Open Letter to H.E. Dr Ernest Bai Koroma

“I am disappointed at the international community in their delay in responding towards the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone,” the President said. “We have not been provided with enough equipment, resources, qualified health officers, and we have lost the only expert we had in the country to the disease amidst the declaration of the international health emergency on Ebola” (http://news.yahoo.com/sierra-leone-appeals-18m-plug-ebola-funding-gap-220451048.html)

Reply:  Mr. President, we are disappointed in your government.  We are disappointed in the response or non-thereof, of your government towards the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

Let’s start from the very beginning Sir. You have been in power for about 7 years. Your election campaign contained several promises which included tackling corruption, upgrading education, providing electricity and clean water etc.

Regarding corruption: Despite being one of the government’s central policy initiatives, fighting Sierra Leone’s endemic problem with corruption appears, in practice, to have become an increasingly marginalized objective.  Although the powers of the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission have been strengthened and some high-level prosecutions have raised its profile, it has failed to ensure convictions and has remained selective with its investigations; causing disappointment among the general public. As a result, corruption remains a serious concern and affects people’s trust in the state bureaucracy, as well as the functioning of the government.  Reducing it by about 5% is not good enough Sir. It is an insult to every Sierra Leonean that in 2014, you still allow members of your government to blatantly engage in corrupt practices.

We are not fools and we clearly see how you and yours suck Sierra Leone dry. The consequences of your government’s corrupt practices are children dying, children malnourished, children going to bed hungry, families starving and living in deplorable conditions and the majority of Sierra Leoneans living in abject poverty.  The UN human development index not only ranks Sierra Leone amongst the poorest countries in the world, life expectancy is below 35 years. Plus the high cost of living makes Sierra Leone hell for most of its citizens. The inflation rate is steadily rising every year and was recorded at 10% (Country Report by Economist Intelligence Unit, London July 2014) at the start of this year.  For a man who was dubbed “the world’s best” when you assumed office, you have not lived up to that title and Sierra Leoneans now hold a different perception of you and your government.

Mr. President, take a moment and look into the eyes of a dying child, a hungry child or a poor mother who cannot provide for her family and allow yourself to do the right thing.  Remember you were elected to serve the people. What could you possible need tens of millions of dollars for? What do you need several cars for?  How many houses do you need?  Do you realize how ridiculous it makes us look to the rest of the world?  The average reasonable man cannot wrap his head around such gross selfishness. Frankly speaking the money is not even yours. Give it back.

Sir, Sierra Leone is not as poor as you make us look, though you and your government officials are far from poor. Personally you are worth more than most western presidents (http://www.thenewpeople.com/national-news/item/2190-ernest-koroma-now-4th-richest-president-in-africa); how come you still go begging to people you are richer than?  It was reported by the World Bank that for 2013, Sierra Leone’s income was nearly $5billion, (http://data.worldbank.org/country/sierra-leone) an all-time high.  What happened to all that money? It certainly did not trickle down to the masses.  I am quite puzzled that considering we mine several minerals (diamond, bauxite, iron ore, rutile etc.), we fish, and we export agricultural goods, the average Sierra Leonean does not benefit from the country’s wealth.  I am no economist, in fact I have zero knowledge of this subject, but I and many other Sierra Leoneans possess common sense. Sense enough to see that you are failing us.

Regarding education: Sir, about 65% of Sierra Leoneans are illiterate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_literacy_rate). Considering we have a population of six million people. That is three million nine hundred thousand citizens. Why is that? Sierra Leone had the first university in West Africa; Sierra Leone was called the ‘Athens of West Africa’.  Where did it go wrong?  Between 2007 to the present day, can your government boast of any major achievement in education?  Take into consideration the deplorable state of the Fourah Bay College, the plight of teachers and the conditions that children are expected to learn in before you answer the question.

