The appointment of Dr Lansana Nyallay by President Ernest Bai Koroma to serve as deputy minister of education youth and sports sparked controversies among some people about his political allegiance.
Some say he was SLPP but after losing at the SLPP convention, his loyalty became shaky. Others say he pitched tent with the PMDC which later formed an alliance with the APC.
That controversy was laid to rest Tuesday when Dr Lansana Nyallay faced the parliamentary Appointments and Public Service Committee for an interview.
It was Hon Sheku Badara Bashiru Dumbuya of the APC who asked him which political party he belonged to.
Dr Nyallay answered with magnanimity that, “I belong to the SLPP’
With that, the SLPP minority leader in parliament Hon Momoh Pujeh intervened by asking: “are you a registered member of the party”. “Yes sir,” he answered.
Then he asked, “do you have your party card with you?” “No, not with me,” he answered.
“We just want to be certain here because some people say you are APC, PMDC, SLPP and I don’t know as minority where you belong,” Hon. Pujeh said. When Dr Nyallay was asked where his allegiance belonged, he told the committee that, “there are three stages in managing the country, time for election, campaign and time for governance.
When the time for governance comes in and the president takes the priority to call on people who have the country at heart, not the political party.”
He went on, “there is a time for all of us to render the best service we can, that’s what the president have in mind, we must have the determination to develop the country under his party for which I intend to serve to the best of my ability regardless of party symbolism.” He emphasized that he was coming as a Sierra Leonean dedicated to serve and to produce the best he could to make the country number one.