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Tolongbo still occupies lucrative professional government positions in Sierra Leone. Since this mob represents an existential threat to democracy and the rule of law in Sierra Leone, its continued existence in important positions in sensitive decision-making institutions of government is neither healthy for Sierra Leone nor for the SLPP
It is common knowledge that Tolongbo is a useless and lawless outfit that does not believe in institutions. The consequence of this is the crippling of all institutions in Sierra Leone whenever Tolongbo is in power. Therefore, it behooves the SLPP to yank off Tolongbo in any job that requires political appointment. This would demoralize that mob and orchestrate its rapid decline as a force in politics. A rapidly declining Tolongbo is not tantamount to killing democracy in Sierra Leone. Sixteen political parties participated in the last general elections. Therefore, democracy will thrive even with a rapidly disintegrating Tolongbo.
Positions like the Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, the Commissioner of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), the Director General of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), the Director-General of the National Commission for Social Action (NACSA), the Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Vice -Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, the General Manager of the Sierra Leone Port Authority, the Director of Immigration, the Chief of Defense Staff, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces and others are still occupied by Tolongbo. To the extent that these positions influence political and economic governance, leaving them in the hands of Tolongbo amounts to a threat to the national security of Sierra Leone.
Politics is a nasty sport in which competing opponents slug it out for brutal survival. Make no joke, in 2023, an unbattered Tolongbo and not the NGC would be SLPP’s main competitor. NGC will not grow because Sierra Leone is a de facto two-party state. Therefore, Tolongbo must be sent down the slippery slope now.
Tolongbo is a party that does not like being in opposition. Its ranks are filled with greedy zealots who always want to be on the gravy train. If any Tolongbo is offered a ministerial position or an ambassadorial job right now, he /she will bolt from Tolongbo in a second. Without suggesting that Tolongbos should be appointed ministers or ambassadors, SLPP must take advantage of Tolongbo’s inherent weaknesses in eviscerating that party.
Tolongbo was on a rapid decline after the 1996 general elections. But the naïve Ahmad Tejan Kabbah felt that a dying Tolongbo was an insult to democracy in Sierra Leone. Thus, Kabbah pursued a policy of leniency toward Tolongbo, a policy that really helped the mobsters to grow en route to stealing the 2007 elections.
Bio should not repeat Kabbah’s mistakes. Getting rid of Tolongbo from important policy making positions weakens that party, protects confidentiality in the corridors of power and guarantees SLPP a landslide victory in 2023.
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Most politics appointees are replaced when the party in power loses general elections. Happened to SLPP appointees when APC won in 2007. SLPP will not govern continuously forever and when it is replaced, the new government will fire all SLPP political appointees and hire their own folks. Happens in the US. Not a big deal.
When civil servants are targeted for dismissal because they do not belong to the ruling party a country starts having problems.
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This is why in poor African nations, it is not uncommon for political appointees to embezzle as much as possible because their attitude is “u know tiday, u nor know tumara. So leh ar crape di pot wae ar dae tiff”.
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"When civil servants are targeted for dismissal because they do not belong to the ruling party a country starts having problems." Spectator 007 Spectator, Are you implying that I am suggesting that civil service Tolongbos must be fired? My analysis is on political positions within government. Tolongbos in these positions will continue to sabotage the SLPP if they are not replaced. There are, for example, more frequent power outages since Bio took over, a suspicious fire at Lungi airport and many other acts aimed at embarrassing the current administration and getting it off its tracks.
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Captain Jigba, you asked “Are you implying that I am suggesting that civil service Tolongbos must be fired? “
Not at all my friend. You made it explicitly clear you were referring to political appointees.
Political appointees are dismissed because the incoming administration wants loyalists who will support their agenda and not sabotage or refuse to support it. All the same, I think the people being fired should be treated with respect when they are shown the door. Donald Trump style nar for tweet say ihn don dreb u. Pak u bundle go!