Let’s take a little peek at the Supplementary Appropriation Act 2014.  The Supplementary Act approved by Parliament on the 10th July 2014 provides revisions to the existing 2014 budget.  The supplementary budget in total was Le266billion. It allocates Le7billion to education whilst the military spending budget is nearly Le50billion (http://awoko.org/2014/07/11/sierra-leone-news-coopers-eyes-4/). This means that the military budget is more than 7 times the education budget. The military officer’s uniforms allocation (Le10billion) alone is more than the education budget. Why is that Sir?  I understand how important security is but for a country not at war, this disparity is hard to understand.  Is it a deliberate ploy by every government we have had in Sierra Leone to keep the people in the dark so they can get away with corruption? I also noticed that ‘Teenage Pregnancy’ in the budget is allocated Le2.2billion (http://awoko.org/2014/07/11/sierra-leone-news-coopers-eyes-4/) I don’t quite understand what ‘Teenage Pregnancy’ means in this context and why it needs Le2.2billion. Is the money going to be distributed to young mothers to help them raise the children? Is it to educate young girls on safe sex? If so, don’t you think Le2.2billion is a bit excessive? I am yet to see any billboards or programs on TV and radio addressing this issue.

Back to education; the Ebola outbreak has further strengthened the case for more spending on education. It has spread like wildfire and the main reason is because the masses cannot grasp the importance of the message that Ebola is highly infectious.   How do you expect uneducated people to act responsibly when you have not shown them how to be responsible?  Now we are dying. Good people are dying, young people are dying, and babies are dying mostly because of the negligence of your government.  Forget conspiracy theories on how Ebola got to West Africa.  Let’s concentrate on post Ebola and your government’s response to it.  It took you several months to make a statement on this issue. In a publication dated 22nd July 2014, the Minister of Health is said to have told Umaru Fofanah that your government had the Ebola virus under control.  Her exact words were “We are at a serious point but I will not say it is out of control” (http://politicosl.com/2014/07/interview-sierra-leone-health-minister-on-ebola/)Umaru Fofanah, being an international journalist communicated to the world what your Minister told him.  Even though hundreds had died by then it was still not considered an ‘emergency’.  I would think one dead Sierra Leonean is one too many.  Fast forward a month later, hundreds more dead and very obvious that the government does not (or ever did) have the Ebola outbreak under control, you choose to shift blame unto the international community, even though a month earlier you were telling the world your government had the outbreak under control.

There were calls to close the border with Guinea and put health officials around every border town as a preventive measure.  That did not happen and now Sierra Leone is at risk of being shut off by the world. Your government is now scrambling.  An Ebola task force was only created four months after the outbreak hit Sierra Leone.  Please outline exactly what measures or strategies were put in place by the Ministry of Health during the first four months of the outbreak or what preventive steps were taken even before the Ebola outbreak spread to Sierra Leone.  Some days I wish someone could wave a magic wand and make Ebola go away but considering Ebola is resistant to magic we’ve got to find other ways to fight it.  I’m aware that the current magnitude of this disease is now beyond the capability of Sierra Leone and we desperately need help, but trying to shift all the blame to the international community? No Sir it doesn’t work that way.  Stop politicizing the situation.  Accept fault and your people will appreciate you for your honesty.  Take the Liberian President for example; she apologized to her nation. You have hardly made more than 3 speeches to Sierra Leoneans.  Why can’t we take care of our own?  Members of your government are worth in total over a billion dollars.  Why couldn’t you give back some of what you’ve made from Sierra Leone?   Again I stress, that money is not yours. Give it back.

Mr. President, like every man I’m sure you want to be respected. Well understand this too, Sierra Leoneans want to be respected. We are tired of being considered amongst the poorest countries or the most corrupt or the country with the highest infant mortality rate. What we all fail to realize however is that we will not be respected if we don’t take care of our own; we will not be respected if we do not stop being selfish; we will not be respected if we do not respect Sierra Leone. Respect is earned Sir.  The international community owes us nothing.  It is not their duty to ‘fix’ Sierra Leone.  It is our duty as Sierra Leoneans to do so ourselves.

You have three more years of your presidential term remaining.  I charge you Sir, start the change.  We voted you in because we saw you as the best candidate to move Sierra Leone forward.  We all know you can do more.  You know you can do more.  Think of your legacy; it’s not too late but it needs to start now.  Be a ‘hard man’ if you must.  Let heads roll if they must.  All we ask is that you love Sierra Leone like a father would love his home and his children.  Our forefathers set the foundation for greatness. Let’s stop settling for mediocrity.

 

 PS:  The author of this letter has voted once in his life, in 2007, for H E Ernest Bai Koroma.

