Conflicts in the Great Lakes Region have common features relating to governance issues, identity division, structural violence, exploitation and access to natural resources and land, and so on (Photo: Gallo Images/Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)
Conflicts in the Great Lakes Region have common features relating to governance issues, identity division, structural violence, exploitation and access to natural resources and land, and so on (Photo: Gallo Images/Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Since after the declaration of Julius Maada Bio as the winner of the 2018 election, supporters of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) have been targeting supporters of the main opposition All People’s Congress(APC), burning down their houses and inflicting severe injuries on dozens, according to local media on Monday.

These attacks are taking place mainly in the southeastern part of the country — stronghold of the SLPP.

Paramount Chief of Mashingbe, Bai Kurr, reported on local radio that he has hosted over 2,000 supporters of the APC who were displaced from Kono District, stronghold of the SLPP in the east of the country.
He called on the Office of National Security (ONS) to intervene and provide some relief items for the displaced people.

Also, local television, the Africa Young Voices, on Monday reported cases of political intimidation in Kenema District, another stronghold of the SLPP.

The Sierra Leone Police Regional commander in the east, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Karrow Kamara, was targeted by supporters of the SLPP in Kenema but he escaped and is currently in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

According to the SLPP supporters, the police boss was intimidating them during the APC regime, hence it was their time to revenge.

The APC office in Tiama, Moyamba District in the south was completely burnt down, according to report from the local media.

Meanwhile,due to these reported spate of violence, President Julius Maada Bio has on Monday set up a committee on political intimidation and violence to look into the issue and arrest the situation.

According to a release from State House,the President has ordered the Sierra Leone Police to investigate the issue and bring to book all perpetuators behind the violence. Enditem

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