The Civil Society Movement –Sierra Leone (CSM-SL) yesterday at the British Council Hall Tower Hill started a three-day national delegates conference with the theme the “voice of the voiceless united for sustainable development”.
In his welcome address and overview of CSM-SL the acting chairman of the organization Festus Minah said that CSM-SL has over the years adhered to its vision, which is “to transform democracy and influence the achievement of good governance using a well coordinated and capacitated network”.
He added that the organization’s objective is to promote, defend and sustain democracy and human right, while at the same time engage in institutional capacity building of our national, regional, district and chiefdom structures guided by this vision aims and objectives.
The acting chairman maintained that CSM-SL indeed has played a significant role in the restoration of constitutional rule and democracy in Sierra Leone 1997-2002.
Minah stated that the CSM-SL in collaboration with other stakeholders are closely monitoring the 2007 electoral process to ensure that a free, fair, credible non violent and tolerant election attitude prevails in the country.
“A dynamic political maturity will indeed enhance the peace and stability we are all yearning for in this country adopted by all political parties and their supporters” he declared.
CSM-SL acting chairman opined that the present socio political and economic governance demands a radical break with the past where over the years, government and other stakeholders have been posing to be working in the name and interest of the people.
Earlier on in her opening remarks the chairperson of the occasion Development Secretary Mrs Kona Koroma said that “government is anxious to support civil society to the level where civil society will facilitate the participation of a greater number of our people in our march towards sustainable development; there by making the voiceless speak clearly and louder to the government and development partners.”
Commenting on the theme Voice of the Voiceless; United for Sustainable Development she maintained that it is indeed relevant to our present circumstances.
Dr Sheku Sesay Minister of Presidential Affairs who represented President Kabbah said that the government welcomed immensely the role of civil society, adding that they are seen as catalysts in development.