By Sankara Kamara…..
As a militarily unprotected country, Sierra Leone was a regrettably soft target.
After series of forages into Sierra Leonean villages in Kissi Teng and Kissi Tongi Chiefdoms, Charles Taylor’s rebel group observed that a poorly-governed country, Sierra Leone can be attacked without consequences.
The main border town in Kissi Teng Chiefdom, Koindu, for example, was left undefended by President Joseph Saidu Momoh, even as Charles Taylor went on the BBC to announce his military intentions against Sierra Leone.
There were less than 30 soldiers in Koindu before the invasion, an unforgivable treachery on President Momoh’s part.
Outgunned and outnumbered, the 20-something soldiers in Koindu performed a tactical retreat when we were attacked on March 23, 1991.
A poorly-trained and ill-equipped army, lack of NATIONALISM in our politics, criminal politicians acting like mercenaries looting a conquered country, tribalism, lack of credible national institutions, embezzlement of public funds and abandonment of the MASSES in man-made poverty, are still suffocating Sierra Leone like an anaconda squeezing its prey with purposeful cruelty.
Simply put, our POLITICAL SYSTEM did NOT learn ANY lesson from the bloodcurdling WAR which began on March 23, 1991. Sierra Leone is, indeed, a politically unfortunate country!
© Sankara Kamara