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When freedom of speech is silenced, new ideas will be shelved only to be brought back to the forefront when the right leadership with an open mind encourages the heart.
The five practices of exemplary leadership according to Posner and Kouzes are: 1. Model the Way 2. Inspire a Shared Vision 3. Challenge the Process 4. Enable Other to Act 5. Encourage the Heart There will never be progress when any of these leadership practice is missing.
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I personally like living in a society that allows freedom of speech. China is rapidly developing but does it tolerate freedom of speech?
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The China situation is very complicating. We only heard bits and pieces of what took place in China in last century. However, China is gradually evolving to accommodate views and desires of its young citizens. The worldview of the Chinese youth is no longer the way it was. The youths are more westernized, and China is responding to them. In the past, China's dissidents (the educated elite) were leaving the country in droves because of the government silencing them. Now some of those dissidents are returning home because they have the ability, to an extent, to constructively express themselves.
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“Now some of those dissidents are returning home because they have the ability, to an extent, to constructively express themselves.” Yusuf #08
The booming economy and great opportunities may have more to do with it. No sane individual dares challenge the monopoly of the communist party over politics.
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When freedom of speech is silenced, new ides will never come to the surface. This forum needs to be the voice for democracy in SL. The president is going crazy and needs to be brought back to reality so that he govern wisely. We need to reflect on our history regarding activities that have taken place in the last fifty years, and pave the way for where we expect to be in the next fifty years. Being an authoritative leader has the potential to stifle progress.
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I think you are going to be banned soon and rightfully so. You come here not to contribute positively but to stir hysteria. You are a trouble maker whose butt should be kicked out of this forum ASAP.
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Are you salivating for me to be banned from the forum? Not going to happen. The Administrator in Sage and I have a love hate relationship. She might be mad at me sometimes, but she also knows that my absence from the forum usually puts the forum in silence mode. We trash talk each other, but nothing beyond our respective parameters. Instigator!!! Cool off man.
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I don't think anybody here cares a ras cloth whether you are banned from the forum or not. Remember, the Forum Administrator did warn you a few days ago about your mischievousness. As an intellectual, it is expected that when you criticize, you should do so constructively. Your pattern of stirring hysteria on the forum relative to developments in Sierra Leone does not add any value to discussions here.
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Yusif#08, Since you haven't been banned yet, you could use your precious freedom of speech wisely by explaining exactly what you mean when you say that " The president is going crazy and needs to be brought back to reality so that he govern wisely." Failing to do so would = a missed opportunity
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My contributions on this forum as it stands are to improve the level of governance in SL. Just because I take positions that are different from other people on subject matters does not means I am against progress. In fact having different perspectives on issues stimulates progressive conversations where all sides are listened to, and taken into consideration, before they are carefully evaluated and accepted based on merit. As for your query, I am sure you hear about what is taking place in SL under the Bio administration. You are more than welcome to make your own assessment.
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Yusif#08, It's the nature of diversity and plurality and that's why it looks like everybody wants to " improve the level of governance in SL" , you, the APC, the NGC, not to forget the guy in the driver's seat steering the ship of state, the commander -in-chief of you and everybody (every Sierra Leonean ) that's for or against the SLPP. You are sure that I "hear about what is taking place in SL under the Bio administration". Yes, I hear and I'm happy to say that many good things are happening and will happen, even if the disgruntled with their don't wish him well " bad heart" will only continue to see what they want to see: criminality At this point, you must agree that freedom of speech has not been "muzzled" and you are free, free, free to see and say what you would like to see. So what are you groaning about?
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As usual, you are spot on. Please keep on with the good work.
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There are distinctions between announcements and actualizations. The earlier are meant for various reasons like: trying to distract people while muddling the waters. The latter are meant to be measured, observed and show tangible results/outcomes, show progress or regression and take corrective actions. CH let me say this: name three things that are announcements, and three things that have been actualized by the Bio administration. I am not a hater, just pointing out the obvious.
