Sorie Forna on APC Misrule

America’s George Washington, years ago said, “ I can answer but for three things: a firm belief in the justice of our cause, close attention in the prosecution of it, and the strictest integrity,” that which also has seen New Age’s examinations of Dr Mohamed Sorie Forna’s resignation letter to Siaka Steven’s APC following years of misrule.

Although the commoners’ or call them “the electorates’” thought seem quite traditional to two of Sierra Leone’s oldest political parties- APC and SLPP, it’s worth noting that it is now fully grown having the media doing justice to society in saying things unhesitant but factual.

As members of the ‘FOURTH ESTATE;’ of course, the unofficial arm of government charged with the responsibility of exposing corrupt conducts of public officials, the media’s loyalty is but to the readers, viewers and listeners and just them.

To this, however, has seen BBC’s first Director General, John Reith, in 1922, defining public broadcasting as “Inform, Educate and Entertain.”

Yes journalists have used such in their distribution of news, but until 1986, when a media research unit in the UK came up with eight solid principles on the functions of the media, things, over the years, have changed though.

Need not state all eight principles here, but will attempt naming and briefly explain two (ones believed to be key to what the media is and should look like) – National Identity and Vested Interest.

‘National Identity’ bars journalists from doing the unfavorable in way enhancing development and security for all, whereas ‘Vested Interest’ speaks of situations in which the journalists must no doubt move away from things favouring government of the day, but rather to the general good of society.

Now, and within context of Sierra Leone, there have been two political parties as far as governance of the state is concerned, and they are- the now ruling APC and opposition SLPP parties.

I have by design included the SLPP in this piece because the two political parties share identical traits of unending bad governance just when Sierra Leone became fully grown-up (Independent) till date.

That said, and a look at his stance on issues of misrule and bad governance vis-à-vis late Siaka Steven’s own, Sorie Forna’s letter has long time ago cleared society’s doubts.

Of course, his letter speaks for itself, read it though.

But as I warmly publish Forna’s resignation letter verbatim, I have been compelled to say words as said by Thomas Paine: “It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe…” and could things be so, as are observed within confines of society’s politics, save to say dictatorial tendencies of political leaders seem explain ‘infidelity’ on the part of those at the helm of things.

Here’s what Forna has to say. Contrast same to the governance of President Koroma too:

“Dr. MS Forna’s Resignation Letter to Siaka Stevens

12 September, 1970 Dear Prime Minister (Siaka Stevens),

In 1967 Sir Albert brought this country to the brink of political and economic disaster. All right thinking people realized that Sir Albert’s insatiable desire for power and wealth spelt chaos and complete disruption of our social fabric. What he wanted to impose upon this nation was a one man dictatorship, shrouded by a fraudulent Republican Constitution that concentrated all powers in the hands of a single person.

In view of this menace to personal freedom and economic stability, I accepted the call to service, and, left what you knew to be a very lucrative medical practice to join the fight against that political monster.

As leader of the Opposition then you spearheaded the fight against this menace. All of us who followed you accepted your profession of a deep attachment to the tenets of democracy and the rule of law.

As you also know, when the Military unwarrantedly usurped the machinery of Government and imposed a Military dictatorship on the people of this country, you found me more than willing to risk life and limb to restore Parliamentary democracy to this our beloved country.

It is nearly three years now since we assumed the reins of Government.

Over this period I have had the opportunity of working closely with you. Many mistakes have been made during this period but till lately I had assumed that these were mistakes of the head and not of the heart.

I now know that I was wrong. You have revealed an uncanny dexterity at manipulating weak and untutored minds both at Cabinet and Party levels. Your conduct of state affairs is in line with your Trade Union experience, a mixture of trite jokes cajolery and even violence.

The introduction or the continuation of cold and calculated violence into the politics of this country poses a major threat to the social and political unity of this country. You are fully aware of the events I refer to.

The shootings at the Freedom Press with the resultant death of an innocent child have never been investigated to the satisfaction of the thinking public.

The wanton destruction of life and property at Ginger Hall during the Freetown City Council elections was as unprovoked as it was unnecessary. As usual the innocent, the very innocent children, were the sufferers.

Again the nation has waited in vain for an explanation. More recent, but no less serious, are the dastardly events at Port Loko.

The heinous crimes committed there I put squarely at your door-step. I know, as you do, that you were the evil spirit behind them.

I have spared no pains both in and out of Parliament to condemn the use of force and violence as a means to power. This is one fundamental area of disagreement between us.

A Constitutional Review Commission has been set up.

It is now at work. In the interval, with you presiding, a so-called National Executive of the APC passed a resolution in favour of an Executive Presidency with all the powers of the state in the hands of one man.

You yourself have never hidden your ambition to be such a President. You set the ball rolling at the meeting I refer to.

I vividly recall the continuous tussle between you and Protocol Officers about the playing of the National Anthem for you.

His Excellency the Governor-General has on more than one occasion been subjected to serious embarrassment as to the use of the National Anthem when both of you attend the same functions.

