Chairman and leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Chief Somano Kapen has during a local radio programme on Tuesday 7th June 2016, admitted that his party is in a very delicate balance between chaos and collapse.
He made these comments on Radio Democracy- Good Morning Salone Programme whilst affirming statements made by one of the party’s presidential aspirants for the 2018 elections, Kandeh Yumkella. Kandeh Yumkella, leader of KKY Movement of the SLPP had earlier referred to the party as “dysfunctional and unready to win the 2018 general elections.”
Mr. Yumkella furthered that “the SLPP is full of mischief makers and terrorists.” He said, despite the calamity in Kenema town, which led to the death of one of their supporter, some of their other party’s supporters are still displaying lawlessness with impunity.
Mr. Yumkella was making such statements whilst also responding to the an incident on Saturday 4th June 2016, when himself and other presidential aspirants had a standoff with some supporters of the party who locked them outside the party’s headquarters at Lightfoot Boston Street, Freetown.
Meanwhile, Chief Somano Kapen during the radio programme, unreservedly took full responsibility for the unnecessary standoff that occurred outside the party office.
He said “to avert chaotic situation, I will not want to comment on this issue,” adding that the party is not dysfunctional, but merely experiencing “chaotic situations.” The chairman and leader also said that a lot of people are resisting change in the party because they have lost confidence in certain people.
Additionally, Chief Kapen, as the head of the party, invoked and ordered that “henceforth, I will not want any true member of the SLPP, who believes in the values of the party to go over the media to resort to certain state which will affect the smooth running of the party.” Therefore, he urged them all “to wash their dirty linen at home.”