Dr. Samura Commands Grassroots Support in Sierra Leone
It is an open secret that the former 2018 Presidential Flagbearer for the main opposition, All Peoples Congress (APC), Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara (in photo), who has expressed interest to contest the 2023 Presidential election, still commands the unflinching support of the grassroots nationwide.
According to many market women across Sierra Leone who spoke to this medium, they loved Dr. Samura Kamara, a seasoned administrator to be reelected by the APC in the upcoming convention for the fact that he is a humble Christian brother with vision and determination to not only take Sierra Leone to the right direction but to also strengthen unity and togetherness in societies.
The market women interviewed across the length and breadth of the country stated that, Dr. Samura was selected by the former President Koroma to contest the 2018 Presidential election for his astute leadership character but lost to Presidential Julius Maada Bio.
Citizens who described themselves as loyalists of the APC said that they love Dr. Samura because of his developmental strides and his courage after he lost to President Bio adding that after losing the Presidential race, Dr. Samura Kamara never worry but stayed with his people at his home of origin, Kamalo, in the northern part of the country where he has established large farms to help curtail hunger and foster job creation among vulnerable societies.
They lamented that they believe in the APC administration and leadership for their vision to always create job opportunities for all Sierra Leoneans at working age and integrate citizens, an action which have given accolades to the main opposition locally and internationally.
Dr. Samura Kamara rose to the rank of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation under the regime of the then President Ernest Bai Koroma and later contested for the African Development Bank Presidency where he also mounted the Green White and Blue flag.
“One of the reasons that motivated us to always throw our support to Dr. Samura Kamara is that, he never uttered a single word that would have brought total dispute in Sierra Leone but, he is always courageous and working with his people”, they told Sierra Express Media.
Dr. Samura Kamara is known among the grassroots that he is a man of the people, which he demonstrated when congratulated President Bio immediately after he was announced as winner of the most envious position in the land.
Nevertheless, Dr. Samura Kamara has been challenged by the former Vice President, Alhaji Chief Samuel Sam sumana to lead the party to 2023 Presidential election.
Sam Sumana who came from the diamondiferous District of Kono was deposed by former President Koroma for anti party activity, an action that the former VP took to the Ecowas Court. After the APC had lost the 2018 election, Sam Sumana and Ernest Koroma mend fences and paved the way for the ousted former VP to contest against Dr. Samura Kamara, who is believed by the grassroots as most popular and trusted contender to take the party to victory than the deposed VP Sumana.
After his dethronement, Sam Sumana boycotted the APC and formed the Coalition for Change (C4C) party but could not withstand the race and later decided to return to the party that elevated him to the position of Vice President.
Dr. Samura Kamara, a Northerner, had always been a strong pillar of the APC and has never attempted to act against the party as done by his challenger but he remains loyal, royal and loving.
The truth is that, Dr. Samura Kamara never indicted for corruption case by both past and current Governments since he started working as civil servant and diplomat because he was very much careful in dealing with public finances and assets, in fact that was the reason he was supported by former President Koroma and other set of party stalwarts to carry the flag of the party.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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