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Lampooning us for Raising An Alarm?
By Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Jul 30, 2010, 17:12
Over the years past, especially during Siaka Stevens days, Sierra Leone did not go downhill for no reason. We went downhill from a Nation of high moral values, fine academic and intellectual thinkers with good ethics, to become a Nation where citizens turned into brutes who hacked off limbs of fellow Sierra Leoneans because we had Actors endorsing the illicit and shameful actions of the ruler(s) of the day and even proceeded to sell their conscience and lampoon others who raised alarms when things started to go wrong.
We had people like my big brother of Premier News, Mr. Theo Nicol who, like his predecessors past, sees nothing wrong in insultingly lampooning other Sierra Leoneans who hold different views from him on salient issues of National importance. Brother Theo Nicol lampoons for no other reason than because compatriots have openly raised an alarm about impending fall-out effects of certain national decisions.
If Theo Nicol is “proud of Dr. Christiana Thorpe” for forcing herself to conduct the 2012 Elections, we should respect his Opinion though we disagree with it but at the same time, he should allow those of us (MANY OF US!!) who are not proud of Christiana Thorpe’s forced presiding, to express our Opinions without being lampooned as SLPP Bigwigs!
I, Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, am ASHAMED of Dr. Christiana Thorpe. Infact, many Sierra Leoneans are not only ashamed but we are ALARMED that she is going to be the one to conduct 2012 Elections. We fear of what might happen post-2012 Elections should she be the one to conduct the elections and the SLPP loses under questionable circumstances!
This is why I take offence to Theo Nicol roundly lampooning all of us who hold the view that Dr. Christiana Thorpe is not a heroine! I am not a member of the SLPP so no-one can legitimately call me an “SLPP Bigwig”! On the contrary, over the last three years, I have been one of the strident but constructive critics of the SLPP using local parlance languages like SELL-GAME, MUMU and PLAY-COOK for maximal effect of my messages. So why describe me as an “SLPP Bigwig” and derogatorily put down my points if you are not trying to justify the unjust and defend the indefensible?
Mr. Theo Nicol, many of us younger ones have so much respect for you as our elder brother but please, if you are going to be a latter-day Regime Bootlicker, carry on the bootlicking as it is your right to bootlick BUT please do not insult those of your siblings who raise genuine alarms on national issues by tainting them as “SLPP Bigwigs”.
PleaseÂ see belowÂ for an extract of a reproduced article you might find interesting. Maybe Christiana Thorpe is a heroine to you but to hundreds of thousands of Sierra Leoneans, they simply detest her right now and this is why many of us have submitted that her continued retention as the person conducting 2012 Elections, is dangerous for us all! We need a WIDELY ACCEPTED & UNTAINTED NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER and Dr. Christiana Thorpe certainly does not fit that bill Theo Nicol!
Dr. Christiana Thorpe… 5 Years Later!
[A REPRODUCED EXTRACT OF AN ARTICLE FIRST RUN JULY 12TH 2010]
Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
July 12th 2010: …Back in Year 2005, I had realised the import of the credibility of the 2007 Elections and the need for it to be perceived as being run on a level Playing Field. There was thus a need to put out credible news information such as the fact that Christiana Thorpe was approved and accepted to be a fair referee by all participants of then-upcoming 2007 Elections. So, in light of my current stance against Dr. Christiana Thorpe, the truth is that a defence of Christiana Thorpe’s Year 2005 approval by all MPs inspired the creation of Awareness Times newspaper.
I have few regrets in setting up Awareness Times. Of course, there is the reduction in my Income caused by neglecting other more lucrative ventures. However, I will be remiss on this my paper’s 5th anniversary if I do not say one of my regrets, five years thence, is that Dr. Christiana Thorpe has shown she does not have the moral backbone that Parliamentarians had believed she had when they unanimously approved her to conduct the 2007 Elections some five years ago! If she had the correct moral make-up, there is no way she would force her current imposition upon the objections of the SLPP, the country’s main opposition political party!
