Samura Kamara Speaks

By Thomas S. Kembay

The presidential candidate of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party, Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara on Wednesday 10th January, 2018 spoke on the national economy and other pertinent issues in the ‘Good Morning Salone’ program on FM 98.1 D. He also spoke on how he intends to govern the country if he wins the 7th March, 2018 presidential election.

According to the presidential hopeful, the baseline for development has already been established by President Ernest Bai Koroma, from where he would start.

The erudite economist further informed that he has served in key governance positions, including Financial Secretary, Bank Governor, Minister of Finance and Economic Development and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, a position he held until his selection as the presidential candidate of the APC on Sunday 15th October, 2017.

“A lot has been done by President Koroma in the areas of education, health, infrastructure, energy, social safety, peace and security, among others that will serve as springboard for me to move forward with the development trajectory of this country,” said the Presidential hopeful.

Dr. Samura Kamara further pointed out that he has not been seen moving and hobnobbing skin with many people but that people have felt the impact of policies he has put forward in the interest of the country.

During his last assignment at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Dr. Samura Kamara disclosed that he showcased Sierra Leone on the international stage by establishing new embassies bringing the number of the country’s embassies to 21 and more consulates.

While serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Samura Kamara stated that he used to monitor the finance sector and usually engaged the Finance Minister on the trend of the country’s economy and the way forward.

Sierra Leone, he said, grew to 20% GDP but that the twin shock that hit the country when there was an acute drop in the world price of iron ore and Ebola, brought the economy to minus 20%.

The government, he said, has however been able to stabilize it a bit as the GDP now stands at 6% growth.

Government, he said, is now working on a two-way economic growth of increasing GDP to 15% and diversifying the economy so that it cannot depend only on mining.

On the issue of his academic qualification which has been widely questioned, Dr Samura reaffirmed that he is a proud PHD holder. Putting the records straight, he explained that like other academic gurus, he went with him all his documents to England where he was residing with his family, for safe keeping, while working with the IMF.

“In all my four appearances before Parliament, I have always submitted all necessary documents including that of my PDH certificate. In my fifth appearance as Foreign Affairs Minister I told the House that my documents were already in their archive but I did not know what they were up to, so I asked for an hour to have my daughter scan and post everything which was later shown to them for the fifth time,” said Dr. Samura, noting that the issue was then laid to rest.

On the issue of the alleged rape allegation on his person, he said, he could have been behind bars by now considering how serious governments take such allegations seriously.

He therefore pleaded with Sierra Leoneans to be patriotic and nationalistic and desist from the attitude of blackmailing to make political gains.