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Politicians join Ebola fight

Senior executive officers of nine registered political parties in the country on Tuesday 10 June agreed to join the sensitization process on the Ebola disease at a meeting organised by the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Political and Public Affairs on finding ways to curb the disease.

In his welcome address, PPRC Chairman Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson said it was good that political parties have come together to fight what he referred to as a national menace.

In his statement, the Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Karamoh Kabba, informed the meeting that his ministry has the mandate to develop policies to promote and foster democracy and good governance in the country, and that it was important that political parties have come together and speaking with one voice to sensitise the people on the deadly Ebola disease.

Mr. Kabba informed the meeting that a concept note and a budget have been drawn up and sent to the ministry and that action needed to be taken immediately.

In their response, representatives of the nine political parties agreed that a committee be set up to include all 10 political parties to review the existing concept note and the budget; come up with sensitization strategies; engage in nationwide sensitization meetings; and hold a national dialogue forum.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the All People’s Congress (APC), Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), United Democratic Movement (UDM), Citizens Democratic Party (CDP), Peace and Liberation Party (PLP), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and the United National People’s Party (UNPP). The Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP) was not represented at the meeting but will be incorporated into the committee that will be set up, according to a release from the PPRC.

In another development, the PPRC Chairman on Tuesday instructed the interim Chairman of the RUFP, Keifala Kosia and his executive to hold their national delegates conference on 5th September 2014. The Commission has also confirmed the interim executive members that were elected during their last extraordinary national delegates conference. These executive members will take the party to the next national delegates conference.

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