The Presidential Candidate of the All People’s Congress, Dr. Samura Kamara, has stated during an exclusive interview with AYV TV that he served Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio during the NPRC as Financial Secretary and Secretary of State for Finance.
Dr. Samura Kamara admitted to the Nation that he served as Financial Secretary and was later appointed by Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio as Secretary of State for Finance to replace Dr. John Karimu who became the Presidential Candidate of the NUP in the 1996 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. Samura Kamara also stated that he combined the two roles together as Financial Secretary and Secretary of State for Finance.
The public admission by the APC Presidential Candidate that he served Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio will vindicate Bio who had once stated that he led Dr. Samura Kamara in NPRC when he served as Head of State.
During the interview, Dr. Samura Kamara also mentioned that the voters do not want a novice but someone who is experienced. While Samura Kamara did not name the candidates he considered as a novice but by admitting that he served Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio as Financial Secretary and Secretary of State it was clear Samura Kamara was attacking the inexperience of other candidates who have no experience at the governance level.
Dr. Samura Kamara has set the criterion of experience for the Presidential Candidate who the voters must elect to be the next President. At the same time, Samura Kamara also admitted he served Bio as Financial Secretary and Secretary of State when Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio served as Head of State. This was a great admission of Bio’s experience and leadership at a defining moment in the transition to democratic governance which Bio led.
Samura Kamara cannot be more experienced than the man he served and who appointed him as Secretary of State for Finance. But apart from being Head of State, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio also served in various senior capacities at the highest levels of governance namely: Deputy Head of State, Chief Secretary of State, Chief of Defence Staff, Minister of Information, Minister of Marine Resources, Liason for both the Ministry of International Affairs and Ministry of Finance.
There is NO Presidential Candidate who can be more experienced than Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio. We agree with Dr. Samura Kamara that we should not vote for a novice and Samura Kamara should also agree with us that the man he served as Financial Secretary and Secretary of State, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio is the most experienced to be the Next President.
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