APC To Boycott Bintumani III -Calls For The Removal Of Petition Cases

 

By Thomas S. Kembay

Members and supporters of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) have reportedly insisted that they will not participate in the Bintumani III National Peace and Cohesion Conference slated for the 23rd – 25th May, 2019 at the Bintumani Hotel, Aberdeen, west of Freetown.

According to APC members, the conference which is dubbed: Bintumani III is a political gimmick by the ruling SLPP to create the impression that peace and unity has returned to the country when in real fact, the opposition continues to suffer in the hands of the ruling party.

According to some APC members and supporters, there is no way they are going to participate in such conference when the findings and recommendations of the cross-party committee on post-election violence have not been looked into by the government.

“Since our party lost the March 2018 presidential run-off election to the SLPP, our people have been subjected to constant intimidation and human rights abuses,” fumed irate APC MPs.

They further accused President Bio of being a tyrant and a dictator who they alleged is governing the country by what they described as “divide and rule system,” thereby plunging the country into chaotic state overshadowed by tribalism and regionalism.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Mr. Amara Kallon has disclosed that the problem government is having with APC is its request to drop all election petition cases against its MPs.  To this, he said, “government will not interfere with the judiciary.”