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This is the OFFICIAL Communique Of The International Support Committee Of The African Socialist Movement of Sierra Leone
Released May 26, 2012
On May 23, 2012 the Uhuru Movement published a dishonest, unprincipled and slanderous communique attacking Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Chairman of the African Socialist Movement of Sierra Leone. Accused of being counter revolutionary supporters of neocolonialism and imperialism in Sierra Leone Ajamu Bandele, Iyapo Ngina-Bandele, and Matthew Willis as members of the US-based International Support Committee of the African Socialist Movement stand firm in our principled position of support for our comrades of the ASM-SL as they contest the “REAL” neocolonialist in the national elections for 11 seats in parliament and council under the banner of the National Democratic Alliance. We could imagine that many people are unable to make an informed and principled stance around this struggle and so this article is an attempt to present some facts and make clear the position of the International Support Committee of the African Socialist Movement.
Since the release of this preemptive strike against them Ajamu and Matthew have taken the initiative to defend the honor, dignity, and integrity of themselves in the comment section on the Uhuru News site. As Uhuru member after Uhuru member launched assault after assault labeling us reactionaries, criminals, petty bourgeoisie, neocolonialist, imperialist, and straight up enemies of the people it became increasingly clear the depth of the dogmatic brainwashing and mind control that permeates throughout the ranks of the Uhuru Movement. Last night, we were officially blocked from making comments on their site while a number of our post were being removed in the mist of continual attacks by Uhuru members. This is an obvious attempt to silence our voices and to assassinate our characters so that when we exposed the true nature of the Uhuru Movements activities and allies in Sierra Leone and what really happened in the split between the ASI/APSP and the African Socialist Movement (formerly The Africanist Movement), the general public would categorically dismiss anything that we had to say concerning the Uhuru Movement since we were “outed” by the APSP as supporters of imperialism.
Any one who has ever been a member of this movement or followed its activities for any period of time knows that there is a general tendency for them to launch pubic slander campaigns against former members that “dare to struggle, dare to win” within the undemocratic centralist process of criticism/counter criticism of the Uhuru Movement in the name of “revolutionary principle”. This current attack against us is not to be taken in isolation from the many unprincipled slander campaigns that this political cult has engaged in throughout its existence to discredit genuine revolutionary forces that decided to break free from the Stalinist styled discipline of the African Peoples Socialist Party. Criticism is used as a weapon to intimidate members into not making struggle to overturn the internal contradictions of the movement.
It is the bourgeois arrogance of this self proclaimed “advanced detatchment” that causes it to view itself as the ONLY legitimate revolutionary African organization in existence. This arrogance causes it to view its leadership as the ONLY legitimate African leadership in existence. There is this self-righteous “Uhuru Movement or nothing” attitude that is evident in all of its literature. The public must be made aware of this fraudulent and corrupt organization that we understand to be the Political Cult Of Yeshitelism. Any former member of the Uhuru Movement that continues the revolutionary work is attacked as in the case of Fred Hampton Jr. and his mother MaMa Akua Njeri or Sticman and M1 of Dead Prez! You can now add Ajamu Bandele, Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Iyapo Ngina-Bandele, and Matthew Willis to that list.
This is not a new thing with this movement as there is a clear precedence of what to expect if one has the audacity to organize independent of “party discipline and principle.” Slander campaigns labeling former members petty bourgeoisie thieves, opportunist, hostile anti-party forces that high jacked the party line and use it for selfish reasons. They claim that the party made us who we are. That we had all of these contradictions that the party failed to understand while we were in the mist of the organization. Blah Blah Blah!For those with eyes to see it is clear what is happening here.
One might be asking what does the Uhuru Movement stand to gain from attacking former members? Well Every case is different but we believe that there is a deep fear that an ex-member might come out against the APSP and make public the corruption and contradictions up in that movement. So it becomes necessary to engage in these slander campaigns to discredit and isolate these forces before they expose them. These are preemptive strikes that are defensive in nature. That is what we are looking at here.
