BREAKING NEWS: PRESIDENT ERNEST KOROMA AND HIS APC PARTY AGAINST MILITARY INTERVENTION IN GAMBIA
Sources close to State House has revealed that President Ernest Koroma and his APC cabal do not support a military intervention in Gambia. President Koroma who continues to have the ambition to stay in power beyond his legally mandated term, sees a regional intervention force in Gambia as a precedent, should he decides to stay or keep his party in power against the will of the people of Sierra Leone. According to the source, the opposition to the military intervention in Gambia will soon be echoed by APC propaganda machines.
Upon refusal of defeated President, Yayah Jameh to step down, ECOWAS has considered a military intervention if diplomacy fails. It has been reported that a regional intervention force to be headed by Senegal has been put on alert. President Koroma, who was on the initial delegation was later dropped from the formal ECOWAS monitoring committee being established to coordinate the talks and interventions.
President Koroma himself has not been seen as a moral and honest broker for ECOWAS, oweing to his democratic credentials in his country. He had violated his country’s Constitution by his unprecedented sacking of his vice president.
By all indications, President Koroma had shown interest to stay in power beyond his final constitutional term. A constitutional review process is ongoing and President Koroma’s party has refused to sign the draft report of the review committee. They claim the review draft does not include some of their suggestions, including term Limit amendment and presidential “Supreme Authority” clause. President Koroma has also refused to approve an publish the date of the elections even though many have called on him to do so.
President Koroma have not been a happy man ever since opposition began to win elections in neighboring countries, including Ghana and Gambia. Next door in Liberia, President Ellen Johnson has not only announced she will hand over at the end of her term next year, but there is a high likelihood that, like Ghana and Gambia an opposition political party will be ushered in.
As the wind of change blows across the region, President Koroma is left with no point of reference to justify his ambition to stay in power. The removal of Jameh by force does not dwell well with him.