Former flag bearer of the main opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) party; Dr. Samura Kamara has told Awoko that he has nothing to fear about the Commissions of Inquiry (COI) White Paper that would be released by the government after the conclusion of the COI. He explained that he was never called by the COI although he believes that the Commission must have received some frivolous information about him. They did not bother to invite him, because his time spent in government was with responsibility. “If the COI had something against me they would have called me. The only thing they had was the Sierra Rutile matter that the Financial Secretary Mr. Jusu eventually told the court that he heard it over the radio, and that was the end. I know they would have gone through my assets and bank records, but maybe they did not call me because the government might have their plans to use their White Paper to ban me out of politics. When asked if he really thinks the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) government would want to ban him from politics, Samura Kamara noted that he will not pre-empt but anything is possible because he thinks he is very popular and the people of Sierra Leone this time round would prefer him to the current leader. So they might want to use any available means to silence him. He said he believes that the COI was not done genuinely and that the government would want to use the outcome to ban several APC members so that they will weaken the party for the next general elections. Samura Kamara said the reason why he is talking about the COI White Paper is because he has heard from different quarters that the government wants to use the White Paper to ban APC politicians as they are afraid that they would not be able to win the next election if especially Ex-President Ernest Koroma and himself are not banned from politics. He said as a party they are prepared not to be taken by surprise.
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“I am thinking that they would want to release it when they will be celebrating their two awful years in office. During their first anniversary they came up with the forensic auditing with some astronomical figures that they said were missing. So in April they will celebrate two years and what they will come up with is the White Paper to ban us from politics. They have nothing to celebrate for the time in office so they will need something to celebrate,” he said. Dr Samura Kamara reiterated that the current rice saga that has embarrassed them, and what they did was to use the rise in fuel price to set a new agenda so that people will forget about the rice, and he said it succeeded because the media has forgotten about the rice saga and they are now talking about the fuel. He said he understands this government’s strategy and said it was so disappointing that Sierra Leone was unable to secure a deal in the just concluded UK-Africa Summit. “I hope the media will discuss some of this important news item that has a telling effect on our society, because we need investment to grow our economy and for a president to attend such a forum and come with nothing means something is wrong”.
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