Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 January 2016
Supporters of the embattled opposition leader in Sierra Leone – Dr. Alie Kabba, who has in the last one month, been the victim of ruling APC political venom, are today protesting in London.
Today’s protest they say, is a precursor of much bigger protests to come in central London.
They are calling for the Koroma government to immediately and unconditionally release Alie Kabba, who yesterday was placed under new bail conditions, after magistrate Seray Wurie decided to send the case to the High Court for hearing.
But supporters of Alie Kabba continue to protest his innocence, and say that he is a political prisoner of conscience, held hostage by the Koroma government.
Today’s protest is taking place at the meeting of the opposition SLPP UK & Ireland Branch, whose members have converged in the Bacon’s Community Sports Centre, Rotherhithe in South East London, to receive an end of term report from the SLPP UK retiring executive officers 2013-2015, before they are officially dissolved.
The outgoing executives, whose term of office has expired, will today hand over administration of the SLPP UK affairs to a Council of Elders, until fresh elections are held possibly in the next three months.
The members of the party will also appoint members of the Electoral Committee, who will supervise and oversee the free and fair conduct of those elections, when they are held.
But today, supporters of the Free Alie Kabba Movement, who are also members of the SLPP UK Branch, are calling upon the national executive committee of the party in Freetown, to wake up from their slumber and join the groundswell of supporters that are demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Alie Kabba.
While the government is saying that Alie Kabba is going through due legal process, charged with the criminal offence of bigamy, supporters of Alie Kabba – a presidential aspirant of the SLPP disagree.
Today they outline ten reasons why Alie Kabba’s civil liberty has been taken away by the Koroma government, and his human rights being trampled upon. This is what they say:
👉 Alie Kabba is fearless and publicly speaks the truth. He speaks about the burning issues which other opposition leaders are afraid to speak of.
👉 Alie Kabba has become the most powerful opposition leader in the history of Sierra Leone.
👉Alie Kabba stood up against APC dictatorship for sacking the elected vice president chief Sam Sumana, by organizing peaceful demonstration in the U.S, Continental Europe and UK.
👉 Alie Kabba speaks for the voiceless, marginalized and less privileged Sierra Leoneans who have been left behind by people they elected to power.
👉Alie Kabba fearlessly condemns president Koroma’s MORE TIME agenda, live on state TV and radio stations.
👉 Alie Kabba is unifying the SLPP to kick the failed APC government out of State House by involving everyone. He says: “No one should be left out, everyone should be up, and no one should be down” – a mantra that resonates with the majority of people in Sierra Leone.
👉 Alie Kabba never accepted the request to attend closed door, personal meetings with president Koroma at State House.
👉 Alie Kabba criticised the granting of further funding for the Ebola Recovery programme by the World Bank, because of the mismanagement and poor accountability of the first disbursement by the Koroma government. He wants proper systems to be put in place prior to any new funding being disbursed.
👉 Alie Kabba fearlessly exposed APC’s abuse of power and dictatorship to the international community to help save the poor marginalized Sierra Leoneans, who wake up every morning thinking about where the next meal will come from.
👉 Alie Kabba sees the suffering of ordinary Sierra Leoneans as mere wickedness from the people in power, that have failed to provide job and wealth creation opportunities for the majority of citizens in the country.