19th February 2018
Victor Foh Contradicts Samura's Selection Version at Ernest Koroma's Convention!
By Abu Shaw in London (25/12/17)
Vice President Victor Foh has contradicted Dr. Samura Kamara's version of what transpired behind closed doors at the APC Convention.
Victor Foh continues to show APC members how to pay 100% allegiance to the APC party led by President Ernest Bai Koroma through good times and bad. Tolongbo! (Photo: President Koroma recently showcasing Samura and Chernor Bah to the people of Kailahun). But the two versions of what actually happened during the controversial APC Convention in Makeni as adduced by VP Foh and the APC presidential candidate Samura Kamara make interesting read.
Samura said, like what many believed, he was selected by Ernest Koroma alone. But Victor Foh, who was also an APC flag bearer aspirant, said the entire APC selected Samura. Who is saying the truth? Why are these two top APC politicians at variance in this regard?
This public show of support of President Ernest Koroma by his Vice President does not only clearly indicates the supremacy of the party above personal reasons, but it also shows the political masterstroke machinated by our sly President to get help from VP Foh to calm the hot tempers already soiling a cross section of the party membership for the dictatorial ways the APC presidential candidate and his running mate Chernor Bah were singularly selected by the Almighty president himself.
It remains to be seen, if VP Foh's open support of the president - in stark contrast to and contradiction with Samura's version - is a strategy to romanticised his boss or whether it was meant to temper down the anger of the silent APC membership on behalf of his boss. (On Samura's selection version see details below).
In a State House press release, Victor Foh pinpointed his version while introducing President Koroma as keynote speaker in Kailahun recently. Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh said those who are claiming Dr. Samura Kamara is unknown to the people are mere detractors. “Those who are claiming it was President Koroma alone who selected the flag bearer is not true. It was the entire APC that decided on our presidential candidate for the 2018 elections,” VP Foh maintained. He also said that the chiefs are the greatest beneficiaries of President Koroma’s administration.
President Ernest Bai Koroma has touted government’s accomplishments, saying APC stalwarts and supporters should be proud of the party’s record since 2007. “We are proud of our record,” President Koroma tells Kailahun residents.
Speaking during his farewell message to the people of Kailahun district on Wednesday 20 December, he thanked the people of Kailahun for the massive turn out as well as for the opportunity accorded him to serve as president of the Republic for two consecutive terms. “I am also in Kailahun to present my report card as I did in parliament during my valedictory presidential address,” saying that it was very easy for people to criticize, but if they were to pay for their words, they would reduce the talking.
The president noted that even countries like the US and UK are still grappling with lots of development issues. “What I have done to transform this country is incomparable to no other president and government since independence,” he maintained, adding that the facts are there for all to see.
President Koroma pointed out that when he first contested for the presidency, most people didn’t believe that he could effect the necessary changes. But in 2007, most believed in him and voted resoundingly for him to do the job. He informed of how he promised to rehabilitate the infamous and now famous Kailahun Court Barry when he won the elections in 2007, and the results of 2012 changed dramatically in the district. According to him, it took 33 years since a tarmac road was constructed to Kailahun district and Kailahun has now changed under his administration. “It’s not Banya faykei” it’s “Banya reality” because you can see and feel development in the district.
He informed his audience that government has secured funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to construct the road from Kailahun to Koindu, amid rapturous applause.
He noted that although there are challenges with the Free Health Care initiative, like elsewhere, the number of lives saved is phenomenal. He took a swipe at fake politicians who are promising “new direction” or “change” saying that they do not have the requisite experience to run the country. “With all the cocoa grown in Kailahun, why should Kailahun not have a cocoa factory to manufacture chocolates and other byproducts?”
Government, he said, is not by rotation but based on performance. He believed that those who are claiming to have the right experience in governance are merely faking the people, and challenged any candidates in this election who have more experience than the APC presidential candidate to come forward. He also said the party’s running mate is someone who has excelled himself in his own right as a young man in parliament.
President Koroma further maintained that since he assumed office as president more civil servants, police officers, military officers, nurses and doctors, teachers, lecturers are all better paid today than ten years ago. He used the opportunity to introduce and present the APC presidential candidate and running mate to the people of Kailahun.