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As Jesus is reported to have said, it's not what comes out of his anus that pollutes him, in this case it's the rank malice emitting from Captain Jigba's mouth, pen, typewriter that gives great cause for concern, especially from the advocates of magnanimity in victory. Now it seems that for practical purposes, the SLPP's verbose footsoldiers, lieutenants, braggarts are going in the other direction and suddenly the lieutenants of the now deposed APC administration are being characterised as the “ mob”, being tarred and feathered as “a useless and lawless outfit that does not believe in institutions” - whatever that is supposed to mean , if from the other side of his mouth he is referring to institutions which are certainly not criminal enterprises still currently being manned by APC appointees , such as , as he says, “ Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, the Commissioner of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), the Director General of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), the Director-General of the National Commission for Social Action (NACSA), the Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Vice -Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, the General Manager of the Sierra Leone Port Authority, the Director of Immigration, the Chief of Defense Staff, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces ” etc. etc... And it would seem that we are no longer talking about competence - even when such officers of state take their oaths of office and pledge their loyalty, not to the SLPP but to Sierra Leone... Here's some sound advice to the SLPP: To avoid disaster (going down that slippery slope that leads to the everlasting bonfire), Commander-in-chief extraordinary and plenipotentiary, the Retired Field Marshall Brer Julius Maada Bio should try his level best to avoid weeding out all alleged or real APC sympathisers/ Northerners, Kurankos etc. from the Sierra Leone military and replacing them wholesale with Sengbe's SLPPians Ditto on the education front. And the Health Department too should not be manned by only Sierra Leoneans who have taken an oath of loyalty to the SLPP. ( BTW, years ago a Sierra Leonean surgeon told me here in Stockholm (circa 1972), that Hippocratic oath or no Hippocratic oath, if he ever got hold of Pa Shaki on the operating table, the Pa would get to experience the new meaning of pain on a very personal level. ( Needless to say, we can be sure that Brer Bio himself would also avoid being operated on by a surgeon from Tolongbo According to Captain Jigba, “ “ Tolongbo is a party that does not like being in opposition Really? Does the SLPP? Did the SLPP like being in the opposition? In that case they should have gladly lost the last elections. Take note: Ernest O' Bai and the APC warmed the opposition benches for ten good years 1996-2006 before deposing the incumbent SLPP who had been enjoying the sweets of office for those ten long years. It would seem that the kind of democracy that Captain Jigba would like to see thrive in Sierra Leone, is something akin to Joseph's dream, “' I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me ” in his case an SLPP for evermore in power – almost a one-party state, with a very truncated APC (the rising sun) and the NGC ( the moon) and the eleven smaller parties bowing down in obeisance (sujjud) to Emperor Bio & the mighty palm trees.... Lastly, look who's talking about “a threat to democracy and the rule of law in Sierra Leone”. Captain Jigba are you still there? To regurgitate what the SLPP has done ( as if Abbas Bundu doesn't know any better) according to : Rev. Alfred Munda SamForay “ Also lost in the jungle warfare masquerading as parliamentary democracy were the reasons Parliament was meeting in the first place. Sections 79(1) and 80(1) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone stipulates that at the first seating of Parliament following a Dissolution, Parliament shall elect a Speaker and Deputy Speaker, respectively. And following a General Election, the first order of Parliament, of course, is to legalize itself by swearing in its members. But the Constitution does not require a member to be sworn in before voting for the Speaker or Deputy Speaker. According to Section 83, “… a member may, before taking an oath, take part in the election of a Speaker”. So there was absolutely no constitutional mandate to throw the petitioned APC MP’s out of Parliament. It was uncivil and unnecessary vexation of the spirit. In any case, before getting to these noble missions, MP’s and supporters of the two senior political parties, the APC and SLPP known in other circles as Alusine and Alhasan (twins of different mothers) decided to resort to some form of blood sacrifice in full view of the hallowed burial places of Sir Milton Margai, Father of the nation, and Siaka Probyn Stevens, father of the Republic. Then they proceeded to possibly violate the very Constitution they were been sworn-in to preserve and to protect. Section 79(2) of the Constitution says, The Speaker shall be elected by a resolution in favour of which there are cast the votes of not less than two-thirds of the Members of Parliament.. .” The distinguished SLPP legalists have still not addressed this issue : Demo-Crazy in Parliament
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You have taken a very brilliant and thought-provoking article by Captain Jigba and turned it into a very selfish and self-serving attack on the man. For goodness sake those positions that Captain Jigba outlined in his posting are not civil service positions. You serve in those positions at the pleasure of the president of Sierra Leone. And the guys currently in those positions are Ernest Koroma appointees. In countries like the United States, the civil service is not even permanent. I read earlier this year that Donald Trump fired all the Federal government District Attorneys. They were replaced with Trump's men. Can you Tolongbos drop your insecurities and groundless fear for a minute and allow Maada Bio to rule? Take the position of Governor of Bank of Sierra Leone, for example. Under Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, that position was manned by a very brilliant monetarist in the person of Dr. James Rogers. Ernest Koroma fired