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Kandeh Yumkella, a leading aspirant for the position of presidential candidate for Sierra Leone’s main opposition party, the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), has told villagers in the north of Sierra Leone during one of his campaign tours that he might leave the SLPP, at least temporarily, if the issues in his party are not resolved.
Speaking in Krio, a language widely spoken in Sierra Leone, the former UNIDO boss (seen left in this dated photo with President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone) was referring to the very serious struggle for power in the SLPP between him and former military junta boss Brigadier (retired) Julius Maada Bio. Bio, who has tremendous grassroots support in the south and east of the country, seems to be gaining the upper hand in this deadly fight. He was presidential candidate in 2012 but lost to current president Ernest Koroma.
Political pundits in and out of Sierra Leone are speculating that if Bio becomes presidential candidate for the SLPP, Yumkella might leave to form his own party or join a coalition that is gathering speed in the country to unseat the ruling ruling APC in the 2018 elections.
It is also being speculated that the SLPP will lose many of its supporters and financiers with a Bio leadership after the SLPP convention slated to happen in the next few weeks or months. No date has been set yet for an SLPP convention after a court injunction put it on hold recently. The party is currently extremely divided and chaotic with factions routinely taking each other to court."
Here is Kandeh Yumkella:
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@Kekura Kpoto: Please post a link where we can watch the entire video so we can judge what he is saying in proper context.
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The SLPP should not revoke Dr. Kandeh Yumkella's membership. Let Yumkella voluntarily leave the party. That he is losing the power struggle to Maada Bio is indicative of the fact that Yumkella has never given grassroots SLPPers any reason to believe that he was a genuine SLPPer.
Yumkella's utterances have always pointed to the fact that he is not a party guy. Moreover, his thirst for power would not allow anybody to stand in his way to the presidency. In other words, since he was born to rule Sierra Leone, no one can do the job of the presidency better than Kandeh Yumkella. Democracy creates its own political fault lines. The SLPP being the democratic party of the two older parties has always provided an attractive platform for even moles of different variants to compete for the party's leadership. This is a luxury that the APC does not provide. In the APC, leadership is preordained, meaning that everyone in the party knows his/her place in the party. Consequently, power and leadership in the APC is the exclusive domain of those that are more equal than others. John Ernest Leigh, Osmain Boie-Kamara, Kadie Johnson-Cole and Sembu Koroma all competed to lead the SLPP in 2012. They all jumped ship like a rat to join the APC when they all fell flat on their faces in the SLPP flagbearer race. Why is none of them not competing in the APC flag bearer race?
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Teacher Lambert, to provide an attractive platform is not the same as given the opportunity to become flagbearer. The people you mentioned probably learned something ugly about the SLPP so they returned to the real democratic party.
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"The people you mentioned probably learned something ugly about the SLPP so they returned to the real democratic party." MIK Hahahahaha. It's unbelievable how many folks have their heads stuck in sand or may I say in EBK's butt? Hehehehe.
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The opinionated Teacher Lambert is at it again. What makes him believes his opinions reflects the truth is beyond my imagination.
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"The opinionated Teacher Lambert is at it again. What makes him believes his opinions reflects the truth is beyond my imagination. " ABK ABK, Empirical evidence, my brother, empirical evidence. The APC is nothing but a thuggish outfit that has no respect for democracy, the rule of law and in particular constitutional law. It is the worst political party to ever emerge in Africa. The APC has been associated with every development that has been detrimental to the growth and development of Salone - political violence, elections rigging, the civil war, Ebola. Need I say anymore? How folks would go to bed and have a sound sleep being a member of such a repugnant and thuggish organization is beyond me.
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There you go again! How can anyone take you serious? You always turn a blind eye towards the sins of your SLPP but happily being critical of their partner in crime. Be for real, brotherman!
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"@Kekura Kpoto: Please post a link where we can watch the entire video so we can judge what he is saying in proper context. Thanks "-Spectator 007 Here it is click on this: http://www.thepatrioticvanguard.com/i-may-leave-slpp-kandeh-yumkella
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ABK, Please answer the following questions: 1. Is every critic of the APC a supporter of the SLPP? 2. Do you consider every Sierra Leonean a member of a political party? 3. Are the APC and the SLPP the only political parties in Salone.
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Excuse me but I am not dealing with every critics, I am dealing with Teacher Lambert, a known SLPPer by default.
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You have the right not to answer my questions. But the Teacher Festus Lambert that I have known for years, born and raised in Brookfields, Freetown, attended the Albert Academy school will never be SLPP. Teacher Lambert was a vocal critic of Tejan Kabbah and the SLPP and I had many political discussions with the man during the Kabbah years. We have to allow folks to air their views without assigning political party labels to them. The great Teacher Lambert is all about Sierra Leone and doesn't give a damn about political parties. BTW what is it that Teacher Lambert has said about the APC that is not true? I ask you as a fully registered member of the All Peoples Congress (APC)
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My friend, with all due respect, Teacher Lambert is capable of defending himself, please.
Sao Tapima N'gobeh
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ABK don't you think it is obvious that Manso is having his head totally buried a hundred metres deep into Teacher Lambert's old, colonial and horribly deformed butt? Guys like Manso will always amaze people by providing defense services even when not requested to make free offers. As for the opinionated Teacher Lambert forcing people especially APCers to embrace his ridiculous claim that the APC is the worst political party not only in Salone but in Africa as a whole is like forcing denying SLPPers that their party is the most tribalistic and cannibal-infested party not only in Salone but in Africa too.
