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Can SLPP Defend Lawlessness & Violence in Sierra Leone?
By Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Apr 8, 2011, 15:06
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Contrary to the allegations levied against us by Retired Lieutenant Maada Bio, his private life, as juicy as it is, has never been attacked in this newspaper. When Uncle Sama Banya, in a most insensitive and callous manner, tried to dismiss the graveness of the Sorie Fofana sexually explicit allegations against me with a hypocritical Uncle advise on behalf of Maada Bio, I was forced to inform the world that Uncle Sama Banya was not without his prejudice in the matter as Maada Bio was dating Sama Banyas daughter in a romantic manner.

Other than that exposure of the romantic links between Sama Banyas daughter and Maada Bio, this newspaper has never ventured into Bios private life. However, let it be duly noted that given the kind of increased violence threats we have been receiving from Bio supporters, we might or might not be soon comprehensively analysing the issue of whom might be the First Lady in a Maada Bio Presidency. We have discretion as to what we pursue on our newspaper pages in the interest of the public. And if we believe that it will serve public interest to know about the position of First Lady in a Bio Presidency, we will examine it.

It should now be very clear to all concerned that the worst thing Rtd. Lt. Maada Bios supporters can do to Awareness Times journalists is to threaten or intimidate us. The Bio First Lady Analytical Questions, if pursued, will be so juicy and very extensive!

I reiterate that we have never reported on Maada Bios private life. All what we have done is to expose Bios character viz-a-viz his penchant for violence. Rtd. Lt. Bios character is being exposed for what it is because he is a man who believes he can pick 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 should not be encouraged by any sober political party for even a Local Councillor seat let alone the position of President of the Republic.

Such a man is a menace to the society in which he lives especially as his subsequent silence has endorsed the actions of his supporters who were to subsequently beat up another young journalist; beating all done in the name of this lawless Maada Bio. Mr. Maada Bio has refused to distance himself from this beating.

This newspaper does not understand what Maada Bio wants the SLPP to do for him. Can the SLPP defend the indefensible? Will the SLPP defend a man who has refused to honour a Police Invitation? For many years now, the SLPP has spouted itself as the party of principles which will never encourage violence and lawlessness of any kind amongst its ranks. This is why we are waiting to see if the SLPP will defend what it does not represent.

The day John Benjamin or any SLPP Executive member makes the mistake of defending Maada Bios lawlessness and violence, is the day this country will give up all hope on Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP). A word to the wise should be quite sufficient.


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