him and appointed Lefu Lefu Samura Kamara. At the National Revenue Authority (NRA), we had Dr. John Karimu as Commissioner. He was replaced by renown Tiff Man Allieu Sesay. Sesay went on to get into trouble in Nigeria with ECOWAS for his tiff man proclivities. So, why in the world are you crying foul when Captain Jigba calls for the replacement of Ernest Koroma appointees? Can you vouch for the competence of the Koroma appointees given the economic mess that Salone is in today? Further, Cornelius, where were you when Ernest Koroma's policy of Northernization was getting rid of qualified non-northerners in the civil service for unqualified northerners. I was replaced in the civil service by a college dropout from the North. BTW I hold a Masters degree and I am neither SLPP nor a Mende. Cornelius, it is all fine to relax in the serenity of Sweden and not care for what is happening in the hell hole called Sierra Leone. But what we will not allow you to get away with is to unconstructively criticize the positive moves that Maada Bio has embarked on to again make Sierra Leone a livable and competitive society. As someone once remarked, "Cornelius has been away for too long." It's time to come home, brother.
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Very good thread.
APC and SLPP intellectual cyber warriors lock horns while yours truly dodges mighty blows.
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Correction Bradford, the positions that Donald Trump filled are positions required to be filled by him. Don't mix apples with oranges.
Furthermore, you say you were replaced in the civil service by a college drop out from the north. What position did you hold and who replaced you. Where you given due process rights to appeal and did you appeal? Do you mean you were sacked or where you transfered or demoted? Finally, what agency was this?
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Are you disputing my assertion that Donald Trump dismissed Barack Obama-appointed Attorneys? Please peruse the following: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/us/politics/us-attorney-justice-department-trump.html Next, why are you asking me questions that would require me to more or less blow my cover on a public forum? Suffice it that I was removed from a senior management civil service position in a very important ministry simply because I was neither APC nor from the North. Exercises like these were rampant under Ernest Koroma. And you ask about due process? Please. You think Salone under APC is America? Let's put it this way, my due process under APC was as good as Sam Sumana's due process when he was fired by Ernest Koroma. But the good thing that came out of my hostile and unconstitutional dismissal was that I was able to travel to the United States where I am currently working on my doctorate. Tolongbo is a piece of crap.
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I doubt that during the APC's 2007 – 2018 interregnum there was any “Northern-i-zation”as such, certainly nothing as glaring as Sir Akpata Margai's Mende-i-zation program which was a little more than mere regional nepotism and favouritism
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replaced in the civil service by a college dropout from the North ”. He who feels it knows . Please accept my condolences for being on the wrong side of the APC's big stick. I also know a former APCerian ( a good Temne-man) who turned sour on the APC after his brother who was a custom's officer was sacked and this good Temne man was openly gloating to me, said that he was overjoyed when the APC lost the presidential elections. That kind of vengeful spirit. In the meantime I wonder what's happening with our womenfolk, is there any similar tribal discrimination across the gender lines? Party lines? I'm still waiting for word from Teacher Conteh. As for me, I don't discriminate on the woman front on the basis of tribe, nationality, colour, race, region or religion, I don't discriminate at all, in the spirit of the Hard Rock Cafe motto, it's “ Love All, Serve All ” Re - “The Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, the Commissioner of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), the Director General of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), the Director-General of the National Commission for Social Action (NACSA), the Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, the General Manager of the Sierra Leone Port Authority, the Director of Immigration...” If I were Brer Bio, in the name of responsibility and accountability, I would sack all of the aforementioned and where and when possible, replace them all with better and more loyal competencies which is exactly what's needed to man Sierra Leone's financial institutions and the bedrock of the Sierra Leone economy. It was only Captain Jigba's exaggerated tone “this mob” etc. that I was railing against, otherwise I should like you to understand that I am deeply appreciative of each and every good move that Brer Bio has made so far, such as (saving lives) clearing away the environment disaster that was Samba Gutter and Kroo Bay, and I should certainly be at the forefront of cheerleaders when he progresses beyond policy speeches to actually implementing his sina qua non vision of free primary and secondary school education for all Sierra Leoneans... However, I have my doubts as to whether or not the Vice -Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone should be politicized, Mr. President doesn't necessarily have to play that role too when there are other suitable people, dare I suggest P.K. Muana one of his loyal ( and competent ) lieutenants? The Chief of Defense Staff, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces is a very sensitive position under any dispensation and I daresay that Mr. President would sleep more soundly at night if he had a chief of staff who has taken an oath of fealty to him, Brer Bio ( smile)
bout this much discussed idea of converting garbage to energy, I guess that – not such a bad idea after all ( smile) and maybe never too late, they could import some of that garbage waste from Lebanon for combustion in Shierra Leone? Now that there's so much grumbling about the state of the economy, maybe in some small way we could follow the example of Poland ( reduce the salaries of MPs?
