Concord Times (Freetown)
Sierra Leone: Nyuma Shrugs-Off APC Links
18 November 2010
Freetown — Chairman of the Kailahun district council has slammed insinuations that he had a hidden agenda of switching allegiance to the ruling All People's Congress. Tom Nyuma said: "I have no hidden agenda; I have no intention of leaving the SLPP for the APC. All what is being said around is just propaganda machinated by some media outlets in the country."
Speaking to Concord Times in an exclusive interview while on his way to Accra, Ghana last Friday, the former National Provisional Ruling Council junta strongman said allegations against him that he was traveling under the banner of the APC were untrue and a deliberate ploy by his detractors to discredit him in the eyes of his Kailahun people who "for the past years have demonstrated maximum respect for me for the great work I am doing for them".
Mr. Nyuma has, for the past couple of weeks, come under scathing attack from within his party, with some members accusing him of openly praise-singing President Koroma and 'campaigning' the people of Kailahun district to give the President time to ensure an effective turn-around of the country.
Nyuma, however, maintained that he was still a 'full-blooded' SLPP member and that his contribution and commitment to the party would continue until the SLPP wins the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections.
"It is absolutely crazy to say that I am pro-APC even when I am still chairman of an SLPP-dominated council. I am a strong member of the SLPP and nobody will change that; my traveling to Ghana and Britain has nothing to do with politics," Nyuma said. "In fact I am pursuing a course in peace development in Ghana and by extension I should be there every three months. My loyalty to the SLPP is stronger than ever before."
The Kailahun district council chairman further reacted that he had nothing to do with government's proposed inquest into the extra-judicial killings of former police chief, James Bambay Kamara and others and that there was no need to align himself with the APC for protection.
"It is all political gimmicks and negative propaganda by certain people; how can I become the new spokesman of President Ernest Bai Koroma when the SLPP is in opposition. The allegation that I received a gift from the President in the form of a jeep is not correct. I have treated every media institution equally in terms of giving out adverts to them, so all of these claims are meant to destroy the existing good relationship with my SLPP brothers and sisters," he concluded.