...Deputy Minority Leader
By Samuel J. Kargbo
Deputy Minority Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Hon. Ansumana J. Kaikai, says the late President Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah deserves the honour to be buried at the forecourt of Parliament because he dedicated his life to the people of Sierra Leone by working assiduously for peace, security and sustainable development during his 11 years tenure as president and head of state, “despite inheriting a war inspired by bad
governance, dictatorship and unbridled corruption, a treacherous military coup few months into his first term”, and a murderous invasion of Freetown by a coalition of rebels and soldiers.
Hon. Kaikai was speaking in an exclusive interview with this reporter on Wednesday in Parliament after it emerged that the current administration has kicked against bestowing full and unadulterated state funeral to the former president, who laid a solid foundation for post-war reconciliation, stability and economic recovery.
He said it was the wish of the SLPP and the majority of Sierra Leoneans for the late former president to be accorded the status of a dignified burial at Parliament, instead of the nondescript Kissy Road cemetery, but it was solely the discretion of the ruling government and the opposition would not fret over that, in honour of his rich legacy of tolerance and modesty.
He, however, thanked the government for their support to the late president, both while alive and ill and in death.