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Sometimes when folks post here with a high display of emotions, it may be a natural reaction to their experiences under the EBK government. Siaka Stevens and Joseph Momoh may have been brutal but they were never tribalistic. EBK , on the other hand was all about tribalism and regionalism. There were even non-northern APCers that became collateral damages of EBK's crude tribalism and regionalism. I believe he has damaged APC seriously and permanently. Talking about the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, I cannot remember the guy's name but he did EBK's dirty job. He sent Southeastern professors on early retirement and fired the world renown historian, Ibrahim Abdullah. But Bio has promised to allow the public universities to retake the chancellor position in 2019. Great.
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Indeed, if his claims are all true then the brilliant
Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah is a poignant case in point.
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“Talking about the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, I cannot remember the guy's name but he did EBK's dirty job.“ - Bradford
Talking about the guy wae IB say nor sabi dondo!
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Thanks Spectator. The quoted paragraph below underscores my point. The Vice-Chancellor position is a political position. The incumbent serves at the pleasure of the president of Sierra Leone, the Chancellor of the university. The sycophant that occupies the position must do the dirty job of the president or he loses his job. "Independent accounts from Fourah Bay College have blamed the decision to invalidate Prof. Abdullah’s employment on the head of the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ekundayo Thompson. Thompson was awarded a doctorate degree in education twelve years ago in 2004 (the same year he turned 60 years old), and six years later, he was unprecedentedly promoted to the position of professor in 2010. He was subsequently appointed by President Ernest Koroma to head the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) and made Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone thereafter. Some long-serving professors in the university have expressed severe concerns as to the meteoric rise of Thompson in the university, expressing worries over his competence and qualifications to head the University of Sierra Leone. “A vice chancellor must have, at least, twenty years of academic experience after his or her terminal degree, and this is clearly absent in the case of Ekundayo Thompson, whose doctorate degree was awarded in 2004,” some professors have complained. Many people saw Thompson’s appointment as part of a tradition of political nepotism that rewards ruling party members and staunch supporters with strategic institutional appointments. The central government practice of staffing the university with ruling party adherents contributes to the problems affecting the University of Sierra Leone in recent years (especially since Koroma assumed power in 2007)." Concord Times
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Bradford, those positions in question were not civil service jobs but political appointments. Can't you read? Gee!
I bet that your job was also a political appointment.
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It appears that the more I interact with you the more I encounter newer depths of stupidity and ignorance. I know the difference between a political appointment (which the original posting on this thread is about) and a civil service position (which I held for years until Ernest Koroma arrived). You cannot force me to disclose my identity or furnish you with more information beyond what I have given here. No way. I have long moved on to bigger and better things. Look, the number of lives that Ernest Koroma and the APC destroyed through tribalism and regionalism are numerous. Have you wondered why so many of our compatriots are rejoicing today for Maada Bio and the SLPP? Non-northerners (Mendes, Krios, etc) were yanked off their civil service positions for unqualified Northerners. I stand by this position because I am a victim of the bigoted policy of the APC. May the APC forever rot in hell.
