Sumana: Selling Kono People Out?
The Coalition for Change (C4C) party is said to be split in three factions due to disagreement about the forth coming run-off election between the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and the incumbent All People’s Congress Party (APC). The split factions comprise the Diaspora faction is mainly in the USA led by M, Alieu Iscandari and Idriss Kamara; the National Executive Faction who are led by Sam Sumana and then the Kono District Faction led by MPs and Councillors elect in Kono District. All factions have expressed varied desires for the run off. The Diaspora faction is calling for a neutral stance wherein no political party will be openly supported but they implored their supporters to vote for change. The national executive fation led by Sam Sumana seem to be leaning towards APC while the Kono district Faction have openly declared for the SLPP.
It is clear that two of the three factions do not support the APC and only the national executive faction support the APC. The stance of the national executive has been met with disdain by the people of Kono District who have accused Sam Sumana of selling hi sbirth right for a bowl of porridge. The people of Kono District have told Sam Sumana in no uncertain terms that they will abandon him as they did David Tam-Bayoh if he makes the mistake of going back to APC. This stance by the people of Kono District has put Sam Sumana in a conundrum because he knows he is nothing without the people of Kono but given his penchant for making deals, he is tempted to fall for the promises of millions of dollars promised to him by the APC.
Bio: Beneficiary of Kono Anger?
To under cut Sam Sumana who it was revealed was about to declare for the APC, the leadership of Kono District took to the airwaves in Kono and openly declared for SLPP. The national executive attempted to do the same on Sunday morning but they met with stiff resistance from the people of Kono who told them they will only listen to Sam Sumana if he declares for SLPP. One caller accused Sam Sumana of being selfish and greedy that is why after all the APC did to him he is now ready to sell the Kono people for $2 million, money that will only benefit him and not the Kono people. Furthermore, videos making the rounds on social media show C4C supporters booing APC stalwarts who went to Kono to plead with Sam Sumana
It has also been revealed to this press that Sam Sumana was jubilant when he heard the news about the injunction because he thought he could plead to the Kono people to allow him to get some money from the APC. One C4C Diasporan called Sma Sumana “a waste of space who did not deserve the empathy of Sierra Leoneans when APC treated him like trash”. For all intents and purposes, it seems the vast majority of the electorate in Kono have had it with the APC and are ready to vote against them with or without Sam Sumana’s support.