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Constituency 53 mends cracks among party members

Constituency 53 mends cracks among party members

Port Loko, June 2 (SLENA) – This is arguably one of the most notable achievements under the leadership of Hon. Ibrahim Bundu as Chairman of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party in the Port Loko District.

It has to do with the mending some of the political cracks caused y the scramble for power ahead of the 2012 General Elections.

Sources say the process was particularly tense in certain constituencies including Constituency 53 in the Burreh Kasseh Maconteh Chiefdom, where there were reports of fighting, wounding as well as the wanton destruction of property.

Although the party secured a comfortable victory in that election, there has since been a kind of split within its membership with two opposing factions of APC 1 and APC 2.

This was confirmed by the Member of Parliament for Constituency 53, Hon Hassan Sheriff who said the impasse had a lot of negative consequences in the development of the constituency. He said one of his philosophical believes in politics is that there should be compromise instead of fighting against each other. Which was  why he has been conducting reconciliatory meetings with his constituents, he said, adding that the method has been so impressive that President Koroma has therefore deemed it fit to have the Mange Burreh/ Mambolo Road constructed.

The Member of Parliament went on to explain how the thorny issue of gainful employment has been hugely addressed by the Sierra Leone Agricultural Company, which has employed the bulk of all able bodied people in the area. He was however quick to outline the apparent frustration of the management of this company over what he referred to as the destructive tendency of the natives which has resulted to the consumption of about 37 Hectares of its Oil Palm Plantation in Kasseh and Burreh Sections by wild fires.

 In his contribution, the Ward Councillor, Morlai Sesay disclosed that he was a member of the APC 2 which comprised of those that defected from the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP). The Councillor said he has now come to the realisation that such a division has the potential to debar developments in the entire chiefdom of Burreh Kasseh Maconteh.

He therefore, on behalf of the membership of APC 2 and his upporters, prevailed on the District Executive of the Party to ask Hon. Sheriff together with all those that have been angered by his faction to forgive and forget the past and accept them in good faith.

In a similar venture, Hon. Sheriff mentioned the case of Madam Cecilia Macfoy,  one of the formidable members of the APC  in that part of the country, whose alliance to the party seemed to have been dampened  by the leadership style of the Member of Parliament.

It was so touching when they hugged themselves in the full view of the public to demonstrate their method of reconciliation. As was spotlighted by several other speakers including Hon. Binneh Bangura of Constituency 54, Hon, Barbah Kamara of Constituency 58, Hon. Abie Kallokoh of Constituency 51, and Dr. Alkasim Jah- the former Deputy Minister of Education who is now one of the Senior Advisers of the Party in the District, the efforts of the People of Constituency 53 is worthy of emulation. According to Dr. Jah, it is good enough for people to forgive each other in the light of cordial co- existence and general Development.

Perhaps this has slightly shifted the belief of most observers who are of the opinion that the Port Loko District Chairman of the APC- Hon, Ibrahim Bundu introduced the rotational conduct of Constituency Executive Member Meetings simply because he does not want to shoulder the financial responsibility imbedded in hosting such meetings.

Hon.Ibrahim Bundu who is also the Leader of Government Affairs in Parliament, delivered the keynote address. He used the occasion to remind the gathering about the untiring efforts of President Koroma in promoting and protecting the interest of the Youths of this Country. The Port Loko District Chairman of the All Peoples Congress Party said he was particularly worried over what appears to be the idle interest of the Youths themselves and other categories of Young People in issues of paramount concerns. The Leader of Government Business in Parliament further informed the gathering about the pending National Population and Housing Census and the Constitutional Review with emphasis on the need for active participation. He encouraged all to confer with their respective Members of Parliament for meaningful inputs. Here are some Photos indicating how things went at the Mange Burreh Secondary School Compound……

By Hassan Bruz

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