RUF Invasion and the First NPRC Coup
When Corporal Foday Sankoh, leader of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), launched his rebel incursion into Sierra Leone in March 1991, it was described as banditry in Freetown. The Momoh regime was so politically self-secured that it could not conceive of a rebellion capable of usurping it. This chapter reveals that contrary to some analysis, the RUF was not a viable revolutionary movement. It shows that the RUF had no substantial political plan and was simply interested in power and wealth. This chapter also covers the 1992 coup and the government of the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) headed by Valentine Strasser, and how his strategic ceasefire failed to end the war in 1993 when he had the opportunity.