Sierra Leone ruling party to expell High Commissioner Eddie Turay 

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.

Public statement

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.

It ordered the envoy to explain within seven days why action should not be taken against him.No stranger

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.

Ruffle feathers

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.

About Patric Foryoh

Patric Foryoh Daboh is a blogger, Political, social activist,a satirist and co-founder & Co Editor of Makoni Times Newspaper based in United States of America. He studied Multimedia in the United States.He has met and interviewed personalities including Former vice-president of Sierra Leone Alhaji Sam Sumana, late Tamba Sam SLPP Secretary General , Gloria Strasser , David Tam Mbayoh , Agibu Jalloh, Chernor Bah, Murtala Mohamed , Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, J. Arr, Nasser Ayoub, Alpha Timbo, Robin Farley, Bai Mahmoud, and many more. Patric has produced the "Diolog" show at the TPN radio and was the social media correspondent for TPN . He has appeared on numerous daily newspapers publication in Sierra Leone. He blogs at Sierra Leone one man civil society blog on relationship, sex, marriage, faith & culture, politics, religion. He was the programming manager at Mamba TV. Patric Foryoh was named as the 54 Most Influential People in Sierra Leone by Swit Salone.com Patric Foryoh represents the new wave of new voices in Sierra Leone/Africa media who are breaking boundaries and charting new territories. He is a husband and a father of a son and a daughter.

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