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Tom Nyuma annoys SLPP supporters
By Mohamed Kanu
Nov 22, 2010, 12:22
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Scores of supporters of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), over the weekend, stormed the Awareness Times offices to register their dissatisfaction over recent utterances by the Kailahun District Council Chairman, Tom Nyuma.

The supporters described the utterances (as published in local tabloids) as irresponsible and unfortunate.

We take great exception with such utterances emanating from the mouth of a supposed SLPP member, one of the aggrieved SLPP supporters pointed out, whilst noting that Tom Nyuma is trying to divert the attention of the people from the monies and gifts he has being collecting from the APC.

Tom Nyuma told the Exclusive Newspaper past Friday that he has not committed any crime against SLPP members, adding that his only crime is for lauding President Koroma for doing what he described as a job well done in Kailahun.


SLPP National Chairman, John Oponjo Benjamin.

The concerned SLPP members said Tom Nyuma is bent on demeaning the status of the SLPP for selfish gains, whilst pointing out that he is now more of an APC spokesman rather than the SLPP member he is supposed to be.

Meanwhile, there is also growing discontent against the leadership style of the SLPP National Chairman, John Oponjo Benjamin. The aggrieved supporters described JOBs leadership style as ineffective, whilst emphasizing that his failure to drag Tom Nyuma before the SLPP disciplinary committee is responsible for the continued unaccepted behaviour and utterances.

Our Chairmans failure to initiate disciplinary actions against Nyuma is why the latter has went berserk and saying all sorts of rubbish against our party, a female SLPP supporter said, whilst threatening that JOB is soon to receive the shock of his life if he fails to discipline Nyuma.

When contacted, John Benjamin described the utterances of his supporters against his leadership style as unfortunate.

I cannot use a military leadership style to administer a political party. There are procedures in dealing with indiscipline in a political party and those procedures are not automatic, SLPPs JOB commented.

He emphasized that Sierra Leone would have reverted to a one party state if the SLPP hadnt a strong leader like himself.

He however called on the supporters to continue to exercise patience, whilst promising that the Tom Nyuma matter would be handled in a proper context when Tom Nyuma returns to Sierra Leone.


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