Present and recent past Secretaries for the governing All People’s Congress in Sierra Leone, Ambassadors Foday Yansaneh and Victor Bockarie Foh, respectively have on Sunday 18th August met in central Beijing and held discussions on ways of not just strengthening the support base of their party back home, but also on how they could further their political ties with the governing Communist Party of China.
Ambassador Yansaneh, leading 10 man delegation, arrived in China, upon the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The delegation is comprised of Alhaji M S Kargbo Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Kadiatu Mansaray, APC Women’s Koinadugu District, Mohamed Sesay from Port Loko District, Issa Kanu from Bombali District, David Fornah and Abdulrahman Bangura both from the National Secretariat, Rebecca Koroma, Women’s and Leader Kailahun District, Madam Zainab Bangura, APC Women’s Leader southern province, Mohamed Bangura, Youth Leader Tonkolli District.
Hosting them to a dinner at his residence on Sunday 18th August, Ambassador Foh, who until few months ago was Secretary-General for the party , highlighted how the APC is built and strengthened on the foundation of meeting the needs of the down trodden. The party, he said, is one that is meant for the masses and cares for everyone. “The APC is a mass party and it has always catered for the downtrodden as they are the ones who determine “who win election” Ambassador Foh also paid tribute to the party’s founding fathers and particularly those who have been working in ensuring its continued growth.
He called for the party to be supported and strengthened by its members and the need for it to be given the respect it deserves, referencing China where “there is great respect for the party’s operation. Everything here is party…” Sierra Leone, Ambassador Foh said, recognized China years back as a sleeping giant and as such “if there is nothing we can give them, let us continue to stand by them at all time ….as they are making head ways” The party’s Secretary-General Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh also commended Ambassador Foh for his time and dedication to the values and ideals of the party.
He said at a time people were afraid to be associated with the APC, people like Victor Bockarie Foh and William Juana Smith, amongst others, stood by it and ensured it survival “and that was at a time the NPRC wanted to kill the APC” He encouraged all and sundry to be committed to the party and disclosed, that political payment will not come, the world hereafter. “We are not expecting our political payment next world”, but also encouraged them to work hard for not just the growth of the party, but for the general development of Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone, Ambassador Yansaneh assured, will see more development, with the APC in power.
Talking about alternatives to party politics and national development, Ambassador Foh said “if the SLPP is the only alternative to administer Sierra Leone, then it is a danger” and therefore, assured all present, that they will empower and strengthen the APC which “is the only viable alternative to any party today in Sierra Leone’s development” Since the APC was elected, Ambassador Yansaneh said, there has been no political prisoner and this, he stated is commendable. He said, as a government and party, they have made development possible in every region of the country through the leadership of President Ernest Bai Koroma, leader and Chairman of the APC. He thanked Ambassador Foh for hosting the delegation to a dinner, a decision, which he said, shows the commitment, love and dedication Ambassador Foh has towards the survival of the party back home.
Present also were a cross section of members of the APC Asia Branch and representatives of the Sierra Leone student body in China. The branch’s Chairman, Lamin Turay commended the government for development back home and thanked the party leadership for its commitment to taking the country to the apex of development. John Baimba Sesay Press/Information Attaché-PR China