PRESS RELEASE FROM THE MOVEMENT FOR THE TRAN SFORMATION OF SLPP (MTS) ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE SIERRA LEONE PEOPLES PARTY (SLPP)
The Movement for the Transformation of SLPP (MTS) was formed in November 2012 and launched in March 2013 with the objective of transforming the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) into a viable political party that is prepared to take the mantle of power in Sierra Leone come 2017 General Election.
Since the loss of two consecutive elections in 2007 and 2012, the SLPP has been beset with a series of problems resulting in the fragmentation of the Party into flagbearer oriented groups and the defection of key Party members to the APC. The situation has now become so serious that our position as a viable and credible alternative to APC is now seriously compromised.
The recent suspension of the Chairman and Leader of the Party (Chief Somano Kapen) and the National Secretary General (Mr. Suliaman Tejan Sie), instigated by the four regional Chairmen, a group of National Officials and a so-called “Grassroots” group within the party and reflected in support of the action in various interviews in the print and electronic media by the Deputy Chairman, Dr Prince Harding and the National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Musa Tamba Sam, is a blatant violation of the SLPP constitution. MTS considers this illegal act completely unacceptable and unequivocally condemns it.
Furthermore MTS categorically condemns the use of violence and intimidation as a means of achieving the objectives of any group within the party. All elected members of the Party should be allowed unhindered access to all SLPP offices without fear of intimidation
MTS will commission a fact finding team with the view of investigating this problem and come up with an unbiased report. This will help us start a process that will achieve sustainable peace and unity in the Party.
One County! One People!
Dr Jonathan Tengbe
Central Coordinator (On Behalf of the Movement for the Transformation of SLPP (MTS)