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Hon. Kandeh Yumkella Misrepresented Us and Showed Poor Leadership with that Video – Hon. Tawa Conteh

Hon. Ibrahim Tawa Conteh of the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has warned Sierra Leoneans not to trust and believe in the leadership quality of Hon. Dr. Kandeh Yumkella of the opposition National Grand Coalition (NGC) party. 

He referred to Hon. Yumkella as being a hypocrite who has betrayed his colleague parliamentarians in a bid to make himself look good whilst falsely portraying the rest of Parliament as greedy and insensitive for money.

Honorable Tawa made this statement on Sunday November 4th 2018 in an exclusive interview with Awareness Times Newspaper whilst commenting on the video released by Dr. Kandeh Yumkella the day before, over the Internet, about the much-topical issue of astronomical salary increment for Members of Parliament. 

In the video, Hon. Kandeh Yumkella can be seen exonerating himself that he is out of the country whilst laying blame on those Parliamentarians inside the country for supposedly asking for salaries of 37 million leones and other outrageous requests like “wardrobe allowances” despite the bad economy.

Apparently Yumkella based his video on what were unsubstantiated and baseless allegations that a local radio station aired alongside mysteriously leaked papers which appeared on social media that seemed to be internal memos but with no signatures on them.

Hon. Tawa Conteh said Yumkella’s colleagues in Parliament feel betrayed and see Yumkella as hypocritical and exhibiting a sign of complete lack of leadership.

“Hon Kandeh Yumkella falsely misrepresented MPs as if we really approved for 37 Million Leone Salaries just to make us look bad and make him look good. That was unfair and we are all upset with him,” Hon. Tawa Conteh asserted.

Hon. Tawa Conteh said Hon. Yumkella has clearly demonstrated to the entire nation, the reason why he should not be trusted because he asserted that it was Dr. Yumkella who was the first Member of Parliament that proposed in the Well of Parliament that condition of service for Members of Parliament should be reviewed.

Honorable Tawa went on to say that Dr. Kandeh Yumkella has clearly demonstrated that he lacks the leadership to head the NGC party even inside Parliament let alone the national party as a whole. 

Hon. Tawa added that when Dr. Yumkella is away from the country, another NGC MP, Honorable Foday Mario steps in his shoe to represent the NGC party.

“If Dr. Kandeh was a true leader what he could have done when he was out of the country, was to cross-check first with Hon. Foday Mario as to whether the claims are true or better still, he should have exercised patience, trusted his colleague NGC MPs, wait until he gets to Sierra Leone and then talk to NGC MPs and know what transpired,” Honorable Tawa stated, adding emphatically that Dr. Kandeh Yumkella cannot be trusted and he is not a true leader that can be trusted. 

He then dropped the bombshell that Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, as “a party leader in parliament” is currently enjoying a hefty salary, huge allowances and other facilities that may be considered as a waste of the country resources or unnecessary burden on the economy of the country.

Although Hon. Tawa Conteh gave us what he claimed was comprehensive list of what Yumkella’s salary and allowances are, this newspaper is refraining from publishing them until we reach Hon. Yumkella and the other parliamentary leaders of Hon. Sidie Tunis (SLPP), Hon. Chernor Bah (APC) and Hon. Saa Emerson Lamina (C4C) for confirmation as to whether indeed they are collecting such whopping amounts.

The said sums are very, very high.

Awareness Times.  Stay tuned.

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