Disunity May Wreck Port Loko
Alhaji Alpha Kanu, Information and Communications Minister and Alhaji Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay, Political and Public Affairs Minister were on Saturday 16th March, 2013 conspicuously absent during the ‘Thank You Visit’ of newly appointed Ministers and MP from Port Loko District.
The two political heavyweights did not give any reason for their absence.
Thousands of residents in Port Loko, including students, lined the route along Old Port Loko Road into the town center to give a rousing welcome to the Member of Parliament for Constituency 49, Alhaji Chernor Seray Dumbuya (in photo) and the newly appointed Ministers from the District during their ‘Thank You’ tour.
Addressing the people at the Bai Bureh Memorial Hall, Hon. Alhaji Serray Dumbuya lauded them for electing him to serve them and assured that he would adequately represent them as well as bring development to the constituency but however called on the people to give their fullest support to the Council, Government and President Ernest Bai Koroma, especially in actualizing Government’s ‘Agenda For Prosperity.’
He also informed the people about efforts to accelerate the completion of ongoing projects in the District revealing that work for the installation of the over three hundred solar street lights in the township would commence in early April this year and expected to be completed at the end of the same month.
Port Loko District Council Chairman, Ahmid Munirr Fofanah commended President Ernest Bai Koroma for appointing sons of the soil like Alhaji Alpha Kanu, Alhaji Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay and Mamoud Tarawallie to ministerial positions highlighting in particular that the appointment of Mamoud Tarawallie as Deputy Minister of Education would help improve education in the District.
Earlier, Pa Alimamy Kamara, Regent Chief of Maforki Chiefdom, welcomed the dignitaries for the visit, prayed for unity and peace in the Chiefdom and the District as a whole and appealed to the MP and Ministers to support development projects in the District since Port Loko is close to the capital city.
Mamoud Tarawallie, Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology thanked the people for their hospitality and warm welcome and emphasized the importance of education to both students and parents.
He also called on all to be committed, work hard and be disciplined, especially pupils to their teachers and parents and appealed to the community elders and parents to monitor the progress of pupils at home and in school.
The Deputy Minister of Education further expressed dismay over what he referred to as the disunity among the political leadership within the Port Loko Township.
He continued that it is no secret that for three days recently, the Ministers of Political and Public Affairs and Information and Communications were not in cordial terms and asserted that the political infighting between the two giants in the District has stalled development.
Mamoud Tarawallie further revealed that due to the politics of divide and rule by the key politicians in the District, the youths also have taken sides that have resulted to sharp divisions at the detriment of the District reiterating that the absence of the two key people at the ‘Thank You’ meeting was a manifestation of the degree of the conflict between them.
He appealed to elders and youths of Port Loko to handle the situation wisely for an amicable settlement.
President of the Council of Imams Sierra Leone, Alhaji Yayah Deen Kamara expressed concern over the ugly development and prayed for Allah’s intervention to restore sanity.
He promised to do all within his reach to solve the impasse but pointed out that it is high time the two antagonists desist from sowing seeds of discord in the District.
By Abdul R. Bedor Kamara
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