Ansu Momoh – SLPP UK & Ireland Branch Secretary General
Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 September 2015
The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) as a political party, is currently finding it difficult to see that winning power is the essential prelude to generating change in the lives of our fellow Sierra Leoneans. This has to change and fast.
At this rate, the party faces a long haul to State House, no matter who wins the flagbearership.
And the prospect of government for our grand old party, seems a long way off, given the current impasse.
Opposition parties do not exist to oppose themselves. Unfortunately, this is exactly what the SLPP is currently doing to itself.
Admittedly, political parties by their nature are a collection of people with different shades of opinion. Therefore, it is not unusual when individuals or groups within parties share divergent views.
What is not expected is when these divisions become so pronounced that, the opposition party itself becomes two opposing groups, dealing with their internal issues to the detriment of national problems that deserve their attention.
The SLPP have over the past two years shown that it has lost its purpose of being an opposition party, because of the internal bickering that they have allowed to become their main concern.
As an opposition party, the good people of Mama Salone expect us to provide them with alternative programmes that will make the citizens see us as a serious option.
The long lasting solution should deliver our collective goal of a strong and united party, capable of offering a strong opposition now, ready and prepared to govern.
Let us collectively challenge ourselves to learn from the painful experience of the past. (Photo: Mr Ansu Momoh – the Secretary General of SLPP UK & Ireland Branch).
That means, putting aside all differences and pulling together for the good of our party, but more importantly for our country, because otherwise, a divided SLPP will be resoundingly rejected by the people of Sierra Leone in 2018.
Unity is not an option, but one of strategic necessity.