Sierra Leone ruling party, All People’s Congress (APC) has expelled the Vice President, Samuel Sam-Sumana from the party.
The National Advisory Council of the All People’s Congress met at the party’s headquarters in Freetown today and they have taken the decision to expel the Vice President of Sierra Leone from the party for reasons yet unknown. In attendance at the meeting for the President of Sierra Leone, the Secretary General of the APC, Party Ambassador Osman Yansaneh, among others.
BBC Correspondent & Journalist Umaru Fofanah today posted that the Vice President of Sierra Leone Samuel Sam-Sumana has been expelled from the APC party.
If Vice President Sam Sumana’s expulsion from the party is indeed true then it will come as no surprise to Sierra Leoneans. Rumors of the VP’s expulsion from the party have been rife since before the 2012 election. Back then it was reported that the government was in talks with someone else of Kono ancestry to replace him as the president’s running mate. Even though he wasn’t removed at the end, it has been no secret that the VP’s role and power has diminished nationally. Some might say that the VP’s fall from grace began or became more apparent after the Aljazeera Timber undercover report.
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Although the APC party may have removed the VP from their ranks this does not however mean that he has been officially removed from the Vice Presidency. He is still the Vice President of Sierra Leone. However one of the qualifications set by the 1991 Sierra Leone Constitution is that the President and Vice President both must belong to a political party in order to take up office. However the constitution does not make any provisions for what should happen if the President or Vice President were no longer members of a political party.
With regards to a vacancy in the Presidency or Vice Presidency, the terms are spelled out in Articles 50 and 51. A President or Vice President may be removed from office if deemed mentally or physically incapacitated, or for misconduct as determined by a parliamentary tribunal and voted on by two thirds of the parliament.
It should be recalled the the Vice President, Sam Sumana has been under self-quarantine for Ebola since it was confirmed the his aide had died of the sickness. Nothing has been heard about him though as he cannot be reached at the moment to comment on the subject-matter.