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SLPP, APC roll campaign tanks upcountry

14 July 2007 at 23:19 | 476 views

By Sorie Sudan Sesay, Freetown.

With the final whistle for the beginning of campaigning
ahead of the forth-coming Presidential and
Parliamentary elections being blown, two of the
country’s main political parties have rolled theier
campaign tanks upcountry.

First was the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party
(SLPP) which departed Freetown last Thursday for the
Eastern Region.

The SLPP team was led by its presidential candidate,
Vice President Solomon Berewa and Foreign Affairs
minister and SLPP running mate Momodu Koroma.

The party’s first stop was Kono where Berewa among
other things lambasted the police for what he described
as betrayal saying ’God will punish them.’It’s not clear why or how the police have angered him.

The party later left for Tongo and other surrounding
towns in the Eastern Region.

Like the SLPP, the APC also visited the diamond rich
district of Kono, but that was after its presidential
candidate Ernest Bai Koroma had addresssed the people
of Lunsar where a well organised meeting had been
planned well ahead for him.

In Kono, the people of that district received their
newly appointed running mate Samuel Sam Sumana(photo) whom
they described as ’a son of the soil’.

Sumana was carried in a hammock at the town of Njaama
Sewafe, the constituency of Augustine Torto who
recently defected from the SLPP to join the APC.

Jounalist Chernor Ojuku Sesay, who traveled with the party,
described the scene as incredible saying he has never
witnessed a political rally as organised as the APC
visit of Kono.

The party is expected to spend the better part of the
weekend in Kono before leaving for Tongo.

Meanwhile, the People’s Movement for Democratic Change
(PMDC) also left Freetown last Friday for the southern
town of Bo where they planned to launch the party’s manifesto.