Chernoh will be releasing a detailed statement as to what really happened in their split with the ASI/APSP. He will be setting the record straight and bringing forth undeniable evidence to support his criticism of the Uhuru Movement’s activities in Sierra Leone. It should be understood that this slander campaign comes at a time in which we were are actively organizing to tour Chernoh and a delegation of comrades from the ASM-SL in the US to win support for the campaign to contest the neocolonalist parties in the national elections in Sierra Leone for 10 seats in key districts where the ASM-SL have strongholds under the banner of the National Democratic Alliance. Chernoh was also prepared to answer any questions concerning the split with the Uhuru Movement and to expose the relationship that the ASI/APSP has with members and long time supporters of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party or SLPP which is one of “REAL” neocolonial political parties that has monopolized state power over the last 50 years.
When we were contacted by Chernoh, back in September 2011 we took the position that we will at least consider supporting the African Socialist Movement to build a base of support in the US independent of the Uhuru Movement. We had questions and we requested answers. After an investigation of the facts we decided that based on the history of Chernoh Alpha M. Bah and the former Africanist Movement as genuine revolutionaries fighting for the anit-imperialist struggle for African Liberation and Socialism we were duty bound to assist our comrades in Sierra Leone by any means necessary. It became obvious early on that we could be on a collision course with the Uhuru Movement but we stand on revolutionary principles and the side of truth, not the fear of struggle with reactionary dogs.
Some background of the dynamics of the political landscape in Sierra Leone is in order here so let me “make it plain”. Sierra Leone is a country that is split between two political traditions and divided by two regional lines. The petty bourgeoisie of the North-West represented in the APC which is the party currently in power verses the petty bourgeoisie of the South-East represented in the SLPP which is the party that went out of power in the 2007 elections. The country has been run by these two neocolonial political parties of the bourgeoisie for the past 50 years since “flag independence.” Smaller parties have emerged in recent years but they are splinters and sub-products of the two dominant tendencies.
The African Socialist Movement in a strategic alliance with the National Democratic Alliance is the first political party to wage an assault against these traditional divisions. The NDA is a pro democratic party that has a platform and strategy for unifying the electoral body by dismantling the divisions of the traditional monopoly. After the split with the ASI/APSP Chernoh and his comrades continued to work for the consolidation of a national democratic front in Sierra Leone. It is important to remember that every country is a front of the worldwide socialist revolution and that each front has its own internal dynamics and is in a specific stage of the revolution. The socialist revolution in Sierra Leone is in the early phase of the National Democratic stage. The tactics and strategies being utilized by revolutionary forces in that country can not be taken out of this context and be correctly understood. Contesting the petty bourgeoisie through electoral politics is a tactic of seizing the forum and political machinery of the state as a means of raising the class-consciousness of the masses and broadening the base of support for the revolution. Any criticism of the methods used by the socialist revolutionaries in any country must take into account the concrete conditions and the relationship of contending forces to imperialism and the people.
In 2007 the Africanist Movement launched the first attempt to strike a relationship with pro-democratic forces in Sierra Leone to broaden their base beyond the two regional lines. One of the organizations that signed the memorandum is the Passengers Welfare Organization or PAWEL under the leadership of one Milton Bayoh. He had been operating a kind of nursing school but he was unable to get approval from the state or funding for the development of the school. During that process of working with this particular force it was discovered that he was an opportunist seeking to exploit the Africanist Movement to gain access to its supporters in the US (at the time the APSP/Uhuru Movement) as a means of legitimizing and financing the PAWEL nursing school. It was also discovered
that Milton Bayoh was a registered member of the SLPP. The Africanist Movement broke ranks with him and his organization the same year.
Milton Bayoh and, the current “poster child” of the Uhuru Movement, Nurse Mary Koroma are both from the South-East of the country. After returning from the United States without a base of support and the full support of the Uhuru Movement, she collaborated with Milton Bayoh and the together they transformed the PAWEL nursing school into the AAPDEP-SL Nursing School. So you see what we are truly looking at is a “triangle of opportunism”, involving a poor nurse a member of the SLPP with a nursing school in need of financial support and credibility, and then there is the Uhuru Movement that has covered up the split between the ASI and the Africanist Movement and began throwing money and support around to anyone in Sierra Leone that would turn over their already existing institutions and farms to the AAPDEP control. The ASI had to save face and so it began to opportunistically recruit forces that it came into contact with through the Africanist Movement to legitimize the ASI/AAPDEP presence in Sierra Leone.
