The publicity secretary of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Victor Reider, has said his party is disappointed in the APC for the latter’s failure to honour yesterday’s peace march in Freetown.
Speaking to Awoko yesterday at his party’s headquarters about the APC’s decline taking part in the proposed peace march, Mr Reider said his party considered it unfortunate and disappointing as he said he thought it was an opportunity granted both leaders to demonstrate their capacity to lead the people to peace.
Asked whether they were surprised about the APC’s boycott, he said: “we are not surprised knowing the APC for what they are and knowing them for their culture of not respecting documents. So we do not expect anything other than that from them.’’
Mr Reider confirmed that their leader, Solomon Ekuma Berewa, was at the starting site at Lumley for the march where “he had the opportunity to address the public admonishing them not to take to violence
About the APC’s allegations that they were not allowed access into Kailahun, Kenema, Segbwema and Bo which was one of the reasons adduced by the APC for not taking part in the peace march, the SLPP’s publicity secretary called it “bogus allegations”.
Meanwhile, after Vice President Solomon Berewa had left the peace march starting site at Lumley yesterday the APC leader, Ernest Bai Koroma, came there and was warmly received by a large crowd.
Earlier in a “Network Africa” programme Mr Koroma told the BBC: “Why should I go on a peace march when all is not well? I believe I have sent the right signal”.
He also complained that the APC was not allowed free access to certain areas of the country, including Kailahun in the south-east.