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Retired Lieutenant Maada Bio wants John Benjamin to protect him from Awareness Times
By Julius Maada Bio (with an introductory comment by Awareness Times)
Apr 7, 2011, 11:11
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Retired Lieutenant Maada Bio's private life, as juicy as it is, has never been attacked in this newspaper. What we have done is to expose Bio's character. Rtd. Lt. Bio's character is being exposed for what it is because he is a man who picks up the phone to threaten the life of a young journalist simply for publishing a short opinion he did not appreciate. Such a man, who then proceeds to treat the issue with levity to the extent of refusing a Police Invitation, is a lawless man who believes in VIOLENCE. Such a man is a menace to the society in which he lives especially as his silence has endorsed the actions of his supporters who were to subsequently beat up another young journalist in the name of the lawless Maada Bio. This newspaper does not understand what Maada Bio wants the SLPP to do for him. Will the SLPP defend the indefensible? Will the SLPP defend a man who has refused to honour a Police Invitation? 


THE MAADA BIO CAMPAIGN SECRETARIAT

55 BYRNE LANE, OFF WILKINSON ROAD

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE


The Chairman

Sierra Leone Peoples Party

SLPP Headquarters

Wallace Johnson Street, Freetown

4 April 2011 

Dear Sir,

 

Awareness Times Publications

 

For several months now, Awareness Times has been engaged in a smear campaign against me. Almost on a daily basis, the newspaper publishes articles designed to tarnish my reputation and character. In every publication I have been presented as a perpetrator of violence, a criminal and a leader of a gang of marijuana smokers and drug addicts. My private and public life have been persistently and maliciously attacked.


All these publications deliberately and maliciously portray me as unfit to be the flagbearer of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party. My character is being assassinated purely because I am a candidate for the flagbearership of our beloved party. All my life I have never been subjected to this type of treatment I am now receiving from the Awareness Times and all this is happening because I offered myself for the leadership of our Party.

 

I have made numerous complaints about this verbally to you as Chairman in several of the meetings/consultations you have held with flagbearer aspirants. Yet, you have remained amazingly silent. I am equally surprised that in spite of these sustained attacks on my persona the party could neither make a statement nor take any action to put an end to this smear campaign.  By offering myself for the leadership of the SLPP not only am I exercising my political right, it is also a strong demonstration of my commitment to the party. Simply because I am an aspirant for flagbearer, I am being continuously vilified and molested and my party has remained ominously silent.

 

I also want to bring to your notice that this is the second time I am aspiring for the position of flagbearer of the SLPP. In 2005, I contested against the Honourable Solomon Berewa and others and at no time did anybody refer to me in the way Awareness Times is doing. I will state here without any doubt or hesitation that I have always conducted myself as a decent gentleman and a true patriot. My record is without blemish and that is why I am in the race.

 

It is also important to recall that your administration did a screening of all the nineteen candidates. You were satisfied with all of us and that was why you gave us the go ahead to continue the race. In our tours up-country, you have constantly referred to all aspirants, including my very self, as people fit to rule this country. It comes to me as a big surprise, therefore, that one of the nineteen you presented to the country is now being castigated and your silence has been most deafening. Yet, the constitution of our party bestows upon you, as Chairman, certain great responsibilities. Not only are you the custodian of our partys constitution, you are also the principal promoter and defender of its policies, interests and members. One cannot escape noticing, for instance, how vigorously Unity newspaper, the partys official mouthpiece, comes to your defence every time you have been attacked by other newspapers but again it has been so eloquent in its silence whenever I have been attacked by Awareness Times.      

 

Allow me to think aloud for a moment. In case I win the race, which of course I hope to do, and I become the flagbearer, what would you and the party do about all the garbage being spewed by Awareness Times? Or is it already your conclusion that I will not win so that nobody would have to deal with the garbage?

 

Mr. Chairman, I believe that I deserve protection from the party in this situation. Whatever Awareness Times may have against my candidacy in the leadership contest, I am convinced that if I were not in the race, it would not have embarked on this scurrilous campaign against me. The paper has simply singled me out for vilification, for whatever reason. But whatever negative things this paper is saying about me is bound to impact negatively on the party no matter the outcome of the flagbearer contest. Therefore, the party too needs protection and am sure that it is the National Executive Council, with you as Chairman, that should take the lead. 

 

In light of the foregoing considerations, I wish to request that the party provides me and the party itself the necessary protection we both deserve in this matter. I say this because I believe that this attack is not a private matter. I am capable of dealing with any situation that hinges on my private life as a person but this one has to do with my candidacy for the flagbearer position of the SLPP.

 

I look forward to your response.

 

Yours Faithfully,

-------SIGNED----------

Julius Maada Bio,

Aspirant for SLPP Flagbearer

Cc. All aspirants

The Minority Leader of Parliament

All Members of Parliament

National Secretary General

Chairman, PPRC

Trustees of the Party

Elders Council

Mr Eke Hallowell Head of SLPP Legal Team


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