The 50th Independence Anniversary Committee yesterday received a big boost with declarations of support from Sierra Leone football international, Mohamed Kallon, music and movie star, Jimmy B and the only surviving member of the Lancaster House talks that brought about independence, Hector R. S. Boltman.
They were received by the new Chairman of the committee, Professor Cecil Magbaily-Fyle. Jimmy B, who first spoke on behalf of the group, said their mission was simply to make a public pledge of support to the anniversary celebrations committee adding that he wanted the whole country to join in the celebrations as one family. “On this momentous occasion, Sierra Leone cannot afford to leave any citizen behind in merriment and joy” he said.
Kallon said that he was not pleased with the fact that Sierra Leoneans had still not started the party. “The party has to start now,” Kallon said, adding that he was at the Committee’s Secretariat to give his fullest support to the celebrations, and promised that he was going to be personally involved in mobilizing Sierra Leoneans to dance, sing, and rejoice.
In a somewhat somber tone, Hector Boltman said that it was a moving moment for him to be at the Secretariat to pledge his personal support for the celebrations as the only surviving member of the 24-member group that went to London in 1960 for the Lancaster House independence negotiations.
He said he had an obligation to urge Sierra Leoneans to celebrate with all their heart. In a local lingo he said Sierra Leone is our own “debul” which should behold all to dress this “debul” beautifully, sing joyfully and dance.
Responding Chairman Professor Magbaily Fyle said he was deeply touched by the visit of the three personalities. He showed appreciation to the press for pointing out what was going wrong in the Anniversary Committee, and assured that a vibrant future awaited the Committee under his watch.
Other officials who witnessed the event and made speeches at the Secretariat were the new National Coordinator, Leonard Balogun Koroma, and the Programme Manager, Charlie Hughes.