He was not in town when his party’s office was robbed. When he arrived one would have expected that he would try to find out how and why, but the leader and Chairman of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Mohamed Bangura, instead has bones to pick with the ruling All People’s Congress party and the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP). The firebrand politician has threatened to attack the leadership of the SLPP and the APC on issues surrounding their track records over the past decades.
Speaking at his UDM party Headquarters on Pademba Road in Freetown on 16th August 2012, Mr Bangura said:
“It’s high time we scrutinize the leadership of the APC and the SLPP, as they have a lot to talk about. Maada Bio has to account for the passport sales, the killing of the 27 innocent Sierra Leoneans during the NPRC regime and a host of other things,” said Mr. Bangura. Furthermore, the UDM Leader boasted that the 2012 elections is between him and the incumbent Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. He described Maada Bio as a weak candidate who has a lot to answer for before the elections.
Mohamed Bangura also threatened to attack any media institution that would ask him not to question the track records of the two leaders. However, he said most of the successes scored by the APC are due to the constructive leadership demonstrated by the ruling APC on development issues in the country. Mr. Bangura has been out of the country for the past eight days, spending two days in New York where he addressed some of his supporters and raised funds. He later travelled to China to buy campaign materials for his party.
He revealed that he already has about two containers full of campaign materials and about 7 (V8) jeeps presently on their way to the ports, to help boost his campaign for the 2012 general elections. Mr. Mohamed Bangura confirmed also that he would be paying half of the nominations fees for all candidates contesting for councillorship in various wards in the country and promised that if all goes well he would consider helping some of their candidates for membership of parliament. The UDM Boss boasted openly in local krio parlance that “if na money for take win dis elections, UDM go win hands down”; meaning if it is money that will make you win the 2012 elections, UDM will surely win without a shadow of a doubt. He assured all members of his party of his determination to ensure that the UDM reaches the highest height in the body politic of Sierra Leone. He climaxed the meeting by admonishing his members that they would have to help in diverse ways in ensuring that the party raise the one hundred million Leones (Le100, 000,000) required to pay for his candidacy. He also revealed that he would be leaving for Angola in the next three weeks to meet with important personalities that would be contributing immensely to his campaign.