Written by Allie Formeh Kamara :
Monday, 09 February 2009
The mystery letter circulating in the armed forces with the intention of inciting trouble should come as no surprise to historians because Sierra Leone’s history, since independence, is replete with SLPP complicity in attempting to topple previous APC governments by force.
In 1967 disgruntled members of the SLPP party, unwilling to accept defeat, staged Sierra Leone’s first historic coup d’état. This was the first instance of military violence in the nation’s history which copy cats later emulated there by earning Sierra Leone the unenviable title as one of the most politically unstable region and an unfavorable place for international business. The SLPP has its finger prints on most military incursions in Sierra Leone.
As some in the Diaspora have correctly pointed out, the SLPP party has yet to denounce this latest act of trying to incite instability in the military. To all who took at face value the cadre of the so called intellectuals in the SLPP and the literally very loud online newspaper called the ‘New People’ it may seem quite a surprise that no one amongst them has the temerity to speak against the writer even though by doing so they would be showing themselves as peace lovers who want to play by the rules. The gulf between the expectations of the public and the activities of the brains behind the SLPP should give people reason to take a hard look at the SLPP party.
The failure by the SLPP to denounce the writer of the mysterious letter is an act of irresponsibility. It demonstrates that the SLPP will not part from its old ways. All eyes are on the SLPP as a culprit behind the mystery letter. And this development cannot help but damage the party’s reputation further.
Now, in fact, it behooves me to point out that pictures speak volumes and the so called mouthpiece of the SLPP party, namely the ‘New People’ appear to be full of personalities with visually appalling dispositions. Take for example the smiling Dr. Sama Banya, whose portrait shows his natural disposition as a playful old feller. Would you trust such a man as a revealer of truth? Again, would you trust such a man with your money or your daughter or your government? What about James Osaio Kamara, whose portrait, with his mouth deliberately twisted, gives him the appearance of a slick person not to be trusted and devoid of seriousness? These individuals decided, for what ever reason, to select such despicable pictures as the winning pictures for display when representing their party. It seems that in one of their strategy meetings they decided that they should give the appearance to the party of the day that all is well with them and that they are the razors edge with the killer instinct.
Perhaps they need to be reminded that politics is not just about bad mouthing the other party in order to win an election but about showing love for your country men and women in order to win.
What it boils down to is that the SLPP has shown through its mouthpiece the ‘New People’ that it has embraced the far left. At a time when Sierra Leoneans are reeling from the wounds of the ten year civil war, this position by the SLPP will cement their fate as a looser.