Mary Koroma, desperate to prove to the Uhuru Movement that she had a following, formed the alliance with the supporter of neocolonialism, Milton Bayoh and his PAWEL. In its desperation the Uhuru Movement entered this alliance with the full support of its brainwashed membership. Mary has become a celebrity and is being paraded around as evidence of what the great Uhuru Movement is doing in Sierra Leone. There is no political base or mass support for AAPDEP in Sierra Leone! It operates just like a NGO cloaked as a revolutionary initiative. What revolutionary organization is being built in Sierra Leone since the split with the Africanist Movement?
We do not wish to discredit the work in and of itself since I am it is certain that African workers and peasants are benefiting from the services being provided to them. This is not a criticism or attack on AAPDEP as an institution. We unite with the development initiatives to build grassroots initiatives to address the immediate needs of African people. Rather, this is to expose the nature of the relationships behind the scenes of this work and the motivation of the forces involved in this “triangle of opportunism” as it relates to the struggle against Chernoh and our comrades of the ASM-SL.
They centered their attack on Chernoh around the statement that he made as the National Spokesman of the NDA calling on the UN to deploy a temporary force to help secure the democratic right of the people to vote in the November elections without being intimidated by the APC administration that has recently purchased $5 million in arms and ammo for the police in the mist of heightened political repression against opposition forces. The NDA appealed to the UN to disarm the neocolonialist of their newly purchased weapons. The APC claims that they bought the weapons to “maintain peace and keep the country safe for investors” and Chernoh countered this by saying that it is a false pretext to arm the police forces in the name of “peace and investment” during an election given the history of political violence in Sierra Leone. He was saying that it is the NDA that is truly concerned with the maintaining the peace in the country by demanding that the UN force the neocolonialist to give up their $5 million of weapons and deploy a peacekeeping force to secure peaceful elections.
The UN is an international institution that is dominated by the imperialist but there is a precedent for revolutionaries to use the UN to win international support for their struggles and to apply pressure to the neocolonialist. Chernoh was labeled a neocolonialist agent of imperialism based on this position. They are attempting say that he is running for political office so that he can join the petty bourgeoisie and serve the interest of imperialism. These accusations are baseless and slanderous beyond measure. Many revolutionary and democratic forces took their causes to the UN as a tactic to advance their struggle. As a means of soliciting international support for their cause. This position statement made by Chernoh has been blown out of proportion and taking out of context deliberately to justify the attacks made against us in the APSP communiqué.
In February, an Uhuru Movement member in Philidelphia came under heavy criticism for “liking” a facebook announcement that she saw on Ajamu’s page, announcing an alliance between the ASM-SL and the Black Star Action Network. She was labeled a “cheerleader of anti-party forces”. This was interesting due to the fact that not even 2 weeks prior the olive branch of peace and reconciliation was extended to the APSP by Ajamu directly to Chairman Omali Yeshitela and Diop Olugbala (who was criticized by Iyapo and Ajamu for his role in the sabotaging of the Free Ajamu Campaign). It was determined that it would be most principled to take the initiative in resolving any unresolved issues between Ajamu and Iyapo as they would launching the Black Star Action Network in Tampa the following week. Ajamu was informed by Omali that there was no unresolved issue and that we should just do the work only to be informed about being labeled “anti-party forces” a few weeks later.
This is mentioned to expose that on one hand, the duplicity and hypocrisy of the APSP communique attacking us. In it, the impression is given that Chernoh was a master manipulator and thief who out-witted the Uhuru Movement and split with a boat motor and radio device. The split between the two organizations happened in early 2011 and so the question is why make this criticism of Chernoh NOW? Why not back then while he was allegedly committing these acts? Some one has to answer these questions honestly. This labeling of Ajamu and Chernoh as “anit-party forces” was in February yet Chernoh did not make the statement concerning the UN deployment until April. Why is this significant? The APSP has never come out with an open statement declaring Ajamu and Chernoh “anti-party” forces and in fact when asked straight-up if there was a problem, Uhuru Movement leader Chairman Omali Yeshitela lied and said that there was no unresolved issues with Ajamu.