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Yusif#08, Examine your conscience critically. Examine the SLPP's New Direction Policy paper. Follow the trajectory thus far - such as the impressive team that Brer Bio has put together. I think that President Bio fulfils the criteria enumerated by your Posner and Kouzes You could also take a look at this : Successful Leadership You say that “ Bio needs someone to keep him on his toes so that he can do right by our people. ” You say that you “ have the ability to make significant contributions toward the development of the country in many areas including: accounting, finance, education, leadership, information technology, administration and supervision and policy formation .”
You say that you want what you say to be “
listened to, and taken into consideration, before they are carefully evaluated and accepted based on merit . ” Consequently, that Brer Bio must listen and evaluate what you say before he makes a decision about anything.
I understand that your contributions in this forum aim to ( your words) : “
to improve the level of governance in SL” . May you be eternally engaged in this now noble quest forever or until such a time when you will be completely satisfied, i.e. when perfection or near-perfection is attained in that sphere - maybe during your forthcoming Presidency when, if things go as you wish, hopefully, actualisation of the the right to free education at the primary and secondary school level would have ensured that the levels of ignorance would have diminished considerably and the level of governance will not leave much to be desired. Here's a simple question that I'm sure you've been asked before, so let's hope that you will answer it now. Please don't dodge the question : Where were you during the ten long years that the APC was in office? Did you hold O'bai's feet to the fire ? As Runoko Rashidi put it, " History is a light that illuminates the past, and a key that unlocks the door to the future." How did you feel when you read this : ” ... the government of Sierra Leone paid $18 million for the 4km- long Wilkinson Road. The unit price charged was roughly $4.5 million a kilometer compared with internationally accepted average price of $250,000.This project was not only expensive and costly but was piloted with corrupt hands that mercilessly defrauded our nation. ” Do you plead guilty to not keeping Ernest Bai Koroma & Co on his toes so that he could do right to your people? Yusif#08, I'm in a bad mood just now, after the Croatia - Nigeria match ( a self-goal and a very dubious penalty awarded by the oyibo referee) so I'll get back to you when I'm in a better mood. As to what you think are tantalising demands ( “ three things that are announcements, and three things that have been actualized ”) when I get back to you , I'll give you more than five, and for now, without prevarication you did read this proposal which I don't think was ever announced officially – something that made O'Bai's APC administration tremble and be wary of Hon. Charles Margai , the kind of official announcement that they have no reason to be looking forward to or to pray that dear Charles Margai's good intentions will ever be “actualised” and I don't suppose that Yusif#08 would like that kind of justice to be dome either : * 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.
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, Yusif#08 You say that , “ Bio needs someone to keep him on his toes so that he can do right by our people.” And that someone of course is the unmuzzled Yusif#08 Sorry about the mood I'm in. After that Croatia – Nigeria match, I still haven't regained anything like my usual composure. On the phone this morning, my good friend Fofi, a Sierra Leonean football enthusiast, only made things worse when he confirmed what I think we all saw , when he told me that Nigeria was obviously playing against Croatia + the referee who was the twelfth man in Croatia's team - and just a couple days before the Iran – Morocco match, a good Moroccan Bro had told me that “There's no justice in football. It's like that”. Beautiful Morocco too has her unfair share of problems with some people: looka here ! Of course if I had been the referee in that Croatia – Nigeria match, super tribalist that I am, with the first blast of my whistle - for a penalty, the Croatians would have known that the referee was not from the Caucasus Mountains and with the second blast any doubts they had would have been destroyed, forever. When I blow for a penalty any unwarranted protest from an opposing player would warrant a yellow card – the second protest by the same player would guarantee a red card – as red as the APC flag. After awarding the third red card I'm sure that the Croatian coach, trainers and supporters would be threatening that I would not leave the stadium alive. I guess that it would most probably be the same scenario when you have a Tolongbo as electoral commissioner - in which case the red card is the good card and the green card has nothing to do with the United States of America..... And why is Sierra Leone not in the world cup ? I asked Fofi. I ask you too. Dennis Bright was alright as Minister of Youth and Sports even if not enough money was being devoted to that