Many of those who believe in the hereafter believe that the soul of the late Chief Samuel Hinga Norman should now be at that place where the weary are supposed to be at rest.
But those who the former war crimes indictee left behind are still looking out for a fight or fights. The Special Court for Sierra Leone, under whose watch Chief Norman gave up the ghost, surprised us this week by making public the autopsy result. It says Norman died of natural causes. Full Stop!
And before we could digest that, the former Deputy Defence Minister –cum-head of the Kamajors-cum-Internal Affairs Minister’s family members searched their arsenal and fished out some few salvos. His daughter, Juliet Hawa, said her father died of ‘negligence’ from the Special Court. And her brother, Sam Norman Jr, footnoted that statement by describing the result as “fake”.
It’s like a replay of the whole Norman saga all over again and again. Accusations, counter-accusations. Denials and more denials. But one thing we want to make clear here is that, no amount of digging the truth or circumstances surrounding Chief Norman’s death can bring him back to life. The fact is, he died. Whether of neglect or of betrayal or of this or that reasons, he can’t be with the living anymore.
The best thing we believe will be to keep the memory of Chief Sam Hinga Norman is to leave him to rest in peace. He now deserves the much needed eternal rest after struggles, humiliations, trauma and other hurdles he went through while trying to make the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) what it is today.
We want to ask the Chief’s family, friends, sympathizers and others to let him rest in peace. Because flying his name around is like dancing with his soul.