From the outset, to many observers, the two manifestos of the two main political parties in Sierra Leone are similar in many ways, though written using different connotation.
Of course, it is no surprise that the APC and SLPP have similar plans because these two parties have been the only political parties to have ruled this country for the past fifty-six odd years, and therefore, they know the real and artificial problems facing this country; and possibly, even how to resolve these problems.
The one that many thought was a stranger to politics or even to the people of Sierra Leone now seems to be the best weapon the All Peoples Congress has in its arsenal for the coming national elections. The eloquence of Dr Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara is now seen as one of his selling points, a unique advantage that he has over all other contenders. In a campaign where attributes of public speaking and command of economic and geo-political dynamics mark one candidate above the rest, Dr Samura Kamara expertise in articulating the precepts of economic development and strategies to address issues of macro-economic significance to Sierra Leone show why he was chosen as the best out of a field of 28 others for the position of APC flag bearer at Makeni in 2017.
With elections fast approaching, there are clear signs that Sierra Leone’s political discourse is growing up. March 7, 2018 is D-day for Sierra Leone’s electorate. The country will go to the polls and vote for new representatives – MPs, mayors, councillors, district council chairs and of course, a president who will determine our future for the next five years.
Sierra Leone has had over a decade and a half of peace, nevertheless when we hold elections, the rest of the world still looks at us warily.
Sierra Leone returned to the conduct of periodic democratic elections in 1996 following the end of the military regime. In 1996, the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) won (well according the NEC) the elections with late Alhaji Ahmed Tejan Kabbah as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. He was re-elected in 2002 following the declaration of the official end of the 11 years brutal war that left over 50, 000 dead and more displaced and amputated.