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State House Rejects Vice President Sumana


State House Rejects Vice President Sumana

It emerged last night that State House flatly rejected a request by the Vice-President, Alhaji Chief Sam Sumana to seek medical examination in another country when he fell ill last year.
An impeccable State House source confirmed to the Global Times that Alhaji Chief Sam Sumana officially informed President Ernest Bai Koroma during the last quarter of 2014 about his deteriorating health condition in a letter pleading with him to allow him to seek medical attention in another country.
But, according to a senior Presidential Aide, the Vice-President’s request for medical leave was flatly rejected by State House on the grounds that the country was going through a crisis as devastating as Ebola and could therefore not afford to fund such a medical trip. Documents submitted by the Vice President to prove his deteriorating health condition were not enough to convince State House. Even the Vice- President’s request for annual leave to enable him travel out of the country was again rejected.
Global Times was reliably informed that the Vice- President afterwards resorted to sending his blood and urine specimen to a US based Physician for examination and interpretation. As a result, some prescription drugs were then immediately flown from the United States to treat him in Freetown. The Vice-President’s medical condition is reported to have improved significantly.
Alhaji Sam Sumana has been going through some difficult political times, stemming mostly from a frosty relationship with the President and what a close aide referred to as “sponsored hate and smear campaign” sponsored by some failed and desperate APC Kono Politicians.
Last year, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Leonard Balogun Koroma moved a motion of expulsion against the Alhaji Sam Sumana at a well-attended meeting of the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the ruling APC. Mr. Koroma accused the Vice- President, his Kono brother of bringing the party and the Presidency into disrepute by taking part in a radio discussion programme in which he publicly dissociated himself from certain decisions taken by President Koroma. Although the motion was not even seconded, it however signalled a start of a calculated effort to ridicule the Vice- President and to prevent him from contesting for the flagbearership position of the ruling party.
In yet another development, the disgraced Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Karamoh Kabba also added his name to the short list of those out to smear the Vice- President.
Karamoh, the man under whose watch over fifty eight million Leones disappeared from the Open Government Initiative (OGI) in 2008 last week accused the Vice- President of plotting to kill him. He made the allegation in the presence of key party stalwarts at the APC Head Office in Freetown.
According to senior party sources, the Vice President has responded adequately to his accusers by describing them as small-minded people.
An aide to the Vice President told the Global Times last night that his boss remains overtly loyal to the President.

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