POLITICIZING A NATIONAL TRAGEDY FOR WHATEVER REASON IS CRUEL AND UNGODLY
Some of the articles being written by Sierra Leoneans on this Ebola disaster are very unfortunate, especially coming from people you would want to call "educated" , because of the letters behind their names ( Though we know that paper qualifications and education are two different things ). The writers are not expressing any sensitivity to the suffering of our people. This Ebola issue is becoming a political theatre for callous and godless people to expatiate their political proclivities. It is a shame, but also, it is tragic.
I continue to share the grief and sorrow of all citizens hailing from Kailahun. May God intervene once again and deliver the region from evil. They are a hardworking, progressive and productive people. They provide a very significant amount of the food products and cash crops that help to feed our nation and also bring in hard-earned foreign exchange and revenue. They have also provided some of the brightest minds in the nation, people who have contributed immensely to the development of the nation. They are very good and progressive citizens, as well as being among the most peaceful and law-abiding people in the country.
However, because they live by Sierra Leone's borders with Liberia and Guinea, the inhabitants of Kailahun are vulnerable to many dangers. If there is war or an outbreak of any pestilence or deadly disease in our neighbouring countries, they will suffer first, given the heavy volume of cross-border traffic, cross-border human interactions and trade between them and the people of Liberia and Guinea . In all African countries, people who live by the borders take the brunt of unfortunate spillovers of wars, transnational crime and sicknesses from the other side. We have seen it in Central and Southern Africa. We have seen it in East and North Africa. The rebel war and the ongoing Ebola plague hit Kailahun first because of her location on our borders with Liberia and Guinea . Nobody deliberately planted the Ebola virus in their midst.
On Tuesday 19 August, Sierra Rutile and its major shareholder Pala Investments donated one billion Leones to help Sierra Leone in its fight against Ebola. The cheque was presented to the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma by Sierra Rutile’s CEO John Bonoh Sisay, Non-Executive Director of Sierra Rutile, Alex Kamara and Mike Brown, the Managing Director of Pala Investments.
Speaking on behalf of Sierra Rutile, John Sisay said: “We recognise the severity of the ongoing Ebola epidemic and hope that our contribution will strengthen Sierra Leone’s efforts to beat this disease. The crisis has affected the lives and livelihood of many Sierra Leoneans and Sierra Leonean businesses and we will continue to feel the socio-economic repercussions well after the virus has been contained. We make this donation as a gesture of good faith and also to show how deeply concerned we are by the impact of this disease on our country.”
Mr Edmondson Sonny Cole, commonly known as Sonny Cole, is a veteran photojournalist from Sierra Leone currently residing in Sydney, Australia, where he helps to present the Sierra Leone Community Radio on SkidRow 88.9FM. He is also one of the most outstanding and patriotic Sierra Leoneans in Australia, particularly in terms of hospitality and patriotism. Moreover, Sonny Cole is not only the Vice-Chairman of the Association of Sierra Leone Journalists in Exile (ASALJIE) but is the current Chairman of the Sierra Leone Community Council (SLCC), the umbrella organisation that covers the various Sierra Leonean organisations in Sydney.
I had told you to close the borders with Guinea. I had told you to ‘put boots on the ground to man all official and unofficial crossing points’. I had told you following the outbreak of Ebola in that country in February, but you ignored my advice. Now look at the crisis we have in our hands. Had you listened to my advice we would not be grappling with this crisis.
Now, I am offering new pieces of advice, please take them seriously. This is the emotion-evoking message Tink Salone is strenuously trying to send out to the government in its most recent press statement.
Last Friday, President Koroma recalled Health and Sanitation Minister, Miatta Kargbo, from her position to another one at the Policy Unit at State House.
For some it is better late than never, while for others it is good riddance of a woman who needs to attend a good communication school to learn the art of persuasion and to fine tune her voice of its rough edges. Hmm.
Two accused persons, James Foryoh, 22, of 200 Dama Road and Francis Abdulai, 27,of 9 Bockarie Sannoh Street, all of Kenema have been remanded at the Kenema district prison by the presiding magistrate, Alhaji Sulaiman Koroma of the magistrate court in Kenema for conspiracy and for committing other offences contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
According to prosecution, the two accused on Wednesday, 20th August 2014 at Sao Abie Guest House, Torkpombu Section in Kenema City conspired together with other unknown persons to commit a felony to wit house breaking and larceny.
DESPITE EBOLA ROADS PROJECTS ARE STILL UNDER CONSTANT MONITORING
In a bid to achieve President Koroma's dream on the agenda for prosperity, Acting Works, Housing and Infrastructure Minister, Abdul B Barrie has said that he will still continue to do constant monitoring on all the ongoing roads projects countrywide depite we are on the verge in fighting the killing Ebola disease.
He made this disclosure when he led a team of Engineers from the Sierra Leone Roads Authority over the weekend to inspect the Matotoka to Koidu road and the intownship roads in Kono city.
Mr Barrie encouraged the few International Experts who are still around, of CHICO and GUICOPRES working on the main trunk and city roads to sum up some persevearance as government is making frantic moves to eradicate this killing disease.
The All people Congress APC Member of Parliament, Hon. Hassan Sesay, over the weekend enforced temperature testing in Constituency 59, Magburaka Town, to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.
He instituted this temperature testing during the launching of Ebola bye laws and sensitization at Lorry Park Magburaka town. This program attracted MPs within Tonkolili district, councilors, section chiefs, tribal heads, youths, market women, and others stakeholders within the district.
During the program Hon. Sesay donated 300 rubber buckets, two motor bikes, thermometers, one carton chemical soap, and support to various organizations to boost the sensitization and to eradicate the killer diseases in his constituency and the country at large.