The Deputy Consular General and Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to UNEP and UN HABITAT in Kenya Mr. Abdul K. Kargbo on behalf of fellow compatriots around East Africa has expressed his heartfelt appreciation for what he described as the good work of the leadership of Sierra Leone especially the President Ernest Bai Koroma.
Delivering the keynote address at a ceremony to mark the 49th anniversary of Independence on 27th April, he told Sierra Leoneans and other guests that the day reminds every patriotic Sierra Leonean of the time they were given the opportunity to run their own business as an independent nation.
To achieve our development goals Mr. Kargbo stated that it is the responsibility and obligation of every Sierra Leonean to honour our country and its leadership by doing whatever little they can to make things work or provide support to those who can make it work.
We can only do this by working as a team he added noting that though we are bound to have differences, different views, different opinions and different styles but those differences can only benefit fellow compatriots if they use them collectively to work for the good of their people and country. He cautioned fellow compatriots that political participation in a democracy must be
Peaceful, respectful of the law, and tolerant of the different views of other groups and individuals.
Quoting from President Koroma’s speech to mark the 49th anniversary, DCG Kargbo called on fellow compatriots to be proud of being Sierra Leoneans maintaining that being a proud Sierra Leonean warrants practical commitment to building upon the achievements we have made as a nation.
He concluded by appealing to fellow compatriots in Kenya and the Diaspora in general to support their country through human resource, empowerment of the youth and other means.
A Brief history of Sierra Leone was delivered by Dr. Siaka Kroma followed by statements and toasts proposed by the Chairman of the Zambian Community in Kenya, Mr. Denis Mwanza and Caroline Malinda a Kenyan businesswoman. Response to the toasts was done by a Sierra Leonean Mrs. Isa Freeman. Mr. Charles Tucker and Emmanuel Turay were the MCs and the vote of thanks was moved by Manius Gborie.
Present among other dignitaries was the DIG of Police Oliver Somasa as the evening was climaxed with a party and variety of Salone dishes and dancing with the guest DJ Pius from Holland in control.
By Emmanuel Turay