A Flight to a Corrupt City (FCC): Operation Wan Pot
The unpleasant voice from the megaphone hits the streets of every corner of Freetown
Chanting and eulogizing the development-driven pilot of the Flight to a Corrupt City
The journey is a tedious one as the city which claims to be the cleanest appears
To be LAGOSIZED
Despite the fact that we now pay taxes that our city
has never known: Sneeze-hard tax, Fart-loud tax, walk-loud tax,
Fat-body tax and many other taxes that should make the city an earthly paradise
Yet the City is a nightmare, a health hazard, a death trap and above all
The dirtiest city after Lagos
The bosses boast of bringing development to the city
And point their corrupt finger at their achievements:
Look at the Clock Tower at Eastern Police,
Look at the market we are building for business Freetown
Look at the roundabouts we have decorated
Look at the beatification of the roundabouts and the Fountains ofHope
That the Cotton Tree is now enjoying
Wow! the city so beautiful like the first Daughter of Angel Gabriel
The City is ineffable, they unashamedly claim
But the Freetonians ask and ask whether the billions of
Leones the Flight to a Corrupt City has collected
achieved only those few great trivialities
The people of the city are disappointed that the money
they pay to the Corrupt City are spent on the
development of the Big Bugs of the City
They are angry because their city is the now
the dirtiest in the whole world since their city Father fathered the City
The Corrupt City uses all unorthodox, sometimes illegal, ways to get
money from even the poor in the guise of taxes
in order to embellish their own pockets and leave the Freetonians to bear the brunt
of the rot, squalor, decay, pungent smell, smoky atmosphere and all other related
situations that act as recipe for a reduced life span
When there is little downpour
go to Kissy Road, Blackhall Road, Eastern Police,
Ferry Junction, Jomo Kenyatta Road,
Mountain Cut, Benjamin Lane, Fourah Bay Road
and all major street s in Freetown
The “undrainaged” Freetonians are drained in all the rivers of Sierra Leone:
River Moa at Eastern Police
River Sewa at BlackHall Road
Great Scarcies at Jomo Kenyatta Road
Little Scarcies at Ferry Junction
River Teyay at Fourah Bay Road
While the empty hopes of the people of Freetown swim in
the tinted jeeps of our leaders drive in them with scornful ease
and wave the plight of their subjects away in a absolute abandonment
They say those who do not pay “their taxes” are unpatriotic
But why should you pay money when the “Tu Fut Aratas” are not patriotic enough
To spend the money to improve the lives of the people who pay it?
Instead they spend the money to improve their own social and economic lives
Where has operation “Wan Pot” gone to?
And what have all the Bye Laws 2010 achieved?
The streets are still imbued with all the eye sores they propagated to clear
The barks of the Corrupt city are indeed worse than its bites
The drainage in their developmental brains has wholly blocked
No wonder they cannot provide better drainages for the people of Freetown
That will drainage their lives into a better future
But like Emmerson said: If den yai nor bus den go see am!
Mohamed (Frank) Kunowah-Tinu Kiellow (in photo), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The author is a Dutch-Sierra Leonean lawyer who recently returned from his beloved Mama Salone after having worked there as a Legal and Policy Adviser.
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Yankay Seisay, let people say the truth and honestly this story is the real truth about our motherland. I was in Freetown sometime last year and I saw city council staffs harassing a deaf woman for tax, it was so unbeliveable that I have to intervane and paid the said amount on her behalf. But why people pay tax? I need an answer from you.
Its a shame.25th July 2010
part of the saboteur group. How many drainages did the previous regime construct . Before you start criticizing. your past is very important for your future . So tell me what and where this city father is to learn from . You making tax payment of five thousand Leone as a waste . Or are you trying to say people should not pay tax ? Is the dilapidation of Freetown drainage system caused overnight. There is work to be done ,so try to be part of the solution not the other way round. Salone men are full of negative raps . you compared Lagos to Freetown yet no Nigerian as gone on line ridiculing Lagos for political gain . Typical Salone man,shame on you.24th July 2010