KKY Surprises Critics

 

Presidential candidate for the National Grand Coalition (NGC), Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella has challenged political leaders who face the allegations of dual nationality to come out clean.

In his remarks at a news conference held on Thursday 18th January, 2018 at SLICO Building on 58 Sanders Street, Freetown on the issue of dual nationality against him, Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (KKY) said, “It is fact that I have had dual nationality. It is also fact that I renounced the US citizenship to fully comply with the 1991 Constitution.”

According to him, “Thus, voluntarily and because of my firm commitment to serve my country, I renounced my US citizenship to ensure that I fully qualify to run for parliament on behalf of the people of Samu, and to contest the position of President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. In other words, I made sure that I did not violate Section 76 subsection (1a) of the 1991 Constitution.”

Concerning the NGC presidential candidate’s alleged Austrian citizenship, he retorted that “this is totally not true because Australia does not allow dual citizenship. He challenged that people are free to check with the Austrian Consul in Sierra Leone or do a simple visit to their website.

KKY therefore encouraged all political leaders currently running for parliament and the presidency to come out clean and declare their statuses as he has done after displaying copies of the Certificates of Loss of Nationality received from the United States Department of State.

“Since I have come out clean on the allegations of dual nationality against me, I am calling on all other aspirants who face similar allegations to come out clean,” Dr. Yumkella said, adding, “these include Samura Kamara who, it is alleged may be holding a British passport, Chernor Maju Bah, who, it is alleged, does not have a Sierra Leonean citizenship, it is also alleged that Julius Maada Bio may be holding both Ghanaian and British citizenships.”

The former UNIDO Director-General also demanded on behalf of NGC that “all current ministers with dual nationality resign with immediate effect.” As a political party, he said, the NGC will explore all possible legal avenues to ensure that Section 92 of the 1991 Constitution is enforced.

“By willingly and unintentionally spreading false rumours that I will be disqualified from running as a candidate for parliament and the Presidency, the Ernest Koroma led government has clearly  shown how worried they have become about the great prospect of the NGC winning the 2018 elections,” Dr. Yumkella asserted, adding, “Our compatriots in the Diaspora should be rest assured that we, the NGC, will grant them the right to vote, and will revisit Section 76(1a) of the 1991 Constitution to amend the discriminatory sub-sections.”