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26 responses to “Open Letter to H.E. Dr Ernest Bai Koroma

  1. You have voiced what 5.9 of the 6M Sierra Leoneans are thinking. The other .1M are the “Have Yachts” in Sierra Leone who drive through the villages of the “Have Nots” to beach resorts where 1 drink is the equivalent of the average mans monthly salary, a Capital that cannot deliver running water or constant electricity. But hey! We can boast the latest in Range Rovers!

  2. As we go through this difficult moment we have being planning to keep our oppinioun until the end of the state of emergency this is one of the worst goverment we have ever have

  3. Mr. President, its about time you start doing something for our beloved country. We can be as beautiful as Ghana or even more than Ghana,if only you will stop stealing our money for your own selfish agenda.

  4. The president is blaming the international committe so that they can send money that is meant to help the people so that he and his government can steal it he is a disgrace and a heartless bastard

  5. United Nations just gave $70million to Sierra Leone towards the fight against ebola last week. Now this week, there is no accountability for it. What happened to the money Mr. President????? Another question. Why do you have almost all the PPE donated from the western world kept ib a massive storage? Is ebola now dwelling in the storage? Please make PPE available and accessible to healthcare providers, instead of storing them in your massive storage.

  6. WELL SAID, ITS A PITY FOR US SIERRA LEONEANS. OUR LEADERS ARE HONEST AND SINCERE WITH US. OUR GOVERNMENT LACKS VISION AND PROPER PLANNING FOR US.
    ITS ONLY A BAD CARPENTER WHO ALWAYS COMPLAIN OF ITS TOOL.

  7. The author fails to mention the rubbish health system we have- It was promised to be improved. If the health system had been stronger things would have been better as well so it;s not just education, corruption, poverty-

    It’s high time as sierra leoneans, we start to realise that whenever there is peace, it’s a good time to develop your nation.

    • Good point. The healthcare system is a systematic failure. I say that ebola has succeeded in exposing all the inadequacies in our country. Nothing works, the institutions are a total shambles. Like you rightly said it is when we are at peace that things should be developed for they will be required in times of trouble.

      • Agreed. “Nothing works, the institutions are a total shambles. Like you rightly said it is when we are at peace that things should be developed for they will be required in times of trouble.”

  8. Everything that is wrong with Sierra Leone is highlighted in this article. The solutions also seem glaringly obvious. Our government and the people in Salone (who are in a position to) needs to do better. Thanks to the writer

  9. Taking a look at this article, am amazed, we need more people like this, we need people standing up for their rights, it’s unbelievable the kind of money the government officials and leaders are stealing, this has to stop and has to stop as soon as possible, people are being treated unfairly, mining,agriculture,taxes, where the hell is all that money? The excuse is roads, most of the roads are grants, so cut the bull shit and stop treating people like fools…we have been used enough.

  10. Well crafted article. However, as individuals what are we ALL prepared to do? How can WE help? We all know what the problems are and some of us have solutions BUT are we prepared to work TOGETHER as a team on behalf of our country? As a people we are very complacent and easily say “how for do?” We need to be advocates for ourselves and hold elected officials more accountable for their actions. However, for anything to work, TEAMWORK has got to be our watchword. Who will bell the cat…???

    • You are very correct. Are people willing to step up to the plate and work together for the common good? I believe there are some who are willing to do so, however there are many more who have an individualistic approach to things and are only interested in what they can personally gain. I believe articles like this will be the beginning of change in Salone. Let the truth be told freely and openly. Many people have these thoughts but are either too afraid to say them or are so disillusioned with Salone that they don’t bother and think nothing will change. Things will change with right attitude and hard work. It is going to be a very loooooong struggle (so much a struggle that one will be forgiven for thinking it will never happen) but I believe we can get there. Excellent article by this writer. I am going to share as much as possible. We need to get this out so that people can see and be confident to speak out. Speaking out is the first step to changing things.

  11. When I am often asked of my heritage, I have in the past responded, somewhat reservedly, that I partly hail from Sierra Leone. I say reservedly, because the country has in past years accumulated a repertoire of negative attributes. I have just read this article and never before have I felt so proud of my Sierra Leonean heritage. It is our right as Sierra Leoneans to dream of wanting to change the country to a better place. To the author of this article I say, you have dared to take this dream one step further into its realisation by reminding the President of his duties as the father of a beloved nation. I feel it prudent to conclude with the words of one who was also regarded as, and indeed lived up to that image, the father of another beloved African nation: “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom”.

