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That Illegal Vehicle Ban: Arrogance of it all is Dangerous!
By Dr. Sylvia O. Blyden
Nov 7, 2012, 17:26
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I watched a Monday live TV and Radio discussion featuring the no-nonsense and fierce Assistant Police IG Al Shek Kamara, our dear sister Madam Barbara Bangura and Chukuemeka Taylor of PPRC. They were discussing the vehicular ban which Dr. Christiana Thorpe and a bunch of short-sighted Sierra Leoneans are trying to pass off on this country during elections day.

 

Emeka was diplomatic with his words but Barbara was strenuously trying to insist that the country might go up in flames if vehicles are allowed to move around. She made poor sense in her argument so I just dismissed it. However, I laughed when Al-Shek threatened on air that Police would be very rough with any journalist or person who might resist the ban.

 

Well, though I have already been assured that I will receive an exemption as a journalist, this agitation is not on my personal behalf but for other voiceless citizens. Police better prepare to arrest many citizens because let me assure the architects of this illegal ban on vehicles that I am speaking on behalf of the majority of Sierra Leoneans who have been contacting me in droves to thank me for my highlighting of the nonsensical agreement of Thorpe and the political parties.

 

Dangers inherent in such a ban are many. They can cast slurs on credibility of the elections itself if people are geographically disenfranchised by such abuse of their human rights on the basis of something that is NOT reasonably justifiable in a democratic society. We are not at war.

 

This Government does not have such powers to contravene Section 18 of our constitution. If the Police is just too inept to police on that day, bring out the gallant Soldiers but do not touch our rights to freedom of movement! The arrogance of Dr. Thorpe, Sierra Leone Police and the misguided political parties is galling! No-one will stop our freedom of movement on Elections Day. We will drive our cars; we will use our vehicles. We will not rely on a clearly inept police administration to provide Government buses plying the routes. Finally, bogus civil groups should agitate against this illegal act rather than promote doomed presidential debates. Lonta!


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