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David Samura
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culled from Sierra Leone Telegraph

"Members of the Fourth Estate, Compatriots, Well-wishers, and Concerned Citizens, in the name of the KKY Movement, we salute you for honouring our invitation to this crucial Press Briefing.

We have not assembled here in any way to justify what is happening in the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) that has made this ‘indaba’ possible, nor are we here to vilify those that  have made it impossible for democracy to flourish and prevail in the SLPP, our Mother Party.

On the contrary, we have extended this invitation to you and, by implication, the whole nation and the world at large, to explain why a new narrative and dispensation have become necessary at this point in time in our nation’s history. 

Current State of the SLPP

Nearly two years ago, precisely on 22 August 2015, I returned home to my land of birth, Sierra Leone, full of excitement and enthusiasm to put the knowledge, skills,  experience, exposure and contacts that I had made and acquired on the world stage at  the service of my country and people.

I made the deliberate choice to operate from the political foundation of the SLPP, the party for which my father, mother, uncles,  and other noble men and women in our country suffered and went to prison over a period of over twenty-five years. 

But our experience in the SLPP has taught us a unique and important lesson: that in a democracy liberty and freedom cannot be taken for granted. They are rights that have  to be fought for if their enforcement is to be meaningful and lasting.

This narrative is rooted throughout history and throughout the democratic world. Ours is therefore not an exception.

What we have done so far in the SLPP is to fight against hegemons for a level playing field as they seek to maintain their grip on party structures at the expense of democratic practice and fair play.

We believe that Democracy has never been about numbers only or political calculus that culminates in kinsmen/women converging to eat and receive the spoils of office.

Democracy, we want to reassure all our compatriots, is about Core Values – juxtaposed with competing interests and complex choices; about rights and obligations; the protection of the weak and putting a cap on the power of those in position of power.

The Political Project of the KKY Movement is therefore to bring back that Democracy that is anchored in fighting for social justice and the protection of the rights of all citizens – regardless of their tribe, the region they come from, and religious or political affiliation.

As things are today, Democracy has been choked, suffocated, stifled and rendered meaningless in the SLPP and to some extent in our nation. Politics has been reduced to corruption and kleptocracy by oligarchs and has now become a zero sum game: it’s  either all or nothing. Cabals justify that it is the turn of this group or that ethnic agglomeration to eat or have access to the national treasury. 

The whole nation is aware that since  I announced my intention to vie for the position of flag bearer of the SLPP, my supporters and I have had to put up with a great deal of harassment and violence.

Throughout the various stages of the contest for flag bearer, there has been a deliberate policy by certain groups in control of the party structures to aggressively exclude any person or group of persons that do not support their candidate.

We have repeatedly had to seek redress in the courts, but the current national executive of the party refuses to respect the constitution and play by the rules. Their habit of violating or giving creative interpretations to court orders is now well known and continues unabated. 

In order to restore decency and dignity to a party gone astray, I joined forces with other potential flag bearer candidates who professed to share the same desire for a fair contest on a level playing field. That collective effort in pursuit of constitutionality also did not work, as the current leadership of the party continues to pursue a parochial path of exclusion and intimidation which runs against the core values and key tenets of the party founded by our forefathers.

They are even determined to achieve their coronation agenda even beyond 2023. Our quest is not for self-aggrandizement, but for a better Sierra Leone. And as a result, my supporters and I have decided to return to our ‘Country First’ Agenda. 

[image]Putting Country First 

But let’s go back to why I left my lucrative job to come home. I came home to fight for the common man so they can have better education and health care for their children; so the youth can have decent and productive jobs; and we can eradicate poverty through sound economic management and wealth creation. 

As you know, our country is worse today than when I returned, as it trembles on the brink of dystopia. No amount of propaganda can wipe away the endemic poverty and the suffering of our people.

It is in fact sickening to observe that in this squalor, we see people flashing their ill-gotten wealth with reckless abandon. They have made corruption to appear glamorous to the youth. Here are some facts about the situation  in our country:

[image]60-70% of our people are living in abject poverty;  60% of the youth are unemployed;  teenage pregnancy is unacceptably high; students graduate from University but cannot find jobs three years later;  teachers, University Professors and Civil Servants go without salaries for three months or more.

