AWARENESS TIMES
Sierra Leone News & Information

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

www.awarenesstimes.com

  Giving Knowledge to the People
welcome to sierra leone's premier news source
Last Updated: Sep 7th, 2009 - 17:50:04 
Front Page 
 
 NEWS
 Breaking News
 Local News
 Politics
 Photo News
 Video News
 
 EDITORIALS
 
 COMMENTS & OPINIONS
 Moiie's Column
 
 FEATURES
 
 ENTERTAINMENT
 
 PROFILES
 Role Models
 Awareness Lady
 Common Man
 
 THE ECONOMY
 
 NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
 Special Messages
 Legal Matters
 Obituaries
 
 PAID SUPPLEMENTS
 
 ADVERTISEMENTS
 
 SATIRE
 
 FROM OUR TEAM
Search


Published online by
Sylvia Blyden Dot Com

17 Garrison Street,
Freetown,
Sierra Leone.
Tel: +232-77-772001
Tel: +232-88-321000
Tel: +232-76-350077
Tel: +232-30-321001
Email:
editor@awarenesstimes.com
Website:
www.awarenesstimes.com

NEWS : Politics  

ĎSell-Gameí Tommy Apologises to SLPP Members
By Our Correspondents
Sep 7, 2009, 16:50
Email this article
 Printer friendly page

The acting Minority Leader of the Parliamentary Caucus of the opposition Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP), Hon. Emmanuel Tommy (aka Sell-Game Tommy) has, past Friday September 4th 2009 at the SLPP Party headquarters, expressed his unreserved apologies to SLPP Executive Leader John Benjamin, his colleague SLPP MPs, and the entire membership of the SLPP for his illegal participation at last Juneís deliberations of the United Nationsí Peacebuilding Commissionís Special Session on Sierra Leone.

"I am sorry. I now realise I was wrong. I ask all whom I hurt with my actions to please forgive me. I was wrong," Mr. Tommy repeatedly stated during a meeting where he was sorely carpeted.

Hon. Tommy had incurred the wrath of the majority of SLPP members when he took upon himself to accept an invitation from Foreign Minister Zainab Hawa Bangura to misrepresent himself to the United Nations as, "a bonafide representative" of SLPP. The truth is that only one person is empowered to represent the SLPP or to designate a representative to meet external bodies and diplomatic community and that is the partyís duly elected Chairman, who is currently, John Oponjo Benjamin.

Prior to last Fridayís apology, Hon. Emmanuel Tommy had been abrasively recalcitrant on the matter and one time had even retorted to a journalist that he did, "not really care" about the consequences of his actions; actions which have been dubbed in the local parlance as "sell-game tactics" (i.e: selling the interest of larger community for few measly dollars in your pockets).

Hon. Tommy, who collected a wollop of dollars for himself as per diem for his misrepresentation, had not even bothered to consult with Party Leader, John Benjamin who had also been in America at the same time as Tommy was being passed off in New York by Foreign Minister Zainab Bangura as legitimate enough to speak on the issues under review back then.

What also angered SLPP members is that the speech Tommy gave at the United Nations, on behalf of the SLPP, was widely believed to have been written for him by APC operatives right there in America. Last Friday, Tommy confessed, as he hung his head in shame at the SLPP HQs, that he left Sierra Leone with no preparation and with little knowledge of exactly what he would be going to do. He confessed that it was only upon arrival in New York that he was told by Foreign Minister Zainab Bangura that he would be giving a Speech to the UN body.

It will be recalled by those who viewed the videotaped Speech by Sell-Game Tommy (Awareness Times has the full unedited copy), that Tommyís speech had bordered on the ridiculous as he told UN of SLPPís supposed backing of a Document known as Agenda for Change that no one in SLPP hierarchy had even set eyes on at the time.

Meanwhile, some SLPP members are still angry and want John Benjamin to reject Tommyís apologies and instead drag him in front of the partyís Disciplinary Committee currently headed by a veteran Lawyer.

However, in a chat with this paper over the phone from Kailahun past weekend, a forgiving John Benjamin has rejected such calls saying that it was time to put the past behind and move forward.

"The important thing is that he has recognised his mistake and made a formal apology to us all. It is time for us to now close ranks and move SLPP forwards," Benjamin urged followers.

