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“Today our democracy is under siege and our constitution is being abused by a cabal that is convinced that they must hold on to power by any means.” the presidential candidate of the National grand Coalition accused the government as he confirmed rumor of his dual citizenship.

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The presidential candidate of the national grand coalition during a press conference stated that he has fulfilled all the requirements for contesting for the presidency and calls on all other presidential candidate, ministers to represent the constitution and the people of sierra leone by doing the same. read the full statement below

ALHAJI DR. KANDEH KOLLEH YUMKELLA, NGC FLAG-BEARER CANDIDATE
AT A PRESS CONFERENCE
HELD AT SLICO BUILDING, 58 SANDERS STREET, FREETOWN
18 JANUARY 2018
ON THE ISSUE OF DUAL CITIZENSHIP
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Fourth Estate, my attention has been drawn to a series of articles alleging that I am currently a United States citizen and therefore unqualified to contest as a Member of Parliament and consequently for the Presidency. I was away from Sierra Leone and returned two days ago when the debate was raging. I have convened you here today to respond to these allegations against me during the past week. I decided that in the interest of the public there is a need to clear the air and set the record straight.
It is a fact that I have had dual nationality. It is also a fact that I renounced the US citizenship to fully comply with the 1991 Constitution. I believe that the Constitution is supreme; and I am strongly of the view that the President as the Fountain of Honor and Commander -in- Chief of the Armed Forces must have allegiance to only the country he or she leads.
Thus, voluntarily and because of my firm commitment to serve my country, I renounced my US citizenship to ensure that I fully qualify to run for parliament on behalf of the people of Samu, and to contest the position of President of the republic of Sierra Leone. In other words, I made sure that I did not violate Section 76 subsection (1a) of the 1919 Constitution.
Today, before my formal nomination at the National Electoral Commission, I categorically say to you the people of Sierra Leone, that as of this moment, I do not hold any other nationality, nor do I have allegiance to any other country. I want to make it clear for the avoidance of any doubt, that I am a citizen of one country in the world, and that’s Sierra Leone. I repeat, my dear compatriots that I renounced my US citizenship because I believe it is an obligation and a call of duty to do so when you are running for the highest office. Let me now show you copies of the Certificates of Loss of Nationality received from the United States Department of State.
Concerning the alleged Austrian citizenship, this is totally not true because Austria does not allow dual citizenship (you just have to do a simple visit to their website). Thus, people are free to check with the Austrian Consul in Sierra Leone. That said, I encourage all political leaders currently running for Parliament and the Presidency to come clean and declare their status as I have done. I have taken this step advisedly to inform the people of Sierra Leone because I respect and honour them and I believe they deserve an explanation from me.
On another note, I have followed with keen interest the debate on and the differing views that have been proffered on the interpretation of section 76 sub-section 1 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone Act no. 6 of the 1991 constitution. It is refreshing to note that suddenly, respect for the 1991 Constitution has taken a center stage.
Now let me turn to the broader issue of dual citizenship. Sierra Leoneans were granted the right to dual citizenship by the efforts of Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabba, an honourable statesman who healed this nation after 11 years of a very divisive and dehumanizing civil war. He made every effort to unify this nation by encouraging tolerance and forgiveness. He recognized the rights of the hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters living abroad and their families to identify with their motherland, and through an Act of Parliament he granted us dual citizenship. He also encouraged political pluralism and voluntarily relinquished power when his time was over.
Today our democracy is under siege and our constitution is being abused by a cabal that is convinced that they must hold on to power by any means. When he was in the opposition, President Ernest Bai Koroma courted the Diaspora for support and they helped propel him to power. For 10 years Mr. Koroma had them as parliamentarians and appointed them as ministers. In fact, it is rumoured right now that 6 persons are ministers and deputy ministers have dual nationality. This is not only deeply hypocritical but also a violation of the 1991 Constitution.
President Koroma cannot claim to have been ignorant about the conflict between the 2006 citizenship amendment and the constitution because the issue was brought to his attention twice during his 10-year tenure. The Peter Tucker Constitutional Review Commission raised the issue and the Justice Cowan CRC also raised it and recommended amending the constitution and the Government White Paper rejected the recommendation.
Section 56, of the 1991 Constitution states, “There shall be, in addition to the office Vice-President, such other offices of Ministers and Deputy Ministers as may be established by the President.” So, the President as Appointer if ministers, has a responsibility not to violate the Constitution when making ministerial appointments. Subsection 2(a) states “A person shall not be appointed a Minister or Deputy Minister unless he is qualified to be elected as a Member of Parliament.” President Ernest Koroma knew this because he was leader of the opposition in Parliament for a long time. But he knowingly appointed people with dual nationality as ministers. He knowingly granted party symbols to dual nations to serve in parliament (as you know he believes he has supreme authority). If the issue was about legality and constitutionality, why does President Koroma still have ministers who are dual citizens? The actions of the APC on this issue is just plain hypocrisy, and it is continuation of the selective use of the constitution to settle political debts and witch hunting. Mr. President is knowingly stirring up a constitutional crisis on the threshold of the March 2018 elections and perhaps still pushing the “more time agenda”.
Let us face the fact that the Sierra Leone People’s Party is also complicit in this duplicity. They approved all the Presidents ministerial appointments. They never provided true debate of appointments or challenge laws and bills sent to the Parliament. They approved front and shady companies and instruments put before them to loot this nation. This why we need change. We in the NGC will continue to expose the hypocrisy and duplicity of the APC-led government.
Since I have come clean on the allegations of dual nationality against me, I am calling on all other Aspirants who face similar allegation to come out clean. These include Samura Kamara who, it is alleged may be holding a British passport; Chernor Maju Bah who, it is sledged, does not have Sierra Leonean citizenship; ans Julia Maada Bio who may be holding both Ghanaian and British citizenship.
The NGC also demands that all current ministers with dual nationality should resign with immediate effect. As a political party, the NGC will explore all possible legal measures to ensure that section 92 of the 1991 Constitution is enforced.
By willfully and unintentionally spreading false rumours that I will be disqualified from running as a candidate for parliament and for the Presidency, the Ernest Koroma led APC government has clearly shown how worried they have become about the great prospect of the NGC winning the 2018 elections. Our compatriots in the diaspora should be rest assured that we the NGC will grant them the right to vote, and we will re-visit section 76 of the 1991 constitution to amend the discriminatory sub-sections.
I want to seize this opportunity to appeal to all NGC supporters nationwide to stay the course and mobiliise for victory.

