Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 June 2016
After last week Sunday’s SLPP party office dramatic fiasco, caused unnecessarily by the incompetent chairman Chief Kapen, former UN global energy and development expert – now one of the leading contenders for the party’s presidential candidacy – Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, was yesterday at the university of Makeni.
He spoke to over one thousand students at the university’s auditorium about leadership, good governance and transformational change in Sierra Leone.
Citing various examples of the importance of good leadership, Yumkella told the students that ‘without the right leadership, their university and its students will not succeed; without good leadership a business will collapse; and equally true, he said that without strong and focused leadership the country will continue to face difficulties in meeting the aspirations of the people.’
In a separate development, members of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the SLPP met last Saturday, 4 June, 2016, to discuss and agree a roadmap that will see the dissolution of the current executive council; the holding of elections; and a date for the next party convention. The following resolutions were passed:
That the tenure of all the current executives of the Party in Sierra Leone is further extended to terminate on or before the end of August 2016, in any case immediately after the holding of the next National Delegates Conference for the election of National Officers of the Party.
That a Times-Table for the holding of elections for all executives for the administration of the Party in Sierra Leone is hereby approved as follows:
Zonal / Sectional Level- 18 June 2016; Chiefdom Level – 25 June 2016; Constituency Level – 2 July 2016; District Level – 10 July 2016; Regional Level – 16 July 2016; NEC Meeting to ratify elected delegates to the National Conference 23 July 2016; and the National Delegates Conference – 19-21 August 2016.
That zonal / sectional / chiefdom executive shall be chosen by consensus under the supervision of the constituency executive.
That all administrative actions shall be taken promptly by every supervising executive concerned to ensure that the above time-table is adhered to strictly and in a timely manner.
That in light of the urgency and importance of moving the Party expeditiously towards the convening of the National Delegates Conference as stipulated herein, the National Officers of the Party shall endeavour to hold meetings as often as practicable giving seven (7) days’ notice, emergencies excepted, and such meetings shall take place as directed by the National Chairman and Leader or in his absence his Deputy. Proper minutes shall be kept of all such meetings of the National Officers.
That the NEC accepts in principle the initiative espoused by the Bishop Humper Group for the holding of a Party Family Dialogue and directs the National Officers to work out the timing and other details involved in consultation with the Group.
That the NEC mandates the National Officers to establish a Committee to conduct an intra-party fact-finding investigation into the tragic incident resulting in the death of Daddy George in Kenema on the 27th May 2016.
That the NEC approves the Mohamed Yongawo-led Regional Executive that was duly elected in London by the UKI Region of the Party on the 23rdApril 2016 and that it admonishes all members of the Party in the UKI Region to cease and desist from any action that might undermine the authority of that Regional Executive and advises all concerned to work together in the best interest of maintaining peace and harmony in the Party within the UKI Region.