Sierra Leone: The Member of Parliament representing Constituency 030 Kono District, Honourable Saa Emerson lamina has called on the people of Kono to use social media as building blocks by bringing people and ideas from far and near to better their societies and their collective interests.
According to him, his attention was drawn to the high number of “mushrooming social media outreach arenas” especially on the WhatsApp platform which carry both text, photography and audio contents that are not palatable for the structural and social engineering of the Kono District and its beloved peoples.
“The advent of social media platforms in our social communications space has enhanced faster communications between and amongst families, friends and peers, between governors and the governed, between organizations and their members as a way of solidifying family ties, friendships, love and transparency and accountability as they may be demanded by interested members,’ he maintained.
Hon Lamina said that social media was designed to be social building blocks bringing peoples and ideas from far and near to better their societies and their collective interests, disclosing that these are not the hallmarks of social media agenda and objectives as set out by operatives in and out of Kono-land with intent to seek the collective socio-development aspirations of the people.
“Rather than advancing ideas that seek to unify the people of Kono District and advancing the needs and wants of our deprived District and depraved peoples, these social media platforms are used to throw invectives, incendiary and spurious comments at each other regardless of status, age, position to the extent of poisoning the social cohesiveness, the peaceful coexistence and fraternity that the District deserves in order to pursue its collective socio-development aspirations,” he maintained.
According to his finding this is more apparent with WhatsApp groups, explaining that most of the operatives who are using pseudonyms have fallen out from moral grace to openly calling their Kono brothers and sisters, Chiefs and traditional leaders, political and social leaders by names and throwing unprintable words at them without any justification, just to either satisfy their personal parochial interests or the interest of their behind-the-scene godfathers.
He maintained that these acts have the tendency of sowing discord, division, hatred, and disunity, as the impact of these antisocial acts have the equivalent tendencies of stagnating and or destroying the development aspirations and social fabric of the Kono peoples.
“As a Kono-man and a political leader, I wish to register my solid condemnation of these acts of recklessness and gross indiscipline ordered by our Kono political class and executed by our Kono youth,” he maintained, explaining that these absurdities have caused and supported unconstitutionalities, divisive partisan politics, attacks on womanhood.
The Coalition For Change Leader in parliament said the Kono culture and tradition hold so sacred and the indiscriminate arrests and detentions of Kono people against which backgrounds the C4C party was established.
He furthered by calling on all including politicians to maintain civility in their socio-political interests and to have in mind that today’s politics no longer hinges on fisticuffs but the brain and tangible proofs that can woo electorates, not thuggery and perennial deceits.
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