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SLPP in Democracy by Baboon Cane
By Mohamed Kamara
Jan 21, 2013, 12:20
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Dr. Abass Bundu captures SLPPs misguided military adventurism in his book, DEMOCRACY BY FORCE. The SLPP is now engaged in a unique practise of democracy during which ordinary SLPP members supporting Mr. Maada Bio, teach SLPP leaders using tools IJ Kabbah describes as Cuss & Baboon Cane
Members of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) are once again in the news for the wrong reasons. This time, the partys PA.O.PA faction of Julius Maada Bio is unveiling a version of how they believe democracy should be practised, i.e: by the use of baboon-canes and abusive maternal invectives on their elected party leaders. This was all revealed to a startled nation over MONOLOGUE programme by no less a person than the National Womens Leader, Madam Isata Jabbie Kabbah (aka IJK).

 

When ar reach, ar meet all man hold baboon cane dey cuss bad bad cuss, IJ told MONOLOGUE host David Tam Baryoh in the local creole paralance which when translated to English means, When I arrive, I met everybody holding baboon canes and hurling terrible abusive languages all over the place.

 

Mrs. Kabbah was describing the scene at the SLPP headquarters last Friday January 18th 2013 when supporters of Julius Maada Bio laid siege to John Oponjo Benjamin the SLPP national chairman and leader. The Bio supporters threatened to beat the hell out of Benjamin. The SLPP hooligans managed to deflate the tyres of their party chairman to prevent him from escaping from the compound but Benjamin managed to flee for his life and lock himself upstairs in one of the rooms as others called for police help.

 

On arrival at the scene, alongside a host of journalists including this writer, the head of Operations at the Central Police Station, ASP Musa was astounded to meet supporters of the SLPP including a prominent SLPP lawyer (name withheld) hurling spectacular maternal invectives (Mammy Cuss) against John Benjamin whilst holding huge locally made canes known as baboon whips. They openly called on their party chairman to bring his %@$ (Anatomical rear-end) downstairs to be dealt with.


A visibly shocked ASP Musa was asked by Awareness Times reporters at the scene what he made of the melee. He could only mutter, I have never seen a thing like this.


The problem arose out of a Press Statement issued by Benjamin that day, correcting an earlier message that Julius Maada Bio was to now provide political leadership of the SLPP. Benjamins statement sought to uphold the SLPP constitution which says Bio, after losing presidential elections, was an ex-officio member of the partys hierarchy and not the leader.

 

The Bio supporters are angry with such a constitutional requirement for which they wanted to cane some SLPP version of democratic sense into their national chairman, John Benjamin. Many of them loudly said they want to teach rustic manners to all those who are against Maada Bio.

 

Speaking on MONOLOGUE, IJ Kabbah said what happened at the party offices was a disgrace and an embarrassment. She said she was so angry with the development that she has refused to speak to Maada Bio since the incident happened.

 

She however denied reports she was beaten up with canes but revealed she only sustained verbal abuses.

 

John Benjamin was unavailable for comments. Many have described his strong ability to absorb the years of molestation he has been subjected to at the hands of Julius Maada Bio and Bios supporters as political equivalent of a mental illness known as the B.W.S where an abused partner stays within a relationship despite the emotional and physical abuse in that relationship.

 

In the case of Benjamin, it is widely believed by those who know him very well that he stays within SLPP abusive circles because of tribal reasons; as he is a very tribalistic person.

 

Meanwhile, prominent academic Dr. Abass Bundu had once written a book entitled DEMOCRACY BY FORCE in which he outlined the erstwhile SLPP regimes ill-understanding of the concept of democracy.


At present, it will appear that the SLPP, whilst in opposition, now believes the art of democracy is to be practised by using baboon canes on leaders who do not support Maada Bio unconstitutional moves within the confused SLPP.


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