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SLPP & APC in America Emulate Political Tolerance
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Apr 21, 2009, 17:32
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"Our Generation has brought Political Tolerance to Sierra Leone" were the words of one of the country's leading Statesmen, Opposition SLPP Chairman John Oponjo Benjamin during his unprecedented visit to the ruling APC Party Headquarters this month. Benjamin had then informed that, "at all levels", SLPP members would 'rub shoulders' with their APC compatriots.

In full support of the words of Benjamin, Sierra Leone's popularly elected President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, who is also the APC Chairman/Leader, also called on his supporters to do likewise especially as he had preceded Benjamin's own visit with one of his own to the opposition SLPP Headquarters. As a sign of the duo's determination to inculcate Political Tolerance into the National landscape, Koroma invited Benjamin to make a Statement at the APC National Convention Gathering which Benjamin graced and addressed.

Nannette Thomas, APC Chair for Dallas-Texas

The spirit of 'rubbing shoulders' has now been exported to the United States of America where an occasion that would otherwise have been an SLPP-only affair turned into a bipartisan affair as the Chair of the Dallas-Texas Branch of the APC, Madam Nanette Thomas and the former National Secretary General of the APC, Comrade E.T. Kamara graced the SLPP Inauguration of the new SLPP Dallas-Texas Branch last Saturday 18th April 2009 at the prestigious Marilyn's Banquet Hall in Dallas Texas.

Ms. Thomas making a passionate call for Sierra Leoneans to be politically tolerant

According to the online Patriotic Vanguard Newspaper, the occasion was well organized by the SLPP as was exemplified by the huge turnout of Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone. People from different walks of life and of different political orientations came out in full swing to grace this sumptuous occasion. The atmosphere was warm and lively with a dash of bustle and energy felt everywhere.

Ms. Nanette Thomas exhorting SLPP North America Branch on how to be at peace with one's political opponent

In attendance were the APC-NA heavyweight E.T. Kamara and the Chairlady of the APC Dallas Chapter, Madam Nanette Thomas whose remarks and action of goodwill during the event underscored the importance of working together. Nanette Thomas, in apparent echoing of the recent words of the APC Leader reportedly pointed out the need for an opposition party in an era of a democratic Sierra Leone.

"A good government needs an effective opposition" she added much to the applause of the guests. In a show of cordial relationship and a move towards the spirit of oneness, Mrs. Thomas majestically waved the hands of her counterpart, the newly inaugurated SLPP Dallas Chapter chairman, Mr. Solomon Pieh who reiterated that the new leadership of the SLPP under the astute stewardship of John Benjamin is prepared and willing to cooperate with all in the interest of political development in Sierra Leone.


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