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A Journey to a Utopian Clean City

A Journey to a Utopian Clean City

The unpleasant voice from the megaphone hits the streets of every corner of the Utopian City

Chanting and eulogizing the development-driven pilot of the Flight to the Utopian City

Despite the fact that the citizens of the Utopian City now pay taxes that the 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 and a death trap

The bosses boast of bringing development to the Utopian City

And point their corrupt finger at their achievements:

Look at the Utopian Clock Tower at Eastern Police,

Look at the market we are building for the business Utopian City

Look at the roundabouts we have decorated

Look at the utopian beatification of the roundabouts

and the utopian Fountains of Hope

that the Cotton Tree is now enjoying

Wow! the utopian city is so beautiful like the first Daughter of Angel Gabriel

The City is ineffable, they unashamedly claim

But the citizens of the Utopian City ask and ask whether the billions of

Leones  their City  has collected achieved only those few great trivialities

The people of the city are disappointed that the money

they pay to the Utopian  City are spent on the

development of the Big Bugs of the City

They are angry because their city is the now

One of the dirtiest in the whole world since their city Father fathered the City

The Utopian 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 Utopian Citizens  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” Utopian inhabitants 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 Utopia swim in

These rivers

the tinted jeeps of our leaders drive in them with scornful ease

and wave the plight of their subjects away in 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

While the streets are still imbued with all the eye sores they propagated to clear

The barks of the Utopian City are indeed worse than its bites

The drainage in their developmental brains is wholly blocked

No wonder they cannot provide better drainages for the people of the Utopian City

that will drainage their lives into a better future.

Mohamed Kunowah-Tinu Kiellow, 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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