He not only undermined the NGC’s genuine momentum-building efforts, but plotted its fatality. The final blow being joining it with the SLPP, months before an election. The NGC got wiped out. Three months later, he’s resigned. Publicly humiliating those who stayed with him when Dr Dennis Bright and others left the party in disgust at his selfishness.
But of course, the plan played out exactly as he wanted. He’s got a job in government. The NGC is deceased, and therefore, sod his supporters and those who tied their political ambitions on what they thought a credible party.
To think that a lot of people saw Yumkella as a positive departure from the rotten political class, is perhaps the greatest misplacement of trust in Sierra Leone’s politics.
Suddenly, the realisation couldn’t be more pronounced: Yumkella is the archetype, the sample of the Sierra Leonean politician: prioritising himself and the cult of personality ahead of building and operating within institutional integrity.
Just like a common sycophant, ‘Enti Fos Lady dae for witness’, he sought validation from the president’s unelected missus while addressing party faithful in rhetoric. He knows too well, the people he’s talking to, out of desperation for better lives, would cheer anything but have zero stake in government. But he’s fooling them anyway. Telling them the government is answerable to them. Until a sentence later, the mask slipped. He title-checked the real boss, the person those in the current government are under oath to submit to: Bio’s wife.
Even the visually impaired, the cognitively challenged, can read Yumkella’s simplistic rationale for destroying the NGC. He thinks he’s Bio’s successor in the SLPP’s next leadership race, and as president after 2028. In his thinking, even the opposition does not exist. Somebody should read him something on Hilary Clinton’s arrogance against first, Obama. And then her eventual drubbing by Donald Trump. If that’s pushing it, he can be read the story leading up to the 2018 elections, where he was a major protagonist
But, it’s Sierra Leone. The government is the judiciary, the police, the army and most importantly, the electoral commission.
(C) Rasta Rambles
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