His type of politician in today’s Sierra Leone politics could only be likened to the old Manna Kpaka of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party.
His name was not only a household one in the APC party but in the political history of the country.
Being a founding member of the APC, he held the party’s ideology making him to stay with it even when other founding members deserted it when the going was tough for the party.
Having witnessed his party power for a very long period and having actively participated as either a Member of Parliament or a cabinet minister and also having witnessed the APC kicked out of power in 1992 by the NPRC, S.A.T Koroma died late Tuesday night a happy man to witness his party back to power, relatives said.
His death has been described by the APC as a big loss coming at a time when the party needed his advice and expertise.
S.A.T was one of the APC old guards who was willing to let the ‘New APC’ or young ones take after them.
Despite being a consistent member of the party, he gave his house to be used by the party at a time when the party was then almost deserted and when things were cloudy.
His active days as a politician in the 70s saw him earned the nick name ‘Sit on Them’ (S.A.T).He became Agriculture, Information, Social Welfare and Sport Minister and also a Member of Parliament. He could also be remembered for his high handedness as a politician who was a torn in the flesh of Siaka Stevens, the then APC leader. He proved this when he was denied party symbol by Siaka Stevens he went on to contest as an independent candidate using the red pot symbol. He subsequently defeated the APC candidate and later returned to the party.
He would fondly be remembered at a time he was sport minister when Tonkolili defeated Port Loko in the F.A cup final in Bo. It was alleged he sent police officers at night to withdraw the trophy.
His political dynamism was manifested when he became Social Welfare minister by uniting the Muslims in forming the Sierra Leone Muslim Congress.
Not only was he a long standing central committee member of the APC, but an undisputed godfather of the APC whose portrait was hung among Siaka Stevens, J.S Momoh, C.A Kamara Taylor, Hassan Gbessay Kanu, M.L Briwa and Haja Dainkeh.
He was born in Koya and died in his 90s living behind several children and grand children