By Ibrahim Kabba Turay
While declaring for the flag-berarer position of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC),Dr.Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara has vowed that his priority is to unite the people of Sierra Leone and take them out of poverty
“The New Direction has dampened the economy of Sierra Leone to a state that the basic needs of the people have been hiking every day. My priority is to unite my people and take them out of poverty. I want to commit myself to zero tolerance on corruption. I want to ensure that public institutions are not controlled by politicians. Make a decision for a leader who has the solutions to your problem,” he said
He made his declaration in the presence of over ten thousand supporters at the party’s regional Headquarters in Makeni,Northern part of Sierra Leone.
In 2018, Dr. Samura Kamara was pronounced the flag-bearer of the APC by former President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in a selection process that was unanimously agreed on by the party’s National Advisory Council (NAC).
But this time around, he will be going against other top guns of APC in the race for the position during the National Delegates Conference.
Addressing supporters, Samura Kamara commended the party for the successful democratic dispensation, saying that when he was chosen in2018, the party lost, but never discouraged.
“In 2018, the phrase was “You Sabi am”, today in 2023, the phrase is “Yes we sabi am,” the former flag-bearer told a cheering crowd at the party’s district headquarters in Makeni.
He added that the party then had an obligation to tell the people as why he was chosen for the flag-bearer position of the party-to continue the uncontestable rivalry of Ernest Bai Koroma, but lost.
He said he is now determined than ever before to take the party and country through the next level.
He observed that insecurity was on the increase, coupled with the increase in the deteriorating state of the masses.
He noted that what the country needs at the moment is a serious experience leader that will help solve the endemic corruption that discourages investors.
He said his eight agenda for the people of Sierra Leone include to improve the cost of living for citizens, create cohesive communities, more employment for young people, and education for employability.
He said he would improve the standard of educational institutions, enhance teaching and the capacity of teachers, fight corruption, make policing community friendly, and enhance media freedom and predictable justice system.
He added that he will ensure more women into governance and decision making roles, and build capacity of informal traders and improve market places and improve healthcare for all citizens.