March 4, 2015 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Members of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) are mourning the death of their former colleague and ‘outspoken’ Publicity Secretary, Hon. Musa Tamba Sam, who had been working very hard to return his beloved party back to power ahead of the 2017/2018 general elections.
Sam was reported to have died on Tuesday 3rd March, 2015 after a protracted illness. He and his other political contemporaries only returned from the provinces a day before his death but as fate would have it, he was able to accomplish his responsibility as a member of the SLPP.
As Member of Parliament representing Constituency 003 in Kailahun District from 2007 to 2012, Sam served in the following Parliamentary Committees – Human Rights, Social Services, Labour and Industrial Relations, Trade, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, among others.
The late politician also served as Project Coordinator for Partnership Action for Community Empowerment, and Local Consultant for a good number of non-governmental organizations operating in the Kailahun District and beyond.
He later relocated to Kenema District where he worked with the SLPP young generation wing to develop a strong political ideology. He was very sound, daring and challenging more especially on issues regarding selling the ideology of the SLPP to his people. Little wonder he won the contest to represent his people as a Member of Parliament in the 2007 general elections. Howbeit, he never relented in providing community service for the people of Kono District in Eastern Sierra Leone where he grew up as a young man.
Hon. Sam became more attached to the SLPP during the party’s 2012 delegates’ conference when his colleague and former flag-bearer of the party, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, was elected at the Miatta Conference Centre to lead the SLPP to the 2012 polls. He was one of the strong campaigners for the SLPP during the 2012 presidential election. Many of his critics had taunted that he concentrated more of his energy campaigning for the election of Mr. Bio than his re-election as MP for Kailahun.
The Bo delegates’ conference where he was re-elected as Publicity Secretary of the SLPP won him enormous respect even among politicians in the ruling All People’s Congress (APC). He described the election as free, fair and transparent and called on the winners and losers to accept the outcome of the process as the true will of the people, and to come onboard the reconciliation train and prepare the party to take over the reins of power from the ruling APC come 2018.
In an interview with him immediately after the 2012 conference, Hon. Sam said the delegates voted for candidates they believe would work in the interest of the party, and voted out people they believe are not serving the interest of the party.
“I will never back out of any political race, I am always ready to move forward with the SLPP ideologies,” Sam had told me in one of his interviews.
He was at the forefront of denouncing the ‘After U Nar U’ concept propagated by former MP, Hon. Robin Fallay. He had also strongly criticized President Ernest Bai Koroma on policies that he thought were not in the interest of the people of Sierra Leone.
“I believe in Brigadier Bio, I will put my life for him, he is our next president because it is only with SLPP that this country will move forward. SLPP may have some problems now but I am sure we will reach at a conclusion,” Sam had told me.
His radio and TV programmes will never be forgotten among SLPP members and even by members of the ruling APC. Sam will also be remembered for his broad smiles and the confidence and composure with which he passed on his political messages. He was always ready to speak to both local and foreign journalists. At some point when the grassroots members of the SLPP had protested against their Chairman and Leader, Chief Somano Kapen, Sam was on hand to put the situation under control.
The late man had an Advanced Diploma in Development Studies, and a Higher Teachers Certificate (HTC) among many other qualifications. The people of Kailahun await the remains of a son of the soil to be buried among some of the departed great heroes of the district.
Go well brother Sam. A man is born to die, and this is the end of your struggle in the SLPP.
Adieu Great Comrade!!!