President Koroma invades SLPP stronghold
President Ernest Bai Koroma and a group of cabinet ministers, members of the All Peoples Congress (APC) at both district and national level, including local dignitaries from various parts across the country, over the weekend stormed the eastern district of Kenema to garner support and sensitize local communities about government policies and programmes.
The president used the opportunity to interact with local chiefs who assured him of a 2012 victory. Series of APC campaign strategists and officials of the Pa En Eye were visible in Kenema Levuma, Dodo and Panguma to show solidarity and public confidence in the president and his ministers. The three day vagarious village to village tour has been considered by many residents here in Kenema as one of the numerous APC tactics to overrun the position opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) in the district.
Kenema district overwhelmingly voted SLPP in the 2007 elections but because of frequent visit to the area by the ruling APC it seems as the Koroma administration is making headway in some of the villages and towns in the district.
Even though the Sierra Leone police is yet to lift the ban on political activities, the streets of Kenema were on Friday painted with red and white APC colours. Traditional dancers had travelled from various parts of the district and beyond to demonstrate their committment and to show support for President Koroma.
Amanita Kannneh, a resident of Panguma, said they mobilized over three hundred women on Saturday to come out in their numbers to welcome the president and his entourage in their chiefdom.
‘’We are ready to give support to President Koroma, we have seen development in the district and the chiefdom as a whole , APC will definitely win the 2012 elections because we are ready to campaign when the national electoral commission declares the campaign, ‘’ she said. Patrick Musa another APC stalwart in the district noted that the forthcoming elections will be very interesting as the APC will again win the election.
by IK Musa, in Kenema
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