Constituency 119 endorses Mackotie
Mr. Anthony Mackotie Sesay has told this newspaper that the people of Constituency 119, formerly Constituency 102 in Kissy in the eastern part of Freetown, have called on him to represent them in Parliament in the 7 March, 2018 General Elections. (Photo: New Aspirant for Constituency 119, Anthony Mackotie Sesay)
In an exclusive interview with this Reporter at his Royal International Academy office at Ferry Junction at Kissy Dock Yard east of Freetown, Mackotie, as he popularly known, who said that he was going to contest under the ticket of the All Peoples Congress (APC), disclosed that the people of the Constituency have unanimously agreed that he is the fittest person to adequately represent them and effectively articulate their aspirations in Parliament.
He further revealed that he is a native of the Constituency where he had lived all his life, contributed immensely to the development of the various communities and therefore properly understands their issues and was better placed to address them.
Mackotie further stated that he had attempted to contest for the Constituency but was advised by the Symbol Award Committee to give chance to the present Member of Parliament, Hon. Alie B. Kalokoh, with the promise that he will be given the symbol in 2007 to contest the Parliamentary election next March.
He noted that Hon. Alie B. Kalokoh had not done any good work ion the Constituency except to engage in quarrels with the people and in most instances, lock them up in cells.
“Hon. Alie B. Kalokoh was a member of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) who defected to the APC in 2007 and really does not have the ideology of the party at heart,” he maintained.
He also stated that the other contender, Hon. Abdul Salam Kanu, who is presently representing Constituency 118, now Constituency 118, has been both a Councilor in the Freetown City Council as well as a Member of Parliament, but has done nothing significant for his people.
He revealed that he has served his constituency in many capacities communities including being the Founder and Proprietor, Teacher and now Principal of the Royal International Academy as well as President of the for the Kissy Dock Yard Youths for Positive Initiatives.
“I have given thousands of children the opportunity to get quality and affordable education, created employment for about twenty five people as well as undertaken a lot of cleaning exercises, field trips and other social activities in the various communities of the constituency,” he narrated.
He also stressed that he has a very good relationship with the people of the constituency who regard him both as a father and a son.
He averred that he was properly educated and exposed and therefore has the capacity and ability to talk in Parliament and win debates as well as design, develop and implement projects that will benefit his constituents.
Mackotie, who revealed that he hails from Rogbin, in the Sanda Tainderen Chiefdom in the Bombali District, Northern Province of Sierra Leone, holds a Higher Teachers Certificate (HTC) Secondary in Social Studies and Economics, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Geography and Economics, and is now pursuing a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Development Studies. He is married and has a son.
He is a Member of the Kissy Dock Yard Police and Community Partnership Board, has served the Wesleyan Church Board for over eight years as Sunday School Superintendent, Chairman of the Development Committee and Church Secretary.
Constituency 119 consists of Shell Kissy Old Road, Kissy Mental Home, Kissy Bye Pass Terminal, Kissy Bye Pass Dock Yard, Culvert (Colbot), Peace Market at Ferry Junction, and part of Kissy Brook with a population of sixty thousand, nine hundred and forty one people (60,941).
A snap survey carried out in the constituency has confirmed that over eighty five percent of the people say they are not impressed with the leadership of Hon. Alie B. Kalokoh and are ready to support Mackotie to become their Member of Parliament in the next election.
They observed that Mackotie is a very respectful young man who has helped a lot of their children to acquire education as well as being a very significant contributor to the development of the constituency.
They stressed that even though some of them belonged to other political parties, they will support Mackotie. They called on the Symbol Award Committee of the APC to give him the symbol so that they will massively vote for him on 7 March, 2018.
By Abdul Hassan Fackie
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