Thursday 11th- State Lodge, the qualified home for a standing president has been transformed to political party office by President Koroma.
This has been so after some APC party officials including hundreds of supporters were observed flocking the Presidential Lodge, to, in effect;commemorate the award of parliamentary symbols to party hopefuls.
Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10, respectively witnessed the membership of the ruling APC congregating at the state owned presidential lodge, where incidentally they have had banners of aspirants displayed, masquerades (Devils) dancing and singing as they, no doubt, await the announcement of persons to fill in parliamentary position for the APC in the March 7 multitier elections.
State Lodge, as distinct from political party offices, is exclusively taken care of by government using moneys from the consolidated fund.
The Lodge is meant to provide shelter and office for the President, his immediate family members- wife, and children, just them.
It is certainly not meant for use by any political party, not least the ruling APC party, which now woefully and arbitrarily is misusing it.
The APC of President Koroma has been accused of countless misused of office and over the years has seen reputable international organizations as well as human rights institutions, damagingly ranking Sierra Leone zero on issues depicting good governance.
It is true the APC under President Koroma has had public officials paid from the coffer of the consolidated fund correspondingly serving as political party executive, an action defeating the life-force and resolved of democracy the world over.
Names such as Allieu Pat- Sowe (current Minister of trade), Kelfala Marah (current Foreign Minister), Sidi Yayah Tunis (current Tourism Minister), Momoh Konte (current Chairman National Telecommunications Commission) and Alhaji Wurror Jalloh (current Director General Maritime Administration) are but few of those who have had themselves as executive members of the ruling APC party.
Sierra Leone’s finest culture of political religious tolerance, which time countless, has seen past governments going by- having the president as either a Christian and the vice president a Muslim- has in the recent past stifled shortly after President Koroma sacked his elected Muslim vice president Sam Sumana, replacing him with Victor Bockarie Foh, a Christian follower.
This consequently has seen the country now having both the president and vice coming from the same religious
Sources say Koroma’s use of the state lodge as an appendage of APC party office, supports allusions of many that he is indeed the remote control machine of Samura Kamara, the selected APC presidential candidate.
They say the ongoing allocation of parliamentary symbols to APC aspirants at state lodge has been hugely dictated by Koroma, not Samura as the presidential bearer.
Koroma’s recent nationwide ‘thank you’ tour to Sierra Leoneans for voting him as president has seen the civil society, media and other organizations accusing the APC of wastefully spending billions of country’s money.
That he has acknowledged the issuance of 148 vehicles to paramount to chiefs nationwide because he wants them vote his man of picking- Samura Kamra.
It is not known whether opposition political parties the likes of SLPP, others intend coming out with a statement condemning the President for his use of the state lodge for political activities.