The Deputy National Chairman/Leader of the SLPP (Sierra Leone Peoples Party), Dr. Prince Harding has called on the Chairman of PPRC (Political Parties Registration Commission) to resolve the current impasse within the national executive of the Party.
Dr. Prince has reportedly written a letter to Justice Tholla Thompson, appealing to him to convene a meeting between the Commission and National Officers of the Party. “Such a meeting will help to resolve many outstanding issues”, Dr. Harding said.
The SLPP Deputy Chairman/Leader has demanded that the Party’s National Chairman/Leader, Chief Somanoh Kapen convenes the overdue NEC (National Executive Council) meeting of the Party. Dr. Harding reportedly told the PPRC Chairman that Chief Kapen’s refusal to convene a National Officers’ meeting is slowing down progress in the Party.
Last week, the PPRC Chairman invited Chief Kapen and some key members of the Party, to work out modalities for a peaceful resolution of the impasse in the Party.
Regrettably, no progress was made, as a meeting should have first been held with National Officers before any meeting of so-called stakeholders was to be convened by the PPRC Chairman.
Chief Kapen’s deliberate refusal to convene a NEC (National Executive Council) meeting has been heavily criticised by key stakeholders in the Party.
Bishop Joseph Christian Humper is expected to convene another meeting, between Chief Kapen and the rest of the National Executive “in due course”, according to a senior member of the Party.
Peace talks in the Party remain deadlocked, according to a defeated SLPP flag bearer contender. “There can be no progress in peace talks if Brig. Julius Maada Bio is not directly involved”, he stressed.
Brig. Bio told the Global Times, in an exclusive interview last night that he was prepared to meet with anybody, anywhere as long as such a meeting will lead to lasting peace in the Party.