By KABS KANU :
As the November elections draw nearer, the rate of dirty politicking is becoming cumbersome. It has never been evident until now that some Sierra Leoneans are very hungry and desperate for power and in their blind determination to wrestle power from the hands of the present government they will stop at nothing , including stirring up even misguided aliens to fabricate stories against the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the Vice-President Sam Sumana and other government officials. Mudslinging has become the order of the day in the run up to the November 17 elections. And this is a shame.
PRESIDENT KOROMA’S STAR WILL CONTINUE SHINING IN THE NATION DESPITE THE DIRT BEING SLUNG
Some Sierra Leoneans are behaving like the people of our country are so gullible that they will be swept away by every wind of dirty politicking and intrigues. They do not realize that the Sierra Leonean people have become wiser after the event.
The very multimedia system that some Sierra Leoneans are abusing to concoct, package and distribute slander and dirty political banter about our politicians have also made our people wiser.
The multimedia have brought Sierra Leoneans closer to an understanding of the intricacies of politics in the the global village and they know from the experiences of other countries that concocting and distributing malicious stories against government officials are common during elections time. Through cable TV, radio, internet media and social networking sites like FACEBOOK, which they can now easily access even through their IPhones or IPads, the world is closer to Sierra Leoneans than it ever was. They become instantly aware of events as soon as they happen all over the world, unlike the olden days when they had to wait for days to read about them in newspapers. Therefore, Sierra Leoneans have become savvy about politics in their country and around the world. They will therefore not be bothered by slander designed to defame the government on the eve of elections. The veracity of this thesis could be clearly authenticated through the manner that President Koroma has remained hugely popular to the Sierra Leonean people ,despite all that the opposition has done locally and internationally to besmear his name in the media. The more dirt the opposition lobs at President Koroma, the more popular he becomes to the people.
As far as the Sierra Leonean people are concerned, the November elections will be determined by the records of the individuals participating in the contest . The question that will face Sierra Leoneans on November 17 is not what some uppity , ill-disposed and manipulated foreigner somewhere thinks about our President or Vice-President but whether the government has done enough for them during its five years of stewardship to deserve being re-elected to a second term.
The Sierra Leonean people know what to look for . It is less likely that they will scurry through the gutters with the dirtmongers for the latest dirt on President Koroma or his officials to help them decide how to vote on November 17. Rather, they will first look around for visible and tangible evidence about whether the government has or has not worked for them in the five years it has been in power . It is from that trajectory that they will decide whether or not to seriously view the alternate mantra that opposition politician Maada Bio will be trying to sell to them. Consumers do not buy your products simply because you make noise that the other person’s products are rotten. They will look at the qualities of the two products and decide which product has served them better in the past .
In the case of President Ernest Bai Koroma, he stands a better chance of winning the elections because he has done wonderous things for the Sierra Leonean people. President Koroma’s record of socio-economic and political achievements remain the most attractive proposition for the Sierra Leonean people. They have seen what the President has accomplished for them in five years–The magnificent infrastructure and top quality highways, the 24-hour electricity supply, the restoration of water supply, the available bus services, the free health care, the revival of agriculture and mining activities, the promise of socio-economic breakthroughs, the thriving democratic climate , peace and tranquility in the land and the manner that President Koroma has transformed the nation . It is not likely for the people to overlook these dramatic achievements and vote in the unpromising, and the tarnished and spoilt goods called Maada Bio, unless they do not wish good things for themselves . The President’s task continue to be made easier by the shameful miscues and inadequacies of his opponent , Maada Bio, such as his inability to enter the U.S. because of his human rights records which are appalling. No serious-minded nation will vote in a President who cannot enter the U.S, the Mecca of socio-economic and political advancements for developing countries.
All the All People’s Congress ( APC ) Government needs to do is to continue to deliver the development projects .
Those presently engaged in dirty politicking will find out in November that they had only been wasting their time if this government continues to perform and deliver . If the Libyan rice scandal helped cause the defeat of the SLPP in 2007, it was because the government of President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was very useless and had no record of tangible and sustainable socio-economic and political achievements to stand on . If the SLPP Government had performed and delivered, no amount of propagation of the rice issue would have turned the electorate’s mind against them. Their achievements would have spoken for them at the ballot box.