Member of Parliament-elect, representing Constituency 028, comprising Fiama, Kamara and Gbensse Chiefdoms in Kono district says his immediate task is to initiate agriculture projects that would put direct cash in pockets of poor farmers in his constituency. He spoke in details to Abu Bakarr Sulaiman Tarawally in this interview.
Sahr Charles was speaking to sierraleonews.com in an exclusive interview as he catalogued his plans of developing his portion of Kono district, which he now represents:
“I’ve been with my people and well aware of the suffering they are going through. It is true, Kono is diamondiferous. However, the masses have not quite benefitted from such largesse. My vision as I take up office as the Member of Parliament is to renegotiate mining contracts that were signed in the past that does not benefit my constituents. I would make sure this time they benefit from mining lease royalties accrued in the course of time.”
Sahr Charles is well known as an academic, a researcher and an advocate for his people. He was a teacher trainer and has contributed in developing the current teaching curriculum for English Language learners in Sierra Leone. He is a quintessential young man and his decision to venture into politics left many to wonder why he took the decision to swap the classroom for politics, this is what he had to say:
“It’s a dream comes true for me. I started this journey five years ago, then I was a student. I served as President of the Kono Students Union (KONSU). I saw myself leading not from behind but a straight forward advocate and activist. I saw myself initiating projects to ameliorate the suffering of my fellow compatriots; then I realised, I should work towards my dreams. I became a member of the Coalition for Change (C4C) headed by the legitimate former Vice President, Chief Alhaji Samuel Sidiki Sam Sumana. Thanks to the almighty God and my people for the sound victory.”
Sahr Charles spoke of his passion to aid human rights campaigners to ensure people’s fundamental human rights. He recalls the ugly spates of brutal killing in Nemisedu village, Kamara Chiefdom of a young girl who up till time for the interview is yet to be served justice as her parents are drenched in pain of losing her.
“I feel sorry for the poor girl; she was part of my campaign project in the female football team. You know, up till this moment I still can’t quite imagine that justice is not served yet to the bereaved family,” he states. “This is my personal pledge: I will not rest until I am sure that the perpetrators are brought to book. This cannot be happening in our district. It’s so barbaric and inhuman and God willing I would incorporate my colleague MPs to mount a never again campaign on ritual killings and brutal mutilations of our kindred,” he avowed.
Charles is a young man in his late 20s. His wish list is still baskets full short of the presidential full backing. The Coalition for Change party did not win the presidency. Asked what priority projects he has to lift his people above poverty level, he commits his hopes to faith. “I wish my party the C4C had clinched the presidency; it would have been easier to map out development strategies to rake our people out of poverty and under-development. As it is now, whichever party that wins the runoff elections has their development trajectory focus. My only goal now is to see how I could lobby the ruling government to apportion the development trajectory to my home district”.