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Margai’s Charisma in the US

6 November 2006 at 00:07 | 674 views

By Karamoh Kabbah

A crowd of sympathizers caught party officials and supporters of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) by surprise on November 2, 2006 at Dulles Airport in Virginia. There were no preparations in place to manage such an unexpected large crowd of Sierra Leoneans on the corridors of the airport.

As the crowd gathered, a curios passerby who was mesmerized by enthusiastic people in brilliant orange color T-shirts, flags and banners asked; “What’s dis?”

Dr. Baimba Kamara, the National Executive Council (NEC) Chairman of the PMDC USA explained: “Soon the Interim Leader of the PMDC would be walking through one of those doors from Sierra Leone. We have come to say thanks for all the effort our partners for peace, worldwide, have made to bring peace to Sierra Leone. PMDC’s “Positive Change” philosophy includes changing every aspect of slow government in Sierra Leone, especially the prevailing undemocratic principles under the present administration. We will ask our partners for peace to help us one more time, one more time!” he stressed. Dr. Baimba continued, “So that we can conduct a free and fair election in that country. The entire nation is crying for change, but that will only come about with good electioneering. Once we usher in the “Positive Change”, there will be progress in a democratic system,” he confirmed. “And Sierra Leoneans will return home in their hundreds,” he threw his fist in the air. “We have come to ask for that help,” he concluded.

The delegation arrived at noon Eastern Time. Among those that came through the doors that Dr. Baimba pointed to in his brief oratory was the leader of the delegation, Mr. C F Margai.

Other members of the delegation included Mrs. Vivat Margai, Mr. Ansu Lansana, Pa Momoh Fofanah, Rev Momoh Foh, Rebecca Conteh, Mr. Femi Hebron and Mr. Sidikie Janneh. The top party officials at the receiving end were Dr. Baimba Kamara, Chairman of Washington DC chapter; Mr. Lamin Kondeh and Ambassador at Large and Chairman of planning committee of the interim leader’s visit, Hon. Dauda T Bangura.

Chanting of the PMDC “Positive Change” slogan and “One for All, All for One” salutation ensued as soon as the crowd got a glimpse of the emerging delegation towards them. Many shouted, “Positive Man Don Cam”, others threw their fist in the air in victory song that their Interim leader is here at last.

The delegation was supposed to have been here two days earlier, which was delayed by other important things on the home side.

NEC leaders, party supporters and many sympathizers drove in a motorcade for lunch at Best
Harvest restaurant on New Hampshire Ave.

The delegation then drove to their hotel in Columbia Maryland from where it will leave for Philadelphia. Below is the detail of the T-AT for “Positive Change”.

PMDC’s Trans-Atlantic Tour for Positive Change" Program

No.

Date

Day

Program

The USA Program

1.

November 1

Wednesday

Delegation leaves Freetown

2.

November 02

Thursday

Delaware/Pennsylvania/New Jersey - Delegation arrives in Washington DC, and moves to Philadelphia, PA. Meets with NEC, Planning Committees, PMDC family and members in Delaware. Teleconference with all chapters for program briefing. Meeting of resource people.

3.

November 03

Friday

Morning: Philadelphia, PA. 9:00 AM Delegation meets with PMDC PA/DE/NJ chapters executive.

Afternoon: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Meeting with Mayor Street at City

3:00 PM Meeting with Rev Soaries (former chairman of the Federal Election

Assistance Commission).

5:00 PM Inspection and photo up with donated school equipments in NJ

9:00 PM Dinner at Mr. & Mrs. Mussaffa’s residence.

4.

November 04

Saturday

Philadelphia, PA. Sightseeing to historical sites and Fundraising Dinner and Banquet

5.

November 05

Sunday

Morning: 9:00 AM church Service

2:00 PM Lunch at Susan Bona’s residence in NJ

4:00 PM Town Hall meeting in New Jersey
8:oo Dinner at Mr. David Rogers residence in NJ.

6.

November 06

Monday

Philadelphia, PA.

* Meeting with Congressmen Chaka Fatah and Robert Brady in the morning.
* Interview with media in the afternoon

Washington DC. Delegation depart to Washington DC and meets with Planning

Committees, NEC and Washington DC Executive.

10.

November 07

Tuesday

Washington DC. Interview with the National Press Club and Texas Radio Broadcast.

Rest and Scheduled sightseeing functions, etc. Meet with a SL dignitary at 7:00 PM

11.

