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ĎThe issue of who is the President is not in Disputeí - President tells Paramount Chiefs
By STATE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS
Dec 10, 2012, 12:04
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His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has on Thursday 6th December 2012 told Paramount Chiefs drawn from all 149 chiefdoms that the issue of who is President of Republic of Sierra Leone was not in dispute.

 

ďI got a serious mandate this time. It is not like when I went for a run-off in 2007, so there is no dispute over who is the President, he declared, adding that, ďwe have graduated from what used to be described as a fragile democracy to a matured oneĒ.

 

President Koroma made the reaffirmation while addressing paramount chiefs during a meeting held in the Credentials Hall, at State House, where he admonished the PCs that there are other very serious issues that are affecting the country that need to be confronted and addressed openly rather than ignoring them. The Chief Executive also said that the just concluded elections have been internationally recorded as the most credible polls ever held in the history of Sierra Leone, pointing out that the entire electoral process has graduated the country to the level of matured democratic nations of the world.

 

The President noted that the campaign went on peacefully and that there were no incidents of political intimidation and violence, saying that there were a huge number of both local and international election observers who highly praised the process as being free, fair, transparent, peaceful and credible. He informed the PCs that the entire electioneering process was undertaken by the Sierra Leone Government which makes it the first elections conducted by the Sierra Leonean Government following the end of the decade old war that almost ripped the country apart. While encouraging all to take advantage of the closeness of communities as Sierra Leone was a very small country, he called for further cooperation between government and the PCs as traditional leaders have pivotal roles to play in governance, especially at chiefdom levels.

 

ďWe need to work very fast. We will continue with the programmes that we have started earlier, and we should be doing the right things and continue to engage ourselvesĒ, said President Koroma, and added; ďpolitics for me is over, and I look forward to having a healthy working relationship with the traditional leaders of this countryĒ.

 

The resoundingly re-elected President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma further reiterated that; ďI am your President because you all voted me in the electionĒ, but however reminded the galaxy of traditional leaders that, ďwe canít be on politics all the time, and I have made a commitment that I will serve every section of the country and peace should reign everywhereĒ.

 

Earlier, Chairman of the National Council of Paramount Chiefs Hon. PC Charles Caulker heartily congratulated the President on his reverberating victory, while describing President Koromaís performance as no longer in doubt.

 

ďAs traditional leaders, we highly admire you, particularly so for your recent dialogue held with the opposition Sierra Leone Peopleís Party leadership, and we are very happy for the peaceful outcome of the electoral exerciseĒ, Hon. PC Caulker said.

 

The Chairman of the Council of Paramount Chiefs further stated that they were at State House to pledge their support and loyalty to the astute and visionary leadership of President Ernest Bai Koroma and further encouraged President Koroma to remain focused, as the PCs were eager to take the new road as traditional leaders.


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