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As MOV becomes focal person for Kenema…Coming events cast their shadows before
By Wotay Brima

Our elders usually say that coming events cast their shadows before which implies that significant events are often preceded by signs that they are about to happen. The courtesy call on President Ernest Koroma by Paramount Chiefs from Kenema district as reported by the State House Communication Unit speaks volumes of trends in the country's political landscape.

Paramount chiefs and other stakeholders of Kenema District assured President Koroma of their continuous support and collaboration under his administration. They gave the assurance during the courtesy call yesterday to thank the President for not only government's support but the role he played towards the funeral ceremonies of the late Hon. Joseph Bandabla Dauda and the late paramount chief Vangahun of Nongowa chiefdom.

This latest development is a shock wave for the main opposition SLPP because it goes without saying that for all Paramount chiefs to have braved it to choose their son as a focal person for Kenema in Government speaks volumes. They presented Momoh Vandi as "a son with whom they are well pleased". This statement is like thunder synonymous with a voice from Heaven as quoted in Matthew 3:17.

According to pundits/observers particularly in Kenema, the unprecedented wave of development and transformation being unleashed by this government under the result-oriented and foresighted leadership of President Ernest Koroma is forcing the entire country to examine and re-examine the way forward for this country regardless of political affiliation, region or religion. From Koya to Tunkia to Lower Bambara to Gorama Mende, traditional leaders in Kenema district appear to be moving ahead with the ruling party for its developmental strides. In fact, the massive defections and resignations from the main opposition are adding salt to injury.

In a telephone interview with a resident of Dama last night, Mohamed Fowai said Kenema cannot continue to stagnate because of divisive politics practiced by the SLPP. “Kenema is moving ahead and nothing will stop us,” he vowed. Another resident of Kandu Leppiama, Brima Massaquoi, commented that “there is currently too much frustration within the SLPP and the level of defections and intolerance have led to an atmosphere of disenchantment and hopelessness among the young generation. With these developments, we have no option but to seek hope with the ruling APC which, despite its imperfections, is far better for this country than the embattled SLPP”.

It could be recalled that late last year five SLPP councillors from Kenema City visited our President at State House to thank and pledge their allegiance to his government and the ruling APC for what they described as the “unprecedented developmental strides all across the country”. This move attracted a lot of mudslinging from the opposition SLPP, but the Minority Leader in Parliament Hon. Dr Bernadette Lahai expressed sentiments of approval for the visit of the five councillors to President Koroma adding that had she been informed she would have led the delegation to State House herself. This statement to a large extent divulge the trends across the country’s political spectrum.

Funeral rituals in Sierra Leone are deeply rooted in our cultural beliefs and traditions to the point that when someone passes on every member of the community or organization would come forward to empathise and show solidarity with the bereaved family even where deep-seated disagreements had flourished. But the SLPP doesn’t believe in these beliefs when it comes to their political aggrandisements. When Dr Bernadette Lahai lost her father not a single Pa O Pa supporter visited the family to commiserate with her for their loss. “They did the same thing when Jambodi died. Not one SLPP member was spotted at the funeral in Kenema city,” Lansana Mahoi said, and noted with trepidation that politics, for the SLPP, is a do-or-die affair.

Nonetheless, imagine now that Kenema which is the last political bastion of the SLPP yesterday had all its 16 Paramount Chiefs at State House to register their profound thanks and appreciation to President Koroma and to present their own son “with whom they are well pleased” to the President to act as their focal person for the coordination of all Kenema issues and developmental projects on their behalf. They didn’t outrightly say they had declared for the APC but were very decisive about Momoh Vandi to fill the shoes once worn by the late political titan “Jambodi for Development”.

Since the appointment of Momoh Vandi as deputy minister of Finance and Economic Development, an array of opinion leaders in Kenema district have devoted their time to observing the young man and have now concluded that he should be their focal person in Government, and according to them, MOV, as he is fondly called; is full so valiant, and in his commendations they are fed. All we can say is good luck to MOV, the new kid on the block.

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National Ebola Response Centre (NERC)
                                                  PRESS RELEASE
 • Total Survived and Released Patients  =  634
 • New Confirmed cases  = 57 as follows:
  Kailahun = 4, Kenema = 4, Kono = 0
  Bombali = 6, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 8, Tonkolili = 0
  Bo = 2, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0
  Western Area = 33
 • Cumulative confirmed cases = 3,156 as follows:
      Kailahun = 545, Kenema = 467, Kono =34
           Bombali = 441, Kambia = 26, Koinadugu =2, Port Loko = 435, Tonkolili = 146
           Bo = 148, Bonthe = 2, Moyamba = 83, Pujehun = 25
           Western Area = 802
 • Total cumulative confirmed death is 973
 •         Probable cases = 37
•         Probable deaths = 164
•         Suspected cases = 433
•         Suspected deaths = 109
 Ebola Emergency Account Details:
Account Number (Leones): 003001118285030109
Account Number (USD): 003001014138030145
  All Cash Donations are deposited at the Ebola Emergency Account managed by the EOC, and kind donations (Medicines, Equipment, Supplies, etc.) are held at the Government Medical logistics stores, Freetown, by the Ebola Logistics team, for processing, storage and equitable distribution as required throughout the country.
 Ø  Ebola Virus Disease Situation Report
Ø  The Ministry of Health and Sanitation
 v   For more information, please contact:
 District level:    District Health Management Team
National level:  Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control,
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