This display of infantile vanity may appear trivial, but to me with a trained medical mind, they are the manifestations of a megalomaniac syndrome.

It is the top of the iceberg submerged below a sea of personal shyness. This coupled with an insatiable thirst for power can only spell disaster to this country.

I now realize that no method will be too mean for you to achieve this goal. On my return from the USA and Britain I made my views on this matter very clear to you.

I made it clear, that should you insist on this course of action and bring a bill to Parliament based on an Executive Presidency I will have no choice but to oppose it with all the forces at my command.

As usual with you, the answer to a major issue was not enlightened discussion but the over-used joke.

I have noticed that our differences over financial policy have deepened with time.

The Cabinet reshuffle of May this year was precipitated by the refusal of the then Minister of Works and myself to sanction the dumping of six million leones of the taxpayers money in the construction of a rock filled road less than two miles long.

This project, as I indicated in a letter to you, had neither economic merit nor did it stand to ease the traffic congestion which was the pretext for its conception.

Suppliers’ credit and pre-finance have a limited scope in the public finance of an under-developed country.

Its misuse and abuse led to the near national bankruptcy of 1966-1968. You yourself have condemned the practice in your radio broadcast to the nation. I have always maintained that pre-financing should be limited to a small area of projects which will contribute to the social well-being of our people.

Among this category are the provision of clean pipe borne water and the expansion of our radio services.

In my discussions with World Bank and IMF officials I have indicated our general agreement with them not to engage in unnecessary pre-financing. You yourself have re-assured the World Bank along similar lines.

Recently I have noticed that rejected pre-finance schemes are being dusted and brought to Cabinet without my Ministry being given an adequate opportunity to make its comments on them.

During my brief absence on a tour of duty you signed a contract against the advice of my officials for pre-financing the purchase of armored vehicles costing nearly Le700, 000.

At a time when soldiers are badly housed I wonder whether your priorities as Minister of Defence are in the right order.

The Military were never given an opportunity to say yes or no to this scheme.

Recently you brought forward an elaborate scheme for police and army communication equipment.

If accepted, it will cost this nation Le2.8 million.

What I find curious is that the communication officers of both army and police put their requirements at Le300,000, roughly a tenth of the cost of your Pye advisers.

The curious combination of an unrelenting drive to an Executive Presidency, armored vehicles to be manned by a specially selected troops primarily loyal to you, indicate that you intend to impose your will on the people of this country.

You have never failed to equate yourself with Sekou Toure, Kaunda or Nyerere. Sierra Leone is a different country Mr. Prime Minister and to be frank you are not a Kaunda or a Nyerere.

In other areas, policies are equally confused.

We all know the repeated use of troops and police for the eviction of the stranger elements from Kono, but as the country knows this has become a cyclical exercise.

You drive them with fanfare but quietly allow them to return for reasons that you alone can understand, There is no coherence in Government policy, no definitive co-ordination of Government policies, no firmness in the execution of Government policies.

Your Kono exercise cost this nation Le600,000 extra for the army and police in 1969.

The bill for the latest exercise is still to come. In the meantime most of the Lebanese expelled by this exercise have now been allowed by you to return.

If our scanty resources cannot be used to create gainful employment for our people, then, as I have always pointed out to you Sir, we are now witnessing in the form of highway robbery. These are problems that will not be solved by armored vehicles or over-expensive communication equipment.

I have written at length so that the nation will understand.

I am painfully aware that my resistance to these schemes has not gratified me to you. Yet I owe it to myself and to my country to do my duty as I see it.

I had intended to attend the very important meetings of Commonwealth Finance Ministers at Nicosia and of World Bank and IMF at Copenhagen, but I am reliably informed of your intention to withdraw my accreditation to these conferences on your return. The honour of this country is a matter of supreme importance to me and I would not allow you to ridicule this nation now as you have done in the recent past.

Finally, let me warn the nations of the World that should their citizens allow you to embark on a pre-finance spree in the terminal days of your regime this nation reserves the right to disallow these debts in the future.

With all these strains and fundamental differences on principles and policies I realise that my usefulness in this Government under you has reached alow ebb.

I cannot sacrifice principles for position, but as I always say, let history be my judge.

I therefore wish to tender my humble resignation as from today. Yours sincerely

(Sgd.)

Dr. Mohamed Sorie Forna.”

3 thoughts on “Sorie Forna on APC Misrule

  • October 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm
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    In every country or a state, their leaders are a very good and sensible window or barometer to see into the SOUL of their citizens or it’s people!.

    In the case of sierra leone, looking into our leaderships soul make-up, and therefore seen the people through their leadership, I come to the conclusion that the people of sierra leone are as foolishly a clown as their leaders they empower to rule them. SAD, but that’s the way it is in that CURSED LAND.

    The whole LAND is actually full of LESSER BEINGS, top to bottom, same ”CURSED BASTARDS OR APE HUMANOID SPECIES. if one deals with the salone man or woman, you too soon come to realise at their ape-man brain
    manifesting in their hollowly empty humanity. SAD.

