NCD JOINS OTHER STATE INSTITUTIONS TO EXPRESS DISSATISFACTION OVER THE NEGATIVE POTENTIAL OF THE FILM TITLED “TRIBAL WAR: MENDE VS TEMNE”

FROM: NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR DEMOCRACY
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PRESS RELEASE: NCD JOINS OTHER STATE INSTITUTIONS TO EXPRESS DISSATISFACTION OVER THE NEGATIVE POTENTIAL OF THE FILM TITLED “TRIBAL WAR: MENDE VS TEMNE”
DATE: MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016
Through a letter from the Central Intelligence and Security Unit of the Office of National Security (ONS) on the subject: “Report on a Movie that is of threat to National Security”, the attention of the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) has been drawn to the far-reaching implications of the content of a film titled: “Tribal War: Mende vs. Temne” supposedly done by the Empire Movies Production, a movie production outfit located in the Southern City of Bo with marketing done by Ansev Enterprises at 4 Short Street in Freetown.
According to a short review of the movie that was supposedly launched on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the two largest tribes in the Country, Mendes and Temnes, were presented in a very bad light involving maiming and killings on both sides on the backdrop of a land dispute with the Mendes presented as being very ritualistic and the Temnes as being very aggressive. 


With due consideration given to the issues that the Nation has been grappling with especially tribalism, regionalism, stereotyping, the civil war and its aftermath, NCD is persuaded to hold the view that the producers of this movie are insensitive to the negative potential and the far-reaching implications the content of the movie portends. Even the thought of putting side by side these tribal groupings from the perspective of a land dispute is very mischievous, to say the least.
The producers of this movie, the marketers and the general public should be reminded about their civic duties and responsibilities of ensuring the peace, tranquility and unity of the nation with the expectation of a very strong level of allegiance especially as citizens of Sierra Leone with the same expected from resident foreigners and anything to the contrary should be seen as a deliberate attempt to affect the peace adversely and plunge the nation into an abyss of unforgettable inferno reminiscent of the senseless civic war that plagued the nation in the past.
In view of the given circumstances, NCD urges that every resident of Sierra Leone, citizens as well as foreigners alike, should do everything to avoid provoking tribal war in the nation of Sierra Leone and as the movie demonstrates such potential, everything should be done to discourage the spread of its content with the producers and marketers taking the lead.
Additionally, NCD is calling on the producers of the film to apologize to the membership of the Mende and the Temne tribal groups in particular and the people of Sierra Leone in general without ruling out the possibility of stronger punitive measures if remorse is not evident as such a movie, both its title and content, is insulting and revolting to the sensibilities of both tribal groups and the people of Sierra Leone.
NCD wishes for all and sundry to be cognizant of the fact that the peace of the nation is more paramount than any other parochial interest and the continued unity of the nation cannot be mortgaged on the altar of unbridled freedom and as such all must be seen to be working assiduously to keep the peace and preach national unity as the way forward for national development.
Long Live National Peace!
Long Live National Unity!
Long Live National Development
Long Live Democracy!

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1. The Office of the President, State House
2. The Office of the Vice President
3. The Parliament of Sierra Leone
4. The Judiciary of Sierra Leone
5. All Ministers of Government
6. The Office of National Security
7. All Democratic Good Governance Institutions
8. Heads of Parastatals
9. All Commissions
10. All Ministries, Departments and Agencies 
11. All Political Parties 
12. All Embassies, High Commissions, Diplomatic and Consular Missions
13. Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces
14. Sierra Leone Police
15. All Civil Society Organizations
16. All Tertiary Institutions
17. All Press and Media Houses and Social Media
18. Empire Movies Production
19. Ansev Enterprises

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