Sierra Leone urges peaceful election

September 7, 2007 at 4:57 am Leave a comment

The All People’s Congress (APC) and Sierra Leone’s People Party (SLPP) are urging their followers to observe a peaceful presidential election at the behest of their candidates, Koroma and Berewa, respectively.

You will forgive me if I am sceptical. As recently as this past Saturday, these guys were at each others throats. And when I say that, I mean it in a literal sense. President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was threatening a state of emergency last month because of the bloodshed.  Machetes, stones and tree branches were the weapons of choice in the most recent clashes, but expect the means to escalate along with the regularity.

It would be a welcome surprise to see a peaceful, democratic handover of power. But given the country’s recent history (specifically the 11 year civil war resulting in 50,000 dead); and given the fact that Sierra Leone’s Independent Media Commission has already had to issue warnings to radio stations owned by the two parties because of programming designed to incite unrest; I have little confidence in the political elites true desire for peace.

Follow the news in the upcoming days and weeks. See if I am right or I am wrong.

Sierra Leonean rivals sign non-violence pact during polls
Sierra Leone leader warns of possible state of emergency

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