Even though we were being summed up as “anti party” as far back as February to our knowledge it is now revealed that in the case of Chernoh he was considered “anti party” while still in the ASI. I mean, If he was so criminal then why not expose him then and sever all ties? Why hide the split from the public only to emerge with this unprincipled and slanderous attack after almost 18 months of silence concerning Chernoh?
In early April, Chernoh made a post on his facebook with a link to an article covering his statement concerning the deployment of UN forces in Sierra Leone. And again like has happened on a number of occasions someone from the Uhuru Movement spying on ex-members pages to monitor what we might say about them, launched an attack calling Chernoh a fake and an agent of imperialism for his statement. This was even more confusing because it was Penny Hess, the chairwoman of the African Peoples Solidarity Committee (APSC). APSC is the organization of white people that function as the financial backbone of the APSP. It was clear that Penny Hess was being sent to pick a fight with Chernoh for the APSP. A few people made comments defending Chernoh, sending her back to her own leadership and ask them about the supporters of neocolonialism that they are in bed with in Sierra Leone. Former APSC member, Matthew Willis was one of those that went on the post and made a comment in support of Chernoh. That is why 22 paragraphs were devoted to criminalizing him in the APSP communique. Through the grapevine we learned that a statement was being prepared in response to that struggle on Chernoh’s facebook page and we just waited until May 23, 2012.
It was in defense of Penny Hess’s childish attack on Chernoh’s facebook page in reply to his posting of an article on his facebook page that this throw down was initiated. We did not start this fight, Yeshitela’s Uhuru Movement did. And the reason why they did it is because their relationship with agents of neocolonialism in Sierra Leone was going to be exposed by Chernoh Alpha M. Bah and his allies in the US. As we pointed out above, this is the true reason for this public slander campaign targeting Chernoh and his US allies. It was a preemptive strike of desperation designed to discredit and demonize us before we get a chance to expose them. Those of you that know us can attest that we are genuine revolutionaries with an undeniable history of putting in work for the people.
It is our hope that this article sheds some light on what is really going on here and that those who have unity with us stand with us against this counterrevolutionary attack. This is not about subjective feelings toward the Uhuru Movement since we have all moved on and built our own respective organizations, having never stopped serving the people. We are not criminals or agents of imperialism. It is those that falsely accuse others that are best suited for the label. We are not motivated by revenge or retaliation. We sincerely want the truth to be known and to warn any one considering joining Uhuru, or that is currently an active member, please know the true nature of the Uhuru Movement. We are making a call to other former Uhuru Movement forces to join us and to make public their own experience with this Political Cult Of Yeshitelism. We make this statement for the people based on revolutionary principles.
We demand that the Uhuru Movement make a through self criticism for this public slander campaign and that they confess and disband their relationship with agents of neocolonialism in Sierra Leone.
Lastly, we call on you all to support the International Support Committee of the African Socialist Movement as we are organizing to tour our comrade Chernoh Alpha M. Bah throughout the US. We are seeking sponsors and organizers to help make this tour possible. The ONLY revolutionary Socialist organization actively challenging Imperialism and neocolonialism in Sierra Leone is the African Socialist Movement and we are calling on you to join us in a building base of support within the US. For more info email us at: email@example.com
“Dare To Struggle! Dare To Win!”
Internation Support Committee of The African Socialist Movement
I am only making this statement to set the record straight and to announce publicly that I stand in BULLETPROOF SOLIDARITY with the African Socialist Movement and Comrade Chernoh Alpha M. Bah! I stand firm in my stance in defense of the attacks made against Comrade Matthew Willis who has supported the legitimate work that I am leading in Tampa, Florida and the International Solidarity Committee of the ASM.
First let me say that the former APSP ally is no other than myself, Ajamu Bandele and that my wife is Iyapo Ngina Bandele. Both of us while in the Uhuru Movement aka the Political Cult Of Yeshitelism where honest forces that gave unselfishly to the organization as anyone who knows us and our work. In October 2008 I was arrested on bogus drug charges in my hometown of York, Pa as a consequence of my political activities in the city challenging the anti gang initiative in the 222 Catch 22 Campaign I threatened the city government and police ability to contend for a $5 million grant to fight gangs that did not exist. They were seeking to criminalize and incarcerate masses of youth as gang members that were innocent. While in the movement I was praised for this work and my leadership in the APSP North East Organizing Committee.