minister's budget. And what great wonders did Paul Kamara perform when he took over? With President Weah in charge in next door Liberia, we can be sure that at least 10% of the state budget will be going to football. Here too, I expect President Bio to out-perform and excel his predecessor... Dear Yusif#08 Indeed; “ There are distinctions between announcements and actualizations” ( Did Jesus make any such announcement and did his disciples not believe that he would be returning to planet earth in a littler while ? There are people who are still waiting for the actualisation of his return date , people who still justify the delay and procrastinate with kind words such as “ Rome wasn't built in a day” Ditto with the New Direction Education Project. It's not all going to be actualised overnight. You should be reasonably satisfied if as much as 50% of the gaol is realised in Brer Bio's first term. If only the APC Kabudu had not defrauded the nation so massively , you and AFK would not b showing the temerity that you do, when you ask “ Where is the money going to come from” to foot the New Direction education project bill. As To Hon. Charles Margai's proposals , well, Ernest Bai Koroma did tell us that he intended to run Sierra Leone “ like a business”, didn't he ? We now understand what he meant. Road building was meant to be his legacy. For Yusif#08, the wannabe next president : Africa : Successful leadership I intend to get back to you a little later . I sincerely hope that I'll actualise this announcement. I hope that you get back to me before I get back to you
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Hear ye! Hear ye!! Bra Cornie has now seen the light.
It seems that he no longer blindly lends his support to the Tolongbo gang of misfits like Yusif #08 these days. Objectivity is the name of his game as far as Saro politics is concerned. Well, welcome to our fold Bra Cornie. May you live long enough to witness the actualization of the results of Prezo Bio's free education policy in na we Saro. God bless you.
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May God bless you too, and of course Mr. President and the whole country...
Those of us who have attained to the fullness of
three score years and ten and are now surviving on extra time earnestly pray for a life extension so that we may see a few New Direction miracles, enjoy some more cassada liff and juicy lucy...
As Pope famously quipped,
“Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night:
God said, Let Newton be! and all was light.”
Let's hope that it's not only Bra Cornie that has now seen the light; let's hope, literally and not metaphorically speaking, that the good people of Freetown who have now been blessed with electricity can now see it too, 24 hours a day, non-stop, in their capital city.
Let's hope that if
and AFK who are surely not enemies of progress, will also come on board and that if they are anywhere near there, they can see it too and smell the roses as they romance with their babies/ ladies “Up The Greens” in Victoria Park ( Malcolm Seisay would know what I mean) in the newly clean and brightly lit city, humming happily along with Lady Day about “ Yusif#08 What a little Moonlight can Do”
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Amen to that which you have written in your latest response to me, Bra Cornie.
That is the spirit in the New Direction; we do not have time to waste in tribal partisanship. Nationalism is the only way forward for all of us due to our collective love for Saro.
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You call(ed) me a misfit, how did you arrive at that conclusion? Be careful how you use some of these words. I ain't no braggart, but will go toe-to-toe with you on all that matters. So stop invoking words that are misplaced modifiers. Nice bait... I am better than that, using invectives to address someone you've never met is not cool. CH, I will get back to you today, to respond to your queries.
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"You call(ed) me a misfit, how did you arrive at that conclusion?" Yusif #08 Yusif #08, I am not Sengbe but I have decided to respond to the above question from you. Yes, you are Sierra Leonean with all the rights that are enshrined in the country's constitution. But on the basis of your thought process, you don't fit in with the Sierra Leone that is gradually emerging from the ashes of APC inferno. The other day I read about a guy who went around cutting electrical cables at Spur Loop in Freetown. This was a desperate attempt at sabotaging the new energy policies of president Maada Bio. When this young man was about to be apprehended, he ran away and sought refuge in the American Embassy. Guess what? I thought about you, Yusif #08. Not that you would cut cables as this young man did, but you would gladly support the idea just to sabotage president Bio and the SLPP. Yusif #08 is a selfish and reactionary Themne nationalist whose ideal Sierra Leone is only the Sierra Leone where Themne Tolongbos wield political and economic power. You once stated: “ Like Cornelius Hamelberg, I ask, did you keep Ernest Koroma on his toes when he was destroying Sierra Leone? Bio needs someone to keep him on his toes so that he can do right by our people.”
