I.B. Kargbo Speaks


Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo of the All People’s Congress (APC) party representing Bombali District has broken silence on the activities of the Bio administration since the SLPP led government acceded to power.

One of the issues he frowned on is that of the recently launched Governance Transition Team (GTT) Report in which his (I.B. Kargbo) name was among the list indicted persons the report found wanting of alleged corruption related offences.

In his reaction to how the SLPP has been handling state affairs, Hon. Alhaji I. B. Kargbo in a relaxed and confident mood had this to say:  “Some of us in the APC accepted the March 2018 election results in good faith; which means that some of us who are democratic in nature accepted Rtd. Brig Julius Maada Bio as President of Sierra Leone.”

He went on: “In the same token, we also expected the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) to have put modalities in place to accommodate the APC as partners in the development of this country. A good number of us, in the APC hold the view that  just as the SLPP  introduced strategies for national development and in some cases, made significant inroads, it is equally true that the APC has  also made gains in the area of development, even if they made errors in certain areas.

According to Hon. I.B. Kargbo, the SLPP under former President Tejan Kabbah can be credited for the return of Sierra Leone to a state of peace, adding that the same Kabbah administration undertook an exercise to restructure state institutions such as the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) the military and the civil service, in general.

“Perhaps the error the SLPP made for which it paid direly for was executions that took place during the Kabbah regime,” he reiterated, adding, “the APC on the other hand, once it came to power would have put in place firm strategies to promote national reconciliation and concord. However, one could not fault the APC in the area of infrastructural development as can be seen in the construction of roads, the improvement of electricity supply, introduction of solar energy and improvement in the area of telecommunications.”

In promoting good governance, the APC, Hon. I. B. Kargbo said, also promoted acceptable human rights, as, according to him, “no political opponent was victimized nor was any of them imprisoned or executed.” The two traditional political parties, he said, will, to a large extent, be held responsible if any negative thing goes wrong in Sierra Leone.

“Many observers hold the view that weather they are in power or out of power the two political parties should provide national leadership to ensure that there is peace and tranquility. Any of the two parties that do not cooperate in promoting peace and tranquility could easily lead to a state of political instability in Sierra Leone. It therefore behooves on both the SLPP and the APC to ensure that no victimization and vindictiveness are introduced in the body politics. “What Sierra Leone needs is peace and nothing else,” the journalist cum politician concluded.