Sierra Leone: SLPP supporters allegedly burning down houses of APC supporters

By Agnes Koroma

Just after the declaration of Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio president of the Republic of Sierra Leone on April 4th, 2018, supporters of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party are allegedly attacking and burning down houses of people supporting the All Peoples Party.

During his swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday 4th April 2018, the president told Sierra Leoneans that “From today, I am a president of, and for all Sierra Leoneans. we have only one country”.

 

He said Sierra Leone wants national unity and cohesion, and a disciplined leadership.

He also called on all the political parties to join him to develop the country and also thanked the international community and regional stakeholders in ensuring transparent and fair elections.

But reports from the Kenema, East of Sierra Leone, is causing panic in the country with most people fearing some SLPP members are hounding northerners and supporters of the APC.

In Freetown, supporters of the SLPP are also alleged to have vandalized the stalls of traders, mostly northerners, and supporters of the APC.

Sources say the police is presently engaging the rioters to put the situation under control.

A press release from the Office of the President warning the perpetrators to stop all forms of intimidation.

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OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
PRESS RELEASE
IT HAS COME TO THE ATTENTION OF HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT THAT THERE HAVE BEEN INCIDENTS OF INTIMIDATION AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT FOLLOWING THE SWEARING-IN OF HIS EXCELLENCY RTD. BRIGADIER JULIUS MAADA BIO AS PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE.
ADDITIONALLY, IT HAS ALSO BEEN ALLEGED THAT CIVIL SERVANTS AND OTHER OFFICIALS AND AGENTS OF GOVERNMENT ARE FACING CHALLENGES IN REPORTING FOR OFFICIAL DUTY. CIVIL SERVANTS AND OTHER OFFICIALS AND AGENTS OF GOVERNMENT ARE EXPECTED TO BE IMPARTIAL AND TO SERVE THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY.
HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT IS APPEALING TO ALL THOSE ENGAGED IN INTIMIDATION AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT TO DESIST FORTHWITH. ELECTIONS ARE OVER AND WE MUST NOW FOCUS ON UNITING OUR COUNTRY TO ENSURE A PEACEFUL AND SMOOTH TRANSITION.
PLEASE BE WARNED THAT ANY ACT OF INTIMIDATION AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT WILL BE MET WITH THE FULL FORCE OF THE LAW.
END
STATE HOUSE
FREETOWN
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