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In Sierra Leone, John Benjamin Debunks Bumbuna Theft Claims
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Oct 12, 2009, 12:22
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John Oponjo Benjamin, the Chairman and Leader of Sierra Leones main opposition party, has told Awareness Times on Friday October 9th 2009 in Freetown that the President and members of the ruling APC party would be acting deceitfully if they implied that SLPP members were engaged in stealing or sabotaging the Bumbuna Hydro-electric Cables.


President Koroma twice in the last week during addresses to the Nation, referenced allegations of theft of Bumbuna Cables as he warned the perpetrators. Also, APC supporters have been going around claiming that the SLPP was behind such thefts.

Honourable Members, we must be vigilant to bring to book those who sabotage electricity supplies by stealing cables, President Koroma said in Parliament last Friday much to the distaste and chagrin of John Benjamin who was present.


It would be deceitful for President Koroma and any APC member to give the impression that SLPP is behind any stealing of Bumbuna Cables because President Koroma knows that the only two persons who have been caught red-handed for theft of Bumbuna Electric cables are his brother Thomas Koroma and his brothers wife, John Benjamin blasted adding that after President Koromas brother and sister-in-law were caught and charged to court, the Presidents Government quietly let them go scot-free when Serry Kamal passed a nolle prosequi on the criminal matter.

 

According to Benjamin, when the APC was in opposition, it is now clear to us that they had a concerted effort to derail our Bumbuna plans as evidenced by the Presidents brother and his sister-in-law engaging in theft of Bumbuna Cables so they think the SLPP when in opposition will behave the same way but we are a decent political party; we do not steal electric cables nor do we rape women.


In the same vein, Benjamin used the opportunity to blast the President for referring to the SLPPs recent Special Court visit, borne out of deep humanitarian concern as a play of cheap politics.


President Koroma when in opposition visited Special Court indictees but now he is in power and has got what he wants, he is dismissing the serious concerns of the Special Court indictees as cheap politics because he was never sincere with them in the first place. Now that he is President, why is he not at the forefront of seeing they do not get sent to Rwanda where we have no diplomatic relations and which can erupt into Hutu-Tutsi violence at any time? Benjamin posited.


Meanwhile, breaking news reaching this presshouse indicates that John Benjamins planned visit to Liberia last weekend almost got frustrated when APC Government functionaries attempted to have some junior Liberian Immigration officers at the border, turn back Benjamin. It took the speedy intervention of the Liberian Immigration Boss, Attorney Chris Massaquoi to allow Benjamin and his entourage into Liberia.

More on that subsequently
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