I grew up in the streets and juvenile institutions and in a broken home with a crack addicted mother. I got caught up in the dope game and from the age 12 through 22 I was a drug dealer and gang member. While serving a 5-10 year sentence I was introduced to revolutionary ideology and when I was released I was prepared to join organization and make my contribution to the liberation of African people. I am not ashamed of having once been a criminal because I changed my life and became a servant of the people.
However, due to my past I was on state parole even while organizing justice campaigns and political education programs in my home town and monthly party schools throughout the North East. I was not a drug dealer at the time of my arrest I was a revolutionary. I was caught up in a buy bust that I was not a conscious participant in. Immediately upon my arrest my co defendant offered a confession statement and made it clear to the police that I had nothing to do with his involvement. My arrest was a day before me and my wives honeymoon so she was on her way to Pennsylvania anyways. Because I was on parole I could not make parole. My co defendant wrote a confession statement and gave it to me to pass on to my attorney and I made sure that the APSP/Uhuru Movement got a copy.
Originally, I didn’t know what had happened or who was really responsible for this set up. We entertained a few possibilities including the wrath of a scorn ex girlfriend. Honestly we were blind sided by it all. I was a full time student at the Art Institute and owned 2 businesses with full custody of my child preparing for my move to St. Petersburg , Fl. to consolidate my family. Selling some marijuana was the last thing on my mind but there I was in prison on trumped up drug charges that would have been dismissed at the precinct once my co defendant made his confession if I was not involved in the political work that I was. The charges were retaliatory and cost me 33 months of political incarceration due to my work to build the Uhuru Movement.
The Free Ajamu Campaign was a farce from the very beginning. It took 45 days before the APSP/InPDUM even publicly announced my arrest and called for a call in. This in the same week of my preliminary. Me and Iyapo saw the writing on the wall early because we had both observed and participated in campaigns in which the APSP had unity and will to fight and there was nothing indicative of unity and will in the campaign to free me. Iyapo, made criticisms of the lack of enthusiasm and action around my campaign. The hiding of my arrest for 45 days let us know what was in store but we believe in the process.
3 way phone calls were coordinated and Diop Olugbala visited me at the prison on 2 occasions on fact finding missions in which I was forthcoming with ALL information, I did 2 prison interviews on the Uhuru Radio, gave them a copy of my co defendants confession statement, and of my “discovery document” containing all of the evidence that the state planned to use against me at trial.
HOW DID I DENY THE INFORMATION NECESSARY FOR THE UHURU MOVEMENT TO HAVE THE UNITY AND WILL REQUIRED FOR MY LIBERATION? THIS IS A BOLD FACED LIE AND IT IMPLIES THAT I HAD SOMETHING TO HIDE AND BE DISHONEST ABOUT! I WAS IN PRISON ON FRAMED UP CHARGES AND THE ORGANIZATION THAT I WAS IN PRISON FOR BUILDING WAS GOING THROUGH THE PUBLIC MOTIONS OF A FAKE ASS CAMPAIGN THAT THEY ULTIMATELY ADMITTED NOT “HAVING ANY THING CLEAR TO UNITE WITH” AROUND!
Me and my wife left the movement after exhausting the internal process of the movement after criticism after criticism was responded with counter criticisms that BLAMED US for their lack of unity and will with MY LIBERATION!
Diop Olugbala was placed as the ledership over the Free Ajamu campaign and if anybody sabotaged my liberation and was not forthcoming with the facts of my case it was him! I told him intimate details and he sat in the prison visiting room taking notes. It was his job to report back to the organization the facts so if they didnt get them then it was because he deliberately refused to turn them over. Under his direct leadership there was never a POA developed to outline a campaign strategy! No fundraising apparatus! We were recommended to use an attorney that wanted an exorbitant amount of money for counsel. Ultimately, it was my wife Iyapo Bandele who had to lead this work outside of the restraints of the movement. She raised the money for my lawyer! She came to York 2 weeks before my lynch trial and pounded the concrete!! She raise criticism after criticism of Diops misleadership or lack there of over the “Free Ajamu” Campaign!
