At the electoral convention held last week, members of the PUL overwhelmingly elected Charles Cuffy of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) to steer the affairs of the union for the next three years.
But speaking to Capitol FM following the elections, Kamara attributed his defeat to government’s influence which is a result of his strong voice on national issues.
“I was punished because I have a strong voice but that is not going to shut me up because I will continue to advocate,” Kamara charged, adding, “my greatest disappointment in these elections is the fact that the state has or had tried to influence the elections and that journalists will allow them to do that.”
According to Kamara, information and evidence gathered by his team suggest that “there has been direct engagement by some individuals from government angle but I feel very upbeat, and appreciate those people who supported me for what I stand for and what I believe”.
He said he was shocked because the press Union of Liberia is a professional organization and that he expects that decision will be made from a professional point of view. “If you want to have a reason for the decision you have made then that should be based on professionalism, truth and evidence”, Kamara added.
Commenting on voters conduct at the polls, Kamara noted: “I was most disappointed when the issue of my tribal affiliation became one of the issues in the elections. That was devastating.”
“These are conversations heralded in certain circles and it had its own impact,” he stated.
This year's congress ran from November 18-20 and was climaxed with the election of a new corps of officers to steer the affairs of the union for the next three years.
Those elected are Charles Cuffy, President; Octavin Williams, Vice President; Daniel Nyankonah, Secretary General, and Darius Zinnah, Assistant Secretary General.
The Congress also discussed the financial report of the out-going administration; revised the Code of Ethics and a draft Welfare Policy for journalists that are members of the PUL, as well as the National Media Council, and the union's constitution.
The PUL congress, held under the theme: Media Integrity For Peaceful 2017, brought together over 250 journalists, media development experts, politicians, educators, and representatives from the Ministries of Information and Labor.
During the congress, media experts drilled participants in several topics, including Media Ethics, Conduct of Journalists, and Importance of the Media in the upcoming legislative and presidential elections.
Announcing the results, PUL Election Committee chair, Aaron Kollie, thanked participants for peacefully and responsibly taking part in the polls which he described as “free, fair and credible.”