Saturday, March 03, 2007

Charles Margai Talks Tough: “It will be Suicidal” in Sierra Leone

Interim leader of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) Charles Frances Margai has said in Freetown that if the rumored plan by the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) to disrupt the PMDC convention in Bo this weekend is attempted, it will be "suicidal" and anyone involved will, "only have himself to blame. Lonta!"

Charles Margai

Mr. Charles Margai made the remarks on Wednesday 28th February 2007 whilst addressing journalists at a press conference held at the PMDC Headquarters at Hannah Benka Coker Street in Freetown.

Mr. Charles Margai told the Journalist the PMDC will be holding its first convention in Bo town to have all officials elected in what he termed as, "the most democratic, transparent and accountable convention ever in the history of the country".

The PMDC Mr. Charles Margai noted will be the first to hold such a political convention that will conclude amicably with no violence or question marks that will lead the party to the High Courts. He boasted that since the start of this week, "Bo city has been painted orange".

Mr. Margai earlier explained about the rationale behind the formation of the PMDC which party he said was borne out of a desire of the people of Sierra Leone who yarn for positive change in their country’s political system. He accused that Sierra Leone was not being governed as expected by the people and things are not going, as they should be expected in the 21st century. Mr. Margai therefore said that in support of the need for a positive change by the people of Sierra Leone, all hands must come together to prevent a recurrence of the ugly chapter that the country went through for 11 years which was simply as result of the "bad kind of governance evident today".

Even as he warned of what he claimed to be voter registration malpractices, Mr. Margai went on to assure that if his concerns about the voter registration exercise were looked into and all goes well, this year’s elections should be done in an atmosphere that will be free of violence, fair and democratic.

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