January 16, 2018 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
Presidential Candidate of the Citizen’s Democratic Party (CDP), Musa Tarawally, has promised to empower the population of Sierra Leone through his business plans, when he shall be elected president come March 7th, 2018.
The CDP Presidential Candidate was yesterday speaking on Radio Democracy’s popular ‘Good morning Salone ‘programme, where he stated that he knows the country and understands the problems responsible for the suffering of people in the country.
“I have developed, with big partners; business plans that worth ten millions dollars which I will bring on the table as a contribution to the development of Sierra Leone. Business plans for all the things that I want to achieve in the first five years as president,” he said.
The former Lands and Internal Affairs Minister stated that his business plans would be bankable, stating that they have done a complete survey in the mining sector, which he promised to implement within a year when he shall have become president.
‘’For example, I have spoken to a group that have consented to provide five hundred million dollars as a development fund when I will become president of Sierra Leone. I will use part of the money to create 160,000 jobs in the first two years of my administration,” he said.
Musa Tarawally, who was sacked by President Koroma as Minister of Lands, promised to provide one million dollars each to every chiefdom across the country for the implementation of development mostly in the agriculture sector.
“The money is a loan and the country will negotiate the condition.Ghana and other African countries have taken this kind of loans for development,” the former Lands Minister said.
He noted that political will would be very much vital in the development of the country, adding that it was good for one to prepare well before aspiring for the presidency position.
‘’I have even begun negotiating with international companies to come into the country and build a nursing facility for nurses,” he said.
He boasted that he has done a lot for his country in all the capacities he has served -first as a parliamentarian under the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), to the All peoples Party as Minister of Internal Affairs and later Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment- where he was part of those people that contributed in the development of the National Land Policy, the regularization and leasing of state lands and the creation of land bank.
Asked about his assessment of the ruling APC administration for the last ten years ,he replied that: “I will not say they haven’t work and will not say they have done everything correctly, but I will continue on the good ones they has started.”
The former Minister said amongst many of his plans, he would also audit the mining companies and the railway infrastructure all over the country.
“If we develop the railway system in this country, it will create a lot of jobs, and generate revenue. Today, Sierra Leone is unable to harness the mineral resources it has because the country is using vehicle for haulage. And until we have a rail, then the big players in the mining sector will come,” he said.
He stated that the current situation is really terrible in the country, adding that the country needed to create a conducive environment for people to be receiving better salaries and at the same time enforce the laws on employment.
In 2015, Musa Tarawally was relieved of his duty as Minister of Lands by the ruling All Peoples Congress Party prompting a committee to be set up to investigate his activities during his time at the ministry. Prior to his appointment as minister of lands, he was also one time Minister of Internal Affairs in President Ernest Bai Koroma government.
The controversial former minister of lands in the Koroma government – Musa Tarawally, and now a presidential candidate for the newly established opposition party – the Citizens Democratic Coalition (CDC) was recently arrested and detained by the Sierra Leone Police at the Criminal Investigations Department.