After I was found guilty by an all white jury and sentenced to 2-4 years a criticism of the “Free Ajamu” campaign was made by me and Iyapo jointly because we wanted answers and for all forces responsible for its sabotage to be held accountable and be brought under party discipline. Instead, an attack blaming me for my arrest, and me and Iyapo’s disdain for democratic centralism, and their admitted disunity with the campaign was admitted in a counter criticism that left the movement free of any responsibility for the failure of the Free Ajamu Campaign. In fact, they arrogantly championed the campaign as being a success as I prepared to serve 2-4 years for nothing other than building the Uhuru Movement and leading the African working class in struggle against the colonial state.
We decided to leave the Political Cult of Yeshitelism and I released this public statement, http://www.assatashakur.org/fo… While in prison I reflected on the sabotage of my campaign and my suspicions of Diop Olugbala as an agent due to his role in my case and the disruptive behavior that he has the tendency of displaying. Like in the case of making a diss track of Dead Prez and Fred Hampton Jr., his public attack of Kamau in Philly that resulted in that force leaving the movement, his sexual exploits that resulted and continue to result in causing African women who are promising organizers to raise struggle only to be attacked by the leadership and chased out of the organization while this oppressor of African women continues to be held up as the “Golden Chlld of the Movement”, he is a dead beat father and in my opinion he fits the profile of a agent provocateur so much so that if in fact he is not then he sure acts like one!
My commitment to revolution was not affected by my political incarceration or betrayal by the Uhuru Movement. I returned home in July 2011 and immediately began organizing the Black Star Action Network in Tampa, Florida only 25 minutes away fro St. Petersburg. My wife Iyapo had still remained a supporter of the Uhuru Movement where their was unity. Attending events and still doing the hair of the local members in St. Petersburg. To show that there was no hard feelings and that all we wanted to do was the work we decided to go to a PE during the Uhuru Summer at which Chairman Omali made a comment from the podium while introducing me to the audience to the effect that I was a good organizer “even though I would be in places that I should not have been”. Which I experienced as an attack because it was inappropriate and dishonest since I never once as an organizer with the Uhur Movement went anywhere without the APPROVAL of my leadership. It was a stipulation of my parole that I could not travel but I was allowed by my leadership and frequently asked to violate my parole and travel into Philadelphia, DC, and Baltimore to do work. Lead up Party Schools and protest! I made no moves without the approval of Diop Olugbala. So to portray me as this insubordinate force that was “in places that I should not have been” the first time that you see me after technically serving a 33 month political incarceration for my work with the APSP. The following day I was contacted by the chairman who apologized and acted as if he didn’t mean anything by it.
All was forgiven and we went on building the BSAN. In September 2011 suddenly the sisters in the movement stopped making hair appointments with Iyapo which was strange so she sent emails to them asking if anything was wrong. Eventually, Comrade Baye called Iyapo and told her of this conspiracy that was initiated by Ona Yeshitela against her/us for allegedly STEALING the Black Star name from the Uhuru Movement! This was just ridiculous for a number of reasons but mainly because in all of its logos they use a RED STAR and how arrogant is it to claim copyright to a universal African symbol. The fact is that we had been developing the line and structure of the Black Star Action Network for 2 years before I was released from prison. An email was sent to Ona and Omali to clarify this and to express the outrage about being black balled. Of course, this was denied and the Chairman acted as if he knew nothing of it.
We made it clear that we wanted to left alone to organize and that was that. Around this same time I received a correspondence from Chernoh explaining to me what had transpired between the former Africanist Movement annd the ASI/APSP ans asked if I would assist him in building a base of support for the African Socialist Movement’s electoral campaign contesting the neocolonialist for parliamentary seats in the 2012 elections. After a serious of discussions I accepted the task and began consolidating forces to build this International Support Committee with. Matthew Willis volunteered to function as our graphic designer and agit prop specialist. He has been consistent and has not displayed any of the attributes of the demon that he is being portrayed as in this article.
There has been a few petty squabbles leading up to this slanderous attack above. In February a week before the formal launching of the BSAN in Tampa it was decided that I would call the Chairman to clear the air and establish an environment of peace since we were about to be organizing in the same geographical space. We wanted to resolve any issues and move forward. Omali assured me that there was no issue and I invited him to attend the Black Struggle: Past, Present, and Future Forum that we organized to launch the BSAN featuring special guest panelist Malcolm Shabazz (Grandson of Malcolm X), Harold Taylor (Black Panther and one of the San Francisco 8), and Iyapo Ngina-Bandele (Cofounder of the BSAN).
