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KL
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When you discover a presidential candidate that knows his stuff, you must vote for him regardless of his political affiliation. Talking about "baskets full of knowledge",  none, I MEAN NONE, of the current presidential candidates are anywhere closer to this fellow. The SLPP and Sierra Leoneans will be kicking their blessing if this fellow is not elected.

Kekura Kpoto
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KL, Kandeh Yumkella is a very intelligent man. He got a division one at CKC and a Division one at Njala University College.
However, academic education is not the same as leadership credentials in an impoverish nation.

Kandeh was head of UNIDO. This is a unit at the UN with less than 5000 employees  all over the world, and all of those employees are scientific minded. Experience on leadership cannot be garnered from an institution of brains.

Tejan Kabba was a distinction student at Saint Edwards. He went to the UK where he graduated with Honors in Economics and later first class in law. He was head of several UNDP posts in many underdeveloped countries and yet we saw how his leadership in politics turned out be awful.

Kandeh could do well if he gives himself five years to learn the rudiment of African politics and leadership by contesting for a Parliamentary seat in his home constituency or even Freetown.
But coming from UNIDO to head Sierra Leone would end up as another disappointment!
Kekura Kpoto
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KL, Kandeh Yumkella is a very intelligent man. He got a division one at CKC and a Division one at Njala University College.
However, academic education is not the same as leadership credentials in an impoverish nation.

Kandeh was head of UNIDO. This is a unit at the UN with less than 5000 employees  all over the world, and all of those employees are scientific minded. Experience on leadership cannot be garnered from an institution of brains.

Tejan Kabba was a distinction student at Saint Edwards. He went to the UK where he graduated with Honors in Economics and later first class in law. He was head of several UNDP posts in many underdeveloped countries and yet we saw how his leadership in politics turned out be awful.

Kandeh could do well if he gives himself five years to learn the rudiment of African politics and leadership by contesting for a Parliamentary seat in his home constituency or even Freetown.
But coming from UNIDO to head Sierra Leone would end up as another disappointment!
KL
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Indeed, boss man,  academic education is not enough to make one a good leader. A good leader is one who can identify problems,  hire the best people available, have love for country and more. Watching the video above one can compare him to every leader from Milton Margai downwards and can tell this fellow is well versed. I think Salone must give him the opportunity to rule. If he does not deliver, there is always another election.
Spectator 007
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@KL: In my opinion, Yumkella would have been a formidable presidential candidate if SLPP backs him. Many non SLPP folks would support him the way they backed the late ATK. Sounds far more charismatic, impressive than most of his challengers.

But E nor go get am (d nomination).
Masoila
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Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana), Sir Albert Margai (Sierra Leone), Yusuf Lule (Uganda), Laurent Gbagbo (Ivory Coast) were all brilliant minds and great public orators that failed in politics.

Kandeh Yumkella is a brilliant mind but a very naive politician.  I don't see any path for him to the presidency.

For a guy coming from a minority ethnic group, a guy who has been absent from his country for decades, and a guy that has never ran for elective office or even voted in any election, chasing the top prize in a major political party can only be pipe dream. 

How can Yumkella win the SLPP flag bearer elections when he is not a household name in the Southeast, the base of the SLPP?  Yes, he attended CKC and Njala.  But his days at these institutions were spent on campus.  He was in boarding home at CKC for seven years and never gave himself the opportunity to be known on the streets and in the neighborhoods of Bo.  

And equally at Njala university, Yumkella lived on campus all four years.  So contrary to what some may feel, Yumkella is not well known in the Southeast.  The little support that he has in this region comes from his classmates at CKC and Njala.  How can such a candidate win a major election?

Yumkella should have sat out next year's elections and bought himself time embarking on developmental projects in Sierra Leone.  This will give him enough time to go around the country and get well known and hopefully appreciated.  There is news that he will be leaving the SLPP and forming a new political party.  But this will not help him.  If he forms a new political party, he will be going against the APC and the SLPP as a man from a minority ethnic group.  He will be crushed.
Spectator 007
Reply with quote  #7 
"How can Yumkella win the SLPP flag bearer elections when he is not a household name in the Southeast, the base of the SLPP? " - Masoila

Easy, if The Brigadier plays the role of Kingmaker and urges the SLPP south-east to back him. And if that happens, the susu man will be highly favored to win.

Next question Mighty Masoila.
Ahmadu Buhari
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With the peoples of Sierra Leone at heart the fallacies are clear, even as we concede " knowing his stuff " plus a harmonious tongue in his portfolio does not automatically translate into all shall follow no matter his political party or are we talking not about a New Kabbah but a Sierra Leone Macron?

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Originally Posted by KL
When you discover a presidential candidate that knows his stuff, you must vote for him regardless of his political affiliation. Talking about "baskets full of knowledge",  none, I MEAN NONE, of the current presidential candidates are anywhere closer to this fellow. The SLPP and Sierra Leoneans will be kicking their blessing if this fellow is not elected.

Masoila
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Specky,

First, the Brigadier is never going to be a kingmaker.

Second, assuming that the Brigadier became a kingmaker, I am not sure the Brigadier has such a grip over the Southeast that voters will automatically follow his endorsement.

Do you think the Brigadier is more popular in the Southeast than Charles Margai?  No way.  Southeasterners are loyal to the Brigadier simply because they have not yet seen a formidable Southeasterner that can challenge the Brigadier.  And please don't mention the name John Benjamin. He is loved by only Segbwema folks.

So if the Brigadier were to give up his own presidential ambitions and endorse Yumkella, other Southeastern candidates like Munda Rogers, Jonathan Tengbe, Andrew Kellie, Franklyn Rogers, etc will see an opportunity to rise to the top.  Don't ever underestimate the role of ethnicity in our politics, my friend.
Spectator 007
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@Masoila: I am not disagreement with you. I'm just saying if the Brigadier plays kingmaker (which we know he won't play) and is successful in getting the SLPP base in rallying around Yumkella, then Yumkella stands a good chance.

CFM has no standing whatsoever. Even you are more popular than he is in the southeast. Nor doubt u sef Bra.
Masoila
Reply with quote  #11 
Specky,

CFM is in the wrong party.  But that notwithstanding, with all his transgressions, the guy is still extremely popular.  Remember, he carries the most popular and famous last name in the Southeast and may be even in the entire Sierra Leone.  That name is known in every nook and cranny of Sierra Leonean society.  Like the name Kennedy in America?  Probably.  LOL!!!
Knice
Reply with quote  #12 
Kekura, Sierra Leone does not have five years to squander on another do nothing administration. It is also my opinion that lack of experience in murky Sierra Leonean politics is a distinct advantage. Academic performance in High School and college graduation or lack thereof; or the reputation of the college one attended are also irrelevant to me. Selecting the next president of Sierra Leone is at best a crap shoot. One must go with the candidate who is most likely to have the correct vision for Sierra Leone, combined with the charisma to attract a capable team that can work together to implement that vision. My bet is on Kandeh, NOW!
Beresford
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"My bet is on Kandeh, NOW!"  Knice


Knice,

Is Kandeh electable?  If yes, how?
Knice
Reply with quote  #14 
Beresford,

Is Bio electable? If so, how?
Is Zainab electable? If so how?
Is the Robber Baron at Sierra Minerals (can't remember his name) electable? If so how?

I am an avowed and unapologetic idealist and not a mushy realist. Realists see things as they are and ask why? Idealists dream of things as they ought to be and ask why not?

Good day, my friend.
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