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President Koroma exposed in UN letter

President Koroma exposed in UN letter

President Koroma has been exposed for machinating the removal of the United Nations envoy to Sierra Leone Michael von der Schulenburg.

Reuters’ news is quoted as saying that in a letter written to the United Nations by Michael Schulenburg it is established that President Koroma wrote a letter to the UN head office requesting the withdrawal of the envoy to Sierra Leone.

“The United Nations was pressured by the President of Sierra Leone to cut short the tour of its mission Chief ahead of the 2012 elections,” the envoy said in a letter seen by Reuters on Monday.

“Michael von der Schulenburg, who had been expected to stay until next year but has just left, told his headquarters in a December 22 letter that the United Nations’ credibility and success story in the West African state risked being undermined if it caved into unreasonable and unjustified pressures.”

“A spokesman for the United Nations,” the Reuter’s report states, “would not comment on the letter while a spokesman for President Ernest Bai Koroma denied he had ever called for the United Nations to withdraw the mission chief.”

“The election, slated for November, will be a test of what the United Nations has touted as a success story for a reconstruction effort following 11 years of war that ended in 2002.”

“The removal of the outspoken Schulenburg risks disrupting international oversight of the vote as his replacement will have little time to become established in the local political scene.”

“There can be little doubt, that the decision by the President to force my early departure will be seen – rightly or wrongly – by virtually every Sierra Leonean as an effort to remove a potential obstacle to his re-election and as opening the door to manipulating the election outcome in his favor,” Schulenburg wrote in the letter.

“I also feel that we should engage the President directly over his sudden flair of hostility towards me before giving in to his request for my departure,” he added in the letter to Lynn Pascoe, U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs.

“Schulenburg was expected to run the UN’s Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone until after November’s elections, but left this month.”

“Several diplomats contacted by Reuters said he had been withdrawn as a result of pressure from the president.”

“The United Nations has not given any reason for Schulenburg’s early departure.”

“In New York on Monday, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said: ‘I can’t comment on leaked internal communications.’”

When asked if Koroma had called for the UN envoy’s departure, Unisa Sesay, the President’s spokesman, said: “As far as I know, that did not happen.”

Sierra Leone’s civil war lasted 11 years and left some 50,000 dead. It finally came to an end in 2002, after a British military intervention stiffened a floundering UN peacekeeping mission.

UN troops withdrew from Sierra Leone in 2005 but the body retains a 200-head mission with a mandate to help ensure the forthcoming election is peaceful and credible.

In the letter, Schulenburg warned that the United Nations risked losing the opportunity to claim Sierra Leone as “our success story.”

“Many Sierra Leoneans (as indeed many among the international community) may see the UN as readily caving in to unreasonable and unjustified pressures without making even the slightest attempt to protect the position as the Secretary-General’s representative in this country,” he said.

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  • Sorry Mr. Samura Am so distorbed that you carrys the same sure name with my father and you also seem to be differece from what Samuras are known for.
    A disgrace to the president is a disgrace to you as sierra leonean. Let becareful the way we present national issue dont think because you are over there so you distory our future. no..no..

    22nd February 2012
  • One should agree that our President is tolerant and aptly diplomatic in his moves; which I cannot say about Maada Bio. Even if we conclude that he requested the withdrawal of von Schulenburg withou declaring him persona non grata is most honourable of him.
    The fact that as a diplomat he was supposed be apolitical in the country of his posting stretches the imagination of even the dumbest Sierra Leonean and it does not augur well for our country in the least.We must consider where we came from years ago and should not in any way head for that zone again. Maada Bio showed no respect for his own country and was as we all recall the brain behind the raid on the very little resource we had left during his Junta rule. If he had been tried and executed for all the crimes he commited then we would have forgotten about him. Its such a shame Khadi Sesay has decided to be his running mate as she is extremely learned and devoid of all Maada’s lunacy. If she had been selected instead then we would have seen better behaviour. If he fails to report to the police for solving the issue of his claims then he MUST be charged with sedition and prosecuted. He cannot hold a country to ransome. One even doubts his claim to his assumed qualifications an issue that must be determined. I was told by one of the Kono chiefs detained during the war that he personally threatened them with death if they did not sign over some large amounts of cash to him. He deliberately extorted money from them for keeping their lives and we should ask ourselves the question ‘where did he get all the money that he spends now? Damn this idiot and PROSECUTE him.

    21st February 2012
  • The best thing that ever happened to Sierra Leone is His Excellency Dr Koroma.We are proud to have him as our President and I will implore my fellow citizens to abolish the 2 terms clause from our Constitution and allow Him to rule for atleast 4 terms and that will change the fortune of Salone.Salone, under Dr Koroma will become the Athens of Africa once again

    19th February 2012
  • Mr.Samura, this is a shame and a big disgrace to you as a newscaster of this Schulenburg story.This man is a waste of UN funds. Our Preso, Ernest Bai Koroma has never had any doubt about him being re-elected as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, “that na sure ball”. na for lef hakeh for we the voters. President Koroma is a genuine person, a God send-leader. You Guys should accept the fact, “forget about politics and look for we country in betteh one. Old boy”

    16th February 2012

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