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In the year 2008, Abu-Bakarr Joe Sesay was one of the barely literate journalists whom Umaru Fofana (backed by Awoko newspaperís idiotic Kelvin Lewis) had assembled under SLPPís Bo Chairman Kanja Sesayís roof in Bo City to perfect plans to hijack the media landscape.

 

We now see Abu Bakarr exhibiting his ill understanding of written English in an article yesterday about what he feels he has read that Koya Paramount Chief Kanneh said to this newspaper.


We have reproduced two articles today¬†with the hope that a better educated person can explain to Abu-Bakarr what was said and by whom; so he can stop embarrassing himself in his defence of Julius Bioís tribal origins.


P.C. Kanneh of Kenema Cautions Maada Bio & SLPP; Calls on Police, PPRC & NEC
By:Paul Musa Lamin

 

The Paramount Chief of Baoma Koya chiefdom in the Kenema district has issued a strong warning to the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party and their presidential candidate Mr. Julius Maada Bio to stop visiting his chiefdom territories without prior notice to the chiefdom authorities especially the paramount chiefs.

 

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Awareness Times yesterday October 30th 2012, P.C. Alami Kanneh expressed dismay that Mr. Maada Bio breached the published timetable of the National Electoral Commission as well as the laws of Sierra Leone on Thursday 25th October this year.

 

The well respected Paramount Chief said although that day was slated to another political party to campaign in Kenema district, the SLPP and Mr. Bio in a ten vehicle convoy, barged into his chiefdom without observing the cultures and traditions of the land following which they held a political meeting at which unfortunate utterances were made.


The face of SLPP for 2012 is Tribalism & Mammy Cuss

He said both the actions and words of Mr. Bio have the propensity of causing conflict as it could have seen a clash between the political party slated to campaign on that date and the SLPP campaigners.

 

The Paramount Chief also denounced attempts to include tribal incitement messages during political campaigns as he said politics and tribalism should never be mixed together. It can be recalled that it was in the P.C. Kannehís chiefdom that Mr. Bio had made some tribal comments about the Mende tribe and Mende language.

 

P.C. Kanneh who was recently publicly molested by the Chairman of the SLPP in Kenema District Arthur Koroma, took his time to deny all the allegations including the claim that he was the Secretary to a mass movement to re-elect President Koroma known as DE PA IN EYE. He said such allegations were defamatory and could result in a breach of the peace.

 

He also said such insults of his person went against their cultures and traditions.

 

As a result of all the aforementioned which could cause a public disorder, the Paramount Chief is using this medium to call on the Inspector General of Police, the Chairman and members of the Political Parties Registration Commission and the Chairman & members of the National Electoral Commission to ďactively monitorĒ the words and actions of the opposition SLPP and SLPP presidential candidate as they were prone to causing needless problems.


Maada Bio is not a Mende - Mendes denounce his Dangerous Tribal Sentiments


By : Mohamed Wahab & Paul Lamin in Kenema

 

Scores of important Mende personalities from all over the South and East of Sierra Leone, have been contacting this newspaper to express serious dismay over the utterances of main opposition presidential candidate Julius Maada Bio to the residents of Baoma Koya Chiefdom and Dama Chiefdom last week. They insist that he is not a Mende man but is trying to deploy the use of raw tribalism to Mendes in order to get power for himself through the votes of Mendes. It can be recalled that in meetings called up for residents of the two aforementioned chiefdoms, Mr. Bio was recorded as he made very tribalistic and inciting statements concerning the upcoming elections.

 

Speaking in the Mende language to the chiefdomsí people, Mr. Maada Bio spoke derogatorily of his main opponent for the presidency and urged the people not to vote for him because President Koroma did not speak Mende language and was not a Mende by tribe.

 

According to Mr. Bio, for over 40 years now, Sierra Leone has not had a Mende President and he was the one who has now come to ensure that deficit was resolved.

 

Bio went on to say that as far as he was concerned, his opponents took Mendes to be ďstupid peopleĒ and so he was calling on the Mendes to ďshow your stupidityĒ by voting against the President.

 

The recording of Mr. Maada Bioís voice as he spoke such dangerous inciteful words has now been downloaded into mobile phones all over Kenema district and is being transferred by Bluetooth technology amongst youths of Kenema, many of whom have expressed utter distaste at the tribalistic comments.

 

One such youth is a former opposition youth leader who has defected to the ruling All Peoples Congress, Mr. Sidie Kajue of Nongowa Chiefdom, Kenema District.


Kajue could barely hold back his anger as he lambasted Julius Maada Bio as ďone of the most stupid politicians this country has ever producedĒ.

 

ďJulius Bio is not a Mende. He is not even named Maada. That is a name which he adopted to fool people into thinking he is a Mende. Let him tell people his real traditional name and they will know he is a Sherbro man and not a Mende,Ē Sidie Kajue insists.

 

ďHe is a Sherbro and not one of us.¬† He just wants to use our people to get power via dangerous tribal sentiments but this time we are going to resist the SLPP,Ē Kajue who hails from a ruling house insists.

 

Also contacting this newspaper was the Government Resident Minister for the Eastern Province, Mr. William Juana Smith who re-echoed the sentiments of Kajue.

 

ďI have downloaded his words on to my phone and anybody I play it for are just too amazed,Ē W.J. Smith said adding that most Mendes have now come to the conclusion that the reason why Bio, a Sherbro man, was making tribal statements is because he had ďnothing else to offerĒ.

 

W.J. Smith said the crowds of people who have been coming out to endorse President Koroma all over Mende towns and villages is what has panicked Mr. Julius Maada Bio into resorting to tribal deployment.

 

We will run the full interview granted to us by Mr. Smith as well as comments from many, many other stakeholders in Kenema and the entire South-East in subsequent editions. The concerned citizens include Paramount Chiefs, Community Leaders, Youth Activists and so much more. They are all bonafide Mendes who are rejecting the comments of Mr. Julius Bio.

 

What is very clear now is that Mendes have made it known that Julius Bio is not a Mende by tribe but a Sherbro who is trying to incite the Mendes.

 

Additionally, it has been revealed that even his claim that no Mende has been President for 40 years is questionable.

 

More details subsequently on this issue.


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