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NEWS : Politics  

SLPP ends one Shenanigan; New Shenanigan to Protect Maada Bio from Inquest
By Dr. Sylvia O. Blyden
Dec 7, 2012, 17:14
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The National Executive Council (NEC) of main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) yesterday December 6th 2012, resolved to rescind their previous order of all their elected parliamentarians, mayors & councilors to refrain from attending Parliament or Local Councils. Like a merry-go-round toy bus going round and round on a playing field, the SLPP now orders for its elected officials to forget about the previous order of a few days ago and now obey new order.


Meanwhile, NEC, which is the SLPPs second highest decision making body has also resolved That the Flagbearer and Running Mate of the party for the 2012 Presidential elections continue to provide political leadership to the party until the next Party Conference. This means Maada Bio and Kadi Sesay will be seen as political leaders of the SLPP dictating political decisions and the political direction which the SLPP should now take.

 

It was recently floated in certain tabloids that the current SLPP chairman and leader, John Oponjo Benjamin, was an egoistic demagogue whose political leadership of SLPP should be discarded and replaced with Maada Bio, SLPPs defeated presidential candidate whom these tabloids float as being more popular than the SLPP party itself. This, more popularity is because Mr. Bio got 37% of votes cast for him in the last elections.


Apparently, according to the logic of those tabloids, Tejan Kabbah, SLPPs candidate of 2002, who had won over
70% of national votes and Solomon Berewa, SLPP candidate of 2007, who had lost by a very slim margin to the APC in the 2007 presidential run-off elections were not popular but Mr. Bios win of 37% which is the most woeful national leadership defeat that SLPP has ever suffered, is what makes Bio to be more popular than SLPP. Clearly, all political capital gained by SLPP from 1996 to date has dissipated.

 

Last evening, a former SLPP Cabinet Minister of Tonkolili said, SLPP needs prayers, but he declined to be named.

 

Those who hijacked SLPP are vicious in the language they use. Please do not mention my name so they wont disturb my mothers peaceful rest in her grave with maternal invectives, he said.

 

Another school of thought however believes that the party has taken such a decision to try to protect Mr. Bio from a soon to be instituted INQUEST into the extra-judicial killings of Bambay Kamara, Yaya Kanu, Aruna Jalloh, Kawuta Dumbuya, Salami Coker, his pregnant female friend and over 20 others who were brutally slaughtered in presence of Julius Maada Bio some twenty years ago. It is believed SLPP is giving Bio a political leadership title as a means of trying to protect him from any Inquest Summons by a Magistrate.

 

It is recalled that when the said inquest was to have been instituted in May of 2010, SLPP had loudly claimed it was a witch-hunt to stop Maada Bio from taking part in 2012 elections. Mr Maada Bio has now taken part in the elections.


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