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Karim Thorlu,Ee miss road. As you may have observed, Yusif#08 also has "bad hart" for Sweden. He said that South Korea was going to teach us a lesson ; here was his prediction : Sweden 1, S.Korea 2 Didn't he also prophecy that Bio was doomed to lose the election? The rest is sour grapes coming from his somewhere.
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I meant to ask, didn't besserwisser
Yusif #08 also prophesy that Bio was doomed to lose the election?
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Thank you Karim Thorlu for the appropriate response to that Misfit. Ditto Bra Cornie.
I have bigger fish to fry, so I ill leave the minion alone, but thanks for helping Lady J in the past.
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"...so I ill leave the minion alone..." Sengbe
ill should = will
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I bet you, you are no where near my intellect. I am a diverse individual with whom you can't compete with. So go to your corner and start suckling on your thumb. May be you will get comfort from it. You actually don't want to start a bru ha, ha with me. KL has taken care of you in the past, and I will finish the job with you. So stop talking trash before you get trashed into the incinerator. Take a chill pill as usual.
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You posed several queries to which you can answer yourself, yet you decided to pose them to me anyway. Here is what I a going to ask you to do, to see how well your brain functions. Mind you, I am utilizing the Socratic approach to educating people like you. In other words, I want you to think about your own thinking (metacognition). For me to write lengthily might not do the job. So here we go: "Let's hope that if Yusif#08 and AFK who are surely not enemies of progress, will also come on board and that if they are anywhere near there, they can see it too and smell the roses as they romance with their babies/ladies.“ What can you deduce from this statement? And for the record, I have never condoned nor in agreement with EBK's misdeeds, especially starting from the sacking of the vice president, which was probably unconstitutional, and/or political suicide. I initially was very happy that he was elected president of SL, but was disappointed with him in the latter stages of his presidency. I decided to abstain from joining his regime. My thing with you guys is that you are already singing hosanna, hosanna in only three months of the Bio administration. What is there to brag about when he has done nothing but make announcements about what he is going to do. And please don't tell me there is electricity in Freetown around the clock. That is what most SL politicians do, the minute they get to state house. President Kabba for instance brought the Kabba Tigers Machines to supply electricity in Freetown, they worked for a few days, and went off-line. Then came President Koroma, who did the same thing by promising the completion of the Bumbuna Hydro, yet he failed woefully. And now Bio, who was a benefactor of machines meant to supply electricity in Freetown, which he is enjoying, and which might only last for a few days. I am not yet ready to condemn nor praise him, rather I want to see sustainability around that sector. What say you? CH writes: At this point, you must agree that freedom of speech has not been "muzzled" and you are free, free, free to see and say what you would like to see. So what are you groaning about?" That is because I live in the good ole USA, where freedom of speech is somewhat observed. Now can you please explain to me the circumstances related to the demise of the journalist few days ago?
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They say the proof of the pudding lies in the eating. You proclaim that Sengbe is nowhere near your intellect. Yet you are in the habit of making silly grammatical errors on this forum. If you are not making spelling errors, your sentences are such that the nouns are out of sync with the verbs. These are issues that you could have corrected in elementary or high school. Tell me, why would any serious intellectual take Yusif #08 seriously?
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"...If you are not making spelling errors, your sentences are such that the nouns are out of sync with the verbs.
These are issues that you could have corrected in elementary or high school.Tell me, why would any serious intellectual take Yusif #08 seriously?..." Augustino Norto di word dat? U don rest di case against di minna. Tenki yah!
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Augustin wrote: "
Tell me, why would any serious intellectual take Yusif #08 seriously?"pot v. kettle, and dumbo "Pudding" concurred. What a mess...
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CH writes: "
The rest is sour grapes coming from his somewhere." Watch you words old guard. We do not need this on the forum. Let's stay civil...