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'In countries like the United States, the civil service is not even permanent. I read earlier this year that Donald Trump fired all the Federal government District Attorneys. They were replaced with Trump's men.' The above statement is a quote from you. You were assuming that the positions alluded to in the passage were civil service appointments. It is this obvious confusion you displayed that made me question your understanding of the differences between political appointments and civil service appointments and wondered whether you even knew your job classification.
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Are civil service jobs in the US permanent for workers who do not violate regulations and considered above average performers by their supervisors? What of during severe recessions?
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Civil service jobs are contractual jobs. They are guided by civil service laws and regulations. There are labor unions for protecting the rights of members. I happened to be a Union Steward for the Professional Employee Federation and I ought to know this.
Civil servants can be fired but there are procedures that ought to be followed and ultimately the civil servant can appeal. If, all is said and done and the civil servant loses his/her appeal then he gets fired. There can be political appointments in civil service agencies but these are governed by different set of rules and they are not members of labor unions. Those political appointments can be recalled at anytime without the rigid criteria available for civil service appointments. I knew that the APC government and the SLPP government of Pa Kabba both had political appointments intermingled with civil servants for purposes of tapping into the knowledge and expertise of members of the diaspora. They were paid astronomical amounts. Some were paid nearly $3000 per month. Based on Sierra Leone salaries they were pretty well off.
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Thanks for your response AFK.
What of civil servants in deep red states, do they have similar union backing?
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I think the phrase that " the civil service in the United States is not permanent" refers to the federal civil service and not state civil service or municipal civil service.
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@Falama, thanks for your response.
By the way, do state and municipal civil service workers in general have better job security than federal civil service workers?
I recall that during recessions, in CA, state and municipal workers are sometimes let go based on when they were hired. Newly hired employees are usually canned first.
Protection for civil service workers is not uniform across the different states. I imagine that in states controlled by Democrats they have better protection.
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"By the way, do state and municipal civil service workers in general have better job security than federal civil service workers?" Spectator 007 Your question is a little bit complex because there are many issues that would come to play when we talk about civil service job security. Labor laws, for example, are not uniform across states. But generally, all other things remaining the same, the federal government with its immense wealth might probably provide more job security for its employees than many state or municipal governments. And wealthy states like New York, California, and Massachusetts may provide more job security for their employees than poorer states like Mississippi, South Carolina and Arkansas.
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@AFK I did not see you come to defense of those civil servants who were ‘ drebbed ‘ by Lady Gaga from Ministry of Social welfare and Gender Affairs. Does a Minister have the power to Drebb a civil servant even when the Head of the Civil Service thinks otherwise?
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Seriously, I went searching for the meaning of the word 'drebbed' that you wrote because I have never heard of it. But then I saw that you had it on parenthesis. Do you mean driven or sacked?
The minister should refer any problem with a civil service staff to the administrative head or permanent secretary. SHe should not do the firing or transfer of a staff herself. When she does that she is stepping on the toes of the administrative head which sometimes is the Permanent Secretary and that will sure set her on a collision course with the head of the civil service. Some ministers do not quite know their boundaries. I was not aware of that problem. I met one chap in Makeni who got transferred because he ran into problems with Sylvia Blyden. He now is the Provincial secretary for Bombali.
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Spectator 007, in periods of austerity governments may want to trim down the work force and this usually result in strong opposition from labor. Some times rather than laying off staffs incentives are provided to encourage those at the retirement age and those close to retirement to retire. In 2010 I was going to retire anyway because i wanted to return home. But that would have meant early retirement and I would have faced a substantial penalty of about $12,000 yearly from my retirement income. As luck may have it, that same year the governor of the state of New York, faced with serious economic problems, made available retirement incentives that provided me with a zero penalty as an incentive if I retired early. I was lucky.
When layoffs is the only option available there is usually a seniority sequence that is followed. Those employees that are merely temporary staffs get laid off first, followed by permanent staffs with less seniority. But when permanent staffs are cut from the work force, their names remain with civil service for preference in rehiring when conditions improve. So is the nature of the beast in New York State.
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The country must brace itself for the wave of arson set to follow the departing tolongbos. APC has patented this nasty criminal method of eliminating evidence of graft.
Next week is going to be crucial and the fire brigade and arson investigators must be put on heightened alert!