MP boycotts peace meeting in Sierra Leone
The Member of Parliament for Constituency 62, Hon. Aaron Aruna Koroma of the All Peoples Congress (APC), and executive members of his Constituency, are reported to have boycotted a meeting meant to bring peace between him and the former Independent candidate, Mr. John Sallu Gbla. (Photo: l-r John Gbla and Aaron Aruna Koroma. Photo credit: Awareness Times)
The meeting was scheduled to have taken place on Sunday, September 22 2013 at the Community Centre at Mile 91 in the Yonibana Chiefdom, north of the country.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister of Labour and Industrial Relations, Honourable Mathew Theambo, expressed his dissatisfaction with the Parliamentarian for having boycotted such a very important and highly publicized meeting.
The Minister assured the people of Yonibana Chiefdom that he always thinks about them and that as long as he is a Government Minister he will do his utmost to assist them. He called on the chiefdom people to get united, stressing that they should not allow anybody to influence them to become divided and take their chiefdom backwards. He apologized on behalf of all those who were absent at the meeting, maintaining that he will continue to work hard for the peace and progress of the chiefdom.
In her statement, the Chairperson of the meeting, Madam Sallay Kamara, admonished the people to go home and cause no trouble. She stated that the attitude of Hon. Aaron Koroma and his executive members has shown that they have no respect for the Minister and the people of the chiefdom.
She said she will report the matter to the national executive of the party, noting that they should now realize that the time of playing politics is over and they should now be thinking about how to make peace and bring development to their chiefdom.
In his comments, Paramount Chief Kampoi Sanka appealed to be law abiding and to remain united and work for the good of the chiefdom.
In his statement, Mr. John Sallu Gbla, the former Independent candidate who was deprived of the APC symbol pleaded with the people to go home in peace underscoring that the time for playing politics is over and they should be thinking on how to get united and work to develop their chiefdom.
The meeting was climaxed with dancing, singing and praises for Mr. John Sallu Gbla and calls for President Ernest Bai Koroma to give him an appointment.
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