Makeni, SIERRA LEONE – In his inaugural address, the Mayor of the Makeni City Council, Abubakarr Lamtales Kamara, emphasized that he does not identify as an APC or SLPP Mayor, but rather as a representative for every resident in his municipality.
He made this statement after taking his oath alongside 100 other elected officials from various local councils on Saturday at the Makeni City Council. The crowd in attendance was predominantly made up of supporters from the party he ran under (APC).
Surrounded by dedicated staff and volunteers of the Makeni City Council, the Mayor expressed deep gratitude to the people of Makeni for electing him as their Mayor with a resounding victory over his main opponent Amadu Kamara of the Sierra Leone People’s Party.
He thanked everyone for believing in him and shared, “I am now your city’s mayor, thanks to the leadership and members of the All People’s Congress (APC) party.
“The election battle may be over, but there is still much work to be done by all of us, particularly in the development of our city,” he said.
He acknowledged that Makeni City could only progress if they were united and willing to support the efforts of the central government by generating more revenue internally to contribute to their development agenda.
For him, relying solely on quarterly subsidies from the government is deemed insufficient, thus, he urged the residents to cooperate with the council by paying their taxes and supporting their initiatives to build a better city together.
“I should not be seen as an APC or SLPP Mayor, but as the Mayor of the people,” he emphasized.
He then proceeded to inspire the jubilant crowd with his journey towards becoming the Mayor of the Makeni City Council, saying he firmly believes that everyone would ultimately receive the blessings that God has in store for them, no matter the length of time it may take.
His Worship went on to humbly apologize to anyone he may have offended in the past and called for their forgiveness and collaboration.
Addressing his fellow contenders, the Mayor emphasized the importance of working together to prioritize the development of the council and its people within their term.
He stated, “Together, we will deliver and have tangible accomplishments that will regain the trust of our party (APC) and the public in our ability to serve.”
He concluded his address, leaving the crowd filled with hope and excitement for the future of Makeni City under his leadership. ARW/30/10/2023