Dr. Sama Banya (Puawui)
The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 May 2014
Sympathetic columnists continue to put some sense into our heads, while others continue to deride us.
I am sure that a large number of the public, the majority of our leadership of whatever group, is aware of the tragic situation and is anxious for a solution to what is not even an intractable problem.
What is needed is a catalyst to set the machinery in motion that can resolve the issue.
Who better to do this, than our own Peter Tucker – a committed and dedicated member of the SLPP since its foundation.
Dr. Peter Tucker was in the country recently, and held a series of meetings with stakeholders. They included the current national chairman and Leader – Alhajie Chief Somano Karpen, together with members of his executive committee.
He met with those that we now refer to as the aggrieved group and ordinary party members, all of them stakeholders in their own right.
And like the educated man that he is, and I don’t mean “Book man” – the doctor has seized the situation. He has not condemned or praised anyone. But he has suggested alternatives to the current impasse.
They are practical and sensible suggestions, which if adopted, and I hope that all men and women of goodwill – men and women who belong to our great ‘TORKPOI’ family, would consider seriously and positively.
They are suggestions which are meant to move us forward from the name calling, finger pointing and blame game, to our rightful place as the premier political party that has had two vital elections stolen from them, including our unsuccessful attempts to get justice.
The injustice has included the giving away of two of our legitimately won seats with absolute majorities to the ruling party.
Dr. Bu-Boakai Jabbie (Photo) has circulated a memorandum in which he suggested the withdrawal of all pending intra-party cases from the courts, and that a serious effort be made to arrive at amicable agreements which is the way of our party.
These suggestions and efforts, may be our last opportunity to take the political advantage of the current state of peoples’ feelings, and move SLPP closer to victory in 2018.
The emphasis is on men and women of goodwill, from all sections and artificial groups.
Two weeks ago, the chairman of the Kailahun district branch of the SLPP party and some of his members, had a long and frank meeting with Alpha Timbo in Pendembu.
Other combatants are speaking of dialogue, so what is holding us up?
Among the many successful agents of good governance that the SLPP government of President Tejan-Kabbah created while in office, is the National Procurement agency that was meant to regularise the procurement of materials and essential services for the government.
It would appear from some of the stories doing the rounds, that the authority is being ignored in many government transactions. I shall wait to see how my nephew deals with the current Toyota scandal.