The Member of Parliament for Constituency 066 in Karene district, Mohamed Bangura, of the All People Congress (APC) party has said, “It is not that the old people in our party did not work but for the fact that age and modern politics is not on their side; it’s a challenge for them, despite the fact that they are working and vibrant.” The Member of Parliament made this statement while addressing issues in his letter addressed to the APC party Chairman and Leader, and copied to the Secretary General, during the ‘Good Morning Salone’ breakfast program on Radio Democracy. He raised issues around display of delegates list ahead of their national delegates congress, the need for reconciliation among aggrieved members among others. Bangura said the issue of reconciliation in the APC party goes beyond reconciling former flag bearers saying that there is every need to reach out to the last party members in the remote village and ask why they are not visiting the party office any longer. He disclosed that political party is not a religion stressing that it is only in Sierra Leone that people take either APC or SLPP on their head but according to him, there is no permanent friend in politics. Bangura said his focus now is to fight for the APC party to be enviable by more people so that as a party they can win national elections so he called on the Secretary General of their party to publish delegates list and that all old people in the party should allow the youth to assist pointing that the APC party has what he described as “death woods.”
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The Secretary General for the APC party, Foday Osman Yansaneh, in his reply denied he had received any letter from Mohamed Bangura as he climbed stating that the inclusion of an “Elections clause” instead of a “Selection” in their party constitution led to the formation of a 31 man constitutional review committee. Yansaneh said their party constitution made it clear in a provision for delegates that should attend delegates conference but outlined that, “Jumping the gun and wanting to be heard, as the champion fighting for APC is fine, saying there are ‘death woods’ in the party is as well fine.” The Secretary General said it is the thinking of Mohamed Bangura that there is division in the party stressing that the party had then 28 people that contested for the position of flag bearer. He said since after the contest none of them ever came to speak against the party. He said the rumour that there is division in the party is a figment of imagination of certain people that believes that indeed there should be a division in the party at that point they are happy because some people strive in poverty and not in happiness or unity. The APC Secretary General assured their members and the public that, “Wait and see the outcome of Port Loko convention you will see peace and unity in the APC party.”
By Mohamed Kabba
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