As violence mars lower level elections President Bio angry at SLPP thugs!
Party sources have intimated Sierra Express Media that President Juslius Maada Bio has ordered an urgent and thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the disgraceful treatment meted out to the Chairman of the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), at the party’s HQ on Saturday, 3rd July, 2021.
Dr Prince Alex Harding had gone to attend a National Executive Council meeting on that fateful day when he was greeted by party activists protesting against any further delay to hold the National Delegates Conference of the party, which had been postponed on several occasions, causing a source of anger and frustration to aspirants for various national positions who have been spending huge sums of money to canvass delegates.
The main agenda of the July 3rd meeting was to extend the mandate of the National Executive on the consideration of Covid-19. After lengthily deliberating on the issue, it was resolved that the Executive’s term be extended to December on the anticipation that anti-Covid measures would have diminished.
According to party source, President Bio expressed deep anger when he received the news that a bucket of water was poured on Dr Harding and his car dented by irate thugs. He considered such a conduct as unacceptable and wants the police to treat the incident with urgency and the seriousness it deserves.
Dr Harding presided over the meeting in wet clothes and even though his supporters believe that the perpetrators acted on the instructions of his archrival for the post of National Chairman, Jimmy Batilo Songa, the latter was not present at the meeting.
The source further disclosed that arrests had been made, but did not disclose the names of the suspects.
One of the district Chairmen of the party told Sierra Express that he was insulted by a woman who accused him as pro-Harding.
Meanwhile, there are reports of violent clashes between rival contenders in the lower level elections at Wilberfoce village.
At the Ark, on Robert Street, elections of the district executive could not be concluded because the voters list was snatched from the PPRC official by a lady.
In Tonkolili, the car of the current Chairman, Mohamed koroma, alias ‘Koko’ was set ablaze.
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