Meanwhile, Hon. Momoh Pujeh, the substantive SLPP Minority Leader in Parliament who has been out of the country due to a prolonged illness, is said to now be back in the country but is seriously handicapped and only able to move with the help of a wheelchair. Pujeh, a close friend of APC Leader, President Koroma reportedly had some medical bills in USA paid with personal cash donations from President Koroma to his buddy, Momoh Pujeh.

SLPP Parliamentary Caucus is now reported to be hanging heads to find the way forward for their Leadership needs in next Parliamentary Session.

Although John Benjamin seems to be trusting of his Party MPs, Awareness Times can authoritatively reveal that our own investigations show that a number of SLPP Parliamentarians are compromised already by enticements from APC money-bags in a manner similar to during Siaka Stevens years.

One particular MP (name withheld) representing a Kailahun Constituency is said to be little more than a bag-carrier for a certain APC Cabinet Minister and has been quoted as saying the SLPP women allegedly raped were raped as punishment for the party electing John Benjamin as Chairman.

It is an indisputable fact that with ĎSell-Gameí MPs like these, SLPP has a lot of work to do to survive as an intact entity until 2012. However, a clause in the Sierra Leone Constitution, Section 77(1)(k), might have to be implemented if ever the need arises to do so. However, for now, all SLPP Youths in all Constituencies are very closely monitoring moves of their MPs.


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

Top of Page

Latest Headlines
NEWS
Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP) Plans a More Robust Parliament
Third Report on UNIPSIL's activities in Sierra Leone out soon
To Support President Koromaís Vision, First Lady Lobbies for Women & Children
EDITORIALS
An Unfortunate Letter from Sierra Leone's Executive Arm of Government
Antecedent of My Piece on Kailahun Mess has nothing to do with Sia Koroma or John Benjamin
Fugitive Because of Arabella?
COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Is the Judiciary Sinking Under the Executive's Weight?
Sierra Leone's Government of Reassurances: We Have Had Enough!
Why Blame Ernest Koroma? Did the APC Bend Your Back For You?
FEATURES
RAMSY MEDICAL LABORATORIES MAKING WAVES QUIETLY
Information Minister Says Bumbuna Is Reality End Of August
Witchery Uncovered at Residence of Sierra Leone President
ENTERTAINMENT
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
PROFILES
Bio Data Of The Former President Of The Republic Of Sierra Leone Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
A Chat With Sierra Leoneís First Doctorate Chartered Accountant: Dr. Dante Alie Bendu (B.Sc Hons, M.Sc, M.A., FeICM, ACCA, PhD)
Sierra Leonean Woman Excels In UK
THE ECONOMY
Kailahun SLPP MP frowns at Finance Minister in Sierra Leone
Sept 23: Millicom Sierra Leone bounces back
Romanian buys more Sierra Leone Diamonds shares
NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Infrastructural Consultant Services National Insurance Company Ltd Infrastructural Development Projects Requests For Expressions Of Interest
Republic Of Sierra Leone Ministry Of Transport And Aviation Vacancy Notice For Project Accountant
Government Of The Republic Of Sierra Leone Ministry Of Finance And Economic Development Request For Expressions Of Interest
PAID SUPPLEMENTS
Statement By The Chairman Of The UK & Ireland Branch At The Prayer And Intercession Service To Commemorate The 58th Anniversary Of SLPP
Sierra Leone Envoy Launches Sierra College Foundation (SCF) in the UK
Contracting Authority: The ECOWAS Commission Support to Regional Integration in West Africa
ADVERTISEMENTS
AFRICELL PRAY TIMES
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT - ECOWAS Court of Justice
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS - Justice Sector Development Project of Sierra Leone
SATIRE
An Afflicted Cow FookFook Brain Manufactures Ronshos, Diamba, Gnomes, Rubber-Fack & Leprechauns; Desires to Import Machiavelli into a Democracy
Mama Salone Laments 48 Years of Freedom and Independence
Tourist Attraction: Office Of The President & Ministry Of Tourism & Culture should take note
FROM OUR TEAM
Problems with our Internet Lines in Freetown Block Daily Update
Sincere Congratulations to Reverend Wilfred Leeroy Kabbs-Kanu from Sierra Leone
Awareness Times to re-open its Anonymous Discussion Forum

Copyright © 2005 - 2010, Awareness Times Sierra Leone; All Rights Reserved.
Hosted & Designed by West Africa Dot Net