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SLPP complains to police ‘plan to kidnap’ their officers

- requests additional security personnel

By Regina Pratt

The power struggle in the crisis-plagued Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon as the two opposition factions within the nation’s oldest political party are at daggers drawn, with each trying to outdo the other.

Things have reached an ugly crescendo to have warranted the party’s Director of Administration, Alhaji Brima Koroma, to write the Inspector General of Police complaining about an alleged plan by a group of “ill-motivated” members of the party “to attack the secretariat and kidnap key National Officers”.

In a letter to the Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu, titled, “Plan to attack the SLPP National Headquarters and Kidnap National Officers” and dated Tuesday June 24, 2014, Mr. Koroma said they had gathered intelligence that some ill-motivated group of people have planned to attack the SLPP secretariat and kidnap key national officers “apart from the Chairman and Secretary-General”.

“You may recall that soon after the raid on Friday 18th June, 2014 on our premises, leading to the arrest of some members of the party, we made a representation to you to obtain first-hand information for the said action. We were very pleased with the reception accorded to us and the outcome of our deliberation,” writes the SLPP administrative director to the I.G.

“While we are busy trying to restore sanity in our party, yet some disgruntled elements are planning to derail this process. The bulk of our membership views this in bad faith and this thinking threatens our party’s fragile peace.”

Koroma described the latest move by “these disgruntled group of people to disrupt the peace and harmony of the party” as a recipe for chaos not only within the party but in the country as a whole.

“As peaceful and law abiding members of our party, we are humbly requesting you to kindly provide us with adequate security personnel to the premises of our party until such a threat subsides,” the SLPP administrative director pleaded with the police chief.

A number of SLPP members interviewed by this reporter at the party secretariat condemned the alleged plan to attack their headquarters, thus calling on all the factions to exercise restraint and work towards restoring peace in the party.