May 21, 2018 By Alusine Sesay
Dr. Vandy Konneh, who vied for the position of Secretary General of the main opposition All Peoples Congress in the 2017 delegates’ conference, has suspended his membership with the party and opted to go into activism for the rights of persons with disabilities.
Dr. Konneh had contended that the process of choosing the party’s national officers in October 2017 running up to the 2018 elections was in violation of the party’s constitution.
He had charged that the party’s Chairman and Leader, former President Ernest Bai Koroma, had fervently promised the party that he would work within the framework of their constitution, but deliberately failed to do as promised.
“From the constituency level, elections should have taken place but that didn’t happen. Even when we were in Makeni the national officers were not elected as per the process of the party’s constitution,” he told Radio Democracy after the disputed Makeni delegates’ conference.
In a letter dated 18th May, 2018 and addressed to the Secretary General of the party, Dr. Konneh wrote that: “I am suspending my official membership with the All People’s Congress in order to enable me fully participate as a civil society for the realisation of the rights and dignity of persons living with disabilities and other vulnerable people within and outside the Republic of Sierra Leone.”
He noted that the fundamental principle of his life has always been based on the premise of social, political and economic adjustments for survival of vulnerable population of which persons with disabilities are primary in the process.
He stated that he would reactivate his membership with the party when necessary.
Meanwhile, the party’s secretariat could not be reached for their comments as at press time.