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Teacher Lambert is probably not even happy with his behavior.
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It is never smart to rush into building circles that shut people out. It is far better to build circles that take people in. It would be far more profitable for the SLPP to look into the reasons for Kandeh's apparent discontent.
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It will also be profitable to ask Kandeh Yumkella why he believes he is the anointed one to lead the SLPP even when he has uttered in public on many occasions that he is neither SLPP nor APC.
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@Kekura Kpoto, the link is the same as the one the OP posted. I wanted to watch the entire video or a longer one so the context in which KKY made those statements could be better understood.
Anyway, I think KKY should tactfully withdraw from the race...a race he shouldn't have entered in the first place. Diaspora based compatriots have to be more realistic about their chances of getting a major party to back them in a run for the presidency. Guys on the ground are not going to make it easy for them.
It appears that no one can take on the brigadier in that party right now. His allies control the machinery, has the support of key stakeholders...and I suspect he probably has more support than any other candidate among grassroots supporters in the party's south-eastern strongholds
If the brigadier loses next year, then the brigadier's fortunes may go south, providing opportunities for future aspirants. But even then, it may not be that easy. As I mentioned in previous posts, there are examples of politicians who have contested the presidency for a single party in their country numerous times until they finally succeed. Examples include: Wade in Senegal - 4 times, Atta-Mills and Akuffo-Addo in Ghana, each 3 times.
We must remember that parties do not always come up with the most electable candidate. There are other considerations taken into account which might baffle the neutral observer.
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Specky the problems the SLPP is currently beset with could not have existed had they thought out of the box. Well it can be by design or default but at the end of the day the creators are inside men and women. The SLPP flagbearership solution would have been simple, straightforward a nd effortless had people not been economical with the truth. Nobody would have blamed anyone if Bio had been excluded out of the race and there are umpteen reasons to do that if the core members of the SLPP decide to face the facts. The peripheral members seem to be having the same efficacy as the core members which is unprecedented and unconventional in a party as big as the SLPP. But all these things happen when tribalism gets more prominence than realities.
Constitutionally, Bio is not supposed to contest for any SLPP flagbearship after having disgracefully lost in 2012 and that would have been a strong ground for side-lining him this time. KKY who carries with him all the traits and qualities of a potential winner could have been easily approved even outside the walls of any convention building. KKY is not tainted and has never lost a flagbearership nor a presidential election. He is well educated and full of vision. He could have been the new broom the SLPP needed for its image that has long been dented in the southeast. I believe every southeastern Tom, Dick or Harry would have accepted KKY with wide open arms. Tribalism aside, the egocentric Mendes are the impediments to a peaceful, successful and sensible flagbearer choice and I tell you this group outnumbers the cosmopolitan and intelligent one which sees nothing harmful or disrespectful in a northerner clinching the flagbearership. it is hightime the SLPP puts on its KKY cap which is the cap of progress, common sense and victory. The Bio cap should be trashed into bormeh if the SLPP so desire taking the State House from the indomitable and super tactful APC.
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"Constitutionally, Bio is not supposed to contest for any SLPP flagbearship after having disgracefully lost in 2012 and that would have been a strong ground for side-lining him this time. KKY who carries with him all the traits and qualities of a potential winner could have been easily approved even outside the walls of any convention building." Gina Morlai There goes Musa Kenema with his usual rubbish. Where in the SLPP constitution does it state that losing a presidential election disqualifies a party member from running in another flag bearer election? If KKY carries with him all the traits and qualities of a potential winner, why is he afraid of the democratic process? The man wants to be selected party leader and not elected. This is not going to happen. He lost my vote a long time ago. The SLPP does not need a dictator that wants to change the party.
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"Diaspora based compatriots have to me more realistic about their chances of getting a major party of backing them in a run for the presidency".
I thank God that I am an idealist and not a realist. I am an idealist by necessity because my main wish is for a candidate and president who can effectively address Sierra Leone's mounting problems and position the country for a turnaround. And even if they do not win on the first try, my hope is that they can still steer the discussion in the direction of steps that must be taken to set the country up for a turnaround. I would value such change in direction much more than another moron presidency. Winning without purposeful agenda is overrated, and for Sierra Leone, will be tragic. The Brigadier may well control all the levers to make him a shoo in. But can he win? And equally troubling is if he wins, is he up to setting Sierra Leone up for a turnaround? I have serious doubts about either prospect. It is also quite unfortunate that we casually dismiss the candidacies of "compatriots from the diaspora", when if fact they are generally not only among Sierra Leone's best and brightest; but may also be among the least tainted and therefore have the best chance of setting up and running a clean administration.
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"It is also quite unfortunate that we casually dismiss the candidacies of "compatriots from the diaspora", when if fact they are generally not only among Sierra Leone's best and brightest; but may also be among the least tainted and therefore have the best chance of setting up and running a clean administration." Well said, Knice, well said! When we speak about our children to help shape Salone, it is because of this reason that they are not tainted. At the same rate, when we think about leaders that are less tainted, Salone have to stay away from the crop of inexperienced and corrupt homegrown and good for nothing thieves that have destroyed the country.. To them, politics is a means for being rich. This is the reason I supported Tejan Kabba. I thought because of his exposure to the outside world, and regardless of the size of his bank account, he will find good reasons to be a honest leader. I see those traits with Yumkella. I think the SLPP will not only kick their chances without him, but will help the process of electing another homegrown and corrupt individual.