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Can Usu Boie Save his Fatherís Party?
By Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Sep 5, 2011, 13:12
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On Friday August 26th 2011 at around 21:45GMT, my sources monitored in the thick of the darkness of the night as Jacob Jusu Saffa (aka J.J. BlOOD), the erstwhile National Secretary-General of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) paid a clandestine visit to the Murray Town residence of the sitting Honourable Vice President Sam-Sumana. JJ BLOOD was welcomed quietly by VPís younger brother and quickly ushered up the stairs.


Factually, let me reveal today that JJ BLOOD arrived at Sam-Sumanaís house empty-handed but he left at precisely 22:24GMT, furtively looking around like a seedy criminal, with a large black plastic bag in his hands; which plastic bag was shaped in such a manner as to leave little doubt that huge bundles of rolls of leones notes were possibly contained inside it.


On August 24th 2011, the SLPP Unity newspaper had published an old 2009 Letter authored by John Benjamin which contained some rather embarrassing contents about the Vice President. To be fair to Sam-Sumana, those contents had been effectively and legally laid to rest but no serious politician wants such information to be dredged up into the public domain about him especially at a time like this.


Hence the correlation between JJ BLOODís nocturnal secret visit and the unexplained disappearance of the John Benjamin letter from subsequent pages of Unity newspaper should not be difficult to arrive at.


As long as B.W. Bockarie is Editor of Unity, JJ BLOOD has demonstrated he has absolute control over the pages of Unity newspaper far more than even the putative ĎSLPP Chairman/Leaderí John Benjamin and those of his shameless and pathetic weaklings of National Executive Officers like Sulaiman Banja Tejansie and Joe Kallon! An utterly pathetic situation when Joe Kallon over SLBC TV and Sulaiman Banja Tejansie, to me directly, disgraced SLPP and themselves by promising what they had no control over! Shameful!


Anyway, it should not be hard to surmise that JJ BLOOD might be controlling the Unity newspaper as a means of income-generation through blackmail hustling such as late night visits to Sam-Sumanaís house. Shamefully, this is what the SLPP has been reduced to; a party of Rudeness, Djamba-Smokers, Violence, Mammy-Cussers and Hustlers who use the party as a front to make money whilst attacking the credibility of self-respecting journalists. They do not mind to label hard working female journalists as morally-loose women and they do not mind to refuse to retract and apologise when that is the only decent thing a decent party should have done! Shameless party! No wonder they are now mammy-cussing even Lansana Fadika, the putative No. 3 man in SLPP hierarchy. The whole country listened as Lansana Fadika broke down in tears last weekend over Monologue Radio as he recounted the Mammy Cuss he recently faced from within his own party.


Anyway, having prefaced with the above, my main point though for today is that in the face of the Mammy-Cuss, Djamba-smoking, Blackmail Hustling and Violence that we have now associated the currently unserious SLPP with, Alhaji Usman Boie-Kamara has yesterday thrown the gauntlet down. Usu Boie says he will not allow his late Fatherís party to be reduced to what the likes of Hustlers like J.J. BLOOD and his like-minded Djamba-smokers and Mammy-Cussers have reduced the party to. Boie-Kamara is not going to run away from the SLPP. He is staying within to clean up from within.


I personally wish Usu Boie all the best possible luck in his crusade. Congrats Usman Boie-Kamara. You made many Sierra Leoneans proud yesterday Ė Not just SLPP members. May the SLPP emerge from the expected internal Ďdiscussionsí with more Usu Boies and less JJ BLOODS within the decision making structures. Otherwise, your party is doomed. Good luck SLPPers as you work to save your party!

Good Luck Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara! I wish you well Sir.



MR CHAIRMAN, COMPATRIOTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I am happy to see you all and express my sincerest appreciation to all of you, who in diverse ways have made this event a successful one by it even taking place. I am particularly gratified by the efforts of all in organising this event and the interest shown by you all in attending and supporting this event. I know there are people who have travelled from all parts of the country just to be here today and would like to welcome you all. And to those of you listening from a far, I would also like to welcome you and thank you for your time.


Let me begin by thanking you all once again from the bottom of my heart for your unstinted support throughout my campaign right on to the elections. I appreciate the trust and confidence you placed on me. There were great expectations among my numerous supporters at home and abroad that I will be elected the flag bearer. And no doubt you all would have been delighted to see me emerge the flag bearer. Naturally there were lots of disappointments. But being rational people, high as our expectations were, we were also aware that there were eighteen other aspirants, anyone of whom could emerge the winner. Also being strong believers in God, and therefore in his will, we were also aware that nothing happens without his will. As the saying goes, ďMan proposes; God disposes.Ē¬† So I say to you all, letís take heart and accept the will of God.

