierra Leone's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice? I ask the question because there are rumours of impending Commissions of Enquiry about Corruption and the Acquisition of ill-gotten assets - and even if thus far President Bio has only given an assurance that Civil Servants should have nothing to worry about, that should not mean that given the disastrous state of the nation's economy, money that has been corruptly acquired by the crooks should not be recovered and returned to the national treasury where such money legally belongs. ( In Nigeria. President Buhari has been facing similar problems , in his case the Nigerian Senate is being controlled by the opposition which is in no way anxious to pass any legislation that would legalise the investigation of its own members , since that would be tantamount to signing their own death warrants or consenting to the liquidation /recovery of the considerable assets that they are rumoured to have acquired by hook and mostly by crook.

The first succinct statement about the state of the economy shows that Brer Bio means business, because the opposition - and that includes those who want the SLPP to fail miserably in all that they do – when Bio emphasises EDUCATION - a very important nation building item in the pre-election SLPP a manifesto - such opposition people are asking, ”Where is the money going to come from?”

(To be continued)

Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #3 
“In Nigeria. President Buhari has been facing similar problems , in his case the Nigerian Senate is being controlled by the opposition which is in no way anxious to pass any legislation that would legalise the investigation of its own members.....” - Corn

Corn, Buhari is a member of APC. APC has the majority in the senate and house. PDP is the second largest party.

The senate president is Bukola Saraki of Kwara state, son of the late Olusola Saraki. Bukola a former PDP kingpin was not the choice of Buhari but was able to create a coalition of minority PDP senate members and middle belt APC members to beat the APC choice for senate president. Buhari was furious with Saraki.
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #4 

007,

By the way, have you read Teju Cole's Everyday is for the thief ?

My base impression, through the US-Africa dialogue series and some of the usual partisan Nigerian media is that Bukola Saraki and the PDP plus their allies are still doing everything in their power to thwart President Buhari's anti-corruption thrusts. This frustration might well turn out to be a very prolonged affair if indeed President Buhari makes good on recent indications that he is all set to run for second term, as for a surety the PDP and allies have no reason to be looking forward to four more years of tormentation by Muhammadu Buhari as leader of the APC and President of Nigeria.

Of course, I am willing to concede to your corrections as you are the Nigeria expert, however of more immediate relevance to Sierra Leone is whether or not on behalf of Charirman Ernest Bai Koroma also being popularly accused of being a former (Rtd) commander-in thief, the Sierra Leone APC which currently wields a Parliamentary majority in the Saro Parliament is not in a position to cause the same kind of obstructions to justice that Saraki & Co are hell-bent in maintaining via the Naija Senate.

For the little stealin' dey gits you in jail soon or late. For the big stealin' dey makes you Emperor and puts you in de Hall of Fame when you croaks

You must agree that this is all the more poignantly brought home when you consider this latest piece of news which I just gleaned from facebook

*Charles Francis Margai's three months plan as Anthony General*

*1* To open an informal public investigations room where the public will send in information and evidences about former ministers, heads of parastatals, formal first lady, Ernest Bai Koroma and other government office holders *effective Monday 16th April 2018*

*2* create a special court parallel to the high court to deal with all those that will be prosecuted by June ending this year.

*3* to involve ECOWAS and international criminal courts to investigate all politicians from Sierra Leone who laundered our country's money and send it to abroad for immediate prosecution and arrest or deportation of those who have left the country currently.

*4* to investigate all illegal properties claimed by former president Koroma, wife and ministers and return all properties to the rightful owners.

 

 

Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #5 

Charles Francis Margai three months plan as Anthony General

Sengbe
Reply with quote  #6 
Well, well, Cornie Rabbit, the Poet Laureate of the Bintu, don begin torke Sengbe Grammar, as per the following:

"...Paradoxically, APCerians have been crying that Ernest Bai took the North as for granted , did next to nothing for the North and everything for the South and the East, confident that that should guarantee APC victory in the East and at least make more inroads in the South)..." C.H.

"...the Sierra Leone APC which currently wields a Parliamentary majority in the Saro Parliament is not in a position to cause the same kind of obstructions to justice that Saraki & Co are hell-bent in maintaining via the Naija Senate..."

Based on this reinforced support from the POET himself, anyone using the terms APCer and Sierra Leone is in default and considered to be incorrect.