The quality of education is at its worst in decades with, in some cases, 3 to 7 students using a single examination question paper. 

There are currently more than 10,000 under-paid and uncertified teachers in the country;  more women are still dying when they deliver babies;  it is only in Sierra Leone that one traffic light will cost $250,000 which is enough money to pay all the teachers in the country.

Crime is on the rise and our personal security is at risk; and there are over 20,000 Ex-Servicemen without sustainable means of livelihood.

The list of societal malaise is too long to for me to outline here. We shall surely discuss them as the campaign continues. Suffice it to say at this point that the will and determination to change this state of affairs should motivate each and every one of us to ‘Put our Country First’ (“Put Salone Fos”).

Indeed the motto of the KKY Movement is “Country First” which means we put the interest, welfare and prosperity of our people at the centre of our campaign.

[image]The current socio-political conditions in our country make it imperative that we should take far reaching decisions now for the survival of our country rather than just to be “flag bearer of SLPP”. 

Unfortunately, the current ethos within the SLPP does not give me that environment to deal with the existing and future critical national issues  or pursue my Vision and Message of HOPE, OPPORTUNITY and TRANSFORMATION. 

With this background and after months of reflection and consultation with a vast cross-section of my supporters at home and abroad, I hereby wish to inform the membership of the SLPP and the public at large that I am, with immediate effect, suspending my bid for the flag-bearer of the SLPP, while I strongly and robustly maintain my bid and campaign for the Presidency of the Republic of Sierra Leone, which will now move into higher gear.

We will work with others to create a  Grand Coalition of Progressives in a collective effort to bring hope and transformation to our country. Additional details about the new dispensation and highlights of my energised campaign will be announced in due course.  

I ask my supporters nationwide and in the diaspora to rally around the proposed new mechanism through which we shall vigorously pursue and promote our progressive agenda of Hope, Opportunity and Transformation.

The struggle for the soul of our country – political, social, and economic – has begun and will now be accelerated under the  new structure. 

I want to thank my supporters and members of the KKY Movement at home and abroad for their unreserved and unflinching commitment and support so far. 

God Bless Sierra Leone. Let us put our Country First."

Commander
Reply with quote  #2 
"With this background and after months of reflection and consultation with a vast cross-section of my supporters at home and abroad, I hereby wish to inform the membership of the SLPP and the public at large that I am, with immediate effect, suspending my bid for the flag-bearer of the SLPP, while I strongly and robustly maintain my bid and campaign for the Presidency of the Republic of Sierra Leone, which will now move into higher gear."


Why is Dr. Kandeh Yumkella SUSPENDING his bid for flag-bearer of the SLPP?  Does he hope to come back to the party?  If yes, would he be allowed back?
Kamara
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Big Mistake. You should have stayed and worked with Bio, even If you were offered the VP slot. The whole world would know that you would be brains behind the team.  How do you think Mike Pence  feels being number two to crazy Donald Trump? Yet he is patient. Be patient my man , your turn will surely come.

Do you seriously think Sam Sumana and Charles Margai will let you be the standard bearer for the Grand Coalition? Think again my man. The African continent is littered with impatient want to be leaders. 

Be patient, you have everything in your favor.
Falama
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Kamara,

Well said.  I don't see Yumkella's path to the presidency with a few noisy supporters in the Freetown and the Diaspora.

Your Mike Pence analogy is appropriate.  Pence did not even endorse Donald Trump in the Republican primaries.  Yet he answered the call to be Trump's running mate.

Yumkella is overestimating his support in Salone's electorate.  He is very weak in the South, East and North.
Stop the nonsense
Reply with quote  #5 
Mike Pence, like most politicians, is an opportunist.
kamara
Reply with quote  #6 
Yes, Many politicians are opportunists. One man's opportunist may be another's pragmatist. I respect Yumkella's experience and what he may bring to Sierra Leone. The question is why does he think , he should automatically get the flag bearer mantle. He is not the only Sierra Leonean with international experience capable of leading Sierra Leone.

