From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Politics
Sama Banya also Denied U.S. Entry VISA
By Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Jun 26, 2012, 17:18

Following the Baa Nya Fakee VISA scandal of Julius Maada Bio, the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) nonagenarian Dr. Sama Banya has been denied an entry VISA into the United States of America. Banya complains bitterly that he has been treated unfairly by the Americans. However, it is a fact that under the current Barack Obama administration, as from last August 2011, any person in any country in the world who has engaged himself in hate speech aimed at setting up regions and/or ethnicities to actually go to war or who conspired to bring back war or attempts to do so, will be excluded from shores of United States of America.


Proclamation 8697 of President Obama restricts the entry into USA of human rights violators and those engaging in crimes against humanity or attempting or conspiring to do so.


Hate messages which aim to stir resentment within bosoms of South-Easterners and the threats of violence such as “Fire for Fire!” and “Die by the Sword!” alongside comments like Sama Banya’s war-monger threats of bringing back Ndorgbowusu and RUF rebels could be classified as amongst criterion listed for restriction of entry into USA.

 

The Proclamation states Barack Obama, by authority vested in him as President of USA finds it “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States” to allow anyone who “planned, ordered, assisted, aided and abetted, committed or otherwise participated in, including through command responsibility, widespread or systematic violence against any civilian population based in whole or in part on race; color; descent; sex; disability; membership in an indigenous group; language; religion; political opinion; national origin; ethnicity; membership in a particular social group; birth; or sexual orientation or gender identity, or who attempted or conspired to do so”.

 

Proclamation 8697 of Barack Obama as issued in August 2011, further states, it “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States” to allow anyone “who planned, ordered, assisted, aided and abetted, committed or otherwise participated in, including through command responsibility, war crimes, crimes against humanity or other serious violations of human rights, or who attempted or conspired to do so”


Julius Maada Bio & Despicable Hate Speech to Incite the South-Easterners

It can be recalled that in a Release issued on February 6th 2012, Julius Maada Bio, SLPP presidential candidate stated of:

1) Government undertaking cross-regional and cross-district movements of ex-combatants from different parts of the country (North and West) into the Mende-dominated South-East. Ex-combatants armed with weapons and other offensive instruments have already been ferried to Moyamba, Bo, Kenema, Pujehun, Kailahun and Zimmi.

 

2) All of this remobilization, rearming, systematic deployment is spearheaded by the two Government Ministers - Defence Minister Palor Conteh (a Limba) & Internal Affairs Minister Musa Tarawalie (a Mandingo) - responsible for supervising Military & Police which are the only two units legislated to wield weapons.

 

3) The Government has rented houses in the South-East for these ex-combatants who were now intimidating South-Easterners whilst the Police is refusing to act on complaints about armed intimidators.

 

4) Ex-combatants and foreigners from neighbouring countries are being transported by Sierra Leone’s Ambassadors for purpose of swelling APC votes in the elections.

 

5) Koroma Government is doing this so it can arrest opposition members, extend its tenure via State of Emergency and keep APC’s North-Western Temne/Limba/Loko strongholds peaceful whilst Mende-dominated opposition South-East will be on fire.

 

6) SLPP’s formal request to Schulenburg to transmit allegations to U.N. Security Council and International Criminal Court about potential danger this extant action of Government poses to peace and security of Sierra Leone.

 

Naturally, many people are concerned. The Government has been impugned and de-famed not only locally but internationally (ICC & UN Security Council).

 

Government swiftly and strongly denied these allegations. Based on pressure from other political parties, notably UDM and from civil society and the media, the Police were called upon to investigate.

 

Government made it clear that the Defence and Internal Affairs Ministers were to be interrogated by the Police about the as-yet-unproven allegations from Julius Maada Bio.

 

Naturally, the Police also politely invited Bio to make a statement to them so as to get to bottom of these serious allegations. That was the time all hell was let loose from within the SLPP Camp as the SLPP, failing to come up with a single scrap of evidence to justify the wild claims of cross-regional movement of armed ex-combatants into houses rented by Palor Conteh and Musa Tarawalie in South-East, decided to go berserk.

 

All over the internet, SLPP members were trolling as they threatened doomsday on anyone who questioned their lack of evidence. However, none was as clear-cut as that of Sama Banya who not only insulted the independent media as having been “bought over” for asking for evidence but went on to write a hair-raising warning of a possible re-emergence of Ndorgboyosoi and possible commencement of another RUF rebel war.

 

Clearly, Dr. Sama Banya has now warned us that if we continue to press for Julius Maada Bio to provide us with evidence of Bio’s wild claims against the sitting Government, the SLPP might launch another Ndorgboyosoi and/or RUF war in Sierra Leone. This is utterly shameful browbeating Dr. Banya! Warnings and Threats notwithstanding, I hope Julius Maada Bio provides the Police with the evidence to substantiate his allegations.

 

If Bio is not able to substantiate serious allegations about Government Ministers deploying armed ex-combatants to cause violence in South-Eastern Mende-line, then Julius Maada Bio should be given the chance to do two things. First, publicly apologise to the Nation in every single district where he will confess to gatherings that he is a liar, a war-mongerer and a scare-mongerer. He should also write a Public Apology Letter to the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Security Council denouncing his previous Statement as misinformation.


This article from February 2012 is being reproduced as it is very timely at this moment of some people calling themselves to be TORMENTORS.



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