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The Miseducation of Kandeh Yumkella

By Abdul Suhood Komeh,
London, UK.

New and old positions in audios, videos and texts. And then the utterly ridiculous. ‘Democracy’ in 21st century Sierra Leone.

In this election cycle, the most disappointing argument I’ve heard is the one that says by merit of his education, Kandeh Yumkella (pictured) would be more suited to be Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, than president. 

In this thinking, those with questionable higher education or none at all, are more at home in our politics and the Presidency. To which I say, the committed tone of the blogger is such that if even you only gained the old Selective Entrance Exams certificate to secondary school, and seriously endorsed, believed that message to be credible and worthy of sharing, you‘re underestimating the task of building the country. 

That’s inexcusable partisanship. Even tribalism, can‘t be that uncivilised.

If there was ever a time, that Sierra Leone needed an intellectual approach to governance, that time is undeniably now. Poverty? Sanitation? Ebola? Homelessness? Environmental disasters? Fiscal mismanagement? Star-commodity prices free-falling? Unemployment? Where do I stop?

We are faced with desperate circumstances in every aspect of life. To suggest that a person’s academic prowess is not an asset but disqualifying for president is so ridiculous, it’s an affront to a country that prides itself as the home of the first university in Sub Sahara. It shows a complete lack of respect for the pursuit of knowledge, or the need to be governed by those with it. It lumps our distinguished academics into the same inept stew with that parody of a government.

I mean, thieves, clear cut thieves, are fit and proper but not the most impeccably credentialed in our society? Disappointing.

It’s not that hard these days. If all these years you subscribed to the fallacy, that knowledge and political-power are God-given, please sought a new perspective. They are not.

For it’s only ignorance that ascribes knowledge and political-power as two uniquely separate qualities that cannot reside in one individual. Or most erroneously, qualities a person is born with. Which I must hasten to say, is the moral of the hapless blogger’s effort. Wrong.

Knowledge is an acquisition. And so too is democratic political-power. How can someone ask you to vote them into office, only for you to perpetuate the nonsense that it wasn’t your vote, but God’s?

Look, there’s an election soon. The "candidates", hopefully, would make an argument. It’s your choice. Absolutely not God’s to make. Just don’t give us your default crap, ‘nar God nor mor go hep Salone’ as a result of voting against your greater interests. We might struggle to freely sympathise.

Like I always say, "Oona go learn".