USA, Others Call For Peace

 

Though the Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed Rado Swarray, has said the country is at peace, in reaction to frequent complaints by the opposition All Peoples Congress that their constitutional rights are being violated by the ruling SLPP Government; and that they being bullied in Parliament by the Speaker and the SLPP, and oppressed by the Judiciary, concerns have been raised by the United States Ambassador, Maria Brewer and three other Ambassadors about the current state of political tension in the country.

In a tersely worded statement on the political tensions in the country signed by Maria Brewer – US Ambassador, Guy Warrington – British High Commissioner, Catherine Campbell – Irish Ambassador, Tom Venn – EU Ambassador and Horst Gruner – German Ambassador, they note that: “In the context of political tension in Sierra Leone, we the undersigned call for calm and for the establishment of a meaningful dialogue to reduce the tensions.”

Political commentators have viewed the concern of the four Ambassadors whose countries have made the greatest contribution to post civil war peace building and development initiatives in the country as a signal for the Bio Government to seek genuine, constructive and progressive dialogue with the opposition with the understanding that Sierra Leone is still considered by the international community as a fragile state, notwithstanding it been ranked as one of the most peaceful countries on the continent.

In which regard, two of the four political parties recently joined APC to condemn the ruling SLPP on allegations of causing division in the country. According to Coalition for Change (C4C), it hoped that the agenda of the president in calling for a peace and national cohesion conference (Bintumani III) was a genuine attempt to bridging the divides he had perceived in the country.

National Grand Coalition too has joined APC to condemn the Judiciary and the Police for what it calls selective justice as it lamented the event that occurred at the APC headquarters in Freetown on Friday May 31st 2019 which it described as “symptomatic of a broken political system in urgent need of repair.”

Saliently, NGC in its press release called upon “all actors to put “Sierra Leone first,” adding that “Emotions may run high but this is the time for cool, calm hearts to prevail.” NGC went further to call on “leaders of all political parties to refrain from inflaming their supporters with heated rhetoric,” as well as called upon “all citizens to remain law-abiding and to avoid confrontation with rival supporters.”

NGC maintained that in the spirit of the communiqué issued at the end of Bintumani III, they as a party believe that the way forward is “dialogue between the leadership of APC and SLPP to resolve their differences and consolidate peace and national cohesion in Sierra Leone and called on our moral guarantors to use their good offices and channels of communication to assist in the quest, whilst they pledged to do their own part.

Also, the United Nations has, in a statement issued past Tuesday, 4th June, 2019 added its voice to current situation and also calls for political parties actors to engage in meaningful dialogue.

Read statement below:

Statement of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone

Freetown, 04 June 2019. Noting the increasing political tensions, the United Nations

Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone calls on all political actors to engage in

meaningful dialogue to reduce these tensions and maintain the focus on addressing the important development needs of the country and its people.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator, continuing to stand ready to contribute to the facilitation of such dialogue, calls on all Sierra Leoneans to maintain peace and calm.