SLPP aspirants trade accusations of forgery
The western area chairman of the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) Hon Manso Dumbuya has accused one of his opponents Ibrahim Keita of forgery.
Mr Keita, who is also known as Brima Keita is challenging Manso Dumbuya for the position of regional chairman of the SLPP, a position he had occupied once, when he replaced Lansana Fadika, who defected to the opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) prior to the 2021 elections. Mr Keita also defected to the national Grand Coalition (NGC) prior to the 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections. He declared his support for the party during the run-off election between President Bio and APC candidate, Dr Samura Kamara.
Following a report in this paper earlier this month, there have been allegations and counter-allegations between the two men over loyalty to the party. Hon Manso Dumbuya prides himself of being a member of SLPP since 1968, an assertion countered by Brima Keita, who accused Dumbuya of taking APC symbol to contest for parliamentary election in 1986.
Hon Dumbuya’s response is that in 1986 Sierra Leone was a one-party state so there was no way one could contest for parliamentary seat without the APC symbol.
Apart from loyalty, integrity and honesty have also become a bone of contention between the two gentlemen. Both of them claim to be Chief Patrons of the party but carrying different types of party cards and accusing each other of not having the authentic identity card.
In any case, according to Manso Dumbuya, carries a card purporting that it was issued to him in 2018. “But the man resigned from NGC in 2019 after which he applied for fresh membership of SLPP”, Hon Dumbuya charged. No one knows who is saying the truth because since 2018 the party had not been issuing biometric IDs for patrons and chief patrons as the person in charge of issuing cards, Alimamy H. Bangura had already been appointed Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea.
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