General News of Thu, 5 Apr 201888
Probe Mahama over alleged plot to rig Sierra Leone election – MP
The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Frank Annor Dompreh, is demanding a full-scale national security probe into the alleged involvement of former President Mahama in a supposed rigging of the just ended Sierra Leonean elections.
Some officials of the government of that country claimed that an international conspiracy had been hatched to keep the governing party, the All People’s Congress (APC), from retaining power.
This grand scheme, APC claims, is being implemented by Mr Mahama, who led the Commonwealth Observer Mission that monitored the elections. The party also said the conspiracy involved the African Union, ECOWAS the Commonwealth, and the British High Commission in Sierra Leone.
Even though the Former President has denied the claims suggesting that he was part of a conspiracy to rig the Sierra Leone general election, the Nsawam MP insists on an investigation.
“Notwithstanding the denials which have been put out by the former President, we think that a national investigation or our own investigation [is needed.] we need to investigate and know what really happened.”
“If the commonwealth is going to go and ahead and investigated because they facilitated his ging there, fine. But he is our asset. He is a former President of our nation. We can’t just wish this matter away,” Mr Dompreh stated.
In a statement on Facebook, Mr Mahama said he had no interest in manipulating the election to topple the incumbent party as has been alleged.
“International Observers cannot change the will of the people, in any election. I, John Dramani Mahama, have no interest in who governs the people of Sierra Leone. The long nights, early mornings, long meetings, diplomatic shuttles were all aimed at helping Sierra Leone choose their leader freely, maintain the peace and consolidate their democracy,” part of his statement read.
The opposition leader and former military leader, Julius Maada Bio, has since emerged victorious in the run-off election to become Sierra Leone’s President.