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Sengbe
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March 7, 2018 is in sight, and the Rouge Party of infidels in Saro has released the criminals from Pa Demba's house, and fitted them with red berets in uniform to intimidate the populace into submission in order to acquire a third term by hook or crook.

Will the Green Berets be at liberty to counteract this threat?

How about those wearing the berets with Rainbow colors?

Where are they/we heading to in the electioneering period?

We don't want war no more!!
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #2 
Prof,

As you are well aware, the opposition parties are battling each other in a war of words. If they do not find some common ground like strategizing how to prevent electoral theft, then the incumbent will prevail and I am almost certain some key observer groups will endorse the outcome. Under such circumstances, there may be little appetite to confront red brigade thugs.

Teacher Conteh
Reply with quote  #3 
Spectator,

Don't hold your breath for the opposition parties coming together and adopting a common electoral strategy.  It will not happen.  These guys all have big fat egos and will just not work together for anything.  But on the same token, I don't think all the opposition parties need to come together to prevent the APC from stealing the election.  Each can device it's own strategy to ensure the integrity of the polls.

Stealing the elections is the only option left to the APC to win.   They are toast this time around not only due to their abysmal governance record but also because they have many other parties to share the Northern and Western Area votes with.  The Brigadier only needs to be competitive in the Western Area to clinch the top prize.
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #4 
“The Brigadier only needs to be competitive in the Western Area to clinch the top prize.” Teacher Conteh

In the first round if there is no yuki yuki that is a distinct possibility. In the runoff, if voters allow ethnic sentiment to govern how they vote, and other opposition parties do not endorse him (Bra u dae on u yone attitude) then he will find it tough.
Sengbe
Reply with quote  #5 
Well, Double 07, that is the nature of the beast in the competitive atmosphere during the electioneering period: the competitors will not find common ground to strategize against the incumbent even in the face of the Red Berets. It is quite possible for each party to show partisan strength by facing the thugs supporting the incumbent party on their own, instead of coalescing into a unified counter force. And if that happens, unnecessary blood will be shed. That is what I am afraid of.

I hope the elections are not going to be tarnished in this way - through violence, hence the refrain: we are not gonna fight an internecine war no more.
Tolongbo
Reply with quote  #6 
You guys are wasting your time showing concerns. Going by voter registration the APC has already won. Mark my words it will be a textbook victory without any need for a run-off. It will be clinical and it will be classic. It will be free, fair and transparent. The entire northwest will go red as well as some areas in the southeast. APC's performance in the southeast will be unprecedented and shocking. Most southeasterners will be drowned in the sea of disbelief with speculations of vote rigging when none has been perpetrated. This will be Tolongbo's best performance ever while the reverse will happen for Torkpoi. I want readers to keep this pst for future reference's sake. Peace!
Election Results
Reply with quote  #7 
I agree with Tolongo that this election is for the APC to loose. With south-eastern registration for the 2018 election at 40% (see link below), and considering the sad fact that  most Sierra Leoneans still vote based on region or ethnic group as demonstrated in 2012 election (see the link below), there is no way the SLPP will win the March 2018 election. Election might go to a runoff  because of the Yumkella effect but voters will default back to regional voting after Yumkella takes the 3rd position in the 1st round. This is how I see it.

http://apanews.net/en/news/sierra-leone-electoral-commission-publishes-final-voter-register

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Leonean_general_election,_2012
Sengbe
Reply with quote  #8 
If the elections are held in a free and fair atmosphere, with no violent intimidation by the usual thugs in the red berets, the winning side will not be admonished nationally and internationally. But if the thugs wearing red berets serve the function they were organized to serve, I believe that those wearing green berets will rightfully serve to counteract that force in a Pa-O-Pa fashion. 

I hope and pray that that scenario will not come to pass. 

But remember that the new generation in that country has witnessed the horrors of a very brutal internecine war for 11 years in the past. They are no longer afraid to fight fire with fire, not water.
Fan of Sengbe
Reply with quote  #9 
"They are no longer afraid to fight fire with fire, not water."

Sengbe, let's pray and hope it doesn't come to this as the APC is in control of the bigger and more powerful guns. Your paopa will not have a chance.

Sengbe
Reply with quote  #10 
"...the APC is in control of the bigger and more powerful guns. Your paopa will not have a chance..."

