Friday, 30 November 2012

ELECTION 2012 PARLIAMENTARY RESULTS

 FULL PARLIAMENTARY   (17 NOVEMBER 2012 ELECTION) RESULTS.
(CLICK THIS ELECTORIAL COMMISSION LINK- below)
I can now relax from Election Watch and go back on to my daily routine. Whether Maada Bio accepts the RESULTS or not is immaterial. The people of Sierra Leone have spoken and according to the law and our First Past The Post  Process, Ernest Koroma and the APC  have won the Elections with 58.7%( and Maada Bio is a disgruntled and BAD loser. This has been sanctioned by the Electoral within the prescribed time frame and the whole world has recognised the process as "FREE and FAIR"   and that's all that matters now. To hear and read the comments of both National and International Observers expressing their satisfaction is very heartening. On the contrary, to witness the disgraceful ungentlemanly conduct of a very well beaten loser is extremely painful. Maada Bio should have shown a bit more MATURITY, accept the result as it stands then take his chance (??) at the next contest. By his action now, he has completely demonstrated that he is not fit to rule Sierra Leone (albeit- Legitimately- and beyond few days). Maada should nw "Leave the Gun, Take the Olive Branch" and recognise the fact that he has been badly beaten.
 
 For the first time (after a very long gap) I feel very proud to be  Sierra Leonean. This election has shown us Sierra Leonenians - especially those living outside the country, that indeed PROGRESS HAS COME TO SIERRA LEONE. For the first tie, we do not have to wait until a few days before we can have some information about results. We, outside Sierra Leone had the opportunity of hearing the results being announced in Real Time. just as people in Sierra Leone were haring them being announced -the effect of 'Freedom' of Information at play.Thanks to all those Media personalities, both audio and TV at SLBC, STAR Radio, Talking Point , VoiceKast - all those who  made the process 'real' in our hearts. That is why I am a bid disappointed, when Maada Bio and his henchmen cannot "see the woods, for the trees" - IT IS OVER - GIVE UP' BAD LOSER!! [Cotinued below]]

 CLICK THIS ELECTORIAL COMMISSION LINK
http://www.nec-sierraleone.org/index_files/Parliamentary_OMP_PCMP%20Result%202012.pdf

State House ( Fort Thornton)
Sierra Leone Parliament in action

                                                              

                                                                                         
Chief of Police -Munu


The Law Courts - Freetown
 

Some  International Observer discussing the progress of of the process on Election day ai SLBC-TV
                                                                                                                             


                                                                                                                   

MAADA BIO 34.7%
58.7%
  

                                                     


Jubilant APC supportess - at Election Rally

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BCW7lT_4E4

Bio's sulking behaviour is but really not too surprising. This man wants power very badly and to lose in this way does not meet wit his philosophy.  Just a few days after the elections, as I await the results, I watched a You Tube video - one of the few interviews he scooped on his brief visit to London. This man was openly boasting and confessing to his crime of TREASON committed in 1992. (First of all, he demonstrated his usual LYING traits by not correcting the interviewer saying that he(Bio) was in England on the invitation of Mr Cameron! His demeanour was laced with a silence of deception - giving a false pretence of importance: 'on the invitation of Mr. Cameron indeed!' That said, the part of the video that puzzled me  and I give you his own words vabertim ...
 
 
"When I entered the Military, it was my intention to serve

Maada Bio- You Tube Interview Click Link

my country; but, of course as Officers or as members of the Armed Forces of Sierra Leone, we swear that we will serve and defend our Nation and sometimes, you defend your nation,not just against outside forces but from within the country itself. So we decided that it was necessary

TO GET RID OF THIS GOVERNMENT". [i.e. PRESIDENT JOSEPH SAIDU MOMOH'S GOVERNMENT] "We decided to adopt or use the military method because all other democratic means to change a gogernment has failed for over 20 years and if democratic means could not, and nobody is coming to our aid,  WE WILL TAKE THE LAWS INTO OUR OWN HANDS  and free the people of that country" ...    