In his brief remarks to the people of Kailahun, Dr. Samura Kamara started his speech in Mende with cheers from the people of Kailahun. According to Dr. Samura Kamara, it’s not easy to choose a successor except with the help of God Almighty. He noted that the APC came out stronger and more united after the Makeni conference, and went on to describe President Koroma and VP Foh as encyclopedias of the party and therefore would love to see them around after their retirement. He said Kailahun has suffered more than almost all the districts in the country - the war, Ebola etc.
The APC presidential candidate highlighted roads leading to Kailahun and Pujehun, where most of the top politicians from SLPP hail from, are some of the worst roads in the country. “As we celebrate the progress President Koroma has made to move the country forward, we must recommit ourselves to do more,” he stated. Dr Kamara further noted that what has destroyed development in Sierra Leone is politics. “We should learn to put politics aside and develop Sierra Leone. What we need now is politics of development,” he said.
Dr Kamara also noted that had it not been for Ebola, Sierra Leone would have gone far in terms of development. He urged the people to put aside sentiments by repaying President Koroma for his remarkable transformational drive all across Sierra Leone. “We must take our destiny into our own hands,” he admonished.
John Bornoh Sesay, Campaign Chairman for the ruling party said the visit to Kailahun was for three main reasons; mainly to thank the people of Sierra Leone for giving President Koroma the opportunity to serve the nation for two consecutive terms. Secondly, to showcase his likely successors and those he trust to continue to move the country forward. Thirdly, to present the APC as a change agent in Sierra Leone - present the party’s report card over the last ten years as well as engage the youth with a very strong message of progressive change.
Several other speakers including Dauda K. Gbow, APC District Youth Chairman, Ansu Bannard, APC District Youth Leader, Miatta Gbondo, APC Women's Leader, Alhaji Chief Lamin J.T. Ngobeh (who spoke on behalf of the veterans), Sheku Tejan Koroma, APC District Chairman, and Maya Kaikai, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development all expressed profound appreciation of the tremendous work President Koroma has done for not only Kailahun but the entire country. For this, they pledged to vote solidly for the party come March 2018.
From Kailahun town, President Koroma also made several stop overs at Pendembu, Daru, Segbwema, Ngelehun and Kenema towns where he took the same message of appreciation for the opportunity accorded him to serve as their president for two consecutive terms and also presented his likely successors for the forthcoming elections.
Courtesy: By State House Communication Unit
Samura Antagonist Warns the APC Candidate Will Destroy Sierra Leone!
By Sankara Kamara (25/12/17)
Dr. Samura Kamara is not an intelligent man. Lacking both common sense and the mental ability to govern, Samura is a bumbling idiot!
In his first, major interview as presidential candidate, Samura Kamara unknowingly confirmed a disquieting fact about himself. He should NEVER be allowed to take over a nation in distress.
When asked to tell Sierra Leoneans why he should be elected as president, Samura Kamara began his own political destruction by confirming that he was 'chosen' by President Ernest Bai Koroma to lead Sierra Leone.
From a public relations perspective, Samura should NOT have used his own mouth and words, to confirm the fact that he was dictatorially selected by Ernest Koroma. Samura should have used his analytical skills to present himself as a man of integrity, armed with a national VISION.
When prompted to specifically explain what he plans to achieve as president, Samura Kamara's political idiocy became clearer. The man responded by saying that he intends to 'continue' to pursue and preserve Ernest Koroma's legacy. Politically speaking, I do NOT know what Samura Kamara means by that statement.
In presidential politics, EVERY candidate should be his own man. Samura Kamara should have seized the moment to explain his national VISION and the POLICIES he has formulated to prevail as a more successful leader.
In presidential politics, EVERY candidate should be his own man. In Sierra Leone, a wrecked and terribly suffering country, "I will continue with Ernest Koroma's policies," is a vague statement, which can be interpreted in a variety of unflattering ways.
Dubiously selected and imposed on the APC, Samura Kamara should have used his first MAJOR interview to create the impression that he has a BRAIN and a VISION. He failed to do that.
A SILENT opportunist and nothing more than that, Samura Kamara does NOT have the BRAIN or VISION to rule a politically damaged country. Anyone who ignores this fact must either be an APC fanatic, tribalistic warrior, or mentally dull Sierra Leonean just like the man himself, Samura Kamara.
Now you see why I once referred to the man as "Dan Dogo Samura Kamara?" May God have mercy on Sierra Leone, by saving us from Dan Dogo Samura Kamara's shocking incompetence.