REALLY!!
Are you alluding to the national army? the national police force, and her military wing?

My reference in this regard is to the THUGS the APC is known to have organized to intimidate the citizens into submission. The national army should serve to defend ALL of the citizens of the nation not the incumbent party, as you are erroneously envisioning.

The "bigger and more powerful guns" you are alluding to can be turned against the APC party you believe have control over them, because this national outfit is NOT monolithic. The ambitious "leaders" in the army will have a valid excuse to take over or destabilize the nascent democracy in Saro, so please be careful in your relating your views relative to the obviation of thuggish behavior during the electioneering period. This is NOT a wartime situation against rebels, or an invading force from a foreign land.

I do not have a pa-o-pa brigade. I reside in the USA. I guess you did not know that. I am merely speculating about a possible reaction to thuggish by folks wearing red berets, and the folks who have organized them for ulterior motives. I hope you understand now.
Knice
Reply with quote  #11 
Missing in these commentaries is the real possibility that the existential threat to the APC is not the Mendes and the SLPP, but the Themnes and the APC base. As many APC supporters perished in the insane civil war as people from the South-East; more of them succumbed to the Ebola plague; and more of them were buried in the landslide deluge, to name a few recent calamities. All evidence is that life in the North under the APC is as bare as in the rest of the country. How long will the base respond to the empty tribal call?  

KL
Reply with quote  #12 
Knice, just in case you were not around, the Temnes came out in droves for the APC after the civil war. The Mendes and the SLPP were never a threat to the APC.  But you are right the APC is being threatened by the Temnes but not specifically for the reasons you gave above. Almost every tribe dislike the APC not only the Temnes. Reasons for the dislike are mostly economics. Too much poverty in the country and people from all tribes are tired of it.
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #13 

Re - “Too much poverty in the country and people from all tribes are tired of it.” 

Raises the questions who/ what is responsible for the too much poverty and when has there not been “too much poverty in the country” ?

Today, since it’s a majority of the people that’s mired in poverty, almost in perpetuity, it’s unlikely that they should like to vote for a continuity of their misery and this kind of plea :  I go pay you tomorrow

For those with any hope and the possibility of choosing an alternate destiny, the melody should be changed to I go pay you tomorrow through the ballot box by choosing the candidate and party that not only offers but is most likely to deliver a better deal

Reality: The population has more than doubled in the past 50 years ( from 3 million to 7. 2 million currently) without a corresponding increase in e.g the the number of diamonds buried  in Sierra Leone, and the sad fact that  when it comes to diamonds it’s a matter of more and more being taking from less and less  - diamonds are not forever. It’s painful to see what happened with the last big one that was found by that lucky priest   - the so called Sierra Leone Peace Diamond  if only he had given it to me at least he and Sierra Leone  would have got $7 million in return instead of the dreadful debacle that ensured and I still don’t get it  how the buggers  responsible could bungle such a straightforward matter : Once more, it’s either incompetence writ large or  something else, something more sinister.

Sierra Leone’s 709-carat diamond auction in New York was a real bummer!! The Freetown auction came up with $7.07 million. Despite huge amounts spent on insuring the stone to take it abroad and all the other expenses, it was sold for $6.5 million,” Umaru Fofana wrote in a Twitter post.

The December 4 auction was the second attempt by the government to sell the gem known as the “Peace Diamond”, it had earlier in May 2017, rejected the highest bid of $7.8 million at an initial auction in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown.




 

Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #14 
@Bra Corn, let’s say that diamond would fetch Salone $7m and one of similar value was found every day generating about $2.5 in annual sales. How much impact would that have on general living conditions? Remember the owners of the diamonds have to get their own cut of the sales
Fomba
Reply with quote  #15 
People like King Loggy were dancing for Ernest Koroma to assume power in 2007.  He even called himself 300%APC all in the name of ethnicity.  These are the same fools that are juggling around now in the NGC crying for the APC to be kicked.  Loggy and others are responsible for the sorry state that Sierra Leone is in today.  To these guys everything in Salone revolves around ethnicity.
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #16 

Spectator 007,

You say, “Remember the owners of the diamonds have to get their own cut of the sales”

Nah word yu tohk so O! On reflex I thought that the diamonds belong to the people of Sierra Leone.

