TOOK THEM SO LONG?
Seven reasons why the Sierra Leone Government
took 49+++ years to remove squatters from their own top school (in ascending
order of probability)
a la Richie Gordon
Samuel Freeman, the Secretary-General of the POW Old Boys Association
has emailed excitedly to report that the squatters that have plagued the
school for years (see Prince of Wales School, Symbol of a Dysfunctional
System) have finally been evicted. We offer six reasons, in ascending order
of probability, for the long delay by Government authorities in securing
their own property.
1)It was unusually
difficult for the Sierra Leone Government to assemble the necessary firepower
to confront the handful of determined “homeowners”.
2) The APC is a grassroots party, philosophically opposed to the
forcible removal of poor people from their homes.
3) The APC was
afraid these people would not vote for them in the next general elections
4) After the phasing out of the Kennedy school feeding program, Education
Ministry officials, under the guidance of the APC, devised a replacement plan
to have petty traders surround all schools.
5) APC Councillor what’s-his-name, who’s now
been charged with obstruction by the police, had taken a good amount of cash
from the affected residents, which he had shared liberally with the Sierra
Leone Police, the Ministry of Lands and all other stakeholders.
6) Education Minister Minkailu Bah (and his
predecessors) thought it was a Krio school.
7) They really just don’t give a damn about education.