Blind ethnic and regional loyalty in Sierra Leone

The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the axe, for the axe was clever and convinced the Trees that because his handle is made of wood,  he was one of them*
The trees 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾
*In our political systems, there is blind ethnic/regional voting by the electorate. In a schizophrenic way, the electorate would dance and romp, and fiercely defend and vote for political parties and candidates that would have done absolutely noting to lift them out of poverty. In a five year term, the man would live in a zinc shack that would be filled with flood water during the rainy season. He would struggle every hour to feed his children. Every malaria typhoid infection in his household would be a crisis. Some of his children would prematurely die as he would buy drugs which are fake.  His children would go to schools that would leave them mal-educated — only to go out and be petty traders or keke riders after 14 years of schooling. He would have no savings. All his hand-to-mouth earnings would barely afford him fish and meat daily; even to buy adequate drinking water would be a problem. 99% of his relatives and friends would be like him — in desperate, poverty-stricken living conditions. That was the situation with his father and his grandfather, going back to the 1960s. Yet…*
*Yet, this impoverished man would spend most of his evening hours fiercely defending his political party. Come elections time, he would wear his party colours and steam out into streets frenetically dancing for his party; and he and his neighbors wallowing in abject poverty would vote massively for “na we party “. *
*…The predatory political elite and bureaucratic elite in successive governments treat the people with contempt; they are disdainful of inquisitive journalists and assertive civil society activists. Why? They know that the gullible and illiterate and mal-educated majority would always be bamboozled with the tribal logic, and continue to empower those who have impoverished them.*
*Slave ship Freedom Ship*

Kabs Kanu

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