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What a Disappointment Mr. President!
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Oct 7, 2009, 17:26
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We, at the Awareness Times Newspaper are sorely disappointed at President Koromas last night speech given as the official Presidential response to the alarming increase in the spate of armed robberies in Sierra Leone.


Instead of announcing the pruning of some dead wood from the Police hierarchy, we were subjected to the pains (yes, PAINS!) of listening as our President straight-facedly announced new measures aimed at combating armed robbers only to realize the new measures are nothing but the age-old BASICS of Policing as practiced worldwide and well enacted into our own Policing Laws.


Is Mr. President telling the Nation that prior to yesterday, he was not aware that there are pre-existing laws that cover practically all of what he was busy reading out to us as brand new mandates last night with a straight face over National TV?


What does President Koroma mean by saying he has mandated for measures to commence with immediate effect? Does our President not know that all those of his mandated fresh measures [apart from him releasing soldiers onto the streets after 7pm], are all laid down laws that SHOULD be regularly implemented without him having to mandate anyone to do it first?


The only conclusion many citizens have come to, is to agree with those who believe that the Sierra Leone Police has totally lost it and lost it so bad that even the Presidency is now also lost as far as policing goes. So badly lost that the President is now re-mandating (rebranding?) our entrenched Basic Policing Laws.


These ELEMENTARY BASICS OF POLICING, as listed last night, are familiar to even a one month old Police recruit! So, do we now need the President to mandate police officers to do their work?


Do we need President Koroma to mandate the arrest of vehicles without valid number plates and documentation? No we dont! This is part of our entrenched Policing Laws!


Do we need the President to mandate the verification and control of all vehicles with garage plates? No we dont! This is part of our entrenched Policing Laws!


Do we need the President to mandate the verification of identities of persons stopped at check-points? No we dont! This is part of our entrenched Policing Laws!

Do we need the President to mandate investigation of foreign vehicles to ensure compliance with our traffic and ECOWAS laws? No we dont! This is part of our entrenched Policing Laws!


Do we need the President to mandate the arrest of all foreign private-registered vehicles engaging in commercial transportation? No we dont! This is part of our entrenched Policing Laws!


Mr. President, the problem is not with the laws as mandated by you yesterday. No Sir, the problem lies with the ones who are supposed to be enforcing those pre-existing laws. The laws are there and you did not need to mandate them afresh! What you need to do is to mandate a fresh lease of life to the Police Hierarchy!


Where are all the Presidents Advisers? If our Commander-in-Chief was allowed to make such an elementary speech yesterday to the Nation without his Speechwriters and/or Advisers realizing the President might just subject himself to ridicule from a disappointed populace, then it means it is not only the Police that has totally lost it! The Presidency is in some dire straits!


What a disappointment Mr. President! What a serious disappointment Sir!


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