 Bio then tried childishly to put some blame on the civilians,rather than upholding the responsibility for staging the coup deliberately ignoring the fact that to a very great extent he was one of the INITIAL plotters who contemplated a plan to stage the coup a few days before the 1992 Eid-Ul-Fitri Day (i.e. APRIL 4, 1992  -"PAY DAY" - [Perhaps Idrissa Kamara -then Second Lieutenant - can assist with this narrative, . From information available, Idrissa Kamara together with then Second Lieutenant MONDEH together left their location for the barracks to collect their "logistics at Segbwema"... This was where they met Captain Strasser and then Lieutenant JULIUS MAADA BIO at Segwema at a place they called "UNDER CELLAR" Idrissa offered drinks to the Officers).
They discussed the possibility of overthrowing the Government at some length with BIO Strasser, Mondeh. Accordingly, the Plan laid dormant for a few days until about 16th April. Apparently, Idrissa Kamara got a message that then Lieutenant Kambo wanted to see him urgently.  For some unknown reason Idriss did not meet Kambo, but met with Maada BIO. According to information disclosed by Idrissa Kamara, BIO was the one who told Idrissa Kamara about the planned coup and also gave him the names of the Officers involved at the initial stage...
The names included:

CAPTAIN VALENTINE STRASSER, LIEUTENANT SAJ MUSALIEUTENANT JULIUS MAADA BIO, LIEUTENANT MBAYO, LIEUTENANT KOMBA KAMBO, SECOND LIEUTENANT  TOM NYUMA, AND SECOND LIEUTENANT (LATE) SAHR SAMUEL SANDI. 

Idrassa Kamara- Coup Plotter-NPRC
Apparently, it was Maada Bio who told Idrissa Kamra about the various TASKS that would be assigned to the various Officers; and that his (BIO) men were ready and requested Idressa to get his men ready. BIO cautioned Idrissa to CHECK BACKGROUNDS of his(Idrissa's) men carefully before informing them[about the plan]. Apparently, Iddrissa proseeded to inform TEN(10) of his STRONG MEN. But Idriss Kamara had to undergo a minor operation for appendicitis a few days before the coup. Although he was still unwell, he proceeded to Freetown with his men  together with Lieutenant Kambo  with bombs and arms in a civilian vehicle. They then went to Kenema to appraise  officers including and Late Second Lieutenant Sandi about the correct time for the operation and waited for SAJ Musa and his men. Lieutenent SAJ MUSA arrived and advised Idrissa Kamara and the others to secure a better vehicle and to travel to Freetown and inform the other colleagues in Freetown that he SAJ MUSA)  was coming down to Freetown with a 14.5mm ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN. As it were Shooting started in Freetown at about 7am on WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL 1992.  


What Julius Maada Bio said in that You Tube interview somewhat corroborates  the what the real plan was. The initial explanation that the soldiers moved to Freetown to complain or mutiny about their "LOGISTICS" was a smoke screen and at worse a blatant lie.
 
 Apparently, LIEUTENENT JAMES YAYAH KANU appears to have believed this version, hence his effort to go  to President Momoh to negotiate after which, he was arrested by the others and subsequently murdered  among the 29 slaughtered on 29th December 1992- and BIO was present and knew all about it. I also note that Yayah Kanu was the was the Commander of the COBRA BATTALION and Sahr Sandi and Tom Nyuma were members of that Battalion. All the other planners, were under the command of Lieutenent Colonel JOY TURAY of the TIGER  BATTALION. The List of the First JUNTA Cabinet reflects the closeness the the men in the Tiger Battlion as opposed to the Cobra Battlion.
 
 Yayah Kanu gave an Interview to to BBC the next day (after Strasser's first breathless speech.  He was interviewed by Robin White on the Focus -on- Africa programme.  Asked by Robin: "Are you the leader of the coup?" Kanu replied: "I am not and I cannot tell. A leader has not yet been appointed". Robin-  another question:- "When will that happen?"  (i.e. appoint a leader)  Answer by Yayah Kanu: Mr Robin White, I want to tell you this: I am not a party to the coup. I cannot tell you my motive". Question: "But you are involve with it , I think?" Answer: "My involvement was to negotiate with the coup makers who held State House yesterday. And later, I was also arrested and they almost had me executed.. . Later, they changed their mind, that they should have me going on because they need me". Question by Robin? "Who nearly execute you?" Answer by Yayah Kanu "The members of the coup". Question? by Robin: "But have they now asked you to help them?"  Answer by Yayah: "I have not actually been asked to help them, but I understand I am a member of the council....."
 
 This shows  how much  knowledge Yayah had or know of the plan by BIO and his gang. He was subsequently murdered on 29 December 1992 among the group of 29 innocent others.
 
