Controversial Presidential Debate

18. 02. 24
posted by: Super User

The Chairman/Information Commissioner-Right to Access Information Commission (RAIC) Unisa Sesay says, “This is the best Presidential debate I have ever witnessed. It is a unique opportunity for our thriving democracy.”

He accused all the Presidential Candidates for “a display of lack of knowledge” about our existing law on Right to Access Information which frowns at speculations on important national issues before making it public as it will result to instability.

According to him, five Presidential Candidates: Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party; Alhaji Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella of the National Grand Coalition; Mohamed Kamaraimba Mansaray of the Alliance Democratic Party; Alhaji Musa Tarawallie of the Citizens Democratic Party and Alhaji Sam Sumana of the Coalition for Change Party were not able to present an alternating solution/s to the current challenges facing the country.

“The public knows we have not been able to achieve all our development trajectories yet they were still bent on telling us the same story,” RAIC Chairman said. He added that, “we expected them to give an alternative solution in a more effective and efficient manner.”

He encouraged the organizers of the trailblazing Presidential debate to present a national documentary that reflects the views of people across Sierra Leone and not limit it to one town or district. He went on to thank the sponsors-OSIWA and partners for their support.

Guinean Ambassador-Fode Camara says he was satisfied at the level of political tolerance displayed by all the participants (Six political parties). He lavished praise on the organisers (AYV Media Empire and partners) for a giant step in the right direction.

Lawyer Francis Ben Kaifala espoused that, “It's also commendable that the Candidates enthusiastically participated. It's a great step in the right direction for our democracy. I am sure in the future; lessons learnt will inform better organization, engagement and dissemination.

Borrowing from the RAIC Chairman-Unisa Sesay, “It is difficult to do it better but it is not difficult to learn from past mistakes.” The Voiceless Sierra Leoneans would want to premise its argument on this wise maxim. Indeed positive criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary provided it is done with correction.

No one is saying AYV Media Empire should not be subjected to corrections but negative criticism for selfish reason tears one apart. This same criticism climaxed the entire Presidential debate. Before the start of the Presidential debate at the Sierra Leone’s prestigious Bintumani international conference center, Aberdeen, Freetown on Friday 15th February 2018, there were numerous slanderous and dangerous social media messages being circulated. It was calculatedly done to disrupt the event. One of such was the alleged meeting of Hassan Arouni with President Koroma at the Presidential State Lodge on the eve of the event. In fact the message had AYV’s Director of Communication’s byeline-Abdul Fonti. With all intent and purpose, it was done to link AYV with one particular political party against the others. Such criticism was unpatriotic and evil.