At the weekly Government Press Conference held at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Information and Communications at Youyi Building in Freetown yesterday, the Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Bangura warned the former SLPP flag bearer aspirant, Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella to stop impersonating President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma by falsely claiming that, he (Kandeh Yumkella) had been assured by President Koroma that he would succeed him as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. “He has been making such misrepresentations to some world leaders… This is criminal and he should stop spreading such dangerous falsehood”, Mr. Bangura warned.
The Information Minister described Dr. Kandeh Yumkella as “a dangerous liar and a totally confused and indecisive man”.
According to Mr. Bangura, he was prepared to give more details on the claims he was making if Dr. Yumkella decides to publicly react to them. “I want him to publicly deny that he has not been impersonating the President to some world leaders…If he does that, I will expose him further”, Mr. Bangura said.
According to the Information Minister, President Koroma never gave such assurance to Dr. Yumkella because he “is not a member of the APC party and not even a member of the government”
The Information Minister accused Dr. Kandeh Yumkella of abandoning the country during the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the country in 2014. “Where was he when President Koroma and other Opposition party leaders were working together to fight the disease? …I can assure you that, he was somewhere around New York, in his comfort zone”, Mr. Bangura said.
Mr. Bangura noted that, Dr. Yumkella was trying to ferment chaos in the country by falsely claiming that, the government does not care for about twenty thousand ex-servicemen. “This is a very dangerous statement of incitement to make”, the Information Minister said.
Meanwhile, KKY Movement sources in Freetown declined to comment on the allegations made by the Information Minister yesterday claiming that, they do not have all the facts available to warrant a response. “We will respond appropriately when all the facts are made available to us by our own sources”, they said.