We thought that was that until we found out a week earlier that the mother of Diop Olugbala’s newborn child was being criticized for being a supporter of “ANTI PARTY” forces for liking a post on my facebook page announcing the alliance of the BSAN and the African Socialist Movement of Sierra Leone. This was wild because I had just spoken directly to Omali and he assured me that there was no beef and that it was all good. I knew that eventually it would come to this but I didn’t expect them to be so dishonest and unprincipled.
Last month Penny Hess of the APSC took the liberty to initiate an attack on Chernoh’s facebook page calling him a neocolonialist. I doubt if she did this on her own since I know that the APSP don’t do or say shit especially to or about African people without the approval of the APSP! It was obvious that they were picking a fight through her! Matthew defended Chernoh and as taken out of context it was said in this article.
The APSP waited until now a few days before ALD to make this attack deliberately… It will be the topic of discussion as the slander campaign continues against Chernoh! This whoe situation is immature and disrespectful to the core. To label a person an agent of imperialism is the worst that you can label a revolutionary! You fuckers must be really afraid of Chernoh and the INFORMATION about your TRUE dealings and RELATIONSHIPS in Sierra Leone! All of which is forthcoming!
The fact is that Chernoh is a genuine revolutionary with an impeccable profile and history of selfless struggle! You bastards would not have a presence in Sierra Leone if you didnt exploit the Africanist Movement. They gave the ASI its legitimacy…. The comrades in South Africa have also complained of your domineering style and disregard for their self determination. You know that you have manipulated ex Africanist Forces to join you that you are stank opportunist!
I will stand in support of Chernoh M. Bah and the entire African Socialist Movement! You should have known better than to instigate this fight! You will not win this one! If an anti party force is any ex APSP member that leaves the movement and continues to organize the people then consider me a proud ANTI-Party Force… You are clowns and the hour has come for your FULL EXPOSURE!
ICALL ON EVERY EX UHUR MEMBER OR ANY FORCE THAT RECOGNIZES THIS FAKE ASS ORGANIZATION AS THE POLITICAL CULT OF YESHITELISM THAT IT TRULY IS TO STEP FORWARD AND JOIN THIS OFFENSIVE!
p.s. The Uhuru Movement is in bed with supporters and members of the SLPP one of the neocolonial parties that has monopolized political power for the last 50 years. The same forces that Chernoh has led the struggle against for the last 15 years! They are recruiting weak and opportunistic forces that were former members of the Africanist Movement to legitimize their presence in Sierra Leone! The APSP is acting like an imperialist force in Sierra Leone an imperialist force that is financed by the white solidarity movement led by the lesbian feminist Penny Hess! The APSC is the cash cow of the movement and this whole article stems from the fear that Chernoh is going to EXPOSE the Uhuru Movement! This is a PRE EMPTIVE Strike to discredit Chernoh so that you will not believe anything that he says…. But I tell you GET READY! This was a foolish move on your part.
African Socialist Movement • Press Release
MAY 26, 2012 • Freetown, Sierra Leone
THE UHURU MOVEMENT’S ATTACK ON THE AFRICAN SOCIALIST MOVEMENT (ASM)
Omali Yeshitela demonstrates childish leadership
THE attention of the leadership of the African Socialist Movement (ASM) has been drawn to a very scurrilous article published a few days ago on the internet by Omali Yeshitela and his group against the leadership and entire membership of the African Socialist Movement (ASM) in Sierra Leone and West Africa.
THE article in question contains very insulting and demeaning language fabricated to smear the character and reputation of Comrade Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Chairman of the African Socialist Movement (ASM), the leadership of the African Socialist Movement and its entire membership. We would like to point out that this childish and unprincipled action by Omali Yeshitela and his group is not only a frontal attack on Comrade Chernoh Alpha M. Bah and the membership of the ASM. But is it fundamentally a direct assault on the credentials and great sacrifices and amazing work of the African working class and its leadership in Sierra Leone and West Africa in our struggle to overturn the social and economic contradictions imposed on our communities by neocolonialism and imperialism.