Bio knew  and has now told the world that the overthrow of the legitimate Government of President Momoh was not a spontaneous affair as many people thought at first and continue to argue and believe. Preparation had begun several weeks before that 29 th April 1992 by a handful of people greedy for power. Yet once again he tried to put some blame on the civilians saying:
 "So, in fact it was not a complete coup that we executed completely; we only started it and it was actually the civilians that er !-completed it: they came out and they were running after ministers and that was the end of that government..."
 This is nothing but a bear face open and deliberate confession of TREASON  being boasted to the whole wide world. But I want to remind Julius Maada Bio, that notwithstanding the breach of the OATHS he took when he joined the Army, to openly boast of  serious criminal offences does not make him appear any wiser. Perhaps that was one reason for him to challenge for the Presidency so that if he wins he can get out of the responsibility.

Let me remind Maada Bio That A CRIME IS A CRIME AND WILL ALWAYS REMAIN A CRIME; so don't go boasting that you got rid of a legitimate government because you think you are the one who has to "free the people" as you say.

Also let me remind you that:
The 1991 Constitution expressly states in section 108 subsection (8)that:
"Any suspension,alteration, or repeal of (the) Constitution other than on the authority ofParliament shall be deemed to be an act of Treason".
 
Therefore, the coup plot you engineered and executed was  plainly unconstitutional and illegal and was clearly an act treason for which you and your co-plotters could be punished. 
 Apart from the breach of the provision of the constitution , your military coup also breached the Treason and StateOffences Act 1963, (Act No. 10 of 1963), which clearly makes it a treasonableoffence to overthrow or change the government of Sierra Leone by the useforce.

  In addition, you were also clearly in breach of severalprovisions of the Republic of Sierra Leone Military Forces (RSLMF) Act of 1961as amended.
 
So do not go on boasting about getting rid of a Government  bu use of force because you do not see and you are not able to do so through legitimate means or apply your own standards as to whether the government is a bad one or a good one.

 You have tried to gain the presidency and you have failed. Now you carry out threats with your gang of SLPP disgruntled members. It will be wise to stay away from the thoughts of using force when you have failed again in all the artificial efforts  you are getting involved with.  Even many of the SLPP [newly] electeed MPs  and Councillors do are revolting against your instruction to boycut Parliament (and Councils). These are not stupid people. To wait till the very last day and last minutes of the deadline for filing petitions against a well won election and going to the Court only when the Offices are closed is a stupid tactics to generate excuses that your papers were rejected or not accepted. It simply shows you are an usurious bunch and clearly UNFIT TO RULE. 

The game is now over It is time to leave the
field ,put off the lights and go to "SLPP".
LUNTA

 
 

Saturday, 24 November 2012

FROM "AGENDER FOR CHANGE TO AGENDA FOR PROSPERITY" SIERRA LEONE GOING FORWARD!

DULY RE-ELECED PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA (APC) EMBRACES ALL SIERRA LEONEANS AND CALLS FOR UNITY IN THE NATION!     
                                                                                                  
THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH AT HIS SECOND SWEARING-IN CEREMONY AS PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE ON FRIDAY23RD NOVEMBER, 2012
 
Fellow Sierra Leoneans
By the grace of God, I have once again been elected as your President. The people have spoken and their collective will has prevailed. I give praise and thanks to Almighty God for the great honour bestowed on me to lead this nation. This is a win for every Sierra Leonean; and I thank every Sierra Leonean for bringing about this victory for this land that we love.

Sierra Leoneans displayed maturity, patience and tolerance during the elections. These are enduring Sierra Leonean values, and we must continue to display them to sustain our peace, our democracy and our development.

We deeply appreciate the commitment of the National Electoral Commission, Political Parties Registration Commission, and the Security forces to the constitution of this country and the
sacred tenets of democracy, peace and security.
We also applaud the many other state agencies, domestic and international monitors, civil society groups and the media for their positive contribution to ensuring credible, transparent and peaceful elections in the country.

My fellow Sierra Leoneans, you have
given me, and my party, the All Peoples Congress, the mandate to govern our country for the next five years. You endorsed the achievements we made with the Agenda for Change and asked us to continue on to the Agenda for Prosperity.


This is my
new contract with you; we will focus on creating jobs for the youths, and on training our youths to seize the immense employment opportunities we are creating in the construction, mining, agriculture and other sectors. We will continue with our infrastructural development programmes; we will continue to attract investment; we will continue to fight corruption; we will continue to protect and promote the rights of every woman, every man, youth, child, journalist, and civil society activist.

The time for politics is over; the moment for continuing the transformation has come. This is the time for all of us to embrace each other. In the name of Mama Sierra Leone, let all APC supporters embrace every SLPP supporter and supporters of other political parties. I am inviting the leadership of the SLPP and other political parties to join the leadership of the APC in moving this country forward. The job at hand requires the goodwill and positive energy of the membership of all political parties. 