    • Thanks to the author/s of this “Open Letter to H.E. Dr Ernest Bai Koroma” and for your earnest contribution Sandra. This sure makes me proud of my Sierra Leonean heritage.

  12. well said, the problem with Sierra Leone will always continue because our so-called leaders lack foresight.They should stop playing on peoples intelligence..This could serve as a platform for us to prepare ourselves for future outbreaks but knowing who these people are.

  13. Very well put. I am in awe of how well you captured the situation is such a short article. I have lost faith in our president.

  14. I am impressed by this blog https://thenetworkforchange.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/open-letter-to-h-e-dr-ernest-bai-koroma/

    It is reassuring to note that there are Sierra Leoneans with “a passion for Sierra Leone, a country we hold dear to our heart” who are committed fearlessly, honestly and truly to address serious concerns in our country.
    It is my hope that this will focus minds and help “influencing policy and encouraging development in Sierra Leone.” https://thenetworkforchange.wordpress.com/
    The Network for Change
    Change is necessary in Sierra Leone to guarantee a brighter future and promote equal opportunities for all.

  15. The way Sierra Leoneans know what is wrong amazes me. If we know all this why can’t things change? We are a bunch of lip service men and women. No one cares to change things. You may not like this but our problem has serious spiritual undertones which makes both the leaders and the masses look hopeless and not progressive. The moment we are able to deal with the spiritual aspects we shall see the light. You don’t need PhD to rule a nation because it is not one man who rules. All citizens are in rulership right down to the traders to the street cleaners to the idlers sitting in street corners talking about Chelsea, Manchester city and all stupid and non beneficial things of life. Do not blame a man. We are all to blame. Why did all of us sit back waiting for “government” to do something. All of you coming together could have piled pressure with this same pen and demonstrations but as usual we were watching World Cup of which we are not represented whilst Ebola and it’s virus team were busy scoring endless goals into our net. Let me go to bed and sleep. Let’s blame ourselves we are all part of “government”.

  16. Thanks to the autor of the open letter. It was well said, respectful and challenging for any leader with foresight. We need more bold and honest citizens of your caliber. For too long, we have allowed ourselves to be intimidated by rogue leaders and their sycophantic surrogates. Speak up brothers and sisters till our God’s giving wealth reflects our nation.

  17. What a letter! Absolutely to the point and one that makes sombre reading indeed.

    The government ignored the ebola problem from the beginning and only acted when they were forced to do so from the international community…then they expect people to believe they are ‘leading’ in the fight against the deadly disease. The good people of Sierra Leone deserve answers from the minister of Health (and from the President) as to why things took so long before ‘waking up’ to the threat while people were dying. Once it is over the government should also be able to provide a full public record of money donated…it seems as if they didn’t want the outside world to know what was going on inside Sierra Leone…presumably they don’t want personal wealth raised through ‘general corruption’ to be identified or hindered in any way.

    If there was any desire to fight corruption in Sierra Leone it is a very simple procedure; follow the example of the Gambian president Yahya Jammeh who made a public statement to the effect that “if you are involved in corruption and you are a Gambian you will be immediately sent to prison and if you are a foreign national you will be carried to the airport and deported on the next flight to your country”.

    I am not naive enough to think there is no corruption in the Gambia; like most countries there is…however corruption levels are being managed so at worst it does not expand. With regard to Ebola; Gambia was the first country to take action by banning flights and to date it remains ebola-free. The price you pay for not fighting corruption is the same as a disease; it will expand and eventually kill you.

    It is almost impossible for honest people to prosper in Sierra Leone as the competition in any type of business is always firmly based on corruption. The port of Freetown is widely considered to be the most corrupt in Africa and very difficult for locals and foreign investors alike to do business. Large oversees companies with projects in Sierra Leone have been encouraged to invest millions of dollars in Sierra Leone bringing long term benefits and prosperity for local communities and the country as a whole. These businesses were granted duty-free waivers for all imports for a specific period (typically 2-5 years normally for the setting up phase). Having been granted this they have discovered that in order to clear goods from the port documentation must be signed by various government ministers; a process which can take weeks or even months; by which time the amount to pay in demurrage or rent at the port exceeds the amount of duty waived. The solution to this delay?…corruption. If you pay the minister and other officials in his department the system miraculously works quickly and efficiently.

