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KKY resigns from SLPP today?

June 29, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi

Dr.Kandeh Yumkela…Is it that you are saying goodbye to SLPP?

Information within the corridors of the Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella Movement (KKY Movement) has revealed that their presidential hopeful, who is also the former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy, would resign today from the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) on the grounds that there are a lot of issues within the party that he is not pleased with.

Dr. Kandeh Yumkela has been challenged since he resigned from the United Nations and opted to be a full-blown politician, with the SLPP but however met with stiff resistance when some executive members of the party questioned his membership.

From one legal battle to the other, membership of the KKY Movement had issued statements regarding the neutrality of the executive, which they claimed was not providing equal opportunity for them to fully participate in the administration of the party.

Only yesterday, two senior members of the KKY movement, Madam Issata Jabbie Kabbah, and Brima Keita, were at a press conference organised by the movement in Freetown where some members of the movement expressed their desire to resign from the SLPP.

Meanwhile, Kandeh Yumkella informed this medium in a telephone interview that he was at his village in the northern part of the country and would be back in Freetown today, although he could not say anything regarding his intension to resign from the SLPP.

Some political analysts believed that the SLPP will suffer greatly should  Yumkella resigns , while others  are of the  view that the former and his supporters are creating more problems for the party, than looking out for solution to its numerous problems.

It could be recalled that SLPP party suffered mass defections to the ruling APC prior to the 2012 elections. Among those that defected to the APC was former Director of Mines, Alhaji Usu Boie Kamara, who was later, made Minister of Trade.

 He defected to the APC after losing to Maada Bio in the 2012 delegates’ conference for the position of flagbearer. Also, former Member of Parliament, Robin Fallay, defected to the APC after he felt aggrieved that the party had abandoned him while in custody for alleged election fraud. He was arrested, detained and charged with allegedly orchestrating registration of under-aged children prior to the 2012 elections.

The party has since not recovered and was dealt further blow after the 2013 delegates confab in Bo; first, Alie Bangura took the party to the Supreme Court on allegations of election irregularities after he lost to Chief Sumanoh Kapen – who himself was recently suspended as Chairman and Leader, but later reinstated. Bangura was subsequently expelled from the party.

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