  Fellow Sierra Leoneans, democracy respects divisions; good governance transcends divisions. I will make sure that the fruits of the Agenda for Prosperity are equally distributed in every district and region of the country. Our creation of jobs will be for youths all over the country; our focus on skills for employment will be for the youths of every political party; we will construct roads in every region, continue to bring electricity to every district; develop agriculture in every chiefdom and provide free healthcare for the mothers and children of every village.

The work starts today. We know Sierra Leoneans everywhere are celebrating this national victory. But
let us celebrate within the law; let us celebrate with the grace, tolerance and goodwill that must be the corner stone of the job at hand. Let us, as we celebrate, be mindful that the work starts today, and every Sierra Leonean, from all political parties, regions, ethnic group, age, and religion is central to our Agenda for Prosperity. We must therefore embrace each other as we march forward with action, bravery, commitment, discipline, empathy and fortitude.
I assure you all that with
tenacity of purpose, and with great courage and determination, we will sustain our peace, democracy and development. The future beckons with high hopes for a prosperous Sierra Leone, whose sons and daughters will live together in peace and harmony, and enjoy the abundant fruits of our labour.

God bless you all


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BUT THE DISGRUNTLED CONFUSED SLPP  WANT TO SPOIL THE GOODWILL MESSAGE - READ THEIR SECRETARY GENERAL'S "SOUR GRAPES" PRESS RELEASE; TYPICAL OF BAD LOSERS

Press Release:SLPP would be inclined not to accept the result of such a rogue election. Saturday 24 November 2012                                           
By Sulaiman Banja Tejan-sie National Secretary General SLPP









Freetown, 24 November 2012: The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) notes with utter dismay the announcement by the Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) on 23 November 2012 of the result of the Presidential Elections held on 17th November 2012. The Chairperson of NEC made the announcement despite the fact that the SLPP had brought to the attention of NEC, international observers and the general public its concerns about the incidences of systemic and widespread irregularities, malpractices and injustices that occurred on polling day which undermined the credibility of the results.

It will be recalled that in earlier Press Releases, the SLPP had made it known that unless appropriate and satisfactory remedial action was taken by NEC to address these concerns, it would be inclined not to accept the result of such a rogue election.

In the circumstances, therefore, the SLPP is convening an emergency meeting of its National Executive Council (NEC) on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 at the Party National Headquarters in Freetown to determine its reaction to the events that have occurred.
In the meantime, the SLPP is calling upon all its members, supporters and sympathisers to continue to remain calm and peaceful and to refrain from any action that might bring the Party into disrepute. Any person who is the victim of any acts of provocation, intimidation or violence should report the perpetrators immediately to the nearest Police Station and to the nearest SLPP Party Office.                                                             
Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie
National Secretary-General


BUT, as Ade Daramy says in his poem posted in Facebook...........( see extract from the first 2 verses below)
(If  ‘Salone nar wi oll yone’, mek wi gree say nar wan king nommoh for siddom nar t’rone)

"So, sit back and let me begin…
The results we’ve all waited for are finally in

Only one side can win and the other struggles to take it all in…
The race has been run, a battle lost and a victory won
I had my eyes set on the big prize
I go under or I could rise
This time, it wasn’t meant for me
Maybe next time, it could just be…

I could go away and come again
Lick my wounds and salve my pain
Or I could find someone or something else to blame
So much easier than to say I played a poor game
One man’s joy may be another man’s sorrow
But we can still join hands for a better tomorrow..."

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Sierra Leone Opposition May Dispute Results - ABC News
 


"...U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement that "any grievances related to the election must be resolved through Sierra Leone's judiciary, in accordance with the rule of law."

 "...The SLPP has convened an emergency meeting on Tuesday to determine what further action they will take".

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Carter Center Reports Transparent and Orderly Process in S. Leone Elections

See Full Report- check out Link
http://www.frontpageafricaonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4724:carter-center-reports-transparent-and-orderly-process-in-s-leone-elections&catid=67:news&Itemid=144

"...Carter Center observers reported that voting and counting processes were peaceful, orderly, transparent, and in general accordance with Sierra Leone's legal framework and obligations for democratic elections..."
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Friday, 23 November 2012

IT IS ALL OVER! PRESIDENT ERNEST KOROMA & APC REELECTED FOR 5 MORE YEARS

CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT: FIVE (5) MORE YEARS! GOD BLESS YOU!

