October 13, 2021
By Alhaji Haruna Sani
Hon. Kargbo says President Bio’s move was timely
Opposition All People’s Congress (APC) strongman and lawmaker Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo Party has told Concord Times in an exclusive interview that President Julious Maada Bio’s visit to Guinean Junta Leader Mamady Dumbouya was a move in the right direction.
Hon. Kargbo who doubles as the Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee in parliament was sharing his opinion with this medium after the president’s visit to neigbouring Guinea sparked heated debate in Sierra Leone.
Many people, especially opposition members have criticized the president’s visit, citing that Dumbouya ousted a democratically elected president and ECOWAS had also placed some sanctions on Guinea.
Some opined that the president visit is in contravention of ECOWAS stands while others claimed his visit may be connected with resolving the dispute of the Eastern border town of Yenga which the Guinean troops have occupied for almost two decades.
Meanwhile, the veteran journalist cum politician, said President Bio’s visit to the Junta leader would help him to understand the possible intension or leadership agenda of Mamady Dumbouya.
He intimated that having understand the plans of the Junta leader, President Bio could be in a better place to advice ECOWAS on how to handle the situation in Guinea.
The opposition strongman said the situation in Guinea is very sensitive especially when majority of the Guineans were seemingly welcoming the Coup d’état.
He stressed that the president Bio’s visit was very timely and essential.