From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Politics
In Sierra Leone, PMDC Denies Alliance with SLPP
By Abdul Fonti
Jan 4, 2010, 13:38

National Chairman of the Peopleís Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) has emphatically denied allegations that the leader of their party, Charles Margai, and the entire leadership of the PMDC, have recently declared their support for the opposition Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP).

Mohamed Bangura on Saturday 2nd January 2010 explained that: "The right of our party to interact with various political parties and other stakeholders in our country is the exclusivity of our party in as much as such interactions will continue to promote peace, stability and political tolerance in Sierra Leone".

According to Mr. Bangura, "The PMDC is an independent, democratic political party that does not hinge on any single individual and hence the Party has not entered into any discussions and has no intention thereof as a party to enter into any form of political dialogue with the opposition Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP) or any other party for that matter for any political alliance".

He noted that the PMDC perceives rumor-peddling information of their leaderís support for the SLPP as a vile ploy by their detractors.

"Our declared support for the ruling All Peopleís Congress (APC) party following the 2007 presidential elections was done in the best interest of promoting political tolerance in the country coupled with the anticipation of diffusing regional and ethnic politics that has come to permeate the political landscape in our country", Mohamed Bangura pointed out.

According to the PMDC Chairman, a decision for the PMDC to declare its support for any political party, in case the need arises, would be done in accordance with the provisions of the partyís constitution and with the expressed consent of the general leadership of the party. He described the aforementioned rumours as "mere speculations" and "cheap politics".

"The PMDC will continue to support the policies of the ruling APC led government in as much as they are in the best interest of Sierra Leoneans and the country at large," the PMDC Chairman assured.



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