First of all, let me take this opportunity to congratulate my fellow countrimen and women for voting so wisely and re electing the President, Ernest Bai Koroma forr another 5 years. I feel very confident that the President and the Party will continue to do the very good job he has been doing for the last five years and the prosperity that emanates from his managerial style.  This election has exposed Sierra Leone further to the World at large and the people have demonstrated/ spoken with a very loud voice that they will no longer be fooled by bigots whose interest is only to make money for themselves to the detriment of all others. I wish to thank the people of the East and South of Sierra Leone who have shown the SIERRA LEONE PEOPLES PARTY (SLPP) that they will no longer be dominated by the artificial myth created by disgruntled leaders  and make them believe the the SLPP is a Mende-man Party. This is far from the truth. At it's inception, SLPP had members from all parts of Sierra Leone, even in Kionadugu- which was a very stronghold in Nothern Sierra Leone. The Original PEOPLES PARTY was started by a CREOLE MAN from up the Hills in Charlotte and with the mergers of the Protectorate Assembly and others, this coalition of the so called Sierra Leone Peoples Party emerged- Thanks to former Governor George Beresford Stoke.

ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS (APC) FORWARD EVER!!

We do not want any TRIBALISM in Sierra Leone and Ernest Koroma has shown this clearly  hence the people of the South and East of Sierra Leone has displayed their appreciation for his efforts. I listened deeply and carefully to the priliminary results and they were read -thanks to STAR RADIO and SLBC - who afforded this communication medias and allowed us in the 'DIASPORA':) to learn step by step how things were going. Indeed some were fooled by the premature/infantile propaganda by the SLPP pundits, but we were able to carve the end result. I am not surprised at all of the outcome. I predicted around 63% from the way the maths were showing  but I pleasantly satisfied with the result showing 58.7 (rounded 59%) as against Maada Bio's £7.4% (rounded 34%) a clear and decisive WIN for His Excel ency the President Ernest Bai Koroma and The ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS (APC).
 [Click Link for declaration]   http://www.voicekast.com/
I must praise the work of Dr Sylvia Blyden and her Team of on the spot journalists who were fearless and bold in the face of all sorts of threats, 'mamy cusses' - insults- disgracefully hipped on them from all corners of the SLPP Opposition in particular, even from those with very High Educational backgrounds- those are the people who failed BIO and the SLPP. The young people of the SLPP who love their Party, must now sit tight and stanrt reflecting what has just HIT the. If the are to have any say in the governance of Sierra Leone in the future, the mus begin to examine what they must do to achieve some credibility or else the will be left in a long term limbo come 2017, or even 2022. The APC is back in Parliament with an increase majority and I strongly believe that the men and women whom the people have so generously and properly elected will carryout their constitutional functions for the betterment of Sierra Leone. Those whom have been elected to serve in LOCAL AUTHORITIES will likewise do their utmost to perform their CIVIL DUTIES without blemish- they must not do anything that will bring disgrace to their Offices and their persons. We hope for a better and prosperous SIERRA LEONE.
                                                              President Dr. Ernest Bia Koroma

SWORN IN FOR THE SECOND TIME- GIVING VICTORY SPEECH
I WISH THE PRESIDENT A VERY SUCCESSFUL FIVE MORE YEARS: MAY HE AND HIS FAMILY BE BLESSED FOR THE GOOD WORK HE HAS DONE SO FAR AND AND PRAY HE CAN DO EVEN MORE IN THIS HIS SECOND INNINGS AND ALL SIERRALEONEANS WILL PRAISE HIM AND THANK GOD ALMIGHTY FOR HIS GIFT TO THIS OUR BELOVED COUNTRY
 LONG LIVE THE APC, LONG LIVE SIERRA LEONE - CONGRATULATIONS TO US ALL.
 


 National 
Results

Candidate
 
 




Party
 
 




Votes
 
 




Percentage
KOROMA, ERNEST BAI
APC
1 314 881
58.7%
CAREW, JOSHUA ALBERT
CDP
22 863
1.0%
KAMARA, GIBRILLA
PDP
8 273
0.4%
CONTEH, KANDEH BABA
PLP
6 144
0.3%
MARGAI, CHARLES FRANCIS
PMDC
28 944
1.3%
COLLINS, ELDRED
RUFP
12 993
0.6%
BIO, JULIUS MAADA
SLPP
837 517
37.4%
BANGURA, MOHAMED
UDM
5 069
0.2%
FULLAH, JAMES OBAI
UNPP
5 044
0.2%