    That’s ”WHY, YOUR LEARDERSHIP IN ALL THE POLITICAL PARTIES IN THAT CURSED SIERRA LEONE BEHAVE AND TREAT THE PEOPLE LIKE POWERLESS ANIMAL APES THAT FEEDS ON EVERY SHIT THEY ARE FED ON”.

    Is unimaginable to see AN APE-MAN LIKE ASSRNEST KOROMA TREATING YOU THE PEOPLE, OF THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE LIKE THE Beast, the sad looking and talking sadlone people are.

    West Africa, That is, Senegal, Mali, Gambia, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, even Togo and Nigeria ARE all striving towards a highly RESPECTABLE DEMOCRATIC and Very Transparent Election procedures that is being envy of EAST AFRICAN intellects.

    Only sierra leone and Guinea, the TWO Countries in WEST AFRICA with their APE-MEN LEADERSHIP that are STILL profoundly distorted, WITH THEIR SELF-CENTERED, INCOMPETENT AND SENSELESSLY MINDLESSLY CORRUPTION THAT IS SURELY LEADING US BACK TO THE SAD TIMES OF SIAKA THIEVENS AND THEM TO MOMOH SAIDU AND ULTIMATELY TO FODAY SANKOH.

    SADLONE IS SADLY COMING BACK, BLIND, DEAF AND DUMB TO THEIR SADDEST ”DA JAVU” OF 1990 TO 1999 OF SAIDU MOMOH, FODAY SANKOH AND THE ARMY JUNTA. SAD.

    dr. Samura KOROMA/KAMARA, Being A ”god’s sent” by this APE-HUMANOID, only self-centred, Assrnest koroma as a new clean and smooth ape to lead SADLONE, have in all sense of the word, fully participated in all of the Failed Governments from the Military Junta through the SLPP, TO NOW THIS Defunct government of his APE MASTER ernest koroma.

    ”WHAT A SAD AND MINDLESS PEOPLE ARE SIERRA LEONEANS ON THIS PLANET WE LIVE IN”.

    And one more thing!!!???… Cherricoco, the new APE kid on the BLOCK!?,
    as ”rotten as his mentors”, sad. As is written in the scriptures ” one good apple among a bunch of abjectly Rotten lots, will ends up Sadly being inside to the outside totally ROTTEN ASS WELL.

    He become the cherricoco, ”the small Fula Ape” , the tenminee APES, used to FOOL themselves and their ignorant, stupid and cursed population.

    sAD SADlone!!!???….

    Therefore our deeply very sad and miserable Foreign Policy to our Financial and Economic Standing Today Has being formulated, Run executed by this senseless, mindless APE-LOOKING Humanoid of ”sub-human brain and intellect of fake decadence”

    In the eyes of the world sierra leoneans are an ape-man species in any sense of the word. lack Moral Consciousness, Very Seriously Lacking/ profoundly lacking in Integrity, honour and excellency. sad. These guys are basically called THEIVES AND MINDLESS SENSELESS INCOMPETENT CORRUPTED APE HUMANOIDS OF SAD SADLONE.

    These are the tittle of our leaders his excellency, honourable, doctor and what not.

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  • October 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm
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    By Dr. Yahya Kalokoh, Guest Writer, USA.
    Folks look!!!???… these are the kinds of ”APES of doctorates”, his Excellences,
    Right Honourable, High ambassadors Sadlone is ”BLESSED WITH”. SAD. Very so, so Sad.
    yahya kalokoh, dr. ernest koroma, yohn sisey, joseph freeslum kamara and sad looking ape-man DR. samura kamara.
    I’m always asking sadlone folks, ”What is Really Honourable, doctored or excellent with THEIVES, INCOMPETENT, AND BRAINLESS SAD APES”!???
    wHAT IS REALLY UGLY AND I MEAN VERY UGLY PEOPLE ARE THESE APES!!!????….
    Sad shameless people, shameless nation. sad.

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  • October 25, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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    can’t we see the APE faces of these two illiterates’ and profound lack of any intelligent intellectual grace in their hollow devoid brittle little APE-MAN SOUL!!!???… TENMINEE, LIMBA, LOKO AND KURANKO pine wine drunks and too
    often as is with ALL these kinds of APES. they are disgracefully and shamelessly clown crown of a bogus/fake DOCTORATE (DR), to apparently fill the void of hollowness in their debased emptied APE-MAN SOUL!?.. sad.

    Siaka Thievens was so ignorantly uneducated, unlearned, unintelligent intellectually, as it is usual with the LIMBAS, TENMINEES, KURANKOS AND LOKOS
    and but yet still saw himself as a master crook and profoundly very little full in himself with unintelligent and simplistic drunker wise ape-man with jokes.

    Siaka Thievens ass with ernest koroma, lacks the capacity and propensity to have any critical thoughts and therefore good decisions.

    Therefore we’re left with the kind of society sierra leone finds itself today.

    ”Laughing stock of the world of black africa” that sadlone is today and forever.

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