The new Chairman of the Opposition Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP) John Oponjo Benjamin has remarked that he would insure the SLPP Building with the Reliance Insurance Trust Corporation (RITCORP).
John Benjamin made that remark on March 12 during his first Press conference immediately after their return from the Kenema convention.
John Benjamin was reacting to a question of mechanisms of protecting the SLPP Building and also what he would do should the building be vandalized.
Answering in a rhetorical way, the SLPP chairman answered that their building had come under series of attacks after the announcement of the Presidential results and that the only way he thought to protect it was to “insure it with RITCORP so anytime it is attacked and vandalized they will fix it up” he smiled saying it.
What is behind that statement is that, President Koroma was the Managing Director of RITCORP for a very long time and it is even said he owns substantial shares of the Insurance Company.
Undisclosed sources at RITCORP spoken to on Friday said if the SLPP chairman wanted to insure their building, he should first write to the company formally and after which, the company would visit the said building to assess the risk involved before insuring it.
But considering the nature and situations and because the building is a Political Party Building, such political risks will not be entered in to said a retired insurer.
However, the retired insurance worker further told this reporter that he does not think it is the policy of insurance companies in the country to insure Properties of Political Parties “they form part of the risk not to be insured”
SLPP officials have said their building first came under attack in September 17, 2007 when it was comprehensively looted and vandalized. It was reciprocated in the provinces and continued on four different occasions, the last being the 12 and 15th of March.
If it is the policy of the insurance companies not to insure the SLPP building or any other political party building, then they will have to take the expenses of rehabilitating their recent vandalized building.