“2012 is a repeat of Zambia’s elections” Maada Bio speaks
The Presidential Flag bearer of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Julius Maada Bio, has revealed that the result of the concluded Zambia Presidential elections is a ‘cut and paste scenario come Sierra Leone’s elections in 2012.’
He made this disclosure over the weekend shortly after Zambia’s opposition Presidential candidate, Michael Sata, was announced winner of the elections and sworn into office as the elected President.
“It is certainly a ‘cut and paste’ scenario. Just as then President Rupiah Banda lost to opposition Michael Sata, so would President Koroma during the 2012 polls,” Bio self-assuredly restated.
It could be recalled that the Zambia elections was marred with riot at some part in the north. But despite efforts by President Banda to secure second term victory, he was unfailingly voted out in place of Sata who happened to be an opposition Presidential contender.
It is a fact that governments, particularly in Africa, believe in the perception of having incumbent Presidents rule for two terms irrespective of their performances.
The case in Zambia has nevertheless shut lips of mostly West African heads of state, who for a number of reasons, are of the conviction that the doctrine of an obligatory ‘second term’ for sitting Presidents is apparently inviolable.
According to the SLPP Presidential candidate, he said however that Zambia’s situation in the just concluded elections is sure to be repeated in Sierra Leone come 2012.
That ex-President Banda’s administration made successes in infrastructural development due to support from China, but failed woefully in the area of basic living conditions for the ordinary Zambians.
“Yes, President Koroma showily boasts of infrastructural development, but has left Sierra Leoneans in continued and uncalled for hardship and poverty,” Maada Bio said.
“It is a fact that the government of former President Banda was removed from governance because it failed to provide a better living condition for the ordinary Zambians generally.”
“I am in for a change,” he said, “and I will surely preach it out to Sierra Leoneans, and allow them to make an informed judgment, thereby rooting the APC from the seat of governance come 2012, just as the people of Zambia did to ex- President Banda.”
Comments from a number of Sierra Leoneans are that the concluded Presidential elections in Zambia are an illustration that sayings and beliefs of mostly politicians that incumbent Presidents having the rights to re-election has apparently diminished.
The elections in Zambia however recorded that Sata had a high number of votes as compared to Banda, with nearly 15% – 20% left to be counted.
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