Implications of SLPP boycott
A boycott is one of the most effective strategies employed by any aggrieved party to pressurize government to yield to its demands. A boycott is often resorted to when all other civilized avenues of negation fail.
The aggrieved opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has resolved to boycott all government functions a resolution which I consider far better than the “Kenyan way’ suggested by some unpatriotic and evil-minded Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora. However, my concern is that the boycott will definitely have a dire consequence on both the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) and the opposition SLPP parties.
On the part of the ruling APC, the SLPP boycott will surely send bad signals to the wider world and create a situation of fear that could deter foreign investors from pouring their money into this impoverished nation. Besides, I believe the SLPP boycott will render the ruling government not very comfortable and blemish our image.
Although the SLPP boycott will not lead to a one party State as there are several other parties, my opinion is that there will be semblance of a one party State as the other parties are too weak to make an opposition.
For the SLPP, boycotting parliament and all other government institutions could be detrimental to those who voted for them. The SLPP will find it very difficult to access government resources to cater for the welfare of the communities that voted for them overwhelmingly. Their constituencies and local communities will surely starve as there will be nobody to represent their interest in parliament and in the councils. By a boycott, the SLPP will surely deprive their supporters of the national cake to which they are much entitled.
The APC has made it crystal clear that the SLPP boycott will not prevent the party from forging ahead with governance and the APC has also pronounced its intention to fill their members in the boycotted positions, so, who will perish? This is a very serious question the SLPP should consider.
By Joseph Milton Lebbie
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