SLPP To Probe Bo Riot


By Ayodele Deen Cole

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has ordered an internal investigation into the circumstances and causes that led to intra-party violence which took place recently in Bo City during the party’s recent NEC meeting.

The violence reportedly started as a result of the unofficial commencement of campaign for some national executive positions in the forthcoming elections for various positions within the party. According to a senior member of the party who was also one of the delegates at the Bo NEC meeting, Mohamed L. Bah, the party hierarchy is not satisfied with the situation and has issued out a public apology. He also revealed that they have set up a special team to conduct full investigation into the incident, adding that anyone found to have orchestrated the incident will be severely dealt with according to the party’s constitution. He also stated that, as a party, they were not informed about any aspirant campaign to be held in Bo. The party, he said, will take appropriate action as stipulated in the party constitution. He assured the public that the outcome of the investigation will be communicated before the next NEC meeting scheduled to take place in Kono in August this year. Meanwhile, the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) personnel attached to the Bo Division arrested up to twenty suspects for the said riot and impounded a large catch of offensive weapons including and machetes in possession of certain individuals believed to be supporters of one of the aspirants vying for the position of National Chairman and Leader of the party.