24th June 2018
Watch Out for Sierra Leone’s Next First Lady!!!
By STN, Special Commentary (12/01/17)
In 2018, Sierra Leone will go in to general and presidential elections. Many politicians are now parading with the future First Ladies.
As the momentum to succeed President Ernest Bai Koroma develops in both the ruling All People Congress Party (APC), the main opposition Sierra Leone People Party (SLPP) and other political parties, many aspirants are beginning to campaign with their wives and children while others are not doing so.
Amongst those that have been coming out with their wives are Julius Maada Bio, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, Andrew Keili, Alimamy Pepito Koroma, Victor Bockarie Foh, Minkailu Mansaray, John Bono Sesay and Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella. Those that have not been moving with their wives, either because of being single or are not ready to do so, include John Oponjo Benjamin, Alie Kabba, Abubakarr Kalokoh, Alpha Khanu and Kamarainba Mansaray.
The reason for them not to move around with their wives may not be unconnected with the fact that some of them have no homes that they can manage and control. The first lady in any country normally has a pivotal role to play in running the state concomitantly with the President who needs a stable home to make important national decisions.
At times, the first lady also helps the President in developing and implementing programmes that will help the vulnerable particularly women and children in the state. There are times politicians do not only campaign with their wives but also the rest of their families to show how responsible they are in running and managing their homes.
Thus it is good for Sierra Leone to assess the families of those who have declared or are yet to declare their intentions to run for President come 2018. Assessing our aspirants for the most coveted political seat in the country, we need to know NOW how responsible and competent they are.
Courtesy: Salone Times Newspaper