The Executive Representative of the Secretary General (ERSG) and the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, Victor Angelo, has said at a press conference that “those trying to intimidate me are wasting their time”.
He added that the communiqué issued by the opposition, the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), had no link with his retirement.
Mr Angelo added that he had announced on July1 that he wanted to retire for personal and family reasons, noting that he needed to spent time with his family and friends.
“I intend to go at the end of December. It is not a secret to anybody; I have not changed my mind on this,” he stressed.
The SLPP communiqué, he said, was issued last Friday and that he wrote to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, on July 1 to make sure that his request was formally presented to the Secretary General. “So there is no link between the SLPP communiqué and my decision at all. No link exists”, he reaffirmed adding that nobody could claim he was leaving because people wanted him to.
“Besides that, there is only government that can ask the Secretary General to recall an envoy,” he clarified.
Mr Angelo noted that he had worked with the UN for 30 years, maintaining that he had spent six years working with the Portuguese government before he joined the UN.
Responding on allegations made by the SLPP about “regime change” in the past presidential and parliamentary elections, the ERSG disclosed that all the international organizations including the African Union (AU) the Commonwealth, ECOWAS, the European Union among others and local observers, national Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) which scrutinized everything in the elections agreed on a point that the past elections were exemplary.
“The elections are going to be discussed in the African Forum as the best practice elections in the world,” he disclosed.
The UN resident coordinator explained that observers found the elections clean and best in the world, adding that the populace voted for a change.
“Candidates who won, won; candidates who lost, lost”, he intoned adding further that he had personal relationship and a lot of admiration for many leaders in the SLPP including Solomon Berewa, Momodu Koroma, Alhaji UNS Jah and many other personalities.
“This is no secret. Very often we talk over the phone or we meet…my relationship with many leading members of the SLPP is extremely good,” he revealed.