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SLPP Leaders Abandoned SLPP Victims at Commission
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Sep 23, 2009, 17:14
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22nd May 2009:
President Koroma signs into Law a Constitutional Instrument to set up what will be known informally as Justice Bankole Thompson Rape Commission of Enquiry. The names of the Justice and two others (Harriet Turay and John Kamara) were included into the Instrument as well as the name of the gentleman who would be the Executive Secretary, one Mr. Harun Alrasid Bah.

31st May 2009:
John Benjamin leaves Sierra Leone on an important assignment for the Party. He hands over the Party to Dr. Kadi Sesay to steer the Party and seek the interest of all SLPP members. Dr. Kadi Sesay promises to faithfully do so.

4th June 2009:
The Constitutional Instrument signed on May 22nd 2009 is published as supplement to Sierra Leone Gazette Vol. CXL No. 25 dated 4th June 2009 with the names of all Commissioners and Executive Secretary well publicised therein.

15th June 2009:
Executive Secretary starts publicly running the affairs of the Commission from the 7th Floor of Youyi Building in Freetown. He sends out relevant communication including a request for air tickets, sundries, etc. etc. for the smooth running of the Commission.

17th July 2009:
The Three Commissioners & Executive Secretary are sworn in at State House.The Commission immediately writes to Inspector General of Police for submission of all documents and Police Reports bearing on the allegation of rape and sexual abuse not later than 48 hours thence.

18th July 2009:
Commission writes to the SLPP requesting for any video clips, photos and documents as well as written submissions and willingness for SLPP to testify if so required. The Commission requests for the data by 22nd July 2009. Same Letter is sent to Freetown City Council (FCC) and the ruling APC.

22nd July 2009:
FCC Mayor responds to the Commission and takes his time to address allegations that had been floated against him in the air by the SLPP and its National Chairman, John Benjamin. He indicates his willingness to testify. His Letter is respectful and professional and is reaches on time.

22nd July 2009:
SLPP, UNDER THE THEN-LEADERSHIP OF DR. KADI SESAY, DID NOT SEND IN A SINGLE LINE OF CORRESPONDENCE BY THE COMMISSIONS REQUESTED DEADLINE DATE OF 22ND JULY 2009.

22nd July 2009:
John Benjamin re-enters Freetown from his two months official sojourn on behalf of the Party. The Party had time to organise a street welcome for him but no time to see to the concerns of the Partys image. What serious politician will treat with levity, allegations that his or her political party is so immoral as to be a manufacturer of Rape Allegations? What serious politician knowing how the other side was determined to smear his/her Partys image will be so grossly derelict of due responsibilities to vigorously monitor all activities hovering around such an important Commission that was set up to clear or indict his/her Partys name? Only a PLAYCOOK POLITICIAN.

4th August 2009:
The Commission starts sitting but still with not a single line of correspondence in the form of Video or Photos or Willingness of SLPP Hierarchy to testify. The Commission announces that it will sit from that day (4th August 2009) until 14th August 2009 when it will close. This information is well publicised.

4th 14th August 2009:
Throughout the entire time of sittings, NOT A SINGLE MEMBER OF THE SLPP Leadership attended the Commission. None of them challenged any of the evidence offered by the Police witnesses who were clearly indicted in the reprehensible allegations. None of the SLPP Lawyers made any representation to the Commission. None of the SLPP Lawyers provided any form of legal presence for the six witnesses throughout their public ordeal of testifying to the horrendous sufferings they went through. None of the SLPP Women Leaders like Kadi Sesay or I.J. Kabbah provided any moral support for the victims. The SLPP Chairman himself, John Benjamin, never darkened the doors of the Commission if only for a show of interest to see what colour the walls were painted with. The SLPP Scribe J.J. Saffa and the Assistant Scribe, Alpha Timbo could not be bothered with ensuring that they, as scribes, copiously recorded the proceedings of the Commission. Alpha Timbo is a lawyer but he never spent even a second of his time to check out the Commission as the women were exposed to intense questioning with no lawyer by their side. The entire pack of the so-called SLPP National Executive treated the entire proceedings with levity and grossly abandoned the six victim witnesses to their own devices at the hands of the Commission. Scores of witnesses including journalists who took photographs and recorded video clips which they had handed over to the SLPP National Leadership never got a chance to submit such photos or videos because the SLPP National Leadership simply did not coordinate any such venture to have as much evidence as possible presented to the Commission. It is on record that concerns over this levity were quietly raised, REPEATEDLY and REPEATEDLY by certain persons EVERY SINGLE DAY from August 4th until August 14th but these all fell on deaf ears. The SLPPs Playcook Politicians were too busy engrossed in their PLAYCOOK and/or SELL-GAME to understand the importance of attending the Rape Enquiry or treating the Commission with any seriousness.