In my view, it is an outright shame that Dr. Christiana Thorpe could not have developed the moral fortitude to turn down the renewal of her contract when the country’s main opposition SLPP party is so vehemently against her conducting the 2012 Elections. Why is she forcing to referee a match where one team has shown cogent and valid reasons as to why they simply cannot afford to trust her to referee the said match?! Where is this woman’s Integrity and Self-respect?
The scenario is like the recent World Cup scenario of England vs. Germany match where a referee never allowed England’s Frank Lampard’s Goal against Germany but Information Technology and Television Replays proved it was a goal. Now, imagine, if you will, that same referee going on to be forcefully nominated by FIFA’s President Sepp Blatter to ref the next England-Germany match despite protestations of England. Utterly ridiculous scenario which will never happen in a civilised society anyway! Civilised societies and civilised people understand the import of a level playing field. This is why former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, despite his majority in the Parliament, did not impose Mr. Ahmed Akar against the wishes of the Ernest Koroma led APC minority and this is why the dogmatic insistence of Christiana Thorpe toÂ be the one to conduct 2012 Elections is a disgrace!
Some of us cannot forget why she hurriedly wiped off the 2007 mathematically-impossible Elections Results from that NEC Website and even brought the website down in inglorious infamy when the cat was let out of the bag..! Five years later, looking back, how I wish I had never stood up to defend her integrity back then in 2005! Truly, she has shown that she has little integrity to defend and she has let down all those MPs and all those citizens like me who had believed she had strong integrity.
Whilst I have blamed international actors like Carlos Valenzuela and UN’s Victor Angelo for the 2007 inglorious mathematically-impossible Elections results, I have always excused Christiana Thorpe’s ignoble 2007 behaviour as being a result of her very poor Mathematical skills that caused her to surrender the elections results calculations to Valenzuela and his team of ‘computer experts’ who doctored and doctored and doctored the results to get what they wanted the computer to give out as the Final Results.
I excused Dr. Thorpe from the doctoring in the now-vain hope that she would not attempt to pass herself off for a second renewal of her contract. However, her brazen display of shameless imposition upon the objections of the SLPP, only shows her acts of 2007 might afterall not just be a result of an aberration in her brain’s mathematical prowess; but a willful and deceitful act in concert with international actors. And this is why the 2012 Elections are already tainted even before they have begun! There is no way the Ernest Koroma led APC can say they have provided a level Playing Field for the 2012 Elections… Not with Dr. Christiana Ayoka M. Thorpe as the National Electoral Commissioner! No way!
Madam Commissioner, if no-one has yet publicly told you so, please Dr. Christiana Thorpe, allow me to tell you, OF JUST WHAT A DISGRACE YOU ARE for forcing yourself to conduct the 2012 Elections in Sierra Leone! I do not care how many International accolades you win or how many international gatherings you address, nothing can erase the fact that your NEC doctored the 2007 Elections Results and then, with bare-faced cheek, you wiped off the evidence of your doctoring from the face of the earth by bringing down your own website and all data. You are enjoying an ill-deserved glory but time has a way of ensuring truth, crushed to the ground, rises again. For now, rest assured that, to some of us, your former admirers, you are a shameful disgrace and certainly not a heroine!
I only hope your shameful insistence to be the one to conduct the 2012 General Elections against the strong objections of AT LEAST 1 MILLION SIERRA LEONEANS, does not plunge this beautiful country of ours backwards! I listened to your gobbledygook spoken at State House about the ‘enviable collaborative partisan efforts’ that saw your renewal of contract in Parliament. You seem to be living in your own world probably thinking that if you and your cohorts repeat lies often enough, the lies will become truth! Who told you there was enviable parliamentary collaboration in your recent ‘approval’? For God’s sake, in case you did not notice, the largest opposition party walked out on you in disgust! IN DISGUST! Madam, on the 5th Anniversary of the Newspaper that was set up to defend your honour five years ago, let me end my piece by reiterating to you that you are a very big disgrace Dr. Christiana Thorpe!