Politics and Tribalism Dividing Sierra Leone
Since the emergence of the Julius Maada Bio’s New Direction Government, Sierra Leoneans and citizens in the country have experience major political tensions and divisions in various facet of life as a result of bad politics and tribal line. (Photo: President Julius Maada Bio)
Sierra Leoneans in the country and abroad are scared over the current political division and spate of violent across the nation. The political wrangling always visible among citizens during elections as the custom of tribal and regional voting style has been adopted since ancient days.
It is heart rendering to see descendants of one nation fighting one another to control the country’s wealth instead of embracing unity so that we can love one another as God loves us.
We have seen a situation wherein supporters of the main opposition brutalized immediately after President Bio announced winner of the last Presidential election and legislators removed forcefully by Police officers from the well of Parliament.
We are presently experiencing a situation wherein members of the previous administration succumbed to the directive of the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Commission of Enquiry [COI] with no option.
Also the All Stars President, Milton Coker aka Colabo who is striving to push the entertainment sector forced to testify at the COI for associating himself with the All Peoples Congress [APC]. Most disappointingly security of the former Vice President, Alhaji Samuel Sam Sumana’s security disarmed for making friendly visit to former President Koroma at his Makeni residents. We have also seen people who are perceived to be supporters and sympathizers of the APC sacked from various offices across the country with impunity.
In fact, that was the reason the APC which is the majority party in Parliament decided not to take part in any bye-election or Government functionary which also led to the boycott of the APC MPs from the fifth Parliament opening, the Koya Chiefdom Bye-election and the trumpeted Bintumani III. The APC has also been complaining about the imposed Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Abass Bundu and the ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala.
In addition, the APC is also looking forward to the Judiciary to see that justice is delivered for their sixteen petitioned MP’s who may unfortunately lose their seats if the high court of Sierra Leone decides to rule against them as legally elected law makers.
Rumor doing the rounds suggested that the High Court of Sierra Leone has set to rule against the sixteen APC Members of Parliament to lose their positions for failing to attend the Bintumani III, even though the concerns they raised remain unaddressed but the Government went ahead with the conference even though the APC which was the targeted political party boycotted the much talked about meeting.
The sorriest part on the side of the Government is that, members of the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party [SLPP] were bragging that the conference would continue because the presence of the United Nations and ECOWAS committed were felt despite that the APC which should have enhanced the desired peace for the country’s development not present, is this the total or inclusive peace Sierra Leoneans are looking forward to.
We shall be grateful as a country if President Bio and cohorts considered that Sierra Leone belongs to all of us and peace is what everybody wanted and not personal interest.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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