Innocence could be a spiritual state but ignorance must be diminished  and eradicated as much as possible for our own good by the time we are young adults. In 1965, cruising along in Cousin Adenekan Lincoln Robbin-Coker’s brand new, sky-blue,  air conditioned Toyota, rose-tinted windscreen and all, he started praising a particular diamond, just one. He was happy. When he started singing “ My Girl” - (at that time it was Abioseh Cromanty) I joined in the chorus until it dawned on me that it was not her but the diamond that was making him “feel this way” much in the same way that we have Gollum muttering “My precious” about his ring, so it was getting to idol worship. He handed it to me, looked like a nice little piece of candy what the Iranians call “nabat” , it didn’t look like anything special at all and in my heart I thought that maybe it was a fake because I had not held such a diamond before ( but have since handled hundreds of diamonds in my hands (as we sped on, I wound the car window down and threw it out. He finally put his foot on the brakes and  fifteen seconds later, we got out of the car, but no diamond could we find , no more singing “ My girl” and that was that. No big deal I believe he was at  the Rio Carnival that year too, with a couple of glad girls from Denmark and unfortunately no invitation was extended to me to accompany him...

Since independence in 1961, to what extent have Sierra Leone diamonds contributed to Sierra Leone’s development?

Since the first diamond was officially discovered in Sierra Leone circa 1932 and the White man in the area told the poor black man who showed him the first stone that it was an evil stone and that they should bring him any that they find, since only he knew how to dispose of them so that they don’t cause horrible spiritual destruction to both man and man’s immediate surroundings

since then, reckoned in carats, the total volume of diamonds that have departed from the country is incalculable - at best we would be coming up with a conservative estimate of $ 1 to 3 trillion. It’s understandable why some people were fighting back there in the UK’s Old Colonial Office to be appointed Governor-General of Sierra Leone - the office later morphed into a more politically correct Ministry of Overseas Development and in time. in its heyday was manned by the affable Hilary Benn as Secretary of State for International Development

In the 1950s and early 1960s the richest Lebanese and with the most fabulous houses and some of the best restaurants in Beirut were Nabih Berri’s Lebanese people who had been mining in Sefadu. People like Jamil Sahid Mohamed Khalil and many others like him. I don't know so much about diamonds, have only been to Antwerp a few times; my brother Harold who works as a diamond broker in Holland and Belgium could give us a better idea of what it’s like; I understand that during the RUF War Sierra Leone diamonds were auctioned at very low prices and left the country at a phenomenal rate… I still haven’t seen “Blood Diamonds.” far too bloody...

When Charles Margai talked about a moratorium on diamond mining and a re-negotiating of the deals his predecessors had signed, I thought that he would then have the powerful miners and the recipients of kickbacks against him

Are Bio, Kamara, Mansaray , Sam-Sumana and Yumkella going to say anything about what’s left of Sierra Leone’s diamonds that we have not heard before?

KL
Reply with quote  #17 
So Komba you call me a fool, right? Is this the way your mother raised you after your dad left her for another woman?  Your mother did not do a good job raising you. I guess she was busy going around searching for the right man to help raise you. 
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #18 
@Fomba, to me it appears that KL is a swing voter. In 1996 & 2002 he supported SLPP. 2007 & 2012 APC, and now he is with NGC.
Knice
Reply with quote  #19 
KL, points well taken. But remember that I said "a real possibility...." I have never believed that we were a threat to the APC. It is the reason I have always been baffled by your heavy handedness with respect to Mendes and the SLPP. You know, the APC party only state, etc., etc. 
KL
Reply with quote  #20 
"I have always been baffled by your heavy handedness with respect to Mendes and the SLPP." (Knice)

Knice, KL is no more heavy handedness with respect to Mendes and the SLPP than others who do the same against Temnes. The reason you are able to identify me is that unlike Temne bashers who hide their known monikers, I mostly use the KL moniker.  But make no mistake that I am  not the aggressor. Just look at the "Fomba" moniker, you and I know it is fake.  And let us make it clear that tribalism, or at least tribal sentiments, reigns here. I will be the first to tell you that I do not hate Mendes or the SLPP. If I mention anything negative against the two it is because I have to hit back when others hit me. 

Finally, people accuse me of being a Mende hater for the greengo word. Nothing in this world will convince them that the word is for Mende and SLPP tribalists that peddle hates on this forum. It has nothing to do with the Mende people. 