  1. jack frazer says

    WHAT’S REALLY WRONG WITH THESE CURSED PEOPLE CALLED YUROBA/CRIOLES, LIKE THE TENMINEE PEOPLE, THESE TWO GROUP OF PEOPLE ARE THE ONES KEEPING SADLONE BACKWARD AND EVERLASTINGLY CRUDELY DISGUSTING COUNTRY WITH THEIR DUBIOUS ROTTEN PERSONALITY, THE WORST EVER FOLKS ONE CAN FIND IN THAT CURSED COUNTRY.

    SEE THIS SYCOPHANE, TOADY,CREEP, CRAWLER, OBSEQUIOUS PEOPLE, PUPPET, MINION AND DOORMAT SILVIA BLYDEN FIRST TO PUT HER UGLY DIGUSTING YUROBA FAECES PICTURE WITH BIO. XTREMELY SHAMELESS, MINDLESS AND SENSELESS FAECES OF THE LEAST SHE APE-HUMANOID FAECES KRIO YUROBA.

    SILVIA BLYDEN ARE THE SHAMELESS FAECES REMAINS OF APE-HUMANOIDS THAT WILL NEVER LET THAT COUNTRY AN INCH AHEAD. SAD. HERE IS THIS DISGUSTING SHE-APE OF THE WORST GENEALOGICAL BREED OF NIGERIA DESCENT. SAD. THE VERY PEOPLE WHO HAVE ARRESTED THE DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRESS OF SADLONE AS WE KNOW IT TODAY.

    SHE HAVE CLOSED HER MOUTH PIECE newspaper WAITING TO SEE AND LIKE WE SEE NOW TRYING TO FIT IN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER TO ANY WINNER BE IT SAMURA KAMARA, WEIRDNEST KAMARA OR BIO. VERY SAD A COUNTRY OF SUCH KINDS OF SHAMELESS, MINDLESS SYCOPHANT. ONLY HAVE IN THEIR UGLY MINDS WAYS FOR FOOD FOR THEIR DAILY BREAD.

