With barely eight months of President Koroma’s tenure in office and with his greatest priority on electricity supply, the Administrative Secretary for the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Alhaji Brima Koroma has rated President Koroma’s performance in terms of electricity supply as slightly above 50%.
Speaking to Awoko in an exclusive interview on Tuesday 22nd April at his Wallace Johnson street office in Freetown, Alhaji Brima Koroma said whilst in opposition, the APC put a lot of emphasis on the creation of employment for the youths, and the electrification of Freetown though not every part of the city. However, he said, “The SLPP has not been able to see how many jobs they have created”. He further added that, Sierra Leoneans are also yet to see how the electrification of the country, especially the city could continue under the current government. When asked to rate the current government‘s performance on electricity supply, he acknowledged “they are above 50%”.
“We were used to the rationing of electricity in the city but they came and promised 24 hours electricity and that we are yet to see”.
Responding to questions relating to recent developments in the global arena that has affected the current climate with particular reference to the increase in the prices of goods, the SLPP Administrative Secretary maintained that, when the SLPP was in governance, “the same thing happened with us, prices were skyrocketing, but we were able to manage the affairs so that, things could not reach a rocketing proportion” but that there is now crying all over the country by the APC about globalization even though they were not making reference to globalization when prices were skyrocketing when we were in governance Koroma said. He however stated that he is not “impressed with their performance”.
Questioned on his party’s readiness for the coming local council election, Alhaji Brima Koroma said, they are quite prepared for it and that the only fear they have as a political party is whether there would be a level playing ground. Their fear, he said is based on developments in the just concluded bye-elections in Port Loko where youths belonging to an “APC Taskforce” were seen parading in jeeps and also the son of the Presidential Affairs Minister, Hon. Alpha Kanu beaten. He is hopeful though that the international community, police and other security agencies could monitor the electioneering process and identify things that could derail the peace process and that they expect from the government action , ’not mere saying of words’.