Just after he announced his resignation from the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) on Friday in Freetown, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella may soon launch his political party, according to close sources in his camp.
The Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (KKK) movement, a grassroots organization formed by his supporters to promote his political aspiration, has always demanded that he start his own political party and avoids working with what they claimed “a political party filled with corrupt people”.
The embattled former SLPP member who offered to contest for the Presidency of the Republic of Sierra Leone under the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) is a popular figure in the country’s academic cycle who believed he has the wherewithal to champion the country’s leadership and turning the country around for the better.
“He was never given a chance by the SLPP party. Under the nose of the party’s executive committee, we were constantly threatened and attacked by thugs in the party,” said Augustine Musa.
The former Chairman of UN-Energy and a two-term former Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO), whose father was one of the founding members of the SLPP, said “The SLPP Party to which my parents belonged was a party of these dignified and respectable men and women who, together with my own parents, were committed to working for the progress of their country and compatriots. They strongly believed in the core values of the primacy of rule of law, preservation of unity, guarantee of freedom and justice.”
He however lamented that regrettably, The SLPP is today a caricature of the SLPP of the Founding Fathers suffering as it is currently under a mis-leadership that continues to thrive on violence, lack of respect for elders, falsehood, betrayal, violation of rules, manipulation of people with messages of division, dark schemes and designs, lack of focus and loss of credibility.
His resignation has caused more members to resign from the party, including elders who have held strong positions in the party’s executive; among them the former vice president of Sierra Leone Dr.Albert Joe Demby, who also resigned from the SLPP.
Efforts to contact the executive of the SLPP proved futile.
Kandeh Yumkella’s resignation speech: