From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Of Decrees & Orders
By Sylvia O. Blyden
Feb 24, 2010, 11:34

I had no oversight in the production of yesterday’s Awareness Times where my team heaped praises on President Koroma’s efforts to combat corruption in the country. H.E. President’s hands-on approach to this important fight is laudable. If indeed allegations are proven to be cogent, then he deserves a thumbs-up.

However, my concern is not so much with his anti-corruption investigative skills but with his use of the term "order" when he instructed the Police Chief that he was ordering him to arrest the allegedly errant Ibrahim Moshen. He also spoke of taking people to Pademba Road Prisons and locking them up immediately.

Then yesterday morning, Information Minister I.B. Kargbo told nation-wide radio that the President gave a directive (decree?) which must be obeyed.

First it was Leatherboot & Co. showing ‘rebel-style’ to the Kenema Power Station workers and now we are having ‘decrees’ being issued alongside orders to the Police to arrest forthwith. Am I the only one who is very worried that our dear President Koroma seems to be over-stepping his mandate and his associates might seem to have an overblown sense of the extent of their powers?

Did someone say Tony Blair would be here soon? We need to ask Blair about millions of dollars he has been collecting to sustain democracy in Sierra Leone!



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