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Sierra Leone - Post Elections Violence

By Abdul Hassan Fackie
Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The people of Sierra Leone are still recounting the unprecedented nationwide violent altercations that greeted the announcement of the Presidential run-off election results on the night of  Wednesday, 4 April, 2018.

Reports monitored by 40 Acres Canada indicate that no sooner had Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio had been declared as winner of the Presidential race than supporters of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) gone on the rampage, targeting senior officials and members of the All People's Congress (APC) by physically attacking them, burning their offices, houses and vehicles in places like Bo,  Kenema, Moyamba and Kono.

The Police Commander in the Eastern Region, Assistant Inspector General of Police Alfred Karrow Kamara had to be smuggled out of Kenema by a combined team of Police and Military personnel who had to provide security for the Police Station as well as other key installations in the Kenema township. 

The Kenema residence of former Minister of Internal Affairs, Retired Major Sengu Koroma, as well as that of the former Resident Minister, East, Mr. Karamor Kabba came under attack and Police and Soldiers had to do running battles with alleged SLPP supporters to free the inmates of  these homes.

As at press time, the whereabouts of Mr. Karamor Kabba are still not known.

In the capital city of Freetown a few isolated cases of violent confrontations were reported in various places with a few houses of APC members reported burnt down. 

The APC office in Taiama near Bo was also reportedly burnt down as well as the Chairlady and prominent APC members harassed.

In the far flung villages of Kono district, the APC supporters came under such sustained attacks that over two thousand people fled the district and sought refuge in Mosingbi in the Tonkolili district.

As I write this article most Civil Servants are still afraid to go to their offices for fear that they will be targeted.

However, it now appears that the situation has been brought under control and life is gradually returning to normal even as isolated cases of heated arguments and few cases of intimidation and violent confrontations still continue.