11 February 2013

Sierra Leone: Handball Stakeholder Calls for Congress, Blasts Illegal Executive

The secretary general of the Western Area Handball Association WAHA, Glen Felix-George, has blasted the executive committee of the Sierra Leone Handball Association SLHA for what he described as illegal reign of power and urged them to stage an elective congress immediately.

In his letter addressed to the SLHA president, Dr. Patrick Coker, aggrieved Felix-George stated that the mandate of the current SLHA executive had expired since 2005 but the executive has deliberately failed to stage a congress.

Felix-George's letter reads: "your mandate as president of SLHA has expired in 2005 and you continue to hold on to office illegally thereby depriving the stakeholders of their basic right to exercise their franchise to vote and be voted for in the dispensation of a true democratic principle."

"Between 2005 to 2009, you failed woefully to convene an elective congress in 2009 which means you continued to cling tightly to the power illegally without the stakeholders' mandate. Between 2009 to 2013 another four years gone you continue to hold on to power illegally without our mandate. You were elected president through a democratic system, it is incumbent upon you to maintain and uphold the tenets of democracy."

According to Felix-George, the SLHA constitution stated that a mini congress which will pave the way for an elective congress should come first. "On this plight, I so desire to ask you to convene firstly a mini congress in February and an elective congress by the first week in March 2013," Felix-George demanded.

However, the SLHA General Secretary, Amadu Koroma said they will not reply to Felix-George's letter as they still consider him as part of the Association and the executive.

"He is still one of us but all I can confirm is that before his letter we have started planning to stage an elective congress and we are going to do it before the National Olympic Committee elections," Koroma said.

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