Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 July 2015
The battle for the presidential candidacy and leadership of the Sierra Leone’s Peoples’ Party will take a new turn next week, when presidential hopeful and former UN man – Dr. Alhaji Kandeh Yumkella commences his UK wide tour. (Photo: Left – Madam Yumkella and Right – Dr. Yumkella).
Kandeh is hoping to meet Sierra Leoneans across the UK to discuss his leadership aspirations, as well as issues that are currently pushing Sierra Leone to breaking point, including the Ebola crisis.
Writing in the Sierra Leone Telegraph, this is what Alan Luke thinks about the question of SLPP leadership and presidential candidacy:
“As we approach the next general election, choosing a person with the leadership credentials necessary to change Sierra Leone from a failed or continuously failing state, is the challenge.
“Those of you who know the bible, would attest to the fact that nations do not always make the right decisions when presented with such a choice. The Jewish People in Jesus’ day chose to release Barabbas – a known felon over Jesus.
“In Kandeh Yumkella, Sierra Leone is fortunate to have someone with the required leadership qualities, including: clarity of vision, conviction and sense of purpose, capability and experience, capacity to pull together the talents of willing and able citizens at home and abroad, and humility to serve.
“It is possible though that the SLPP party and Sierra Leoneans in general may choose further self destruction, by aligning themselves with rogue elements.
“I am told for example that Maada Bio is engaging with Sierra Leoneans in the UK, and there are some folks who are thrusting themselves behind this campaign, believing they can influence future government policy under Bio.
“The question to these folks is this: Can you point to any meaningful endeavour that Bio has undertaken in public or private life that demonstrates leadership?
“In the absence of this, we can only judge Bio based on his track record. No matter how much this is dressed up, it is a baggage he is saddled with.
“As Dr Yumkella’s UK Town Hall meetings Kick off next week, I urge all well meaning Sierra Leoneans to rally behind him, because at this moment, he towers over and above all the pretenders to the throne.
“We need good Leadership, if Sierra Leone is to become successful, rather than continue to be a basket case.”
The KKY Movement UK and Ireland has issued this invitation to all Sierra Leoneans:
The Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella Movement United Kingdom and Ireland (KKYM UK &I) cordially invites you to attend a series of Town Hall meetings planned this July for Alhaji Dr Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, who is one of the aspiring candidates for the SLPP flag. The meeting schedule is as follows:
The Reading (Berkshire) Town Hall meeting will take place on Friday, 24th July 2015. 5:30pm – 8:30pm, at the Southcote Community Centre, Coronation Square, Reading RG30 3QP.
On Saturday, 25th July, 2015, 12pm – 3pm, you will be able to meet Kandeh at the Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Raby Street, Moss Side, Manchester M16 7JQ.
And finally, on Sunday, 26th July, 2015, at 2pm – 8pm, Kandeh will be at the Bacon’s College, Timber Pound Road, (Off Salter Road), Rotherhithe, London, SE16 6AT.
The aim of these Town Hall meetings is to give Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone the opportunity to hear Dr Yumkella’s statement of intent.
Kandeh will also speak about the reasons why he believes he should put his hat in the ring to become the standard flag bearer and the official presidential candidate for the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).
The audience will also have plenty of opportunity to question him on his intentions and vision.
The high point of Dr Yumkella’s UK tour will be in London, on Sunday the 26th of July, 2015.
Apart from making a statement of intent at that meeting, Dr Yumkella will also be giving a talk on the theme: ‘Post Ebola Sierra Leone, facts and figures’.
He will also discuss his vision for the country, covering all facets – from development to governance.
Basically, Dr Yumkella will be recommending a ‘Fresh Start’ for Sierra Leone, and explain why the country needs a change.
So, please confirm your love, commitment and interest for Sierra Leone, by ensuring that you attend at least one of the meetings wherever you may be.
But also, and more importantly, ensure you do not miss the London Town Hall meeting, where Dr Yumkella will lay bare his intentions and vision.
The KKY Movement – UK & Ireland