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Auditor General Should Resign! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elias L. Bangura - +23278326422/elbangura@gmail.com   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:21

Sierra Leone’s the land where everything is possible, including getting away with the law. Justice, plus freedom and unity too, is in short supply here.

  And that’s not a bother to many people, including our Parliament, who are cold and hot when they chose, and often wave away the destiny of their compatriots without due diligence or being bothered one bit.

  Don’t cry, and don’t lose hope either, but look up because our salvation as a nation draws near, because the darkest hour forebodes dawn, the dawn of our redemption and glory.

  But till then, the blasting will carry on, including turning on the heat on those who take up responsibilities to serve us. Their sincerity will have to be tried by fire, to burn off every chaff and insincerity.

  It is galling, if you should know, to have to put up with people who feign patriotism, and duty, when they are damn scoundrels, damn money gluts.

  You see, and do so clearly please, we have a lot too who are just selfless, people who, like the bee, knows their duty and stick to it like glue.

  Oh, comrade…I met a man once, years ago, who said the saddest thing anyone would have to put up with is having others pull down what you have so painstakingly built up.

  This reality is being replayed every day, and year by year in Sierra Leone – a few are building up while one thousand besides are tearing down, without apology, and passing away unduly as the real heroes.

  I have never met the auditor general of Sierra Leone, on an individual basis, excepting once two years back at a function when her institution funded the entity I was heading. The funding runs into millions of Leones, plus the invaluable dedication of her staff to make the program a success.

  She was on leave at the time, but she came to be a part of the program – a program that Parliament frowned at and ensured it came to nothing.

  The 51-member strong Sierra Leone Parliamentary Press Gallery got a two-day intensive training on reporting on the budget, plus an insider view of how the auditor general’s office works in terms of auditing the accounts of all public institutions.

  But alas, a week later Parliament threw out every Gallery journalist during its sittings on the Appropriation Act regarding the monies it was going to approve for MDAs, quoting their parliamentary Standing Orders to back their action.

  As head of the Press Gallery, I shook my head at the time and still does today – because here was an opportunity the auditor general had seized in training the media to know and report on the leakages of monies from our consolidated fund, but Parliament didn’t see it that way except that journalists were nosy folks, or they were unqualified to be witnesses of the prevalent and unnecessary mess that is so evident in almost every MDA, including the Office of the President and the Vice President.

  The same mess continues year by year, and year by year, untiringly, the poor auditor general and her dedicated staff keep pointing out the flaws in how our monies are being misused and wasted, with no one saying phin!

  I think the auditor general should resign, and leave the rotten mess called the economy of Sierra Leone, mismanaged and raped by people who call themselves the saviours of the nation.

  Really, I don’t want to believe that if she refuses to resign I can call her a system woman, a yes lady sort of, whose primary aim is the weight of her purse. This woman smacks of sincerity and commitment, and I like her for it. Darn, just take a glimpse of the recent 2013 Auditor General Report, and hear her plaintive voice against those who wrecks and continues to wreck the system, people who would later pass off lightly before the parliamentary public accounts committee. I don’t know why.

  True, others like her have done remarkably well, but unless they team up with the Auditor General and share her zeal to redeem Sierra Leone of corruption, we will be tied down forever on the bottom rung of the human development index.

  And it is sickening to read her reports with its now famous refrain that ‘certain documents were unavailable for inspection,’ et al. Don’t you feel like going through town with an atomic bomb and wiping out everything called a government? Lord! What disservice greets us every day! What disloyalty to the emblem of unity, freedom, and justice! ‘Two-face,’ isn’t that what others call it? And, my dear God, this devilish hardihood has been in play since when, and since when no one cares!

  Look around, and see the resignation in the eyes of people, the apparent helplessness and our lack of redress of our concerns and grief. Like the wretched followers of Spartacus, freedom and rest is still a far frontier for us.

  Well, the template, or the blueprint, of a better country is with us and has been with us for ages, but there’s only half-hearted commitment to it. The available that people are calling the best now isn’t actually the best; and this ‘best’ will be with us if we don’t request anything better.

  Those, however, who should make this needful request, are busy fighting themselves, and still call themselves the opposition parties of Sierra Leone.

  I think this sorry lot called the opposition in Sierra Leone is at best a rotten tooth that can’t chew anything relevant, except to drink milk, stale milk at that! They don’t even know the expiry date on their labels has been wiped out with gifts and tokens; all we have now is their shadows, black and long as the filth at Bomeh Dump Site.

  It is revealing too, that civil society has little to say when it comes to the yearly auditor general’s report – it is mostly the media, going about as the lone voice in the wilderness, that is always raising the concerns. Why is that so?

  We are hopeful, will be hopeful, until the time when all of us will think enough is enough and decide to chase the villains out of town, those who think Sierra Leone is a virgin to be raped. The long arm of the law and of Time is drawing nearer; we know it is a showdown they won’t cherish. Who cares!

 

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