National Grand Coalition of progressive politicians in Sierra Leone – the birth of new hope

NGC Media & Communications Team

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 October 2017

The long-awaited registration of the National Grand Coalition was completed today at the Sierra Leone Political Parties Registration Commission after overcoming delays by bureaucracy and objections.

The good news came a day after a strong NGC delegation, headed by the party’s Interim Chairman and Leader, Dr. Dennis Bright (Photo), met with PPRC and responded to objections that delayed the registration of the party for a week after its gazetted period expired on October 11.

The news was welcomed by Sierra Leoneans as a birth of new hope. Young people in Freetown and other parts of the country spontaneously took to the streets, without any planning, shouting the party’s slogan, “United We Stand, We Stand United.”

The excitement on the streets were led by youths on motorbikes who chanted “We yone party, we yone party (our party, our party).”

A press conference followed immediately at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, where the party’s Interim Publicity Secretary, Imran Sillah and Chairman Dr. Bright presented NGC to the Fourth Estate and the public at large.

Chairman Bright explained the purpose for the establishment of NGC, meaning of the Party logo, colors of the Party, and the election of a flagbearer and other aspirants.

According to its Chairman and Leader, the National Grand Coalition was established to challenge the failed political status quo in Sierra Leone, which has been fostered by the two oldest political parties that continue to mismanage our resources and inflict poverty on our people.

NGC is here to end regio-ethnic politics that have divided our people for so long. NGC aims to provide an alternative for all Sierra Leoneans to end suffering with hope, opportunity and Transformation.

In the words of Dr. Bright: HOPE for a better tomorrow for all Sierra Leoneans; OPPORTUNITY for all, particularly the youths, to achieve their potential and contribute to the growth and development of the nation; and TRANSFORMATION of our country from its present beggarly status to a prosperous state with happy and contented people, serving as a beacon of light on the continent.

In defining the NGC logo, motorbike and rider carrying the scales of justice with an electric bulb on one side and a hoe on the other, the Chairman and Leader explained that it symbolizes enlightenment, education, energy, and dignity in labour.

Dr. Bright added that the motorbike and rider also signify speed and maneuverability. The decision to have motorbike and rider as part of the NGC logo was well thought out because the Party’s focus is the common Sierra Leonean.

The colours of NGC, according to the Chairman and Leader, are multi-coloured (green, red, gold, blue, black, and white). Dr. Bright, however, clarified that NGC is not interested in playing colour politics because such politics failed the country in the past 56 years and continues to be divisive.

The multi-coloured approach is a demonstration of inclusiveness and a call to focus on issues rather than cheap political divides.

The interim executive explained that the NGC Constitution makes clear how to elect its flagbearer and aspirants for Parliament and local government positions. The Chairman and Leader emphasized that NGC is interested in awarding its symbol to aspirants who have the support of their constituents.

Dr. Bright announced that Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella is the only person who has expressed interest in being the Party’s presidential candidate for now. The Party’s Interim National Trustee Council (INTC) will soon meet to elect its presidential candidate.

Members of the Press and the general public were thanked for attending a very successful press conference on the birth of a “new force” in Sierra Leone. The Chairman and Leader concluded by saying that NGC is prepared to challenge the failed establishments and win the 2018 presidential election.

Supporters of NGC continued to the Party’s office in Tengbeh Town, where the celebrations of victory will continue to March 2018, when NGC enters State House with hope, opportunity and transformation.

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8 Comments

  1. I don’t think the Chairman meant nobody should contest for Flag Bearer. The NGC constitution is clear on the requirement and the election for Flagbearer. What the chairman meant is that at the moment only KKY has showed interest in the Flagbearership. Other interested qualified members are welcome.

    But what I know, KKY will at the end of the day emerge as the Presidential candidate for NGC. Plenty of us are in the NGC because we believe in his presidency. I will support a KKY and Andrew Keili candidacy for both Flagbearer and running mate. I want candidates with inspiration, people who can inspire the youth, my kids and so on.

    And to the best of my ability these two people possess such qualities that our kids will look and say I want to be like him. We need people who have made it for themselves in life and will focus in the betterment of the poor than personal enrichment.

  2. Please Mr Yamba, let’s try now to adopt political maturity. Why only Yumkella other than someone else to do the contest. There has to be flexibility in choosing a flag bearer. The ushering and appearance of a strong third force the ( NGC ) is a blessing and timely. Let’s not make this new party the personal property of a sole figure.

  3. Frederick Yamba, you got it right. We will rather try him first as he has sacrifice for all that he believes in, so like the former APC slogan goes: Nobody nor Tinap behen am. Kandeh Yumkella Tae Go!

  4. I love the competition the NGC will bring to the political process. Let public policy be discussed rather than name calling. If it was only between SLPP and APC, issues will not be discussed, as the APC will spin around the personality credentials of the opposition. But with Kandeh in the mix, the campaign is drawn to talk about bread and butter issues.

    The destiny of the nation is in the hands of Sierra Leoneans. If real change is needed, then vote NGC. You can still be supporting APC or SLPP but vote Kandeh as President.

  5. This is blessing for Sierra Leone that The National Grand Coalition Party is finally recognized instead of the APC and SLPP wagon with the same tricks. We as Sierra Leoneans are tired of the same, no water, no Electricity intermittently and backward in everything, compared to other west African nations – to say the least.

    We are fed up of the country going backward due to our leaders. Now is time to choose new leadership. And don’t forget the past thieves should not be involved in our politics. I don’t know anyone​ in the National Grand Coalition, but we have to give it a chance, instead of the same old politicians. Peace and love to all my people. Vote for change, instead of a bag of rice.

  6. According to Dr. Bright, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella is the only person that has expressed interest in being the NGC’s presidential candidate. I hope no one challenges Dr. Yumkella in becoming the leader of the NGC. If that ever happens, Yumkella will leave and form another party. It is either Yumkella or nobody else.

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