Some disgruntled members of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), have accused the Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa, Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay and others of forming “a Berlin World” type cabal around President Bio – thus marginalizing others who have sacrificed so much for the party to win the 2018 elections.
The JJ Saffa, Kanja Sesay and others cabal known as the Pultney Street group clamming to have been the real force behind the success of President Bio have been accused of edging people considered belonging to other camps within the party.
The aforementioned development, according to many in the party is responsible for the ongoing cold war in the SLPP as only those in the good books of the JJ Saffa / Kanja Sesay cabal are given appointments.
The seemingly marginalization of some party members from getting political appointments apart from the many internal wrangling emanated from the 2016 national delegates’ conference in Kenema, where Dr. Manayeh and Dr. Prince Harding bitterly fought it out for the position of party Leader and Chairman.
Maada Bio at the time who was seeking for re-election as presidential flag bearer of the party threw his support behind Dr. Prince Harding, while his closest associates like JJ Saffa, Kanja Sesay, Dr. Abass Bundu and others openly supported Dr. Manayeh.
At the end of the day, the Maada Bio preferred candidate, Dr. Harding won the contest leading to a deep seated animosity and factionalism within the party even from within the “Paopa” camp.
When eventually Maada Bio won the presidential election, the JJ Saffa and Kanja Sesay cabal galvanized themselves, formed a ring around the chief executive and started calling the shots.
This cabal was very much active in the transitional team and subsequently to the recommendations of people for appointments to various positions.
No wonder why many people in the party said they are of the view that the appointment pattern of President Bio mainly reflects the interest of JJ Saffa, Kanja Sesay and others in the cabal.
JJ Saffa alone is said to have recommended dozens of names for appointments to various positions including his deputy and others who were close to him like the Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Lusanie Kallon.
The cable has been also accused of recommending more than three people for appointments from one family and the greatest beneficiaries being the Sandi’s, Massaquio’s and Tunis, while people from other districts were struggling to be appointed to various positions.
Since the JJ Saffa and Kanja Sesay cabal started running the show at State House, many of those who were supporting Dr. Prince Harding during the convention have been left in the cold.
Interestingly, apart from those who were supporting Dr. Harding who are now being marginalized, some supporters of Dr. Manayeh are also facing the same neglect like the SLPP Women’s Leader, Fatmata Sawaneh.
It has even been reported that because the First Lady, Fatima Bio and Fatmata Sawaneh are not in speaking terms as a result of the opposing camps they belonged to during the Kenema convention; she will never be given a job under the President Bio’s administration.
Another issue that has become a source of grumbling from party members is the ascendancy of Chief Minister, Professor David Francis, who they say came from nowhere to become the one calling the shots at State House and even deciding on who is to be given position.
They recalled that during the camp, President Bio told them that his own SLPP will be “Monkey Wok, Monkey Eat and Not Monkey Wok Babon Eat” but they say the SLPP of Bio is going on that same path which destroyed the party in 2007.