By Amin Kef (Ranger)
It was indeed a spectacular sight, a momentous and electrifying episode during the climax of the 13th National Delegates Conference of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) held at the Bintumani Conference Centre on Aberdeen in Freetown, on the 9th February, 2023 when the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Party officially endorsed Chief Mohamed Gento Kamara as the only contending Mayoral candidate who has been awarded the Mayoral Symbol to contest for the position in the forthcoming Local Government Election (Freetown City Council Mayoral Election) slated to take place in June this year.
Immediately, the pronouncement was made the whole Conference Centre went wild as thousands of party loyalists in attendance jubilantly shouted in celebration of the news, expressing joy and maintaining the determination that the team is now set to emerge victorious in the forthcoming elections.
There was happiness galore among the rank and file of party faithful or supporters on that day as Chief Gento’s endorsement came minutes after President Julius Maada Bio has just disclosed that his Vice President, Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh is going to be his running mate in the forthcoming elections. The revelation came amidst seemingly convincing rumours that Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh was going to be ditched and replaced with Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (KKY).
President Bio in a joyful mood told the elated crowd of excited supporters that he has chosen his team for the June 2023 General election and appealed as well as encouraged electorates across the country to make no mistake in electing a winning team underscoring the significance of voting for Chief Mohamed Gento Kamara as the next Mayor of Freetown in order to protect the future of the Municipality by seriously mapping out and implementing impactful and developmental oriented initiatives to sync with modern trends .
After expressing gratitude for the onus and offer, Chief Mohamed Gento Kamara reassured Freetonians of an efficient service delivery system when elected as the next Mayor of Freetown and stated that his key priority areas of focusing attention and resources mentioning ensuring the unfettered supply of water from taps, undertaking thorough and sustainable cleaning exercises or programmes, recycling of waste into consumable products, promote oneness or unification by breaking the scourge of tribalism.
He encouraged all of his supporters to maintain an inclusive political strategy and to campaign beyond party and tribal lines furthering that the main objectives of his mayoral aspiration are centred around resolving tribal indifferences and create a platform for inclusive development as well as total unification.