The Sierra Leonean High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Edward Mohamed Turay, has been given a seven-day ultimatum to explain his alleged anti-ruling party activities.
Sierra Leone’s governing All People’s Congress (APC) has threatened action against Mr Turay, one of its most influential members, for ‘bad-mouthing’ President Ernest Bai Koroma.
He angered the APC leadership by criticising the appointment of party executives to ministerial positions, citing conflict of interest.
A statement on Friday from the APC secretariat said Mr Turay’s remarks amounted to inciting discord within the party.
He is accused of implying that President Koroma made a wrong judgement through his appointments.
The APC said Mr Turay’s comment also suggested that the President was incapable of holding both government and party positions.
“By his public statement of condemnation, Turay is not only denouncing the leader but also the decision of the highest organ of the party accusing them, by implication, of lack of proper judgement,” the statement said.
Mr Turay is no stranger to controversy with APC.
He has had a long standing rivalry with President Koroma over control of the party.
The envoy was part of a faction of the APC which President Koroma famously referred to as the Old APC during his campaign in 2007, that was a way of distancing himself from the dark history of the party.
But Mr Turay and Co consider themselves the real APC, as founding members, unlike the president who joined later.
Mr Turay was among a group of party stalwarts who dragged President Koroma to court in the run-up to the 2007 elections over disagreement on the running of the party.
Political commentators interpreted his deployment to faraway London as a move by the President to keep him at bay.
But Mr Turay has always found a way to ruffle feathers at home from his London base.