November 08

Wednesday

Atlanta, GA. Delegation arrives in Atlanta, GA and rest for the day

12.

November 09

Thursday

Atlanta, GA. Delegation meets with the Carter Center and the Georgia PMDC executive and the SCIS/World Trade Center

13.

November 10

Friday

Atlanta, GA. Interview with CNN, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Black Clergy and a Fundraiser at Justin’s

14.

November 11

Saturday

Atlanta, GA. New Birth Church, WFRG Interview and Fundraising Dinner at the Renaissance

15.

November 12

Sunday

Atlanta GA. Church service and Town Hall meeting with Sierra Leoneans - Q & A

16.

November 13

Monday

GA and DC. Delegation meets with Georgia executives. Returns to Washington DC

17.

November 14

Tuesday

Washington DC.

* (Tentative) Delegation meets with a cross-section of the Congressional Black Caucus
* Visit Howard University International Law School at 12:00 Noon

18.

November 15

Wednesday

Washington DC. (Tentative) Delegation meets with the Secretary of the Sub-

Committee for African Affairs

19.

November 16

Thursday

Indianapolis, IN Delegation arrives in Indiana and meet with prominent Sierra Leoneans

20.

November 17

Friday

Indianapolis, IN PMDC Fundraiser and Banquet with Reverend S. Hunter. Delegation leaves for Wisconsin.

21.

November 18

Saturday

Morning: Wisconsin. Delegation meets with the PMDC executive

Evening: Wisconsin. Fundraiser and Dinner Dance. Delegation leaves for Ohio

(Tentative)

22.

November 19

Sunday

Morning: Ohio. (Tentative) Delegation may make a stop in some parts of Ohio Delegation leaves for Washington DC.

23

November 20

Monday

Washington DC. Delegation meets with US State Department officials at 11:30 AM.

Delegation meets with the National Endowment for Democracy at 3:00pm. Contact Dave Peterson

24.

November 21-22

Tuesday

Florida. The Interim Leader visits dignitaries in Florida

25.

November 23

Thursday

Washington DC and Maryland Interim Leader returns to Washington DC

Delegation Meets and dine with Sierra Leonean - Launch

* Delegation Meets and dine with some business executives - Dinner

26.

November 24

Friday

Washington DC and Maryland

* Sight seeing in the morning and dinner with Sierra Leonean business executives in the evening
* Interim Leader’s Teleconference with other Chapter executives 10:00 PM Est.

27.

November 25

Saturday

Washington DC Dinner and dance - fundraiser. Venue to be announced.

28.

November 26

Sunday

Washington DC

* Church Service and meeting with Washington DC Executives
* Final meeting with the NEC and Planning Committee
* Town Hall meeting at Takoma Park County

29.

November 27

Monday

London, UK. Delegation departs for London

The London Program

30.

November 28

London, UK. Delegation rests for the day.

The Holland Program

31.

November 29

Wednesday

Holland, EU The delegation arrives in Holland

32.

November 30

Thursday

The Hague. A Press Conference will be held

33.

December 01

Friday

The Hague. Meeting with the Dutch Development Minister

34.

December 02

Saturday

The Hague. General meeting with PMDC-NL executive and members. Meeting with Sierra Leoneans and fund raiser - (Tentative)

35.

December 03

Sunday

The Hague. General Meeting with all Sierra Leoneans

36.

December 04

Monday

Delegation is officially welcome in London

The London Program (Continued)

37.

December 05

Tuesday

London, England. General briefing

38.

December 06

Wednesday

London, England. Delegation meet the Press and Media

39.

December 07

Thursday

London, England. Chatham House. Meeting with politicians, business people, organizations and establishments etc.

40.

December 08

Friday

London, England. Meeting with Sierra Leoneans in UK.

41.

December 09

Saturday

London, England. Dinner and dance

42.

December 10

Sunday

London, England. Meeting with members of PMDC UK and Ireland

43.

December 11

Monday

London, England. Interim Leader remains in London the other delegation members return to Sierra Leone

44.

December 12-13

Tuesday-Wednesday

London, England. Interim leader attends other official matters in London

45.

December 14/15

Thursday/Friday

London, England. Interim Leader leaves London for Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone Program

46.

December 16

Saturday

Freetown, SL

* Official welcoming rally for the Interim Leader in Freetown
* Interim Leader addresses supporters in Victoria Park or some other venue
* Official opening of the Western Area PMDC office.

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