14th August 2009:
Shortly before mid-day, after questioning the last set of witnesses, the Commission makes a public announcement that the hearings are now over and no more submissions would be entertained. They then proceed to undertake their last task which was inspecting the scene of the alleged crimes (the SLPP Headquarters). It is at this scene that they meet John Benjamin and his Band of Merry Playcookers fooling themselves that they are politicians. This band of Playcook Jokers into whose hands the lives of ordinary SLPP members have been placed, squatted themselves at the SLPP National Headquarters twiddling their thumbs as the Commission proceeded with its business. AFTER the Commission closed down and was conducting its final inspection, that was when the PLAYCOOKING JOKERS calling themselves the John Benjamin headed SLPP National Executive, proceeded to hand over a sheaf of papers to the Commission for their perusal. The papers were not submitted under oath and the SLPP National Executive was not cross-examined under oath as to the contents of the papers so obviously the Commission knew what to do with it! Infact, upon closer inspection, the papers are shown to shamefully be nothing other than the two press releases issued back in March by the SLPP. This, dear ladies and gentlemen readers is the only thing submitted to the Commission by the SLPP and it was not done under oath. No Video Clip under oath! No Photo under oath! Nothing! Nothing at all. Only the six abandoned victims left to their own devices to testify under oath as their PLAYCOOK POLITICIANS twiddled their thumbs either out of their depths or as traitors.

DESPITE THE SHABBINESS OF THE BANKOLE-THOMPSON REPORT ITSELF, IN THE LIGHT OF THE FOREGOING, CAN ANY OBSERVER BE SURPRISED AT THE FINDINGS OF THE COMMISSION?
CAN ANY OBSERVER CHALLENGE THE FACT THAT THE CURRENT NATIONAL SLPP EXECUTIVE IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO ALL OF US WHO HAD PUT FAITH IN THEM TO PROVIDE A SOBER OPPOSITION FOR THIS NATION? THEIR ACTIONS, DESPITE ALL THE PUBLIC COVERAGE AND MEDIA SUPPORT RAISES A LOT OF QUESTIONS AS TO THEIR SUITABILITY!
DO THOSE ALLEGEDLY RAPED WOMEN VICTIMS DESERVE TO BE TREATED AS THEY WERE TREATED BY JOHN BENJAMIN, KADI SESAY, JJ SAFFA, I.J. KABBAH, ALPHA TIMBO AND THE THREE SLPP LEGAL ADVISERS?
CAN ANYONE WITH A CONSCIENCE CONTINUE TO PROTECT THIS PLAYCOOK NATIONAL EXECUTIVE? CAN ANYONE WITH A CONSCIENCE HELP THESE PLAYCOOK POLITICIANS TO COVER THEIR INEPTITUDE?
CAN ANYONE WITH A CONSCIENCE SIT BY AND ALLOW THIS CURRENT SLPP NATIONAL EXECUTIVE NOT TO BE SERIOUSLY CARPETED FOR THE TRAUMA THOSE SIX WOMEN WENT THROUGH THAT HAS NOW BECOME A "BOFF CASE"?

The Floor is Open. #END


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