Against That Unpopular Toll Road
It is no longer a secret that the Wellington-Masiaka toll road is very unpopular as many well-meaning Sierra Leoneans have categorically condemned it. The toll road, we believe, bears the highest propensity to deprive the ruling APC of several votes in the coming 2018 elections as opposition parties may build a big political capital out of it.
We are of the strong view that the imposition of a toll road amid the biting poverty and hardship is politically and economically unwise as it will bring more economic constraints on the people. No sooner the drivers start paying toll to use the road than they will escalate transport fares and that will definitely lead to more inflation in the prices of essential commodities and the masses will have to bear the brunt of the whole thing.
We cannot see the honesty and wisdom in making a toll road out of a road for which the citizens have already paid and which they have been using for years. Why did the APC not construct a fresh toll road?
The mass condemnation the toll road keeps experiencing should be enough to let the ruling APC abandon the idea if it wants to endear itself to the majority of Sierra Leoneans. The party must not allow itself to be lured to its political doom by trying to raise money to satisfy a Chinese company; the party must heed to the voice of the masses.
This press is with the firmest conviction that a truly responsible government must heed the voice of the masses, and not act otherwise.
Inflicting extra financial burden on the populace at a time the country is going through austerity measures seems to be contrary to economic common sense, hence, we are stressing that the government drop the idea of the toll road and find other means to pay off the China 7th Railway Group.
The ruling APC must not be oblivious of the fact that too much taxation can make the people disgruntled and make the government very unpopular, especially now that general elections are fast approaching.
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