Ebola will not stop 2018 elections


…KKY Movement emphasises

March 17, 2015 By Mohamed Massaquoi

National Coordinator for the newly formed KKY Movement, a political movement formed to canvass support for the presidential bid of former United Nations Under Secretary for Energy, Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, has warned against the postponement of the 2018 elections “on the excuse of the Ebola outbreak” in the country.

Ambassador Foday S. Daboh was responding to questions during a press conference organised at the Harry Yansaneh Hall of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists in Freetown on the resignation of Dr. Yumkella and his quest to clinch the flag-bearer position for the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).

Ambassador Daboh noted that it is clearly spelt out in the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone that a presidential term should be five years and that postponement of any election should be within the framework of the constitution, not determined by an individual.

He said such an important decision should be endorsed by all registered political parties, adding that the Ebola disease – which has ravaged the country – should not be used as an excuse for the extension of the next general elections.

“We will ensure that everything is done in accordance with the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone. Ebola cannot be taken as an excuse for the postponement of the 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections,” he insisted.

His deputy, Sadiq Sillah, added that they understand the rudiment of government business as politicians, and that they can only accept a postponement that has the blessing of the citizenry.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Daboh revealed that the KKY Movement consists of SLPP members who believe in the leadership style and acumen of Dr. Yumkella, and that their objective is to ensure that he is elected standard bearer for the party, foster peace and unity within the SLPP, reach out to women and youth in order to sell the party’s political ideology.

“The resignation of our candidate from the UN will put an end to the speculations that he is not ready to come or the political party he will contest for,” he said.

Secretary General for the Movement, Dr. Martin Gbonda, said they were pleased to announce the resignation of their leader “after serving the UN system for 19 illustrious years”. He said at the end of his tenure at UNIDO, the UN Secretary General, congnisant of Dr. Yumkella’s exceptional diplomatic skills, appointed him to serve as Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All.

“Now that he has ceased to be an employee of the UN, Dr. Yumkella is returning home to work with his supporters in furtherance of his ambition to lead the SLPP in the polls in the general elections of 2017/2018,” he said, adding that in the near future Dr. Yumkella will formally make an official declaration of his ambition to lead the SLPP in the 2018 presidential election.