 

Free Lawyer
Reply with quote  #21 

KL please be a little civilized. There is no need for taking this forum down the gutter language lane. Admin I think KL should be cautioned for crude, disproportionate use of foul language. 

Let us fact check Fomba's statement. The commentary in parenthesis are mine for emphases:

People like King Loggy were dancing for Ernest Koroma to assume power in 2007☑
 
He even called himself 300%APC all in the name of ethnicity ☑ [KL please counter this if you nar man. We all witnessed your gloating and tribal ritual dance nonsense for almost a decade. When did you become NGC? few months ago.. nor to so?]

These are the same fools that are juggling around now in the NGC crying for the APC to be kicked  ☑ [Everyone knows KL has never won an award for brilliance.  Am I  missing  something  here KL? Are you an Einstein? ]

Loggy and others [like him] are responsible for the sorry state that Sierra Leone is in today.  To these guys everything in Salone revolves around ethnicity.☑ [This is another factual statement. Just look at what EBK and his Ekutay gang did to Sam Sumana. Even the clergy [Bishop Henry Aruna for eg] were not spared with their alaki tribalism]


KL
Reply with quote  #22 
 I see you are back...the "Free lawyer" with the "Sengbe excuse".   What else can I do with you? 
Sengbe Excuse
Reply with quote  #23 
This King Loggy Themne rascal is at it again. He is the master at bringing the worst out of his greengory branlaws. Hehehe. Mr. Free lawyer entered the ring begging for the admin to caution KL. No sooner than a jury of his peers are summoned the Free lawyer went into a rampage. Hehehe Free lawyer please warm hart nor mix
KL
Reply with quote  #24 
This fontobo Free Lawyer is the typical a$$hole greengo. He comes up with his very own "factual statements" about others yet he will not tell how much of an SLPP Mende he is. What an a$$hole of a free lawyer and ballsless moron to be hiding behind a mask. Kakarass blohun


"Loggy and others [like him] are responsible for the sorry state that Sierra Leone is in today.  To these guys everything in Salone revolves around ethnicity.☑ [This is another factual statement."  (Free Lawyer)

@Fomba, to me it appears that KL is a swing voter. In 1996 & 2002 he supported SLPP. 2007 & 2012 APC, and now he is with NGC.  (Specky)
Fomba
Reply with quote  #25 
I am not going to go down the dirty road as King Loggy in using gutter language on a public forum.  But I am firm in my belief that everything about Loggy is wrapped up in tribalism.  The man lives in, breathes and excretes tribalism. 

Loggy is an empty head that has no firm intellectual philosophical conviction.  He operates on instincts, precisely, tribal instincts.  For example, he moved to the NGC from APC because he saw his Themne brethren moving to the NGC. 

Loggy's mago mago support of Ernest Koroma between 2007 and 2017 has served as a fodder for escalating tribalism in Bintumani.  It was during this time that he coined the anti-Mende slur "Greengo".  Moreover, not only did he proudly call himself 350% APC but he also openly rejoiced at the news that Ebola was devastating the Southeast in 2014.  Need I say anymore?  This, man, Loggy, one of Salone's worst tribalists.
Knice
Reply with quote  #26 
But KL, my heavy handed accusation was of the APC and not of you or any individual. You are well aware of my position that tribalism is Sierra Leone's fundamental problem. If I have a point then obviously tribalism is prevalent and we are all guilty to some degree. There a is a truth that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So we can argue about who kicked off this destructive habit, but that would be most unprofitable. I suggest instead that we recognize it as the main cause of our stagnation and misery, as means to open up our willingness to search for policies and programs that can remove it as obstacle to our progress and happiness.
KL
Reply with quote  #27 
"I suggest instead that we recognize it as
the main cause of our stagnation and misery,
as means to open up our willingness to search
for policies and programs that can remove it as
obstacle to our progress and happiness."


Well, Knice, there is probably no better place to start than our voting patterns. I will be the happiest Sierra Leonean when we start voting for candidates that promotes the cause of the nation rather than those of their tribesmen.  I must say I am impressed with many Northerners who are now coming out against the APC. But time will tell if enough Southeasterners will at least support the NGC, a movement that many believes is SLPP light. 
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