Sierra Leone News & Information

State House | Press Union | Lumley Beach | AllAfrica | SL-Web

  Giving Knowledge to the People
welcome to sierra leone's premier news source
Last Updated: Dec 22nd, 2008 - 14:13:53 
Front Page 
 Breaking News
 Local News
 Photo News
 Moiie's Column
 Role Models
 Awareness Lady
 Common Man
 Special Greetings
 Legal Matters

Published online by
Sylvia Blyden Dot Com

17 Garrison Street,
Sierra Leone.
Tel: +232-30-321001
Tel: +232-77-321001
Tel: +232-76-749001
Tel: +232-30-456003

NEWS : Politics  

Charles Margai Endorses J.B. Dauda for SLPP Leadership
By Sheka Tarawalie (State House Press Secretary)
Dec 22, 2008, 00:34
Email this article
 Printer friendly page

The Leader of the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Charles Francis Margai, has used the occasion of  the funeral of his mother, Musu Fanny Momoh (85), at his Gbangbatoke hometown to call on the SLPP to rally round President Ernest Koroma, the peoples choice, to demonstrate real love of country.


Delivering the vote of thanks yesterday at the jam-packed Sir Albert Margai Memorial United Methodist Church, the presidential run-off decider, said his resolve to have supported President Koroma to clinch the presidency was wise and an inspiration from God, and that from this day, Ill not rest until the APC, the PMDC, and the SLPP come together to give His Excellency support to build this nation.


Leadership comes from God, and if you love your country, you would support the one who has undoudtedly been chosen by God, he maintained, amidst cheers from he congregation. 


He said his own side of the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change campaign started with the death of his mother, revealing that since he pitched tent with the APC during the run-off, he had never had any talks with the SLPP until when he decided to include the names of some of its members in  the obituary announcement and they thereafter reciprocated by visiting him, led by Alhaji UNS Jah, that they agreed on the need to start talking.


He disclosed about the equivocal candidacy of J.B. Dauda, who was present in church, for the SLPP leadership, and that he deserved and would morally support him to lead the party, though I am no longer part of it. I have already crossed that bridge.


Margai thanked President Koroma for both his moral and financial support for the funeral, and making history in Gbangbatoke for being the first Head of State to visit the church and any funeral there with his wife and the wife of the Vice President. He also thanked the SLPP for their support, while he thanked members of the PMDC the youngest in the (political) family for the unwavering support.


He also paid tribute to his brother-in-law, former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, who unavoidably could not attend because at about the same moment (the afternoon of Sunday 21st December 2008) Ahmad Tejan Kabbah Jr was being buried in Freetown following his untimely death.  Margai thanked the Bo School, the Christ the King College (his alma mater), and the Harford School for Girls who all had very visible representations.


Four cabinet ministers (Presidential & Public Affairs Minister Alpha Kanu, Works Minister John Saad, Health Minister Soccoh Kabia, and Lands Minister Benjamin Davies), Deputy Minister of Tourism Hassan Mansaray, and Ombudsman Edmund Cowan (whom Margai described as older and therefore, if God only uses the law of averages, should die before him) were also present. 


The guest preacher, Henry G. Macavoray of the Bishop Humper United Mehodist Church in Rutile, held the church spellbound, interspersed by humour,  during his thirty-minute flight to heaven message, with the theme Life and death (biblical text derived from John 4:25), starting with a quote from a once atheistic academic who by the end of her life came out with a research concluding that life continues after death.  He dilated on man being  by necessity a spirit and that the deceased was already in the hands of Jesus.


The firebrand preacher became more practical and radical when he said Sierra Leone would only ever develop when the peoples minds are renewed by the Word of God. He said although the Presidents attitudinal change vision is in place, it would not be achieved if the minds of 95% of the population are not renewed by the gospel. He made mention of monies disappearing at the National Safety Net and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the fact that Sierra Leone is still ranked last in the Human Development Index as a direct result of corruption and greed.


When our minds are renewed, then we will know the permissive and perfect love of God. Do we love one another as God  says?.. It is democratic to belong to different parties, but why breed hatred? Why the jetty palaver in Gbangbatoke? he questioned, receiving loud applauses from his audience.


Contributory songs were rendered by groups from the Roman Catholic and the United Brethren in Christ churches in Gbangbatoke, backed by the Harford Girls school band. 


President Koroma and entourage, who travelled by helicopter, returned to Freetown on the same day. The President and some members of his delegation arrived from attending the annual ECOWAS summit in Nigeria just the night before.




22 DECEMBER 2008

© Copyright by Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Top of Page

Latest Headlines
United Nations Has Some Good News on Sierra Leone
NAG Engages Stakeholders on ACC Revised Strategy in Sierra Leone
Agribusiness Sector Strategic for Investment Says President Koroma
Too Serious; Too Funny; Too Pathetic; Too Sad!
Too Serious; Too Funny; Too Pathetic; Too Sad! - Shekito's "Letter"
Appreciation from Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Promoting Police and Media Relations
Where is Our Beloved Country Sierra Leone Heading For???
Within the Internet Lies Africas Clay of Wisdom
Indian Agriculture is Bouncing Back in Sierra Leone
Hon. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie Complains Against State Sponsored Terrorism
Regional Experts Meeting On Reduction Of Transaction Cost For Commodity Export In Africa
Solomon Ekuma Berewa Gets Surprise 70th Birthday Party
Sierra Leone's Kha-Benneh Bangura Wants Your Votes
Goapele, Daddy Saj and Mahala @ Zanzibar on Night of Saturday 26th
A Chat With Sierra Leones First Doctorate Chartered Accountant: Dr. Dante Alie Bendu (B.Sc Hons, M.Sc, M.A., FeICM, ACCA, PhD)
Sierra Leonean Woman Excels In UK
Remembering Lady Mary Alexandrina Bankole-Jones of Sierra Leone
Kailahun SLPP MP frowns at Finance Minister in Sierra Leone
Sept 23: Millicom Sierra Leone bounces back
Romanian buys more Sierra Leone Diamonds shares
National Power Authority (NPA) and National Competitive Bidding (NCB)Invitation For Bids
R.K. Distilleries Ltd. Press Release.
Women in the Media Sierra Leone (WIMSAL)Press Release
Union Trust Bank Opens Branch in New England Freetown, Sierra Leone
Freetown is Safest City :- says Douglas Alexander
In Memory of Captain Prince Ben-Hirsch (passed away 21st January 1992)
Marie Stopes Sierra Leone (MSSL)Job Advertisement
GreenNet GSM (Sierra Leone)Vacancies Announcement
Car Point Center
Yenga oh Yenga!
You Draw Rope
The Ballads Olu Gordon Claims Identifies Him
Meet the Awareness Team

Copyright © 2005 - 2007, Awareness Times Sierra Leone; All Rights Reserved.
Hosted & Designed by West Africa Dot Net