APC denies claim … but is Schulenburg gone?
Consequent to guesses that the assumed withdrawal of the United Nations special representative to Sierra Leone was due to government’s protest, a release debunking the allegation was last weekend put out. (Photo: Michael Von der Schulenburg)
The release stated clear that references by the media that government has asked for the recalling of the United Nations head of mission Michael von der Schulenburg, is completely untrue.
“Government wishes to make it categorically clear that such allusions are not true, and that any decision to recall or transfer Mr. Schulenburg is purely a United Nations affair,” the release states.
Public opinion is that there were covert moves by government to have Schulenburg withdrawn from Sierra Leone.
It is that shortly after the appointment of Julius Maada Bio as flagbearer of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in late 2011, there was rumour that the United Nations big man was pitching fences with the SLPP.
He was also accused by Mohamed Bangura (leader United Democratic Party) of overindulging into extra marital dealings with one of SLPP’s female stalwarts.
Mohamed, in an interview with SLBC TV said he was wakeful of the fact that the United Nations big man was interfering into the politics of Sierra Leone.
That it was against this that he (Mohamed) decided to travel to New York to complain of Schulenburg.
Even though Mohamed dismissed allegations that he was acting as a ventriloquist for the APC party; and that his trip was never subsidized by President Koroma, revelations are that he entered the United Nations building as part of the Sierra Leone government delegation.
Sources say Mohamed’s trip was fueled by the APC, and in particular President Koroma.
That he was allegedly using the credit card of the President as he endeavoured to submit a protest letter to the United Nations office in New York.
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