‘Save Mama Salone’ Ends Peace Tour
‘Save Mama Salone Foundation’, in collaboration with the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) and the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) and sponsored by UNIPSIL, on Friday 2nd November, 2012 thrilled the public in a live concert on non-violence at the National Stadium in Freetown.
The free show kicked off at midday amidst jubilant celebration featuring some of the best musical groups in the country commanding large youth following and is a culmination of the Foundation’s nationwide tour on political tolerance and violence free polls.
All the nine registered political parties reiterated their commitment to non-violence and peaceful polls.
The White Flag Committee comprises of various political party representatives who have worked round the clock to ensure peaceful elections.
Kenema born artist, Bobby Fala in particular thrilled the audience for the first time in his most popular album titled in Mende while other artists like K-Man, Player Man, YOK 7, M 2 among others teamed up with T. Town All Stars to rock peace loving Sierra Leoneans in their ‘No To Violence’ songs.
Fans also joined politicians to denounce violence in the November elections as they interacted with each other.
Earlier, Save Mama Salone completed a successful tour of Kailahun, Bo, Kono, Kabala and Makeni on a peace sensitization campaign on the theme, ‘Say No to Violence.’
The Chief Executive Officer, Save Mama Salone Foundation, Dauda Kamara Jr. said politics should not divide Sierra Leoneans but unite them reiterating that the peace campaign tour was to remind them to reflect on the past and think about the present and the future.
He further pointed out that the White Flag campaign tour also gave residents in Freetown the opportunity to see the performance of prominent artists adding that the Committee comprises of representatives of all registered political parties in the country and stakeholders like religious and youth leaders underlining that the committee wants to send a clear message to the international community that Sierra Leone is safe and ready to protect investors.
The White Flag campaign kicked off in Kailahun on 12th October, followed by Bo on 14th October and Kono, Kabala, Makeni and Freetown.
In his address at the National Stadium, Patrick Buse, NSA Project Coordinator described the day as remarkable for all political parties to speak with one voice asserting that there is no reason why Sierra Leoneans should not have 24-hours electricity, good roads and pipe-borne water because the country is rich in resources.
He stressed that violence and the use of provocative and obscene language must stop if Sierra Leoneans want to actualize development asserting that the country is beautiful with a small population which can be transformed through hard work.
He thanked the Chief Executive Officer of ‘Save Mama Salone Foundation’ Dauda Kamara Jnr. and team for their tremendous efforts to sensitize the nation on the dangers of violence during elections and the need to bring all political parties together to say ‘No To Violence’ in the 2012 elections.
Save Mama Salone Foundation was officially launched at the Miatta Conference Hall, Youyi Building on 20th May, 2012.
The project was initiated by the young and development- oriented Dauda Kamara Junior.
By A. R. Bedor
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