You become irrelevant when you die. At least, that is the newest form of doctrine to grasp this year. Vindictive killers are omnipresent in every society for as long as mankind itself. Charles Manson who had run a cult and had intended to start a race war spent nearly his whole life in prison. In fact, since the 1970s, the correctional center became his abode and shelter until he died in 2012. Probably, the United States has a policy of retributive justice– live and die by the sword.
It was just 6 years ago when Mbaimba Moiforay AKA LA Chocolate was convicted for murder. The popular herbalist was notorious for his display of black magic, wealth, and opulence. He owned a lot of assets. In 2015, his first alleged victim was Sydney Buckle popularly known as Dj Clef. Dj Clef was unfortunately caught in a ritualistic debacle which ultimately led to his death. Supporters, activists, entertainers, all contributed a hand of solidarity with the late Disc Jockey and rallied around the family as well. In 2016, LA Chocolate was handed a 25 years jail term on a guilty verdict of conspiracy and the death penalty for murder.
The populace and the social media community were met with an unexpected shock when the announcement of LA Chocolate’s release was made public. He was caught in the good recommendation on the President’s prerogative of mercy list and thus acquitted. He was part of the 43 inmates allowed to go home, while 117 on death row were committed to life imprisonment. Disbelief for me!
Most of the terrorist attacks in Europe, upon FBI findings and probing, discover that a lot of them are connected to individuals who once were released from prison after apprehension for related connections with jihad movements. Are you catching it?
We are releasing a killer who was nailed with substantial evidence of murder or ritualistic killings. A cause for concern. A serious one. LAC was jailed for 25 years and he has served for just 6 years. What message are we sending to the Buckle Family?
With the release of LA Chocolate, we have fused any hope of justice at all. This brings me to the consideration of pretense or majestic holiness. Sierra Leone is seen as a nation born of God and Truth when it’s not. My resentment in this release is connected to the grief of the Buckle Family. A family who lost their son to a vindictive individual, only for him to be released just when he is on his sentence.
I deliberately cited the case of Charles Manson as an eye-opener that there should be no room or condoning of the wicked. Unfortunately for Sierra Leone, that is not the case. Injustice, one of the key catapults to the war, is still breeding unperturbed.
But, why is a man known for doing spiritual concoctions and charms acquitted now? Your guess is as good as mine.