Are Commissions of Inquiry Our Last Hope in Sierra Leone?
The issue of the Commissions of Inquiry has been so topical among decision makers in the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) as if the country would not only develop immediately but hunger and food shortage which is the major concern of Sierra Leoneans would be thing of the past after recovering billions of Leones from past officials that served former President Ernest Bai Koroma’s administration.
Citizens across the country have cautioned the led Government of President Julius Maada Bio to use other sources of acquiring money like using the usual habits of African leaders to lobby international donors to implement developmental projects than to always expressing optimism that the money recovered from alleged corrupt officials would be used to build health centres, schools and reduce hunger and abject poverty among citizens in rural community by boosting agriculture.
Sierra Leoneans have the belief that food sufficiency cannot be achieved in office except authorities who are controlling the national wealth turned in to farming.
Rural farmers are still using crude tools like hoes, knives, pickaxes, rakes and shovels among others to perform most difficult tasks in the farm because they cannot afford to practice mechanized farming by using tools like tractors and other farm equipment. They therefore depend in small scale or subsistence farming system to feed themselves and family members only.
In Kono and other parts of the country, President Bio has been applauded among listeners for his usual utterances that, he would use money recovered by past officials to build health and educational facilities. ‘’We hope it would not be business as usual, where authorities made statement that they could not act upon’’, citizens say.
The most worrisome and pressing issue, according to many Sierra Leoneans is that they were hoping that the coming back of former military leader under the Paopa ideology, things would have changed but since President Bio assumed power, basic food and other useful items keep on rising by the minute which is unsatisfactory among poor citizens who could not afford daily bread.
‘’Its high time, African leaders should stop crying that they inherited broken countries from their predecessors’’, a Liberia commentator told Sierra Express Media (SEM) and cited that when President George Weah made his maiden visit to France, he told Parish people in Paris that, he inherited broken country forgetting that, former President Johnson Sir leaf inherited a war torn country from former President Charles Taylor who is serving his jail term in the Hague after found guilty of committing crime against humanity and abducting child soldiers.
Citizens are therefore calling on the Government to ensure money that would be recovered be used wisely for its intended purposes.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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