    Some blame must be apportioned to the British government as they have provided Aid to Sierra Leone of over £500 million pounds since the war period; this money is handed out with little or no accountability. A far better alternative would be to reduce this amount by even 10% and the funds handed to a new company set up in the UK; 100% owned and controlled by UK-based Sierra Leoneans, (if necessary supervised by a nominated trusted British person) but audited by the British Government National Audit Office. I believe this money could be used more effectively, and properly accounted for free of any party politics. If this had been done Sierra Leone would now have a good number of industries employing Sierra Leoneans paying taxes and thereby increasing income to the SL Government and ultimately reducing the need for UK Aid to be spent on paying day-to-day expenses such as salaries to SL Government employees. By doing this the Sierra Leonean Diasporas would be fully engaged and involved in the development of Sierra Leone which is ultimately what the SL Government has long advocated for.

    If the Anti-Corruption Commission were to investigate all corrupt matters surely they should start by investigating the huge properties being built around Freetown starting at the very top of Government and going down to even relatively junior customs officers. It would be a simple matter of asking from where they obtained funds to put up such palaces when their salaries would not even support the electricity costs!

    NRA is doing its best to stop corruption at the port but without a public statement from The President similar to that of the Gambian president it is going to be almost impossible for them to have much success.

    An admirer

    • The Author presented some of the ganging strategies folks are using to siphon funds out of the Sierra Leone State’s resources. With all the valuable information given by the author, Citizens need to reflect why such selfishness is so embedded in our country.

      Conceptualizing governmental corruption in Sierra Leone and many African Countries is a formidable task rendered complicated by its amorphous and complex nature. It seems to defy definition mainly because of the complexity of its categories as can be deduced from a document jointly prepared by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Association for Public Administration and Management, defining “unethical behavior” at the governmental level as encompassing: bribery, corruption, abuse of office, patronage, nepotism, conflict of interest, influence peddling, using of official position for personal pleasure, favors to relatives and friends, divided loyalty, slowness, late-coming, partiality, partisanship, absenteeism, insubordination, misuse of government property, leaking or misusing government information and “engaging in any unsanctioned activity”.

      Theorizing about governmental corruption and its empirical dimensions in Sierra Leone should focus on the element of cultural heterogeneity and the corresponding clash between modern culture and traditional culture as predisposing influences. Modernization in Sierra Leone has involved a change in the basic values of the society. In particular, it has meant, on the one hand, a gradual acceptance by the various groups within the society of universalistic and achievement-based norms, the emergence of loyalties and identifications of individuals and groups within the nation, the spread of the assumption that Sierra Leoneans have equal rights against the state and equal obligations to the state, and, on the other, the persistence of culturally-structured norms. This is an important facet of the shift from a collectively based traditional society to an urban society with a distinct accent on individualism. In the context of the ongoing clash between the modernizing influences and traditional culture, behavior which was acceptable and legitimate according to traditional norms becomes unacceptable and corrupt when viewed from a modern perspective. This is particularly noteworthy in societies where family or other kinds of relationships are very strong and especially where existing moral or social codes require that one must help one’s family and friends (filial obligation). Sierra Leone’s culture is heterogeneous.

      The expectation in such cases that the native public employee will routinely apply arms’-length principles in his or her relations with friends and relatives is unrealistic. This is especially true of cultures structured around the extended family system as opposed to those based on the nuclear family unit. Since the attainment of independence by Sierra Leone; there has evolved a new norm in traditional culture whereby the status of family members who acceded to political leadership or became members of the higher echelon of the public service began to be measured in terms of the degree of affluence reflected by their lifestyles. And so, a politician or senior public employee who did not, for example, own a Mercedes-Benz car or other prestigious automobile was unlikely to be held in high esteem by his relatives or political supporters even though he may be a person of integrity.

