Members of Parliament of the main opposition, All People’s Congress (APC) Party have taken the Oath of Office, fulfilling a clause in their peace accord with the government.
In a speech to the new members, Speaker Hon. Abass Bundu welcomed them to the House and praised Hon. Mohamed Bangura for his courage in assuming his duties despite facing backlash from his party.
Hon. Bundu also noted that the APC members’ attendance at the swearing-in ceremony conformed to the multiparty laws of Sierra Leone, as set out by the country’s constitution.
Prior to the swearing-in, the APC announced its leadership group for the 6th Parliament of the 2nd Republic of Sierra Leone. The decision, which was made after a long dialogue with the government, is aimed at consolidating the party’s position and advancing its goals.
The newly constituted leadership group comprises Hon. Abdul Kargbo – Opposition Leader, Hon. Daniel B. Koroma – Deputy Opposition Leader 1, Hon. Aaron Aruna Koroma – Deputy Opposition Leader 2, Hon. Abdul Karim Kamara – Opposition Whip, Hon. Catherine Zainab Tarawally – Deputy Opposition Whip 1, Hon. Kemokoh Conteh – Deputy Opposition Whip 2, Hon. Unpha Sorie G. Koroma – Opposition Spokesperson and Hon. Alpha Ben Mansaray – Opposition Deputy Spokesperson.
The Opposition Caucus expressed gratitude for the understanding and support they have received thus far. They emphasised their commitment to serving the citizens of Sierra Leone diligently, holding the government accountable, and advocating for policies that address the needs and aspirations of the people.