Our Community Elders Have Failed Us In Leading Our Localities – By Ibrahim Kamara

Today in Sierra Leone we have lost Community Leadership which has caused us to be living in a fragile state.

In Sierra Leone today, you can hardly find respectable elders and stakeholders who are not politicians and has nothing to do with politics, but rather to build a community where we can find trust and inclusion at local structures.

Today in Sierra Leone we can’t even find moral guarantors who will stand up and condemn the wrongdoings of political representatives and government officials at local levels in our communities.

I’m yet to even find respectable elders who will stand above boards whether it is the police, the Judiciary, the Executive, Parliament, or even the misguided youths, and tell them that what they are doing is not right and it wouldn’t be necessary for it to exist in our democracy. Honestly, it is completely difficult to see these trustworthy elders in our localities today in Sierra Leone that will help at least to foster our various communities to effect. Do we have these trustworthy elders in our localities? No! we don’t have them.

Community elders have compromised their integrities and allow unpatriotic politicians to walk through their minds with their dirty feet which have caused them not to ask pertinent questions and raise awareness and concerns on contemporary issues that matter in building safer communities that work for us all irrespective of our ethnicities and political belongings.

The mosques, Churches, and community organizations, some of these platforms are being used to compel citizens at local levels to make them believe that politicians are the superiors with the highest level of power and it is unacceptable for citizens to challenge their wrong actions. Instead of using some of these platforms to liberate the minds of citizens at local levels, we will rather use them to pursue political activities and allow politicians to be making use of these platforms to achieve their vested interests. Our community elders will reserve spaces for corrupt politicians in our religious houses for them to pass on erroneous political messages to persuade the common citizens.

If we are to change the system, it has to start in our localities with us the citizens especially our community elders and stakeholders.

The social landscape in our communities should be structured by community elders whose responsibility is to make sure trust, inclusion, justice, trustworthiness, and political stability are being displayed at the center of every community in our localities.

Wise up community elders
Wise up community stakeholders

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Author: Abu Bakarr Jalloh

Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean content writer, author, Neo Pan-African and founder of The African Dream, an online platform for inspiring, positive and compelling African stories. Contact: abubakarrjalloh@theafricandreamsl.com WhatsApp: +23276211583

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