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Time to Stem Insults; Address Issues...
By Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Oct 25, 2010, 12:22

I wish to call on certain SLPP members to stem their insults of the charismatic and enigmatic political leader known as Charles Francis Margai. Insults serve the SLPP no good purpose and if anything, the personal invectives are simply turning people off the SLPP in the same way people are turned off the APC when APC pen-pushers leave the issues and go for personal attacks. SLPP, like the APC, needs to stem the insults and personal attacks if they indeed are trying to help the image of their party.

 

It was this same attitude of the then ruling SLPP party never hesitating to insult Margai with personal invectives between 2005 and 2007 that caused Margai and his cohorts to be too embittered to align themselves with the SLPP during the 2007 Runoff. What does it serve SLPP to throw insults and leave the issues unattended? NOTHING! Nothing at all!

 

There are so many issues to challenge Lawyer Margai on without touching on the personal. For example, Charles Margai over-sights to publicly comment on an extremely important burning National issue which is the one concerning the conduct of the 2012 Elections by Dr. Christiana Thorpe despite fierce resistance to her from the largest opposition party in the country, the SLPP. Just glance at recent developments in neighbouring Guinea viz-a-viz that country’s Electoral Commissioner and one does not need to re-emphasise the importance of Thorpe not conducting our 2012 Elections!


Lawyer Charles Margai is a famous lawyer who understands the implications and dictates of the 2002 Electoral Acts (No. 1 and No. 2) as enacted in January 2002 and which are still in force. He needs to cease sitting on the fence as far as Christiana Thorpe is concerned. We need to know his position on this issue.



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