C Cyril Bunting Rogers-Wright
Cyril Bunting Rogers-Wright
Minister of Foreign Affairs Republic of Sierra Leone
Minister of Health Republic of Sierra Leone
1964 - 1965
Monarch Elizabeth II
Birth date 1905
Place of birth Freetown
Date of death 1971
Place of death Ireland
Nature of death Disease
Nationality Sierra Leone
Political party United Sierra Leone Progressive Party
Cyril Bunting Rogers-Wright
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Cyril Bunting Rogers-Wright ( 1905 , Freetown - 1971 , Ireland ) 1 is a Sierra Leonean lawyer and politician , founder of a major opposition party in Sierra Leone : the United Sierra Leone Progressive Party . It plays an important role in pre-independent Sierra Leone Policy 2 .
1.1 Youth and Studies
1.2 The United Sierra Leone Progressive Party
2 Ministerial Career
3 Coups d'état from 1967
Youth and Studies
Cyril Bunting Rogers-Wright was born in Freetown in 1905. He went to study law in Britain and on his return to Sierra Leone, he opened a private practice and began a successful career as a lawyer. It will even be considered one of the best in the country 2 . It is also at this time that he began to develop an interest in politics 2 .
The United Sierra Leone Progressive Party [ edit | Change the code ]
In June 1954 he founded the United Sierra Leone Progressive Party (UPP) with Isaac Theophilus Akunna Wallace-Johnson, whom he led until his dissolution. The UPP, whose main political tool is the Shekpendeh newspaper created in 1956 by Cyril Rogers-Wright, argues that the country's two main political parties, the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) and the National Council of the Colony of Sierra Leone (NCC) are no longer functioning to meet the needs of the country in this period of unrest 3 , the country seeking independence.
In terms of political action, the UPP, which recruits both moderates and radicals who can oppose the traditional structure of power, calls for universal suffrage and proposes the creation of a second chamber mainly for the chiefs 4 .
During the riots of 1955 / 56 , the party also plays a part in the excitement of the people who at this time are facing declining wages and rising costs, Cyril Rogers-Wright particular play its credit advising Persons involved in these disorders 5 . The party was able to exploit these riots, which demanded the intervention of the army suppressed the blood, for political purposes 3 .
In the late 1950s, the UPP has become one of the largest opposition parties in the House of Representatives 3 . Cyril Rogers-Wright manages to win a seat in the riding of Port Loko in 1957 and is thus the first Creole to win a seat under the British protectorate. At the same time, the seat of the electoral district of North Moyamba was won, marking the apogee of the UPP 3 .
The decline of the UPP begins when MA Tarasid leaves the party to join the SLPP and accuses the UPP of having discriminated against it in favor of a Creole. After 1959 , the UPP members broke all ties with the party, declaring Cyril Rogers-Wright's management no longer tolerable, and creating a new one, the Independent Progressive Party (IPP) with Valesius Neal-Caulker as party leader 3 .
After the breakup of the UPP, Cyril Rogers-Wright joins the United Front Coalition (UFC), created to negotiate the independence of Sierra Leone, and is appointed head of the Ministry of Housing and Spatial Planning From 1960 to 1962 3 .
In the elections of 1962 , he was elected to the riding of Wilberforce and appointed head of the Foreign Ministry and then 1964 to 1965 he held the office of Minister of Health 3 .When the UFC is divided into two parts, Cyril Rogers-Wright separated from the government and joined the All People's Congress , a UFC rival formed by Siaka Stevens in June 1960 and headed by the latter, for whom he won a seat in Wilberforce 2 . This will be his last political function.
1967 Coups d'état
The year 1967 is a rather hectic period in the history of the country, a first military coup, led by David Lansana , takes place immediately after the election of Siaka Stevens and is followed on March 24 by a second blow led state this time by Charles Blake 6 . During this period, Cyril Rogers-Wright was briefly imprisoned by the military junta 3 .
He was released and in 1968 , when the civil power succeeded in regaining control of the country, he directed trials for treason, against those responsible for the disturbances, which lasted until 1970 3 .
The following year he became ill and died in Ireland. His body is repatriated and buried in Freetown 3 .