Refusing to Pay 15% Ex-Gratia SLPP Sets Bad Precedent
The envisaged political change to usher in a new dispensation in Sierra Leone has now turned into a political witch hunt, intimidation and marginalization of the main opposition APC party and their supporters. It is the expectation that the Bio led SLPP government will provide leadership to sail the country to the shores of prosperity, but to the utmost surprise of the nation, the leadership dream is a mere hallucination, whilst political viciousness now becomes the order of the day to seek political revenge, hate and marginalization in the disguise of democracy.
Since its election into office in April of last year, the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) Government has embarked on what many refer to as massive regional, political and tribal cleansing in all public institutions across the country. Thousands of Sierra Leoneans have been dismissed and most times, illegally, from their work places by the SLPP led government. Majority were on contracts when they were dismissed.
A more worrying situation on the rampant sackings is the fact that, when most of these Sierra Leoneans are sacked, a promise of 15% Ex-Gratia was indicated in their letters but till date, the SLPP government has blatantly refused paying anybody a dime.
This is indeed a bad precedent which the government of President is setting in the country which may have a ripple effect when power changes hands.
It could be recalled during the former All Peoples Congress (APC) government of Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, past officials, including both political and public, were paid in exactly three months upon assumption of office.
However, things do not seem to be the same under the ‘new direction’, which despite removing people illegally from office, has refused to pay them their ex-gratia.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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