By Amin Kef (Ranger)
Mohamed Gento Kamara has continued to intimate community residents of his intention to contest for the Mayoral Position of the Freetown City Council (FCC) in the forthcoming Presidential, Parliamentary and Mayoral elections slated to take place next year under the ticket of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP). He has been doing so respectfully by contacting important stakeholders who in turn have pledged promises to campaign on his behalf.
In all his Meet-the-People Tours, the man of the moment had been succinctly informing residents in the Freetown metropolis of his aim to unite all the tribes in Freetown with the avowed objective of focusing on development priorities that will make the city really comfortable and an ideal place to reside in, work and do business.
From his actions and interventions there is no doubt that Chief Gento Kamara’s zest to make Freetown become truly inclusive is cutting across all communities, tribes and political lines.
It was this same objective that motivated Gento to visit the Aberdeen community where residents truly manifested their love and willingness to elect him as the prospective Mayor of Freetown.
According to the feedback that residents gave to our reporter, they unanimously intimated that Aberdeen has been known for SLPP and they have signed a social contract with the “Mayor to Be” in a bid to secure more than 80% of the vote that will be cast for the SLPP.
It is on record that various organizations and associations have registered their supports by endorsing Gento with the view of vigorously campaigning for the SLPP in a general spectrum but most importantly for Chief Gento and President Bio.
According to Gento, he wants to become Mayor in order to be the bridge that will bring young people together, take their minds away from violence and channel them into productive ventures stressing that if there is any time that such is needed the time is now.
“The unfortunate violent protests that took place on the 10th August, 2022 was really uncalled as it claimed the lives of Police Officers and Civilians and as someone who is totally against recourse to violence I totally condemn it as I do not want this country to relapse to war which is why I have decided to run as Mayor for the Freetown City Council,” Gento revealed adding that various strategies could be applied to make young people contribute meaningfully to development.
He said there are issues related to the youth which must be addressed assuring that they could be accomplished only if young people could be prevented from becoming vulnerable and used as puppets by unscrupulous politicians.
As to whether he stands a chance of emerging victorious under the ticket of the SLPP, Gento responded that he believes in the ideology of the party which is “One Country, One People”. He argued that despite the fact that there are various tribes existing in the country the fact still remains that we are all Sierra Leoneans. He underscored the need to be nationalistic, push aside tribalism and embrace patriotism. “Love for one’s country must transcend tribal sentiments and development must be considered paramount in all our endeavours,” he intimated and warned against considering one tribe superior to another.
“Let us support an individual not along tribal lines but rather chose people or put them in positions of trust based on their competencies and abilities to perform and not because of the tribes they belong to,” he admonished.
According to Gento, gone are the days when Freetown was considered as only belonging to the Krios maintaining that it is now a melting pot where individuals from various tribes reside adding that democratically the country has opened up politically, devoid of one tribe having a monopoly over governance ideas or issues.
With the aim of changing the face of Freetown Gento intimated how he has prioritized sanitation as one area to be dealt with.
It is the conviction that as CEO of a reputable road engineering and construction company, Mohamed Gento Kamara, has the wherewithal to make Freetown one of the cleanest cities within the sub-region. He has the ability to mobilize and motivate young people, has access to relevant equipments and has the knack for getting things done at the appropriate time.
As various support groups have surfaced, some formed along community lines, expressing their supports on printed banners placed at strategic locations, the writing is clearly seen on the wall that Mohamed Gento Kamara is the next sitting Mayor of the Freetown City Council.
Make no mistake in electing Chief Mohamed Gento in 2023 as the next Mayor of the Freetown City Council.