WHAT DIFFERENCE DID THE 50th ANNIVERSARY BRING? People expected a celebration with a difference

We at Foroyaa were hoping that as the government looked back to take
stock of the past it would come to terms with the fact that thepurpose of a Government of a Republic is to exercise authority to
promote the general welfare of the people.
We expected the President to empty all detention centres and decongest
the prisons by granting pardons. A number of people had been granted
pardons. Even if they are opposed to the government what difference
has that made. The government had implemented the death penalty
before, what deterrent effect did it have on insurgency.
In our view, a president should have the mind of a whole people and
not one of his or her own. At each time a president should ask: what
is in the best interest of the people? The public interest and mind
should guide his or her every action.
It is not too late to make the 50th anniversary a memorable one.
Independence should yield larger freedom in prosperity. General
amnesty should have been the reward that would have made the
difference.