Today I am speaking to you as a Sierra Leonean and urge you to join me in putting country before self. In April 1951, the SLPP was formed with a nationalistic motto of ĎíONE COUNTRY, ONE PEOPLEíí. This means that we all are one in the Party whether you are a Mende, Temne, Fullah, Limba, Madingo, Creole, Loko, Shebro or Yalunka or any of the other ethnic groups in the country. This is what has held the Party together for a long time. This slogan has stood the test of time but has been severely tested during the just concluded National Conference. This is one of the fundamental questions the Party needs to answer and to answer in such a way for the Party to be in Governance or in permanent opposition. This assignment must be addressed rationally and without rancour and led by the Chairman and Leader of the Party.


The main reason I got into politics is to make the life of poor and disadvantaged Sierra Leoneans better. That has not changed and that will never change till the day I die. For far too long we have allowed ourselves to be ruled by the majority of people that are interested in themselves, selfish, myopic and do not think further than the next election. That is why after 50 years of Independence the majority of our people still wallow in poverty. We must change that mindset of our politicians so that those that seek office have a developmental and long term focus for the betterment of all. We must move away from the confines of party politics to bring development and prosperity to our people, especially the youths; that is why I have always emphasized the importance of developing the human resources of our people. The women of this country who form the majority of the population need to be put in a special category to ensure the wholesome development of our nation.


One of the mischievous questions that kept recurring during my campaign for the flag bearer position was what contribution had I made to the party. Opponents even claimed that I was a new comer in the party. In numerous statements both spoken and written, I   asserted my membership of the party (my father was treasurer and my entire family were members) and my numerous contributions over the years (against the limitations of being a civil servant). After my retirement, I was approached independently by a number of people at home and abroad to take a more active role in the party and in politics. The coincidence of the same request or suggestion by different people independently of each other, struck me as significant enough to be give serious thought to their request or suggestion. The more I thought about it, the more it appealed to me. At my age and state of health at retirement, I thought I had both the time and resources to take the centre stage in our party politics. What finally moved me was the need to ensure that I contribute in a meaningful way to eliminate poverty amongst our people and give the next generation hope and a means to build on for a prosperous Sierra Leone. The enthusiastic support and encouragement I received from many quarters at home and abroad convinced me that I had taken the right decision and spurred me on to August 31st and the elections.  But it was the delegates who had the final say. As we all know Retired Brig Julius Maada Bio emerged as the Flag Bearer.  The delegates have spoken and as a democrat I wholeheartedly accept their verdict. The onus is now on the Flagbearer to initiate and lead the healing process and to ensure that some of his overzealous supporters are reined in for the interest of the party. Special effort should be made to unite party members who supported different flag bearers, as was their democratic right. Only by uniting all party members would victory be assured in 2012.


You may be tempted to ask, why I chose the SLPP platform. The answer is simple. The symbol of the SLPP, the Palm Tree represents Honour, Truth, Value, Vitality, Warmth, Expansion, Protection, Aspiration, Attainment, Unification, Resurrection, Singleness of Purpose.  The SLPP has been the party that has championed peace and democracy even to its own detriment on occasions. It was the SLPP that brought peace to the nation after the senseless rebel war, and during the period of 1996 -2007, the SLPP administration encouraged national unity by setting up broad based Governments, encouraged freedom of association and expression, even to its own detriment, and initiated numerous  developmental projects which we our benefiting from today. But along the way the party has lost some its values. During the recent Flag Bearer elections, negative traits of the party have come to the forefront and push some people away which, is not good for us Sierra Leoneans.


For me the whole question of politics, governance and development is about people, their commitment and capacity to deliver. It is about managing people to bring out the best in them. These are the reasons I got in to politics and this is the journey that I want all of us to undertake for the glory of our country.


Despite various reports and the emerging negative traits in the Party, I still am a member of the SLPP and I urge all of you who supported my candidacy to continue to be loyal to the Party and to address these negative traits¬† for the healthy development of the Party. We cannot allow a few selfish and misguided people to derail the noble tenets of the Party and in the process allow our country to slide deeper and deeper into poverty and hopelessness. We have to swallow our pride and work in the interest of the downtrodden masses of our people. Let us all address the things which happened during the convention internally without recourse to the public media. If we donít then the Party would be in permanent opposition.


I call on all SLPP supporters to unite, mend all its internal rifts and differences. Nothing can be gained from conflict and friction amongst ourselves. I will help the party find its common ground and work towards leaving a strong party for the next generation to build on. And for Sierra Leoneans to be proud of the SLPP.


We Sierra Leoneans cannot afford for our country to slide back into war and chaos that would take us back another 50 years. I urge you all to think, Sierra Leone first; encourage others to nurture the budding democracy that would enable the necessary peace and tranquillity to allow development to take place.


The coming year will be filled with challenges and severe obstacles, but I know that the progress of each and every Sierra Leonean is just around the corner, the progress of our country is just around the corner.

We are the masters of our destiny and in this regard, I am inviting you all here today to be at our SLPP Party Headquarters at 11:00am prompt tomorrow Monday 5th September 2011. The SLPP is our party. I will be there to welcome you all at 11:00am prompt. One Country; One People!

One People; One Country. I THANK YOU ALL.



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