The Bo Branch office of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party was on Friday November 27 closed to the visit of one of its aspiring candidate, Dr Kandeh Yumkellah.
The intending aspirant entered the city by 11am and rallied through the principal streets of Tikonko, Dambala and Fenton Road only to meet his party office closed and deserted with the police on guard there.
With that he made his way to the Central Mosque where he spoke to the people of Bo.
The flag bearer hopeful told the assembled Muslims “my heart is not straight for the way Sierra Leone is running.” He said it was strange for him to hear of how the children of Bo have taken violence as a lifestyle.
He said he left Bo about 20 years ago and that while there he grew up with friends admiring people of excellence and not violence. He requested the religious people to pray for unity and peace’ in Sierra Leone. He said if he should be given the opportunity to serve the country “I will build on the legacy of late President Kabbah and Ernest Koroma.”
The job he accepted would be enormous but assured all that he was up to it as he has a lot of international experience. He stated “I have done a lot around the world but I feel like working for my country again.”
The Deputy Chief Imam of the Mosque quoted from the Book and explained that “God said that you may want something that isn’t good for you or may reject something that is good for you.”
In an interview, the Regional Public Relations Officer of the SLPP, Kanji Daramy told Awoko “the reason for closure of the office has nothing to do with the coming of Yumkellah to Bo.”
He said: “The office was closed because some members of a movement called KKY went to the office this morning and started misbehaving.”
Additionally, he maintained “As far as we are concerned, Kandeh is not a member of the SLPP.”