Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 October 2015
Whilst ruling APC party supporters are celebrating the resolution passed by the party’s youth league at their convention in Makeni last weekend, a cursory look at various discussion forums on the internet, including Facebook, paints a grim picture for the president.
It seems the majority of Sierra leoneans are against the third term ambition of president Koroma.
Since the launch of the country’s constitutional review process, which is being funded by the United Nations Development Programme, it is clear the ruling party’s agenda is to rig the process so as to produce a revised constitution that will guarantee president Koroma’s stay in office.
A national referendum on the new constitution is expected next year. A youth action group calling itself the Sierra Leone Renaissance Movement (SLRM), has today commented on the announcement made yesterday by the president of the APC Youth League on Radio Democracy (FM 98.1).
This is what the SLRM said today:
On 26th October, 2015, Mr. Bai Mamoud Bangura, the Youth President of the All People’s Congress (APC) and the Presidential Youth Aide as a guest on the Radio Democracy (FM 98.1) Good Morning Salone program, made damning public remarks in support of the “more time” resolution of the APC Youth League.
Mr. Bai Bangura represented to the people of Sierra Leone that the APC youths have endorsed the idea that ‘more time’ be given to the current president both in his Chairmanship of the APC and his Presidency of the Nation. He further stated that the current President is a generational leader who should be given more time to roll development in leaps and bounds.
The Renaissance Movement of Sierra Leone laments the imprudent comments of Mr. Bai Bangura, a public servant in the government and a youth leader.
It is also shameful that our colleagues cannot imagine themselves out of a box – a box whose boundaries are defined by older generations of politicians who wish to promote their selfish agendas of staying in power at the expense of national growth and cohesion.
For Mr. Bai Bangura to openly state that the APC youths he leads support a “more time” resolution, which explicitly violates the current Sierra Leone Constitution, is worrisome.
To us law-abiding citizens, these sentiments reverberate fear of foul play especially during the on-going Constitutional Review process. As progressive youthful movement, we are disappointed in Mr. Bai Bangura and his team for failing to represent the interests of our generation ahead of a party agenda.
The Renaissance Movement wishes to make it very clear to the APC Youth League and the vanguards of the APC that the very idea of an extension of the President’s term of office is chaotic and the ‘more time’ agenda only succeeds to conjure memories of grim periods of our national history in the late 1970’s machinated by Siaka P. Stevens.
We therefore hereby make it publicly known that the Renaissance Movement is prepared to resist any attempt by any group of people, including the leadership of the APC, who may wish to obstruct the hard-earned peace and DEMOCRACY for which our generation was most affected in more ways than one.
The Civil War in our country was the beginning of the removal of a one party state which nurtured a skewed status quo.
We are prepared to resist any such callous and disingenuous attempt to perpetuate lawlessness on the people of Sierra Leone who have suffered enough and still do not seem to have much to hope for from a failed ruling class.
We call on President Ernest Koroma to rebuke Mr. Bai Bangura or distance himself from such misguided comments if they do not represent his designs or intentions.
If the President does not do so within 7 days from the date of this publication, we shall be left with no other option than to conclude that he (the President) harbours such intention, and therefore we shall employ every possible peaceful non-violent movement to protest against such a war-like plan.
Long Live the Rule of Law; Long Live Democracy; Long Live the Renaissance of Sierra Leone; Long Live the Youth of our beloved country Sierra Leone.
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