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Lamina Poyo
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Police have arrested Karamoh Kabba, the deputy organising secretary of the opposition APC party following violent clashes in Hamilton on Monday evening between supporters of his party and the ruling SLPP.

It follows the torching of two vehicles parked inside the compound of Josephine Jackson who is the candidate of the ruling SLPP ahead of a crucial parliamentary bye-election on 24 August. Police accuse Kabbah of complicity in the violence. But speaking to me before he was taken to the Adonkiya police cell, Kabbah said he was not at the scene during the clashes saying instead that their own party supporters were stoned and injured during what was their party’s turn to hold a political rally in the area.

Jackson said she saw Kabbah and some other opposition bigwigs leading the attack on her house. The police local unit commander CSP Musa Bandabla said the rally had ended when opposition supporters returned to the area.

 

Umaru Fofana
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Police have arrested Karamoh Kabba, the deputy organising secretary of the opposition APC party following violent clashes in Hamilton on Monday evening between supporters of his party and the ruling SLPP. It follows the torching of two vehicles parked inside the compound of Josephine Jackson who is the candidate of the ruling SLPP ahead of a crucial parliamentary bye-election on 24 August. Police accuse Kabbah of complicity in the violence. But speaking to me before he was ta...

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kamara
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There they go again. Bio is letting these Gbose Gbose criminals to get a free ride . They should face the full force of the law.
Masoila
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"There they go again. Bio is letting these Gbose Gbose criminals to get a free ride . They should face the full force of the law."  Kamara


I agree Kamara.  But I also believe that these political rallies serve no useful purpose.  They are used by political thugs especially in the APC to create chaos and mayhem.  Public political rallies should be banned. 

Let candidates for public offices learn to buy air time from TV and radio stations.  They can also campaign on social media platforms.  The world is changing.  Sierra Leone must learn to adapt to these changes.
Peeper
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"But I also believe that these political rallies serve no useful purpose"

They do and prospective leaders MUST meet with the people in person not behind cameras. What governments need to do is to strictly enforce the laws without prejudice or discrimination.
KL
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The divide and rule continues and the politicians are getting exactly what they wish for. The citizens, in general, are getting poorer and stupid by day. The thieving APC loyalists are back in the diaspora with their ill gotten wealth, those in the SLPP are next in line and the ignorant and abused youths are behind bars.
kamara
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We all want democracy to strive and survive in Sierra Leone. People should free to  exercise their democratic rights and support their parties on the streets, radios and TV. Yes , KL the country and most democratic nations are divided on political lines. There is nothing wrong with that. Just look at the chaos that Obai Trump is causing in the America.

Unfortunately in Sierra Leone, the opposition, in this case APC is using the rallies to create chaos to disrupt the activity of the SLPP government because they cannot accept their defeat in the 2018 elections.

Bio has to use the full force of the law against any perpetrators of wanton violence and destruction be  they APC or SLPP, . If not, APC and the other political thugs will be emboldened and attack BIO's house next.

BIO needs to stay home and ensure that Sierra Leone and  the citizens of Sierra Leone are secure and can live and move around without fear. He should  let his ministers of trade, foreign affairs , finance and economic planning travel do the negotiations. Bio will approve the final agreements.

The bottom line is that no foreign business person will invest in Sierra Leone if there is no security regardless of how  many trips are made to attract investments. Tourists are not coming to Sierra Leone if they see political violence on the streets, regardless of the wonderful beaches.
 

Tourism has declined in the Dominican Republic by 75% based  of the news of the deaths of american tourists.

Kolleh
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"They do and prospective leaders MUST meet with the people in person not behind cameras."  Peeper


That was only necessary during the stone age.   Today, if leaders want to meet their people, that can be accomplished in Town Hall meetings.  That is how it is done in advanced and stable democracies.  Street political rallies in Africa almost always ends in barbarism.  It Sierra Leone, in particular, the barbaric APC has always used street campaigns as an opportunity to rein violence.

Africa must come out of its stone age and join the rest of the civilized world in utilizing modern means of communications to get messages across.
KL
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Kamara, I have no problem with people being divided on 'political lines", as you stated, but I have serious concerns when politicians exploit tribal differences. Indeed the US practice it's own brand of tribalism but no where so brutal as ours. Reason is that with the exception of individual knuckleheads with guns, there are laws that are mostly being enforced. This is one of the major differences compared to Salone. 

Meanwhile, you cannot deny the obvious fact that both APC and SLPP use violence to get their way. 
Kamara
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KL, you said it, Enforcement of the laws. Why can't Sierra Leonean governments enforce the law? If they do , it will reduce crime, lawlessness and political violence in the country.

I am not going to say which party is more violent in Sierra Leone today. But one thing I know is that APC introduced political thuggery and violence into Sierra Leone's politics. I  know from my experience, my father contested as SLPP and won in what be considered an APC stronghold today. There was no violence.  

Pray for Sierra Leone. It needs help.
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