Residents of Kenema city have been storming their commercial banks to withdraw monies to take them through the voting period. Reports say many people are anticipating violence after the announcement of the final results, so they are withdrawing huge cash to buy essential commodities.
This fear is further amplified, some political pundits say, by a recent statement by the PMDC leader, Charles Margai, who reportedly said they would march 20,000 troops to Kailahun.
Others adduce the reason for the mad bank rush on what the APC leader Ernest Koroma told the Peep! magazine recently that his party would protest violently if the elections results would not be in their favour.
All these remarks, coupled with the frequent political violence between party supporters in that city, have created fear among the business community.
Now prices of basic commodities have skyrocketed. A 50kg of rice now goes for Le75.000 to Le80.000.