      I am a victim of Governmental Corruption in Sierra Leone that led to Sierra Leone High Court Case No, CC281/08 and U.S Federal lawsuit in the State of Ohio (Ref: 2: 13CV00187) in the United States against the Sierra Leone Government; in a breach of Contract case in which the GoSL leased land to Miles Investments Ltd, (USDIA) in which I have fifty-one percent interest to build an ice factory to support the fishing and tourism industries in Sierra Leone. Three months after the production and distribution of the ice started, a half page Court Order was issued by Justice Daniel Konoyima’s court that stopped the investment on the pretext that the beach front property on which the investment was made, might not be that of the GoSL. The second Sierra Leone High Court Order issued by Justice Kargbo gave away to Estate of Jamil Said Mohamed and Bassem Mohamed, not only Sierra Leone State Land, but the ice systems that were collaterized for a loan in the United States. Bassem Mohamed sued Miles Investments Ltd, The Sierra Leone Ministry of Lands, Surveys and Environment and myself; he then worked his way through the system, and prevented the Attorney-General’s Office and Director of Surveys and Lands from representing the Sierra Leone state in court. Bassem obtained default judgment for Sierra Leone State Land. The Sierra Leone High Court’s Judgment on case No. CC: 281/08 was very flawed,

      In Sierra Leone, there are two distinct systems of land tenure co-existing within a geographical divide with customary law applying to the provinces (The Protectorate) and English land law applying to the Western Area (The Colony). We believe the Sierra Leone State Land as defined in section 2 of the State Lands Act No. 19 of 1960 to include, “all lands which belong to the state by virtue of any treaty, concession or agreement and all lands which had been acquired by
      or on behalf of the state and include all shores, beaches; lagoons, creeks; rivers, estuaries and other places and matter whatsoever belonging to, acquired by or which may be lawfully disposed of by the State”.
      In other words, it will be very unfair to cast all the governmental corruption blame on President Ernest Bai Koroma alone. Sierra Leone corruption seemed to be a cultural problem. Options like National Psychotherapy need to funded; as well as very tough jail sentences for persons that misappropriate Sierra Leone State’s funds.

      May the Lord have mercy on the Sierra Leonean people!

  18. Thanks for such an enriching letter. My pride as a Sierra Leonean stops here, I should say. The least I can do is to associate myself with a well thought out and succint letter as yours, nothing else. The question remains, would the President ever have the acumen to read it. I urge and encourage those around him to ensure that the letter is read aloud to him. He needs to comprehend the gravity and magnitude of the crisis in Sierra Leone and then ACT swiftly to fix it. The lack of governance is dismal and is deeply embedded in the tightly woven fabric of the Sierra Leone Government. He has no remorse and patiotism , which he exhibits in how he conducts himself as well as how he runs the country. I am not vilifying him, as he may think, but to comment on his exploitative actions. The use of the Ebola virus and its impact on Sierra Leoneans to amass wealth at the expense of the citizens of Sierra Leone is beyond the pale and quite profound. I pray that he changes his ways and acts on his campaign promises. At this juncture, he may be less concerned about the ills of the country since he only has a couple of years to serve. This is why, US, citizens should select a Panel that would not only handle the crisis but ensure that no amount of funds get presented to either him or his Government. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

  19. It is indeed right to point out all these problems and misappropriation of funds but as one writer said earlier on who can bell the cat. We need to stand up for our country let us stop thinking that if I speak up or want to fight corruption I will be killed or certain people or the government will isolate you, let them do so as history will prove you right.
    For salone to progress we need to work as a team, we need to uproot all the theives and big eye selfish bastard and deter any people with this type of attitude to represent us.
    Sierra Leoneans outside the country let us all join hands together to make Sierra Leone a better place. Let us not go there and join them.
    Sierra Leone was once the leading nation in education what happen? Let us fight for our country, let us stop taking sick Sierra Leoneans to Ghana, South Africa, London, America and to other developed countries let us work on our health system, our education system, educate the people, provide the resources and let there be accountability.
    Last but not least, I must make mention about a lady called Dr Sylvia Bylden. She is a lady of substance. She can die for salone, she exposes the government not only to the people of Salone but also to the outside world but people den nor lek am.
    She may have her faults but she is doing a good job. If we could have a couple more of Sylvia salone will be a better place. As for the Ebola, if prompt action was taken none of this would have happen- greed, greed, big eye, complacency and lack of foresight. Gambia closed their border! Why did we do that? Do ya mak we lef all d borko talk talk en put hand together for hel we country go befo.

  20. Honestly I am not disappointed; I never regarded the President a better leader. However we have to keep on trying. We will succeed one day to get a leader dedicated for the betterment of the nation.

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