‘YESTERDAY BETTEH PASS TIDAY’ Business Community, Citizens Assert
Yesterday – Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma … Tiday – Brig. (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio
Over 85% of citizens and business people, including both locals and foreign nationals across the country, have told Sierra Express Media in a nationwide opinion poll conducted by this writer that the state of affairs of Sierra Leone under the Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma led All People’s Congress (APC) government is way better than the current state of the country under the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) government led by the former junta leader, Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio.
According to those interviewed by SEM, the APC government of Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma was far more friendly in terms of creating an enabling environment for both business people and citizens to thrive in their respective endeavors than the Bio led SLPP which they say, has only succeeded in creating a very hostile business environment that has resulted to the massive collapse of businesses across the country almost on a daily basis. Worsen by the economic drought Sierra Leone is currently faced with, ordinary citizens are finding it extremely and more difficult to put food on their tables since the Paopa SLPP took over governance some eight months ago.
‘’The SLPP’S New Direction is a complete SHINKA’’ , Yeabu Conteh, an oil palm seller in Kono district stated adding that they voted for the SLPP because of the many goodies it promised the people of Sierra Leone during the election campaign but most of which, she says , have turned out to be absolute lies.
‘’We did not vote for the SLPP to come and be casting blame on the past government, we voted for change in order to correct the ills of the past and make life better for us the citizens’’ Jaiah Kaiai, a teacher in Kailahun stated adding that the past government has so far proved to be far more effective in trying to solve the burning issues of the country than Bio’s New Direction.
‘’Business is terribly bad under this government’’, business people including both locals and foreign nationals stated adding that the business environment under the past regime was far more conducive for them, highlighting the tax policies of the SLPP government which imposed over 300% increment in some the taxes they used to pay as the major cause for the massive collapse of businesses across the country.
The political and economic atmosphere is of the country under the New Direction is worse’’ citizens across the country bemoaned adding that the eight months old Bio led SLPP has only succeeded in sharply dividing the country as a result of the increased political intimidation of opposition actors and supporters, naked tribalism, vindictiveness and many more vices prevalent in it leadership styles..
Political analysts, ordinary men and women who are suffering on a daily basis, the brunt of the economic quagmire currently facing the country are of the opinion that the former All Peoples Congress (APC) government of Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is way better than Bio’ New Direction government.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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