THE leadership of the African Socialist Movement (ASM) wants it to be noted that the article in question appeared on the internet on the same day that Comrade Chernoh Alpha M. Bah arrived in Brussels, Belgium as part of an International Observer Delegation from Sierra Leone to supervise the analysis of Sierra Leone’s voter registration data ahead of the most crucial elections in the country’s history to be held in November, 2012. In this year’s election, Comrade Chernoh Alpha M. Bah and nine other comrades from the African Socialist Movement (ASM) will be running revolutionaries for parliamentary office under the banner of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). It should also be noted that the attack from Omali Yeshitela and his group commenced just as the African Socialist Movement (ASM) through the work of the ASM International Support Committee under the leadership of Comrade Ajamu Bandele has initiated an international campaign tour to mobilize world opinion about the evolving political situation in Sierra Leone and the ongoing efforts of the African working class and peasants in Sierra Leone and much of West Africa to conquer ACTUAL POLITICAL POWER. That in the effort to vilify the leadership of the ASM, Omali Yeshitela and his group unfairly attacked the character and reputation of all the forces including Matthew Willis who have expressed absolute unity with the great work and sacrifices of the African Socialist Movement (ASM).
THIS we believe is not a demonstration of matured and effective leadership on the part of the Uhuru Movement; a group which claims for itself the title of being the most-ideologically advanced segment of the African revolutionary movement. Omali Yeshitela and his Uhuru Movement has unilaterally chose to launch a media offensive against the leadership of the African Socialist Movement (ASM) and has gone ahead to initiate a media war against our Movement in the most unprincipled terms of press warfare. And for the last couple of days, the leadership of the ASM and its entire membership has been monitoring and noting all the filthy adjectives adduced against the ASM and its leadership by Omali Yeshitela and a cross-section of white people associated with his Uhuru Movement with complete dismay and disappointment.
THEREFORE, the leadership of the African Socialist Movement (ASM), understanding and respecting the terms of principled engagement and believing in disciplined conduct, would like to make it categorically clear that the article in question and all its accompanying diatribes represent an official position of the Uhuru Movement and by implication an action sanctioned by Omali Yeshitela, the leader of the group.
ON this note, we would like to inform you that the leadership of the African Socialist Movement (ASM) has contacted Omali Yeshitela in relation to the article in question with the demand that we are entitled to a response. That the African Socialist Movement (ASM) as an organization will send an official response to the Uhuru Movement on the subject of the said aticle. And that Comrade Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, being the primary subject of the said article, will also send his own official response to said article. Equally so, that Comrade Ajamu Bandele, being the leader of the International Support Committee of the African Socialist Movement (ASM), will also send an official response.
OUR demand is that Omali Yeshitela should unite that all the responses from our side will be published and given the same prominence on the Uhuru website carrying the article under discussion. This we believe will form the basis of a principled engagement that will allow the masses the opportunity to hear all sides to the story and to give them the opportunity to arrive at reasonable conclusions. A recording of the said conversation between the leadership of the African Socialist Movement (ASM) and Omali Yeshitela to establish this understanding is available to us for public airing when the need arises. And we would like to say that we have not been able to get Omali Yeshitela to agree to this suggestion and request. To our dismay, Omali Yeshitela hung up the telephone while the conversation was in progress.
THE leadership of the African Socialist Movement (ASM) would like to use this Press Release to call on everyone to impress upon Omali Yeshitela and his group the significance of allowing a principled approach to discussing contradictions wherever and whenever they exist. We therefore demand that this Press Release and all subsequent articles responding to the attack on the African Socialist Movement (ASM) be equally published on the same website bearing the article against our Movement.
WE also call on all members of the African Socialist Movement (ASM) to refrain from making any insulting comments on the Uhuru Movement website against any member of the Uhuru Movement. We also urge members of our International Support Committee to exercise restraints in responding to the vile attacks emanating from the Uhuru Movement against their reputation and character. All responses to the said attacks should be coordinated and channeled through the official processes of the Movement. And all those within the International Support Committee should channel their response through Comrade Ajamu Bandele, our official representative in the United States of America.
WE MUST WIN SOME POWER IN ORDER TO WIN ALL POWER!
Comrade Saa Famanda, General Secretary
African Socialist Movement
C/o National Democratic Alliance (NDA)
5 Duke Street