Bravo! Bra Cornie Rabbit.
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #7 

 

Senor Sengbe,

 

Words, words, words, spelling, vocabulary, diction, Sengbe's special SLPPerian palmtree diction, from the Pujehun palm tree, Sengbe's special poyo, from the SLPP palm tree, Sengbe's palm-oiled specially refined political jargon. 

 

I surrender

 

I submit

 

I

 

yes

 

me

 

Seng- B

 

I agree

 

I agree

 

with thee...

 

Right now, we are absolutely on the same page, intili? 

 

It's Unity, Freedom, Justice...

 

As Boss Shakespeare wrote of Julius,

 

"The evil that men do lives after them;

 

The good is oft interred with their bones."

 

Let not the same be said of Our Ernest.

 

This of course is not sojaman talk : ”As we take on the reins of government and match towards economic recovery, we will be guided by the promises we made to Sierra Leoneans.”

 

Retired sojaman would have hadmarch uppermost in his presidential mind – unless of course the brain was more alight with Emmerson 's Munku boss pan matches ...So let it not be with Our Caesar...

 

BTW, it's either ” let bygones be bygones” or in the interests of Justice, accountability ( a transparent accounting of the stewardship etc ) in which case, do you think it's feasible that Sir Charles Margai the son of Albert could ”create a special court parallel to the high court to deal with all those that will be prosecuted by June ending this year. ” ?

 

A few words about Suffering

 

Sengbe
Reply with quote  #8 
"...Sengbe's special SLPPerian palmtree diction..." C.H.

No such word in Sengbe grammar.

It is SLPPian.

PMDcian

NGCian

RUFfian

C4Cian

And of-course; APCerian.

Please take note (everybody) of those nouns when discussing partisans  in the polity in na we Saro.
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #9 

The war of words all set to continue.

According to The Devil's Dictionary :

SLPPerian, n. An octogenarian palm tree boy...

SLPPianistic : adj. An slppian on the slippery slope to perdition

APCerian: An ape that has just celebrated his 80th birthday

According to the New Devil's Dictionary :

APOLOGIZE, v. To lay the foundation for a future offence.

KILL, v. To create a vacancy without nominating a successor.

YEAR, n. A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointments.

 

Sengbe
Reply with quote  #10 
Funny you should be talking and writing about yourself age-wise, and perdition-wise, Bra Cornie Rabbit.
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #11 

Senor Sengbe,

Yes. Funny. The Funny SLPP and Fanny.

Age-wise, I cannot be older than my contemporaries such as Nestor Cummings-John, Sylvester Abimbola Young..

I understand that we are all in the same boat. The “one country, one people” ideology is so inclusive that talking about you is the same as talking about me. As in

I'm just average, common too
I'm just like him, the same as you
I'm everybody's brother and son
I ain't different from anyone
It ain't no use a-talking to me
It's just the same as talking to you.” ( I Shall Be Free No. 10)

Sengbe
Reply with quote  #12 
Those folks are in their mid-to-late 70's or early 80's.

Well you know what they say: age is only a number. It is how you feel health-wise.

How is your health, Bra Cornie? I pray that you are in excellent health like me.

Check out my recent (2 weeks ago) pics on my FB page and guess my age.
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #13 

Senor Sengbe,

You could probably think that I am older than I am when I say that I arrived in London in the Summer of 1952 or that I was in London during the coronation of Queen Elisabeth II (in 1953) . Well, I was.

I don't know what your certitude is based on, but ours is based on our birth certificates and this means that I and ”those folks” ( Nestor and Sylvester, my classmates in form one) are not ”in their mid-to-late 70's or early 80's.” We certainly haven't got that far yet.

BTW, I really wish that there was ”eternal life” and ”life after death” just as some the the shahids look forward to being rewarded with 72 virgins in Paradise.

One has to keep the mindhealthytoo. mens sana in corpore sano. Health wise ama OK (touch wood) but feeling a little like Woody Allen when he says, ”I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.”

About looks, it's genetic, I suppose. And a few other factors. More dance and music. Less stress. I just checked in Facebook. You must cut down on the Jackie Tombo and the poyo. Really. I can't guess your age and the only clue I have is that you were a ball-boy for Sir Milton, although you didn't say exactly when, and that's not much of a clue...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172w23fwjjxrp4

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