Why suspend his candidacy, why not resign from the SLPP. It does not make sense.
Fan of Kamarao
Reply with quote  #7 
 "The question is why does he think , he should automatically get the flag bearer mantle"  (Kamara) 

Come on, Kamara, stop makin things up! How do you know this is what the man is thinking? Moreover, the man may not be the only Sierra Leonean with international experience but he is the only one among the potential candidates.  As far as resigning rather than suspending his campaign,  you never can tell. What if it turns out to be a strategy that works in his favor.
Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #8 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kamara
Big Mistake. You should have stayed and worked with Bio...


Makes a lot of sense, but what do we know...

Dr. Yumkella and if he's still in circulation and persists, Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray could serve to split the Northern vote for the APC in pretty much the same way that  Charles Margai's PMDC took a sizeable chunk  of the the Southern vote that would normally have gone to the SLPP.

So if the SLPP unites behind Julius Maada Bio
and he has a running mate that could extend his base, especially in the East and in ye capital of discontent, he should be sitting nicely...

About Dr. Yumkella's sense  of entitlement, let it be said that it's not certain that if Kofi Annan with
his good name, his wealth of experience and international contacts and so on had contested the two last elections  for the presidency of Ghana  his victory should have been a foregone conclusion...



 

Cornelius Hamelberg
Reply with quote  #9 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fan of Kamarao
 " What if it turns out to be a strategy that works in his favor.

 
For all we know he could turn out to be the Salone equivalent of France's Emmanuel Macron...
Falama
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Salone's equivalent of France's Emmanuel Macron?  Hmmmmmmm.  I guess all French folks speak French.  But in Salone we speak Mende, Temne, Krio, Fula, Limba, etc.  Homogeneity is not equivalent to heterogeneity.  I will leave at that.
John
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The man and his campaign has been the target of intimidation by the Bio thugs.  This is a gift to the APC and they will rule Salone for as long as the SLPP continue to be stupid.
Ishmael Yillah
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It's is amazing how all of Bio's supporters expect DR. KKY to put up with insults, intimidation and thuggery from the so-called Bengazi boys in the party headquarter. Dr. KKY also has no sense of entitlement in the SLPP, he only asked for level playing field and rule of law.
Douglas Molembe
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"Dr. KKY also has no sense of entitlement in the SLPP, he only asked for level playing field and rule of law."   Ishmael Yillah


Great.  KKY will get his level playing field in Salone's political purgatory.  No politician that left the SLPP has had a good political career thereafter -  John Karefa-Smart, Charles Margai, Usu Boie Kamara, John Leigh, Sembu Koroma, Kadie Johnson-Cole.  The list goes on and on. 
Ishmael Yillah
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"KKY will get his level playing field in Salone's political purgatory'...Douglas Molembe

Another pro-Bio narrative. Do you think Maada can win election with only 50% of votes in the South-East and les than 5% in the North-West?
Douglas Molembe
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Ishmael Yillah,

You come across as one of those political morons in Sierra Leone that cannot deal with criticisms.  I have known Kandeh Yumkella since I was twelve as I sat in the class with him in secondary school.  

I have been a supporter of Yumkella since he launched his bid for SLPP flag bearer.  But I am not going to follow him to wherever he chooses to go.  I am SLPP and will remain SLPP.  I will stay in the party and fight for change.

Today's Salone politicians are weak.  They want a red carpet welcome to State House.  Tell them to fight for change and they quit.   In the days of Siaka Stevens, politicians were beaten up and thrown into prison but they never quit.  How can you be an effective president when you cannot even fight for the betterment of your own party?
Ishmael Yillah
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"You come across as one of those political morons in Sierra Leone that cannot deal with criticisms"..Douglas Molembe


You are exhibiting a typical pa-o-pa trait of naming-calling and rancor. Can you hold a civil discourse without resorting to name-calling? If your are an actual KKY supporter, you should have known that DR. KKY has been fighting to put SLPP in good footing since his arrival in Sierra Leone in August, 2015. Do you expect him to keep fighting a loosing battle against thugs and desperate politicians indefinitely? Would you subject yourself to such ridicule?
Douglas Molembe
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Ishmael,

With me, it is fire for fire.  If you can call me a Paopa without knowing me, then I have every right to call you a political moron.  So if you want to make it civil now, then I am all for it.

Fact is, Kandeh Yumkella has an entitlement mentality and that is going to be his undoing.  Soon, he will realize that you cannot win the presidency of Sierra Leone with support only from Susus, Mandigoes and Fulas.  