    THIS UGLY SHE-APE-HUMANOID SILVIO BLINDEN IS AS GUILTY AS ANY APE-HUMANOIDS OF WEIRDNEST KAMARA/KOROMA THIEVES, THUGS BARBARS, DRUG DEALERS CORRUPTED SHAMELESS APES ADMINISTRATION. NOW SHE IS LIKE SHE NEVER KNEW OR WORKED FOR THE GOVERNMENT HANDS IN CLOVES. SAD LITTLE SOULLESS APE-HUMANOIDS.

    JUST READ THE KINDS OF INTELLIGENT THOUGHTS THESE PEOPLE HAVE, NO INTELLIGENT FORESEEN BEYOUNG THEIR DAILY BREAD PRAYERS.
    THE LIKES WHO OSWALD HENCILES, ADE OJUJU THOMSOM SAD LOOKING YUROBA SHE-APE SILVIO BLINDEN.

    SADLONE A LAND BEYOUNG IRREDEEMABLE WITH YUROBA, TENMINEE, LIMBA, LOKO, KURANKO BACKWARD, UNCIVILIZED, CRUDE, UNLEARNED YET STILL PROUDEST KNOWERS OF EVERYTHING BUT NOTTHING NUTS.SAD.

    TODAY SADLONE IS IN THE IMAGE LIKENESS OF THESE PEOPLE, YUROBAS/KRIOS, LIMBAS, KOLOS, KURANKOS AND TENMINEE SAD.
    CONCLUSION SILVIO BLYDEN U R A COMPLETE SHAMELESS SHE-APE HUMANOID YUROBA. SHAMELESSLY THE FIRST PUTTING HER PIC TOGETHER WITH MAADA BIO.

    SAD LOOKING UGLY APE-HUMANOID SILVIO BLINDEN.

  2. jack frazer says

    SMALL STEP FOR THE PEOPLE OF SIERRA LEONE DEMOCRACY AND GIANT FOOT-PRINT OF SIAKA THIEVENS!?<…

    TUESDAY, 27th March 20A-TEAM!!!?…It will be the day of a ''SMALL STEP FOR THE PEOPLE OF DEMOCRATIC SIERRA LEONE and a GI'ANT FOOT PRINT OF CLUELESS, RECKLESS, MINDLESS, SENSELESS, MENTAL RETARDED AND PHYSICAL DEFORMITY APE-HUMANOIDS SIAKA THIEVENS'' WALKED BY THIS SAME KIND A P E (ALL PEOPLE'S ERNEST) PARTY OF WEIRDNEST KAMARA / KOROMA.

    THE GIANT FOOT PRINT OF MENTAL RETARD, PHYSICAL DEFORMITY APE-HUMANOID SIAKA THIEVENS, WALKED ON BY WEIRDNEST KAMARA / KOROMA, A COMPLETE COPY CAT OF THE PERILOUS, MISERABLE, SUB-APES HUMAN LIVING CONDITIONS OF HIS 10 YEAR RECKLESS, CLUELESS, INCOMPETENT AND MINDLESSLY, SENSELESSLY CORRUPT GOVERNMENT.

    THIS RETARDED, DEFORMED WEIRD APE-HUMANOID ERNEST BYE KAMARA / KOROMA HAD BEEN IN HIS 10 YEAR MISRULED WALK IN THE EXACT FOOTPRINT OF HIS FATHER RETARD, DEFORMED, CORRUPT THIEF AND FOOLISH LEADERSHIP OF SIAKA THIEVENS IN SIERA LEONE TODAY.

    IN TODAY'S SAD LONE (SIERRA LEONE) WE ARE AWFULLY CURSED BY A LEADERSHIP THAT IS NOT SELF CONSCIENCE OF THEMSELVES, MENTALLY RETARDED AND PHYSICALLY DEFORMED APES OF GROSSLY FOOLISH INTELLECT, THAT'S BEYOND THE BUGGLE-BOO IMAGINATION OF A REAL WORLD WE LIVE IN.

    ONE RETARD, DEFORMED APE-HUMANOID HAVE SAD LONE (SIERRA LEONE) AS A WELL DEVELOPED TENMINEE, LIMBA, YUROBA / KRIOS, LOKO, KURANKO APE-HUMANOIDS FREE CITYSLUM IMAGE OF THEM.

    THE WHOLE FREETOWN, CITYSLUM IS A BASKET CASE OF kissy kraze-yard FOR RETARDS AND DEFORMS ZOO APE-HUMANOIDS OF YUROBA / KRIOS, TENMINEE, LIMBA, LOKO AND KURANKO. SAD, SAD LONE.

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