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John Sisay launching flag-bearer manifesto

John Sisay launching flag-bearer manifesto

Flagbearer aspirant for the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party John Bonoh Sisay has said that he subscribes “one hundred percent” to the call for declaration of assets by all politicians as stated in the recently launched “Citizens Manifesto.”
Sisay who was launching his own manifesto for the Presidential ticket of the APC at the Brookfields Hotel yesterday Monday 31st July 2017 said “it’s good to see that the citizens have come together to put a manifesto,” adding “I think it’s important that if you’re going into public life you should tell the people what you stand for and you should tell them in a form that they can digest and critique and that is why I have a manifesto.”
The APC Presidential aspirant then went on to state, “In terms of public declaration of assets, I absolutely agree and I will declare my assets.” He furthered “I think there is a time to do it in terms of the elections schedule but I absolutely believe in having that transparency.”
John Bonoh Sisay, said, “Sierra Leone needs a fresh start, a new beginning and a new vision that will enhance growth and development.”
“Today I announce my decision to pursue the flag-bearer position for the APC as I intend to strengthen the Agenda for Prosperity and cement President Koroma’s legacy. If it was not for him, I would not stand here to talk about my dream. I am proud of Sierra Leone. I am proud of our people and I am proud of our President.”
He said, “Despite the progress the country has made, the need for radical change is as great as ever. Many families still struggle to get by and get enough to eat and too many children don’t get the education they need and too many young people can’t find a job.”
Questioned about the repeal of the Criminal Libel Law, Sisay said “the fundamental pillars of a civilized society is a free press. A responsible press that holds not only politicians but society in general to account but most importantly that holds itself to account. I have no track with criminalising anybody in the media, but I understand the real concern that some people have, because they want people to have the right of a free press but the free press to also own the responsibility that comes with being a free press. So yes I will say to you quite clearly I am opposed to criminalizing the press but I also feel very strongly that the press should regulate itself to deliver proper service to the nation.”
Sisay averred that if he is elected the flag-bearer of the APC, he will have his work cut out as his manifesto will be a blend with the Party’s own.
“I have been castigated that I cannot speak any local language, which I find absurd. I grew up in Sierra Leone before moving to London, so I can speak Krio.”
In his manifesto for the position of flag-bearer, he highlighted key points that he said will being prosperity to Sierra Leone, which includes, “Betteh education for all, Betteh opportunities for the youth, Betteh help in hard times, a Betteh economy, Betteh justice for all, Betteh Health for all, a stronger Salone and Betteh politics.”
“As a country, we face a momentous choice in this election. The decision we make will shape the destiny of our country for years to come. The central question before us is who is the best placed to build the economy we need, to create shared prosperity, generate good jobs and fund services for our people.”
The flag-bearer aspirant said a unique opportunity to transform the nation is within our grasp. He said, “We can improve the lives of millions of people if we pick a leader with a track record of business success, who has bold ideas, understands how to win in a changing world and can deliver results. Or we can go back to the past and put all that we have achieved at risk.”
Sisay said the last few years have shown what they can achieve. He said, “The world is changing and the power is in our hands. Let’s come together to grasp this opportunity and together start building a better country for all.
AT/31/7/17
Tuesday August 01, 2017.

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