Thousands of people were yesterday Wednesday 1st March, 2023 thrilled by the massive declaration of the Coalition for Change (C4C) Mayor, His Worship Komba Sam, 11 Councillors and the entire District Executive of C4C in Kono for the governing Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).
Nine senior members of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party in Kono District also declared for the ruling SLPP.
Making the declaration in the presence of the Leader of SLPP, President Brig. (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio, and the First Lady Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, who were at the Koidu Community Field to witness the declaration ceremony amidst pomp and pageantry, Mayor Komba Sam assured the President and the First Lady that his official declaration for the ruling SLPP was a district declaration and that the C4C structure that knows the political terrain of the district was also present.
Mayor Komba Sam, whose tenure expired yesterday 1st March, assured that the entire C4C structure that has declared for the ruling party would work hand in glove with the SLPP District Executive to deliver the district to President Bio in the June, 2023 presidential poll.
He also assured President Bio of scoring 90% of the total votes cast in Kono District during the June presidential poll, adding that the reason why the President will not be assured of 100% votes is that they still have people who have not seen the light, “but for us who have seen it, we have to give President Bio every support.”
Mayor Komba Sam recalled that when he assumed office in 2018, building a clock tower was not part of his manifesto but he had to approach his big sister, the First Lady and she bought the dream of constructing an ultra-modern clock tower in Koidu. “With the help of the President, today we have one of the best clock towers in the country,” the Mayor said.
He furthered that when he took over Koidu there was no waste management structure but with the help of government, they were able to win a WHH project that has enabled the city to get an established waste management site.
Mayor Komba Sam also extolled government for the transformation in Kono over the past five years, including the ongoing construction of a university in Koidu, the turning of sod for the construction of Simbakoro/Guinea Highway, the provision of twenty-four-hour electricity in Koidu and its environs, the provision of three school buses for pupils, among others.
He said having ensured that his people benefited immensely from the government’s transformation in Kono, he was now formally joining the SLPP to work assiduously to support his Kono people.
“Let God judge if the decision I’m taking today is for selfish gains,” Mayor Komba Sam said, noting, “But I’m taking it for the development of this land, to support my Kono people and I see the vision in the President because he is a good man and I need to work with him. He has a good heart for this country.”
This is the first time in history that a sitting Mayor of an opposition party has officially declared support publicly for a ruling party in Sierra Leone.