Serious Threat to Peaceful Elections in Sierra Leone Come March 7, 2018!
By Sorie Fofana, Guest Editor (01/02/18)
The arrest and detention of a clique and gang leader Sheik S.I. Koroma, a strong member of the ruling APC Party, is welcome news.
'APC Sheik S.I. Koroma, alias 'Street Ambassador' has been in the forefront of organizing clique and gang members in every nook and cranny of this country.
It is reported that twenty eight members of his group have also been rounded up and detained by the Police. They were out in full force on Friday 26th January, 2018 when their Party was busy nominating its Presidential and Ordinary Members of Parliament.
They caused a lot of havoc on that day. In fact, it is reported that one person was brutally murdered on that fateful day. This is a threat to the conduct of a peaceful election on 7th March, 2018.
The decision by the Police leadership to ban vehicular and pedestrian movement on elections day is uncalled for. The Police should not be seen to be colluding with the ruling APC Party to rig the elections of March 7, 2018.
The new Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police Force, Dr. Richard Moigbe is a highly respected man in this country. He should not allow some Politicians to mess him up. No way!
It is understood that some APC supporters intend to wear fake Police uniforms on elections day in order to intimidate voters in opposition strongholds. This is totally unacceptable!
It is also reported that some people sympathetic to the APC Party intend to disrupt the election of March 7 in order for it to be postponed. All these pieces of information, though unverified but credible, are a threat to the conduct of a free, fair and peaceful election.
The Presidential candidate of the SLPP party Julius Maada Bio has insisted that his Party will not accept the outcome of any rigged election. His words must be taken seriously, since he commands the largest opposition party in the country.
We call on President Ernest Bai Koroma to ensure that a level playing field is maintained at every level of the electioneering process.
As outgoing Head of State, he should ensure that the process is free, fair, credible and peaceful. He should preside over a peaceful transition of power in order to ensure that the nation does not slide back to a state of anarchy.
Let us all pray for the elections to come and go peacefully so that our country will remain a shining example of the fastest growing democracy in Africa.
All of us should endeavour to avert any seeming threat to the conduct of a free, fair and credible election in March 2018.
Let us all wish our outgoing President, a peaceful retirement as he leaves office in the second week of March, 2018 after ten years. God bless Mama Salone!
Courtesy: Sorie Fofana, Global Times newspaper Sierra Leone