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From ďStraight LineĒ to ďBottom to TopĒ leadership styleÖSLPP Chief Kapen Thrills Supporters in UK
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Oct 16, 2013, 17:10
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Popular Chief Kapen
In his maiden international trip to the United Kingdom which has been dubbed a diplomatic success, the famous Chairman and Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP), Chief Sumanoh Kapen has impressed the partyís membership and supporters in London, United Kingdom with a well designed speech delivered at a jam-packed social evening event.


The event was organized by the Council of Elders, the Electoral Commissioner and the outgoing executive of the SLPP UK/Ireland branch over the past weekend at a prestigious hall in London.

 

In his thrilling message, Chief Kapen focused on hope for Sierra Leoneans under the SLPP and the emergence of what he described as the ďbasic elements of our democracyĒ which his leadership in SLPP will pursue.


On hope, Chief Kapen described it as an important element that determines manís faith. He said as Sierra Leoneans, hope should give us energy to transform our society from backwardness to a brighter future, adding; ďLet us look for that hope, and you will only find that hope in the SLPP.Ē

 

He said as leader of the opposition, he see on a daily basis, ordinary people who have now been despaired in their daily struggles either to feed themselves, to feed their families, to get employment, to cater for their children or to shelter themselves, that opposition leader has a duty to tell those suffering ordinary people that hope can triumph over despair. He said for an audience which comprised member of Peopleís Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), All Peopleís Congress (APC) and SLPP there could have been no better platform to send a message of hope for all Sierra Leoneans.

 

But as an astute politician, Chief Kapen knows that just by talking about hope for ordinary people under the SLPP, as crucial as it is might not be enough, so he fleshed out his vision for the leadership of the SLPP and how SLPP will make a difference in the lives of ordinary people in what he described as his ďbasic elements of our democracyĒ.

 

According to Chief Kapen, the ďbasic elements of our democracyĒ should be based on how to utilise common efforts for the common good, how to win the heart and minds of the people and how to restore the social affection amongst ourselves as both party members and citizens.

 

On ďhow to utilise common efforts for the common goodĒ, Chief Kapen said the SLPP is now a party for all Sierra Leoneans, stressing that the party will create a platform for every Sierra Leonean to contribute to national development.

 

On ďhow to win the hearts and minds of the peopleĒ, the Chief said as a result of his election, the SLPP has shown that it is now a grassroot party as the party elected a chief who served his local people for 22 years. And that for the first time in the history, the party has elected a Northerner and a Temne as Chairman and Leader which gives the clear message that SLPP is not a ďMende-manĒ party.

 

This singular act that was done in the Bo convention he went on, has significantly transformed the party to win the hearts and minds of the people of Sierra Leone, adding that he believes in the politics of ďbottom to topĒ and not ďtop to bottomĒ.

 

Speaking on Ďhow to restore the social affection amongst ourselves both as party members and citizensí, Chief Kapen advised that as party members and citizens they have to extend a hand of friendship to one another by helping, doing things, and caring for one another.

 

ďThis is the only way by which we can unite our party because SLPP stands taller than everyone and as a country this is how we can be united because Sierra Leone stands taller than everyone of us.Ē


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