SOE in Sierra Leone Neither A Mistake Nor Measure To Correct An Error
Those who want to make believe that there are no untoward intentions behind the state of emergency under which Sierra Leone now exists need to think again. The proclamation of a state of emergency for rape and violent sexual crimes was the closest Constitutional instrument available to the government in need to stamp its authority.
Those who have knowledge of politics would tell you of the repressive nature of police states to the extent that rule by such means abrogate basic human rights edicts and the suspension of more disciplined engagements between the force of the State which is considered to be legal though expected to be proportionate to any circumstance and the actions of ordinary citizens to asset their own expectations of justice and legality.
The state of emergency would have been declared to combat female genital mutilation or otherwise the proliferation of secret societies but the prospect of being regarded as a tyrannical dispensation led the government to walk away from that route.
In the midst of all the usual political grandstanding that preceded this move; those in the leadership of the All Peoples Congress (APC) were too lazy not to have envisaged the natural flow of play.
In what is beginning to look like a lackluster performance of a once odious football team, the APC is being too consistent in failing to decipher the maneuverings of this government or otherwise to anticipate their methodology and play the game so as to be prepared for any eventualities.
Take the case of Manchester United and the recruitment of Ole Gunar Solstzer to manage the affairs of the once glorious club on a short term caretaker basis.
After over seven games of skill and improving form, a radically improved method of play and team spirit, Manchester United is winning again.
Who says the same cannot happen to the APC?
Titus Bkye-Thompson, London
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