As a former supporter, I feel sorry for Yumkella because politically, he has mortally wounded himself.  The SLPP and the APC will now do everything in their power to prevent him from ever becoming president of Sierra Leone.  

Did you see what happened to John Karefa-Smart and Charles Margai?  In Salone it is either APC or SLPP.  Even the democracy of the United States embraces the two party system.
Ishmael Yillah
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Douglas Molembe,
You should be worrying about the slim prospect of SLPP wining parliamentary seats not to talk of the Presidency. With regard to KKY, worry not about him because the youth (70% of population) are ready to do away with both APC & SLPP.
Douglas Molembe
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Ishmael,

I will suspend my debate with you just as KKY suspended his campaign.  You appear to be immature and I bet you may not even be over 30 years of age.

When have you conducted a survey to determine that 70% of the youth are with KKY?

And even if that is true, is that enough to win the presidency?  What about the non-youth population?

I know your anger is based on the fact that KKY is your tribesman.  But let me tell you that this move on his part is something he will regret forever.  It smacks of arrogance and immaturity.  Why does KKY believe that others that have toiled over the years for the SLPP should drop dead and give him the mantle of leadership?
Fil Bothi
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Ishmael Yillah is a Susu likely from the same Samu Chiefdom as Dr Yumkella. To his like, they are only SLPP when one of theirs is made the flag bearer. Well, those days are gone. You cannot come to the SLPP 2 years ago and decides to be the flag bearer.

Dr. Kendeh Yumkellah in his parting words yesterday said that he left his lucrative job in the UN to come and help the SLPP and buy extension Sierra Leone. That is not true. In truth, he had a 2 four year term  contract with an UN Agency (UNIDO)  which started in 2005. It officially ended in 2013. He was made Energy adviser by Ban Ki Moon to help him UN early retirement job. So when he turned 57, Ban  Ki Moon could no longer extend his contract as Ban himself was on the verge to retire. 

Like Kofi Anan and Ben Ki Moon,  Kandeh Yumkella wants to use the Sierra Leone Presidency as a retirement job. And because the SLPP grassroots were fooled into making the late President Kabba President, Dr  Kandeh Yumkella thinks his UN credentials would fool the people for the second time. Just as the people of Ghana and south Korea rejected Kofi Anan and Ban Ki Moon respectively because people in these countries do not see the UN as a training ground for local politics, so would the people reject Kandehs bid. If he wants to be another Macron, he should first try parliamentary elections to gain some experience in local politics.

All should ask themselves if Dr Kandeh Yumkella was so loved, why would his own brothers from the north including Foday Yumkella, Chief Kapen, Abass Bundu and Manso Dumbuya to name but a few not throw their weights behind him in the SLPP? Food for thought!!!

In 1993, when Kandeh  Yumkella wanted to beef up his CV for the UN job, it was Maada Bio who was  Chief Secretary of State and Deputy Chairman of the NPRC he lobbied to. Every weekend he will make sure he joins Bio in his morning jog along the beach. Some of us were there. Bio prevailed on Strasser to appoint Dr Kandeh Yumkella to the post of Economic and Trade Minister. Today, none of his supporters would cite that one good thing that Bio did for him. But go to google, you will see that Dr Yumkella  floated his position in the NPRC  in his CV as an experience to get the UN job. What a selfish man he has turned out to be!




Ishmael Kamara
Reply with quote  #21 
Douglas Molembe,
I didn't say that 70% of the youth is behind Dr. KKY. What I said is that the youth population, which is 70% of the total population, is willing to cast their votes based on qualifications and competence. Tribal sentiment will not work this time round and there is nothing tribalist like you can do about it.

Fill Bothi,
Are you assuming that I'm susu from Samu because of my lastname?' This is a anonymous forum and forumites are free to post with aliases of their choice. Besides, how do you know that I'm not a Kallon from Kailahun or Samura from Sella Limba Chiefdom?
Captain Kobina
Reply with quote  #22 
Fill Bothi,

Thanks for the excellent analysis.  What the SLPP should do, win or lose, is to amend its constitution relative to who qualifies to run as a flag bearer.  Folks are using the party to realize their selfish ambitions.  Kandeh Yumkella is nothing but an opportunist.  Why would a close friend of Ernest Koroma who has never criticized Koroma for any of the horrendous policies that he has pursued want to lead the SLPP?

