-Chief Kapen breaks silence
September 19, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Outgone Chairman and Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) yesterday stated that he decided to leave Kenema for Freetown in the morning of the party’s national delegates’ convention because he didn’t want to give value to anything that is seemingly ‘stage-managed’.
Chief Bai Shebora Somanoh Kapen III was speaking during an interview with Radio Democracy’s (FM98.1) ‘Good Morning Salone’ programme. The embattled former leader of the opposition vehemently defended his move to boycott the party’s convention in Kenema over the weekend, where national officers were elected to run the party’s affairs for the next two years.
His conspicuous absence, after being part of the process to organise the convention, was seen by senior officials and party supporters as betrayal and lack of good leadership.
However, Chief Kapen claimed that his controversial action was precipitated by what he observed when he arrived for the convention last Thursday (September 14) and that he decided not to partake in the entire process as a result.
Although he was reticent to state the real reason behind his no show, the erstwhile traditional ruler of Mambolo who was force the abdicate the throne, added that he left because his presence would meant acceptance of what transpired at the convention, including the election of Dr. Prince Alex Harding as Chairman and Leader.
“I left for Freetown at 10am on Friday morning. I observed a lot of things which made me to advise myself to leave because I am a man of integrity and someone that you can reckon with. I will not believe or give value to anything that is stage-managed. When you stage-managed something, it is not real,” he said.
He insisted that his decision to boycott the convention was the right decision because he didn’t wanted his image to be tarnished, adding that he did not regret his singular action to boycott the convention.
Even though he admitted to still being a member of the SLPP, the former Chairman and Leader noted that if the new leadership proves to be the wrong one, he would not be part of them in will and spirit.
“The essence of any political party in opposition is to win governance and those in governance to maintain their stay. It is about strategies and resources. I will sit and watch the activities of the elected executive. If they ask for my advice, I will offer it to them. It is good for the SLPP if they are sure that the strategy taken is the right one for the elections,” Chief Kapen maintained.