That man, Charles Margai
It has reached public domain that comments from the leader of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Charles Francis Margai is but treasonable and by law punishable.
During his press briefing last Thursday in Freetown over a land tussle involving him and the First Lady, Sia Nyama Koroma, Charles Francis Margai'[s comments while responding to questions from journalists thus raised eyebrows over claims of the said land amounted to holding the state to ransom. Comments like if the First Lady’s actions are not brought to book by the powers that be, as he put it “… I think that is when the problem of this nation will start.” This statement is considered by this writer as nothing but like one singing his own praises.
What the writer sees ironic is the presumed threats of Margai which have now raised political tension with the potential to put the hard-won democratic values of this regime in jeopardy.
It is a springboard in law that a man’s character comes at play in proceeding in order to let the court reach at logical conclusion in establishing judgment. Charles Margai is known to be a braggart, a political leader that lacks the wisdom of speech, he is but reactive and impatient, all of which make up a true leadership character.
So has Margai’s long struggle to control state office thwarted in his desperation and impatience.
As I agree with the spirit of our laws, I also believe in the things that hold us firm as a nation that which are oneness and democracy. Margai was and still is considered to be loved by some; his comment should be treated with all seriousness but not at the angle at which it is being treated. He is still the political leader of his party and as such he is a senior citizen and deserved to be treated as such.
Like the ‘Bill of Rights’ which says all men are equal. Under the Sierra Leone Charter the right to property is accorded to all. His claims were genuine except for the few slips which I consider to be very unfortunate coming from a lawyer who should be society’s finest.
We all can recall that Margai political ambition started in the late 70th were he started demonstrating glimpse of his impatience when he was first voted into parliament and refuses to for sittings thus provoking his arrest. In 1996 he and others were major players in registering the Sierra Leonean Peoples Party (SLPP) expecting the party will elect him as leader but proves abortive.
Later in 2002 fresh animosity broke between him and the party which saw him abandoning the party and was later encouraged. In 2007 the same repeat of his lust for political leadership saw him establishing the PMDC after he was unsuccessful in succeeding outgoing president Kabbah as the flag bearer of the SLPP party.
Citations of such in the above prove that Margai is but a sinking ship, a drowning politician who can hang on to any thing that crosses his pathway in this sundown of his political melt-down.
If rationality prevails Margai show off of having over twenty thousand kamajors ready to die for him did not reflect voter turn-out in the last election except he wants to convince us that all those who voted for him were kamajors, an argument for another day.
By Mohamed Kabbah Turay
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