One of Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) oldest members and political prisoner, Walter Dagbe Smith has yesterday passed away in Freetown.
The 91-year-old veteran, who resided in George Brook, Dwazark, breathed his last breath on Saturday, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of resilience and dedication to his party.
Walter Dagbe Smith was not only an influential figure within the SLPP but also a prominent Senior Dispatcher within the party’s ranks. His unwavering commitment to the cause and unwavering support made him an invaluable asset to the SLPP throughout his life.
However, Walter Dagbe Smith’s journey was not without hardship. During the tumultuous 1970s, he faced persecution under the regime of President Siaka Stevens, a time when political dissent was met with severe consequences. Smith was unjustly incarcerated at the notorious Mafanta prison, enduring the struggles and suffering of being a political prisoner.
Despite the adversity he faced, Smith’s unwavering belief in the principles of the SLPP sustained him throughout his time behind bars.
As news of his passing spreads, tributes are pouring in from across the political spectrum.