11 Days to Sierra Leone’s 52nd Independence
On 27th April, 2013 Sierra Leone will celebrate her 52nd Independence Anniversary amid long petrol queues, water shortage, epileptic electricity, inflated prices, endemic corruption, chronic poverty, salary crisis, rampant violence, mass unemployment, armed robbery, poor quality education and various other problems that render our independence not worth celebrating.
Since the country gained independence from British imperialists in 1961, it has been retrogressing progressively with the citizens suffering severely from appalling political and socio-economic conditions, a situation which has put the mineral rich nation at the bottom of the UN index. Several governments have come and gone but the country continues to deteriorate which implies that the successive governments have not been able to rescue the nation from its notorious political, social and economic malaise.
The biting hardship, gross marginalization of the youths, massive corruption within government circles and the general rottenness that characterized the political, social and economic system triggered the decade-long rebel war. But even after the rebel war, the situation has not changed but continues to deteriorate.
Though we are claiming to have gained political independence, we are still politically, socially and economically dependent on the dictates of western powers and other great nations in the world without whose support, we would have perished long ago. So, how independent are we to keep celebrating? We are of the view that we should be mourning our independence. We are inclined to support the late President Koroma Kwame Nkrumah’s statement that political independence without economic independence is meaningless.
Though we may be politically independent, we are still economically and even socially dependent on foreign powers.
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