Port Loko Unite

 

By: Aaron Bundu Lahai – Head of Media and Public Relations, VP Office

Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh on Tuesday 4th May, 2019 debunked allegations made by certain politicians that there is palaver currently in Sierra Leone.

Addressing stakeholders in Port Loko at the Presidential Villa, the Vice stressed that there is no palaver in the country. He however maintained that the reality in Sierra Leone is that the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) won the 31st March, 2018 presidential runoff election, but the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC), he said, is behaving otherwise.

Dr. Jalloh recalled that the late former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah conducted the 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections that were won by the erstwhile opposition APC, whilst the then ruling SLPP lost the elections. He added that the SLPP accepted the defeat and allowed the APC to govern the country with peace without jumping on the streets to fight. “If APC accepts defeat, there will be no problem,” Vice President Jalloh asserted, adding that, “But there is nothing like palaver or tension in the country, people are manufacturing palaver.”

The Honourable Vice President informed the gathering of the ‘New Direction’ Government’s determination to move the country forward with better development, but however cautioned that the Government will not hesitate to deal with anyone that flouts law and order.

Dr. Juldeh Jalloh furthered that no one is above the law and, therefore, anyone that disturbs public peace would be dealt with accordingly, irrespective of whether current or past official. He therefore called on opposition parties, especially the main opposition APC, to respect the law and to allow peace to reign. “The SLPP led Administration is ready to develop and move the country to a better place at the Global stage. We will not allow anybody to divert our attention from the New Direction Plan which is in implementation,” he assured.

The Vice President expressed dismay at people calling for justice and the act of people speaking truth to perpetrators of violence and hooliganism. He further explained that justice is the art of stakeholders condemning act of violence by politicians in power who terrorize their own people just because they are opposition supporters.

He referenced the beaten with broken legs of then opposition SLPP loyalists by hoodlums sent by the then former Minister of Works, Alhaji Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay, and the burning of houses of the then opposition SLPP supporters, including the house and private school of the present Deputy Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs. Emile Gogra in Port Loko District by APC thugs of Kemoh Sesay.

Vice President Jalloh in no nonsense terms expressed his disappointment at religious leaders and statesmen/stakeholders in the country, especially in Port Loko District for not condemning the brutal act that was perpetrated by the APC in that district in particular and the country in general.

The Vice President entreated former President Ernest Bai Koroma to act as a statesman, noting that the Government of President Julius Maada Bio fully recognizes him as a statesman. Dr. Jalloh therefore said the former President being a statesman, he is expected to behave in such manner. Sierra Leone, he reiterated, has peace and there is no conflict, noting that the only conflict is the APC’s refusal to accept defeat and give peace a chance.

The Vice President also informed the people that Port Loko has only one party, which is the Port Loko People’s Party. He therefore encouraged his kinsmen to put the interest of the district above any political party for the growth and development of the district.

He also appealed to SLPP supporters to accept Bai Bureh Warriors and help contribute to the growth of the team for the sake of peace and development in the district, no matter whether or not its current management team is APC, especially now that he has been given the status of a Patron. He assured the people of his continued support to Port Loko.