Parliament To Wage War On Violence


Parliament will today meet to debate on street violence as the spate of violence among young people in the country heightens by the second.

A correspondence from the Clerk of Parliament on 6th December, 2018 addressed to the National Security Coordinator in the Office of National Security (ONS) raised concern over the high spate of street violence among young people which some time lead to lose of lives and properties.

According to the House of Parliament, they would be debating on the menace today, Wednesday 12th December and by memorandum, it is expected that all heads of security apparatus should witness the debate as important issues would be discussed.

It could be recalled that over the years, the issue of street violence amongst the youth had been a menace to society with several steps taken to curb the situation, including awareness raising and law enforcement.

In early 2017, the erstwhile Minister of Internal Affairs, Rtd. Mayor Alfred Palo Conteh took on the fight against violence with support from the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and several leaders or heads of clique gangs popularly called ‘Five Os’ were declared wanted and Le2, 000, 000.00 placed on each head should any citizen provide information leading to their arrests.

The former Minister even went the extra mile to clean the gallows or the hangman at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road, Freetown to instill fear into lawless youths.

Meanwhile, social analysts have asserted that the parliamentary debate today may have been ignited by the recent violent behavior of pupils in Freetown during the ongoing inter-secondary school football completion.