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SLPP's Deafening Silence Over Kandeh Yumkella

By Abdul Hassan Fackie,
Freetown, Sierra Leone.

For those of you, like me, who closely follow the political activities in this country, vis-a-vis by the various political parties, you would have realised that suddenly the main opposition and unarguably one of the two oldest and largest parties in the country, the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), has gone silent while the other one, the governing All Peoples Congress (APC) is going all over the country with one programme or the other engaging the people in various places and daily gaining momentum and followership.

SLPP's deafening silence is noticeable when  it comes to the issue of NGC's presidential candidate Kandeh Yumkella (pictured).

Political pundits I have spoken to in the past few days have observed that the most possible reasons for the virtual silence of the SLPP are because they do not have the necessary financial resources like the APC who has access to state funds, to undertake such expensive sensitisation programmes, and they may also be afraid of intimidation from the APC Government.

In an interview with a senior executive member of the party who pleaded not to be named, he said that even though he cannot deny that they are not as financially buoyant as the APC, they do have the financial strength to undertake such programmes but that they have chosen to be quiet and play their politics by engaging the people through various media outlets as well as through their administrative structures, targeting the zones, wards, chiefdoms and constituencies. 

He waved as insignificant the suggestion that they may be apprehensive that they will be bullied by the APC, stressing that while they are law abiding and peaceful, they also have the capacity and ability to resist any attacks from the APC.

"As far as we are concerned, we are talking to the people through our executives and memberships who are doing house to house sensitisation exercises which we believe us very effective that the noisy dances our opponents engage in for ordinary show," he maintained.

He also stated that they are also currently very busy putting their strategies in place in how to develop a manifesto that the people will see as feasible and accept so that they will vote for them on 7 March, 2018.

He also stated that contrary to what their opponents would want people to believe, they have the capacity, ability and capability to make noise and that they will do so at the right time.

Meanwhile, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has declared Monday, 5 February, 2018 as the day when campaigns will start all over the country, with each of the seventeen political parties allotted days, time and places they should rally and campaign to ensure that parties do not clash with each other. The campaigns will end on Monday, 5 March, 2018, with a cooling off period on Tuesday, March 6, and the elections on March 7.