Dr. Suffian Kalokoh Speaking on the Intimidation and Plight of the Opposition All People’s Congress (APC) Party in Dallas
Dallas, Texas, November 26, 2019: Brilliantly cataloguing series of violence and political intimidations against the opposition, the All People’s congress APC party since the inception of the SLPP government, Dr. Suffian Kallokoh (in photo) implore President Bio’s government to stop undermining the democratic gains in Sierra Leone, by denouncing the atrocities committed against the opposition APC and other law abiding citizens of Sierra Leone.
Dr. Kalokoh was invited in Dallas, Texas on November 23rd as a keynote speaker to speak on political violence perpetuated by people or government authorities to achieve divisive political goals in our country, Sierra Leone.
Political violence ranging from forcing out the majority members of parliament in order to install a speaker of the house from the minority party, election fraud in Tonko Limba and display of hooliganism in constituency 110 election, chiefdom bye-elections, the gassing of the opposition APC party members in their house while on protest, to the shooting of APC fans inside of the party headquarters are clear evidence of political violence and unjust and unprovoked responses, Dr. Kaloko addressed the audience.
Over the past two years, our country has been plunged into a debate about injustice, lack of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, political intolerance across the social media about our country. This breach of rules that now prevails in our country is unacceptable in our country, the keynote speaker stated.
There has been proofs that during President Bio predecessor’s reign-President Ernest Bai Koroma, our country was predicated on the attainment of the principle of freedom of speech and a tolerant political culture. However, these hard-earned values have disappeared since the taking over of the SLPP government.
After the brazen and provocative displays by the police at the APC headquarter just after the so-called Bintumani 3, together with other atrocities against the opposition, the president of the country has never said a word condemning the aggression of the police, neither has he assured the aggrieved supporters of the All People’s Congress party to allay their fears of insecurity.
Dr. Kallokoh informed attendees about the importance of our Sierra Leone constitution, advising the leaders to follow the command and dictates of our supreme laws of the state.
The times is now”, he said, “the government should stand by its commitment to freedom of speech and freedom of the press, denouncing political violence, physical intimidation on the oppositions and stop extralegal punishment of those who display and demonstrate their rights prescribed by the constitution.”
This year, the APC Dallas fundraiser attracted dozens of city-based community members as well as other out of state APC-USA members. Most fascinatingly, the hall was jampacked with the opposition, the Sierra Leone Peoples Party SLPP members whom we described in our community as allies in terms of local political development. Some says, many of them attended the event to listen to the guest speaker, Dr. Sufian Kalokoh whose message was highly heeded and very much needed.
In her welcoming statement, the president of APC Dallas Mrs. Jeneh Juanah Koroma earlier expressed gratitude to all those who came out to support the event. She presented the past presidents of the chapter notably, Mr. Sheik Daboh, Honorable Ms. Nanette Thomas, Mr. Mambu Koroma, and Mr. Corniliuos Macarthy.
Mrs. Jenneh Koroma is the wife of Mr. Sheku Koroma who was the founder of the great APC Dallas chapter.
Attendees from the APC-USA branch were some branch leaders, notably Mrs. Mariama Lowe Bangura, Mrs. Babyhaj Jeng, and Ms. Minette Sheriff who brought a large delegation from her chapter, Houston Texas. The chapter was impressed by the attendance of Hon. Susan Bona from New Jersey.
By Sanpha Sesay, The Texas Chief
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