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.