After months of intense political battle on the opposition bench of the House of Parliament, the outcome of stakeholders’ meetings held in Bo and Kenema has made it known that the Minority Leader, Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai has consented to withdraw her case from court on the understanding that the National Office withdraws its naming of Hon. Emma Kowa as Minority Leader.
According to the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ansumana Jaiah Kaikai, the acceptance of the Minority Leader to settle the long-standing saga within the party is a “laudable decision” and that efforts to achieve its realization will be applied to the fullest.
Explaining the history of how the decision was arrived at, the Deputy Minority Leader said, sometime ago, Members of Parliament from Kenema met in Kenema and they discussed their problems, bordering on the need to work as opposition MPs in the best interest of the party and the country.
With a similar meeting held in Bo by MPs from that area, under the auspices of the Mayor of Bo, Harold Tucker, it was resolved that the problems in Parliament should be set aside and work together in the interest of the party and the country.
Hon. Ansu Kaikai noted that it concluded, as part of the way forward, that the divisive activities that exist in the party in Parliament should be laid aside and focus on issues that will promote their party’s interest and the people of the country.
In the light of this, Hon. Kaikai went on, he met with the Minority Leader, Hon. Bernadette Lahai and urged her to withdraw the matter from court.
She (Hon. Lahai) however has given her consent to withdraw the matter with the understanding that the party’s National Officers should withdraw the naming of Hon. Emma Kowa, as Minority Leader.
Following the Minority Leader’s stance, he said, he then called on the National Chairman, Chief Somano Kapen, urging him to also work towards achieving the dream of the party and the people of this country.
He reported that the National Chairman has said that he will have to call the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting which cannot be held now because of the state of emergency.
Hon. Kaikai in his view, said that the decisions should be a matter of expediency, and that it should not be much dependent on calling a NEC meeting.
He said that he is of the hope that SLPP MPs should come back after Parliament’s recess and work in the best interest of the people of this country.
As it stands however, the decision to make the court withdrawal now rests squarely on the shoulders of the party’s National Officers, who will have to decide whether to accept the Minority Leader’s position or suggest otherwise.
By Poindexter Sama
Monday September 29, 2014