Yumkella states that he has suspended his campaign.  The SLPP should never allow him to come back.   Let's see how he will become president.
Ishmael Yillah
Reply with quote  #23 
Maada Bio is also a close friend of EBK and he got his daily handouts from EBK/APC. As far as I'm concern, Bio is the opportunist here.
Ishmael Yillah
Reply with quote  #24 
The midget Brigadier has never criticized APC on anything, and I can understand because he doesn't want to bite the finger(s) that feeds him.
OldTime Forumite
Reply with quote  #25 
"Are you assuming that I'm susu from Samu because of my lastname?' This is a anonymous forum and forumites are free to post with aliases of their choice. Besides, how do you know that I'm not a Kallon from Kailahun or Samura from Sella Limba Chiefdom?"  Ishmael Yilla


Ishmael,

You have been posting on this forum for years.  Have you forgotten that in the past you have disclosed your ethnic identity?  No, you are neither a Kallon from Kailahun nor a Samura from Sella Limba chiefdom.  You are pure Susu, which makes you a tribesman of Kandeh Yumkella and which also explains your die-hard support of him.  Do not be ashamed or afraid of disclosing your ethnic identity.  I am Themne from Makeni.

I am wishing you and your candidate the best of luck.  But the road to State House will very difficult, now that he is not a member of either major political parties. Soon they will start calling him a Guinean. 
kamara
Reply with quote  #26 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ishmael Yillah
Maada Bio is also a close friend of EBK and he got his daily handouts from EBK/APC. As far as I'm concern, Bio is the opportunist here.
kamara
Reply with quote  #27 
I like Yumkella, , our late fathers were SLPP  representatives from the Kambia district under Milton Margai. I think Sierra Leone would have benefited  from his contacts  and experience.
 
The honest truth is that he blundered. His decision shows impatience and, arrogance. I am an SLPP member, I will support the eventual flag bearerl. The goal of SLPP should be to defeat APC not to win the flag bearer mantle. If all contestants ' goal is individually based, APC will stay in power and continue to destroy Sierra Leone.  

Yumkella, be patient and fight for change withtin the party. Runningaway  will not solve the problem. Politics is a blood sport. If you are afraid of the thugs in SLPP ? How are going to deal with the experienced  and lifelong thugs in APC?

If George can  Bush bear under Reagan and Mike Pence under crazy Trump, Why can't you be patient.
Enjoyment Man
Reply with quote  #28 
"Yumkella, be patient and fight for change withtin the party. Runningaway  will not solve the problem. Politics is a blood sport. If you are afraid of the thugs in SLPP ? How are going to deal with the experienced  and lifelong thugs in APC?"

Yumkella may be smarter than you, Kamara borbor. If you are going to fight with members of your party, you will prefer a fight with words. But when lethal weapons are being used, then Yumkella will start to ask the question, "with SLPP 'friends' like these, who need enemies?"
African Politics
Reply with quote  #29 
"But when lethal weapons are being used, then Yumkella will start to ask the question, "with SLPP 'friends' like these, who need enemies?""  Enjoyment Man


Enjoyment Man,

If Yumkella cannot deal with your perceived lethal weapons in the SLPP, how would he survive the dangerous missiles of the APC?  

Yumkella is the type that Nigerians would call YEYEH MAN.  The man has no spine.  African politics is not for him.
DMK
Reply with quote  #30 
KKY suspending his campaign for the SLPP flag is an interesting move. He hasn't left the party and so has the advantage of being affiliated to one of the major parties but at the same time has given himself some room for manoeuvre.

Truth be told he left it too late to launch his attempt on the flag. He should have publicly and enthusiastically supported the party in 2012. I believe had he done so he would now be front runner for flag bearer this time round.

I stand by my previous opinion, which was that should he not secure the flag bearer position, he should seek elected office in his own right. MP for his local constituency or Major of Freetown would give him a more secure foothold in the party, especially so if he uses his influence and financial backing to support SLPP candidates at ward, constituency and district level elections.


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