Ansu Kaikai trashes Berewa’s book
One of the longest serving members of the current parliament Hon. Ansu Kaikai of Constituency 87 in the Pujehun district, on Tuesday this week publicly disagreed with the statement contained in the recent book authored by the former vice president and flag bearer of the SLPP 2007, Hon. Solomon Berewa, that it was Sir Albert Margai former leader of the SLPP and Prime Minister who actually introduced tribalism in this country when he decided to sack four of his cabinet ministers who were non-Mende ministers including Dr. John Karefa-Smart and Y D Sesay. (Photo: former Sierra Leone Vice President, Solomon Berewa)
Speaking at a press conference held at his parliamentary office, he told media practitioners that on the contrary it was Sir Albert Margai, who became a victim of tribalism. He said Margai was the first provincial lawyer in the country and the first provincial man to participate in the politics of Freetown by contesting for the position of a councilor in the Freetown City Council but he lost the election as the Krios who were the predominant ethnic group in Freetown accused him that he came from the protectorate. He later entered the legislative council in 1951 and after the 1957 elections in which Siaka Stevens and Sir Milton Margai were not the best of friends. According to the SLPP MP, both men fell apart and Siaka Stevens was subsequently dropped from Sir Milton’s cabinet and Sir Albert Margai quitted to join his fraternal friend Siaka Stevens.
Hon. Kaikai pointed out that Sir Milton Margai together with other young nationalists like Maigore Kallon, Garshon Collier, Berthan Macauley, Abu Koroma of Kono district and M O Bash Taqi joined in to form the People’s National Party (PNP) that opened the debate of Sierra Leone’s independence. They joined the SLPP and the United People’s Party (UPP) and went to Lancaster House in the United Kingdom to meet the British and request independence.
Hon. Ansu Kaikai the Deputy Minority Leader said although he was a small boy at the time but he was following event and he knew Sir Albert Margai.
He said Sir Albert Margai was a proud nationalist leader who loved his people and country; he said most of his close friends were Krio and northerners like PC Kandeh Yumkellah, Kandeh Bureh, Alusine Kandeh, S B Marah and Hon. Abdul Kabia who was the deputy foreign minister, to name but a few.
He said following the death of Sir Milton Margai many politicians thought that they would fill the vacuum, prominent among them was Dr. John Karefa-Smart. Sir Albert Margai then emerged as the Prime Minister while the Governor General was Sir Henry Lightfoot-Boston. Sir Albert Margai however died on 18th December 1980 in Maryland in the United States of America.
Hon. Ansu Kaikai is challenging Solomon Berewa that Sir Albert Margai never introduced the seed of tribalism in this country. He therefore refers Mr. Berewa to read the book written by Garshon Collier titled ‘The Trial of Democracy,’ published in 1970.
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