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I take great exception to a press release put out by State House in relation to the Bo disturbances, and therefore say without any uncertainty that posterity is sure judge the arbitrators or powers that be should they inconsiderately catch fire or inflame civil unrest ahead of the 2012 elections.
It is but a shame that the government press release on the Bo shoot out did not in any way, manner or form say anything regarding the arrest and punishment of persons found or believed to have schemed unrest at all.
Devoid of our political belongings (you who are politicians – so to say) it is an observable fact that a statesman in the person of Julius Maada Bio was wounded by an unknown attacker and that the police must be given the right to abidingly search for and cause the arrest of whosoever may have done such a dastardly act.
I am sure it is to the knowledge of even President Koroma that the recent Bo unrest has lead to the burning of national structures as well as inflicting serious injuries to peaceful and well meaning Sierra Leoneans.
Allow me paste verbatim the first paragraph of the so-called government press release so that Sierra Leoneans might single out the ‘flip flops’ of what was projected as government’s statement on the Bo saga.
“IT HAS COME TO THE ATTENTION OF GOVERNMENT THAT DURING THE VISIT OF THE SLPP PRESIDENTIAL FLAGBEARER JULIUS MAADA BIO TO BO TODAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2011, CERTAIN EVENTS YET UNCLEAR OCCURRED, THAT HAVE ESCALATED INTO SERIOUS VIOLENCE AND DISORDER…”
What exactly was the so-called press release saying nevertheless?
“Certain events yet unclear occurred, that have escalated into serious violence and disorder,” meaning that that release was telling Sierra Leoneans that it unclear to government what really triggered the violence and disorder in Bo.
So, was State House telling Sierra Leoneans that disclosures in relation to the pelting of stones at the convoy of the SLPP Presidential flagbearer thus inflicting multiple wounds on his head did reach them but are doubtful such happening?
It brings to reflection however that politicians trivialize issues of state concern by shamelessly making unfounded and reckless political statements, which if not checked, may burst into flames of civil war as old.
For the sake of clearness though, I have been compelled to accurately include in this commentary excerpts in the government press statement on the Bo disturbances. Please take your time to read contents below and ask yourself if such a release is of any significance to the seriousness of incident anyway.
“PRESENTLY, THE SECURITY FORCES ARE DOING EVERYTHING TO BRING THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL, AND TO MAINTAIN LAW AND ORDER IN BO AND ITS ENVIRONS.”
“GOVERNMENT STRONGLY CONDEMNS VIOLENCE IN ALL ITS FORMS AND IN PARTICULAR THE UGLY INCIDENTS THAT ARE REPORTED TO HAVE OCCURRED IN BO.”
“GOVERNMENT THEREFORE APPEALS TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS INCLUDING MEMBERS OF POLITICAL PARTIES TO REMAIN CALM AND GO ABOUT THEIR NORMAL BUSINESS, WITH THE ASSURANCE THAT LIVES AND PROPERTIES WILL BE PROTECTED.”
“E N D”
And it is in the history books that the downfall of what used to be as a ‘land that flows with milk and honey’ was all the making of unprincipled, dishonest and unscrupulous politicians.
It is against this that upright media practitioners have vowed exposing rotten and uncalled for conducts of cheap, talkative and corrupt politicians ahead of the soon to come elections in 2012.
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