Sierra Leone: UDM Convention in Limbo

By Stephen V. Lansana

It is doubtful whether the United Democratic Movement (UDM) party will hold its national delegate conference this year because of financial constraint, trusted Party officials said Monday.

The party need Le180 million to hold the delegate conference. The party officials, who preferred anonymity, said that the party has not even raised one-third of the said amount, and are doubtful whether the conference will hold as planned, sine the former chairman left the Part with no strong financial footing. The party should have has it delegate conference last year, where they are to elect the Party standard bearer and other executive members.

A flag bearer aspirant of UDM, who doubles as the party Chaplain, Pastor Yunku Kanu could not give us a picture of the financial position of the Party.

He said that the party has stayed dormant for quiet sometimes because they were trying to put things together.

He told Premier News in a phone interview that UDM should have held the party convention since last year, but as a third force; they were trying to put together a lot dynamics and internal party arrangements.

He explained that they were structuring the party since their former leader, Mohamed Bangura left them and joined another party.

He said that very soon nationa Executive Council if the Party (NEC), which is the second highest body of the party, will soon bring out a date for the convention.

Earlier, the Acting National Leader and Chairman of United Democratic Movement (UDM) party said said that the Party is facing financial constraint ahead of the national delegate conference.

Mr. Mohamed Sowa said in an interview with Premier News that they needed over Le 180 million for the party’s national delegate conference which is to be held in Makeni City.

He said that if they are unable to raise over Le 180 million by November 30 last year, he will confer with other executive members to decide on what to do next.

He also said that over Le 180 million which has been budgeted for the conference covers transportation, accommodation, feeding, and entertainment, among others.

He said that they have over 400 delegates across the country that are expected to attend the conference.