The Acting Publicity Secretary of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Rtd. Lahai Leema recently explained the reason behind the suspension of the Secretary General, Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie, pointing out that clause 2 (4) of the Party Constitution of 1995 as amended makes provision for obligation of all members.

Banja Tejan-Sie

“Talking about obligation, it states in part that membership in the party is contingent on you observing those rules and regulations. And clause 2.5 provides for disciplinary action against any member that flouts any provision of the constitution.”

The Acting Publicity Secretary furthered that for Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie who holds a standing office in the party “it was expected of him to be at the party office every day. But he absconded from the office for about seven to eight months without valid reason put forward to the executive or the National Executive Council (NEC) justifying the reason for his absence.”

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After the court ruling of the matter between Alie Bangura and the party, the Chairman decide to call a NEC meeting as the party needed to put the court ruling into effect and since “we were preparing for Lower Level Elections there was no way we could have done that without a NEC meeting.

“But unfortunately, the Secretary General has not been around, therefore the Chairman appointed the Deputy Secretary to convey the NEC meeting. So what was expected from Tejan- Sie was to take up where the Deputy had started but instead he went over the radio and put out parallel information regarding the Chairman and Leader’s information. He even further announced that he will call up a meeting which he has no authority to do as provided for in the Party’s Constitution; his action was therefore considered an affront that created disaffection within the party.”

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Rtd. Lt.Leema said because of his conduct, a complaint was put before NEC and “he was suspended as active Secretary General pending investigations and he has been investigated for the reason of his conduct.”

In response over the phone, Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie said the “time of the executive has expired since last year and therefore they do not have any mandate; whatever they are doing is illegal.”