Sunday December 11 , 2005
The Spokesman of the Committee To Elect Hinga Norman , Rev. Alfred SamForay , in predicting victory for Norman in his present Supreme Court case against the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP) , has vowed that ” We will.. reduce the SLPP to its least common factor and then rebuild it from scratch -minus certain people “.
Samforay said that it will be done in the same fashion that the Sierra Leone Army was rebuilt and reduced to 16 battalions, the size of an effective and efficient army.
Samforay’s views re-echo the sentiments being expressed by radical elements within the SLPP who believe that the party had been highjacked by forces who have also left the original goals and dreams of Sierra Leone’s oldest and best organized political party behind.
Despite Samforay’s optimism however, it is difficult to say at this moment whether the present vanguard of the SLPP , led by the soon-to-retire President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and Vice-President Solomon Berewa , would taste defeat at the hands of the radicals advocating a complete change of guard .
The SLPP Delegates Conference in Makeni three months ago provided the best chance for the radicals to show their teeth in their desire to jettison the hold of the present leaders within the party , but their dreams fell short when Vice-President Berewa prevailed to win the nomination as Presidential candidate of the SLPP for the 2007 General Elections. Berewa’s victory came against all odds , after contenders like Charles Margai, John Ernest Leigh and Hinga Norman had filled airwaves and newspapers with optimistic declarations that they will win and lead the party.
However, it is this Berewa’s victory at Makeni that is now under seige from the Hinga Norman camp who scored a splendid victory last week when the Supreme Court decided to hear Hinga Norman’s latest case against the SLPP. Norman has continued to stalk the SLPP like a relentless ghost bent on vengence , even after resigning and planning to form his own party.
The oncoming Supreme Court case gives him yet another opportunity to stahe an in-house coup in the SLPP. Ih he succeeds in having the election as Presidential candidate of Vice-President Berewa overturned, it will be a good sign for his supporters that he is not a blind man shooting aimlessly in the dark.
SEE WHAT SAMFORAY SAID ABOUT THIS VICTORY LAST WEEK.