Former Member of Parliament for Constituency 04 in the Kailahun District, Tamba Bobor Sawyer, who is now the current Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, has announced his defection to the ruling All Peoples Congress Party for what he has referred to as “continues harassment on the part of the SLPP hierarchy”.
The pronouncement declaring erstwhile Member of Parliament for the Opposition SLPP as a full-fledged member of the ruling APC party comes as no surprise, particularly so, as developments leading to the appointment of the former SLPP strongman to the position of Deputy Minister clearly indicates.
Speaking in an exclusive interview shortly after his declaration with Awoko News, Tamba Bobor Sawyer said that the decision to declare for the APC is largely due to the fact that he has since come under various harassments, the latest coming from the on-going political campaigning directed against him as an individual by high profile SLPP hierarchy, making their campaign trail recently in that constituency.
Speaking further, Tamba Bobor explained how he has been totally disowned and lambasted for abandoning the party which voted him to Parliament only for him to defect into the ruling APC and for being awarded a Ministerial position, an accusation which, he said, is yet to be put to the SLPP membership.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation recalled the good work performed both by himself and current APC candidate for the upcoming bye election, Rtd. Col. Falla Sewa, for the Opposition SLPP during its difficult days when the then government of former President Tejan Kabbah was over thrown by the infamous AFRC junta.
He further recounted the history of the entire Kissy Tongi, making mention of its significance spanning from the stewardship exhibited by its tribesmen which, he stated, was given prominence by the colonial masters from which communities like Kissy Town in Bo, Tengbeh Town in Freetown and the Makona River Basin respectively got their origins from.
On the question regarding the occupation by Guinean troops of Yenga, the Deputy Health Minister was quick to say that with the ongoing democratic government in Guinea, Yenga will soon be part of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
It must be stated that the bye-election in question which is slated for May 28th 2011, will be hotly contested by retired Col. Falla Sewa of the ruling APC versus the main SLPP Opposition candidate, Sahr Fatorma, a renowned business man from Kono
By Easmon Moiguah in Bo