Mr. President why are we hearing you want to run sierra Leone like Zimbabwe?
We are getting disturbing reports that the A.P.C government is using police and thugs to harass and beat up journalists simply because they are practicing their profession or exposing some of the dirty games government plays. I think the A.P.C government is failing to realize that they have kept a remarkable reputation in the past 3 years regarding the way they have been treating journalists, we are seriously concerned about these developing stories, and I believe this is the down fall of President Koroma’s government. (Photo: Ibrahim Worneh, author)
As far as we know journalists are the voice of the voiceless, they expose crooked government officials, they tell the public how government conducts day to day business — we have seen propaganda newspapers that are bent on promoting positive perception about the A.P.C government. This shows how unpatriotic and hopeless some of these editors are, they are pro governement newspapers that publish positive reports and lies about things that government have never done. I believe these praise singers are well paid for singing good song about President Koroma’s government. Imprisonment and a barrel of gun is behind those who are exposing government corrupt practices and negligence, these set of journalists are considered enemies of the state.
Mr. President your government is at a verge of collapse as long as it is cracking down on journalists. The 2012 election won’t favor you. Some of your ministers that you promoted don’t deserve to be promoted much would have expected of you to axe the underperforming ones.
I personally believe that democracy will never prevail where there is no freedom of speech, where people are being arrested and beated because of (careless talk); those were some of your predecessors tactics to hold onto power and oppress the opposition. Not this time Mr. President, if you think you have failed the people of Sierra Leone and the best way of clinching 2012 election is by sending your so called Minister of Agriculture to intimidate and beat-up journalists then I believe you are on the wrong block because I believe most of the beatings and harassment that are taking place are instructions from you.
Last week I heard that some of the youth have gone on the rampage some of them where holding knives and some where even robbing people. This means that you have failed them, you promised to bring the much needed jobs to the youth of Sierra Leone. All have turned out to be just promises and we want you to know that the youth are the ones that voted you in power, they deserve some serious attention, they should have been top of your development agenda by creating the much needed skills for those who are unskilled and creating jobs for skilled ones. All that has gone. Doom and gloom – they have lost hope in your government and that is why the took on the street.
Ibrahim J Worneh, South Africa
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