Marcella Samba Sesay, Executive Director of Campaign for Good Governance (CGG)
By Lawrence Williams
The essence of gaining political independence from our Colonial Masters was to acquire political self-determination so that we would be able to have self-rule.
According to Marcella Samba Sesay, Executive Director of Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) who also doubles as Chairperson of the National Elections Watch (NEW), the fight for independence was to free ourselves from Colonial rule so that we would have the leverage to access rights, freedoms and opportunities, and to chat the way forward for the future we want for our country so that each and every Sierra Leonean could benefit from the Common Wealth.
She said fifty-eight years on successive governments in power have failed to translate this political self-rule into economic benefits for the people. Accordingly, the challenges we have with economic growth that has led to rampant poverty in the country is now spinning into our social ties; adding that ethnic and tribal division has taken over the political and social cohesion that we should have as a nation.
She posited that the country is starkly divided along ethnic lines and the division has continuously lurked on into the political sphere.
“When a south-easterner is in power, it is mainly those who are living in the South-east that will benefit, and when somebody from the North is in power, it is mainly those people in the North and some parts of the Western Area that will benefit.” Marcella posited.
Furthermore, she advised that state actors should come together to critically examine their role in promoting peace and sustainable national cohesion in the country in order to avert the risk of us sliding back into anarchy.
© Fritong Post Newspaper Monday 29th April, 2019.