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The political education officer, Mr Idrisa Dizo-Conteh (senior), APC UK & Ireland branch calls for further political education for both secretaries of the SLPP and PMDC, UK & NI branch (Photo: Mr Idrisa Dizo-Conteh (senior))
In response to the joint statement by SLPP and PMDC UK and Ireland I wish to appeal to both secretaries to go back to the drawing board and learn more about world politics of the 21st Century. I think both men have lost their political bearing and as such, it is incumbent on them to be properly guided in order for them not to publicly expose themselves as political secretaries. In fact, it would appear to be a big slur to my integrity if I should waste my precious time to such premature letter of no substance to digest upon.
The joint statement letter is a clear indication of both party branch secretaries trying to divert the attention of peace-loving Sierra Leoneans who have seen, in display, the unbreakable record of President Ernest Bai Koroma in areas such as electrification of the whole country, free healthcare for pregnant women and under-fives , and food security for the whole country. The list of his achievements, in just four years in office, goes on and on.
The two key concerns mentioned in the joint letter were : (a) the APC symbol used to advertise both the OGI event and APC Dinner and Dance on a single flyer (b) the funding involved on both occasions. I must at this point hasten to inform both Secretaries that money spent by the APC- UK branch to produce flyers, bearing both the OGI and APC events, have nothing absolutely to do with OGI funding and I invite the Anti-Corruption to probe into any relevant records.
There is no doubt that the present APC-led government is an inclusive government of both SLPP and PMDC working together for the good of Sierra Leone. Both the SLPP and PMDC should appreciate this objective fact of the good gesture of the President to appoint them in his Cabinet of Ministers for Peace, Security, Progress and Development of our Country.
Both the SLPP and PMDC, UK- branches should have reflected on the vote of thanks and praises delivered by the director of OGI – Madam Mrs Khadija Sesay, which was directed to the UK-Reading Sierra Leonean Community group and not to the APC – UK branch.
I think, it is high time for all Sierra Leone Political Parties to put the past behind us (according to Dr Ernest Bai Koroma) and engage in Nation building for the sake of our children to live in a free and prosperous country.
Our present President is a man with great innovation with the ability to utilise his initiative and professionalism to resolve state issues. And I think, he has passed his exams with distinction which has qualified him for a second term in office. He is energetic, passionate and has shown a strong political will to tackle the country’s socio-economic problems.
The price paid by the people of Sierra Leone for Democratic freedom was too high, in terms of lives and infrastructural damage to the whole Nation. I strongly believe this time around, the people of Sierra Leone are fed-up with anything whatsoever that could lead the Country to the brink of civil unrest. And let us don’t forget that, when a war breaks out, it’s the poor innocent people that suffer the most because of lack of money to escape to foreign countries. The time for procrastination is no longer to be tolerated. We must put the interest of the country as the primary concern by all Sierra Leoneans in the country and aboard.
I feel flabbergasted sometimes when certain people, instead of praising people for a work well done, instead, they would result to condemnation and killing the spirit of such needed people in our society.
Democracy is neither a dream nor can it be achieved overnight. But it’s a system or process of government by the whole population. I strongly believe that the president of Sierra Leone is just doing what Democracy is all about, by engaging members of other political parties in government. And that is the right thing to do.
Sierra Leone is being rated highly and also qualified to hold a seat for good governance and the promotion of Democracy in Africa at the recent Commonwealth Conference in Australia- 2011. What a very big thank you for our President to make Sierra Leoneans feel proud of their country – (MAMA SALONE)
Let us face another fact. According to the UN, Sierra Leone is now considered as one of the champions of ‘Human Rights’ in Africa. I think any true Sierra Leonean should and must agree that the president of the Republic of Sierra Leone – Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has done remarkably well. And he will do more wonderful job for the good name of the whole country.
Since I was born and in the history of polities in Sierra Leone, I have never seen any president taking the views of the citizens seriously – except President Koroma. He stays awake up to 2am daily just to pay attention and listen to the concerns of the people ofSierra Leone. I am an eyewitness to this – as I have joined Dr Koroma in some of his presidential trips in the provinces.
When Sierra Leone progresses and becomes a developed nation, who stands to benefit from the outcomes? Why do some of us fail to use our common senses to face up with realities of life. I think, the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
At this juncture, let me conclude by quoting one practical fact By H.E. the President: ‘Let there be Light, and there was Light’ in 90 days of taking up office. My fellow Sierra Leoneans, let’s avoid petty grievances and work collectively for the good name of SIERRA LEONE.
About the author:
Mr Idrisa Dizo-Conteh Snr., LLM in International Law Political Education Officer- APC-UK & Ireland Branch. Former President of the APC former USSR & Eastern Europe branch, 1988-1994).
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