- ‘he has damaged his democratic credentials’
May 1, 2015 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Chairman and Leader of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has slammed his former contender for the leadership of the party in the 2013 Bo delegates’ conference as a man who has “completely lost his democratic values”, the reason he said Ambassador Alie Bangura “has been bent on embarrassing the party and its executive”.
Chief Bai Sebora Somano Kapen was speaking yesterday at a press conference held at the party’s headquarters in Freetown where he reminded newsmen and party officials present that the former High Commissioner to Ghana had, on 17th April 2015, filed an interlocutory injunction against the SLPP in the Supreme Court; a process he said that “seeks the Supreme Court to grant an interim injunction restricting all the established organs and institutions of the party at all levels from carrying out their legitimate and constitutional functions and duties that will ensure the continued survival and integrity of the SLPP”.
But Bangura, in an interview with Concord Times, said the SLPP was a family and that he was always against engaging the media to discuss party issues.
“I had only responded to a radio programme when an allegation was made against me that Dr. Peter Tucker visited me as some point on this matter,” said Ambassador Bangura. “What I know is that I have already instructed my lawyers on this matter and that is my stance.”
Meanwhile, Chief Kapen emphasized that the national executive – on assumption of the leadership role of the party – saw the need for unity, peace and reconciliation thus initiating and supporting a reconciliation committee to fast track the process.
“Alie Bangura has destroyed his democratic credentials, that is the more reason we are expelling him from our party,” he stressed.
“The position of Chairman and Leader was contested [for] by both of us during the Bo conference over a year ago, the outcome of the election was: Alie Bangura got 287 votes while I got 310 votes. From the above results, I was declared duly elected. Immediately after the declaration of the results, a wholly unprecedented event occurred. That is the walking out of the conference hall. Sometime in September 2013, Bangura presented a complaint to the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) that the Bo elections were fraught with anomalies and malpractices.”
Chief Kapen said the PPRC Chairman, Justice Tolla Thompson, conducted a thorough investigation into the complaint and came out with a compressive report on 30th December, 2013 which, according to him, would have formed the basis for the resolution of the party’s myriad problems.
“That was not the end of his grievances,” continued the opposition chieftain. “Again Bangura and others filed a petition to the Supreme Court on the 19th December, 2013. He swore to an affidavit on behalf of himself and other petitioners…and the matter is still before the court.”
The former Mambolo Paramount Chief maintained that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party had therefore unanimously resolved to expel Mr. Bangura from the party.