*WOMAN FUELS SLPP TROUBLES*
– PPRC’s Hawa Moseray Under Fire For Letter To Paopa
– Raising Questions Over Nfa Alie’s Sincerity In The Process
A hitherto unknown woman, Zainab Umu Moseray, has suddenly become the centre of attraction (or subject of controversy and confusion) in the midst of the incessant troubles and divisions plaguing the beleaguered main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).
Mrs. Moseray occupies the lowly position of Acting Registrar of the politics regulatory body the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC). The local Krio proverb of ‘man die, man betteh’ literally applies in her situation, as she found the responsibilities of handling the day-to-day affairs of the commission placed on her shoulders following the death of the its Chairman Tolla Thompson.
The position of Chairman still remains vacant, and sensitive issues have been rising up especially from within the SLPP that needed some clarification from the PPRC. The lot fell on her. Or did she overstep the limits of her mandate?
That is what supporters of the Chief Somano Kapen faction of the SLPP are saying after Mrs Moseray wrote a reply to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in response to enquiries about who should be regarded as the legitimate candidate to represent the SLPP in the Constituency 066 Tonkolili bye-elections in which she favoured the candidate forwarded by the paopa faction headed by Prince Harding, controlled by Maada Bio.
Accusations and conspiracy theories abound both in the social and mainstream media revealing the personal relationships of Mrs Moseray to the SLPP paopa faction, alleging that both her husband and brother-in-law Lenard Moseray and Hindolo Moseray respectively are key members of the Maada Bio campaign team.
Suspicions about how or what or who has been giving renewed confidence to the paopa team about their new-found relationship with the PPRC became more founded when Maada Bio did an about-turn about his original decision not to have any peace talks until after their convention, and instead wrote a ‘post-mortem’ letter to the regulatory body asking for an intervention to settle the dispute. And this was just after Mrs Moseray had already written to Prince Harding acknowledging and recognizing him as the new acting leader and chairman of the SLPP.
But Maada Bio himself revealed the feet of clay in the letter, which he signed himself, by using a semi formal salutation in a very formal letter. “Dear Mrs Moseray” was the way Bio opened the letter, as if the letter was only meant for Mrs Moseray when in actual fact she, as a mere Acting Registrar, could lose her position to a substantive appointee.
And those who are arguing from a legalistic standpoint say Mrs Moseray was wrong to have written that letter in taking a decision about the parliamentary aspirant when in actual fact she had in an earlier correspondence stated that the commission was incapable of taking any decision because there was no quorum. This was because there were only two functional commissioners at the time (a quorum required at least three of them. A third commissioner was recently sworn in after the letter had been written by Mrs Moseray.)
And this scenario ropes in the Chief Electoral Commissioner Nfa Alie Conteh as to whether he deliberately wrote to the PPRC to throw spanners in the works when he very well knew that it had no locus standi in the sense of forming a quorum. The conspiracy theorists would have a field day in taking into consideration the fact that Nfa Alie himself was one of the two functional commissioners, and him being the most powerful by virtue of his position.
Mrs Moseray has refused to speak to the media, but the question would be asked as to whether the decision to confirm the Prince Harding candidate was taken by her, together with Nfa Alie and Muctarr Williams (the other commissioner who represents Labour Congress).
“In essence, the NEC letter to the PPRC was effectively a letter from Nfa Alie Conteh to Nfa Alie Conteh and Co,” was how a Freetown political commentator summed it up.
Whatever will be the end result of this continuing divisiveness in the SLPP, they would only remain losers in the wider political game plan.
(C) The Torchlight Newspaper 2017