More than 800 members and supporters of the main opposition All People’s Congress Party on Tuesday held a Peace March in Kenema, east of the country.
In a jubilant mood, they processed from Dama Road, Hangha Road, Koroma Street, Sumaila Street and then to the Kenema town field.
Addressing the crowd, the APC leader, Ernest Bai Koroma said there party was now united and urged them to avoid violence. He said the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party had failed the people hence should be voted out.
Mr Koroma said that despite their defence that the war had blurred their first term, there had been no “tangible reason for their total failure” in the second. He urged his supporters to vote for the APC “for a better Sierra Leone”.
Despite belief that Kenema is a stronghold of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party, the opposition leader said the reception and tremendous support he had got in the town only proved that no single party was in control of the district. He thanked the police for “demonstrating neutrality” and praised the chief, saying there had been no report of chiefs disallowing his party supporters from manifesting their support. He encouraged the authorities to continue “such tolerance”.
Come polling day, he went on, “go our in your numbers and vote”. He urged them to witness the counting to the end, boasting “this time we APC will demonstrate our 99 wonders NOT TACTICS”.
Highlighting “the achievements of the APC” Mr Koroma, said it was their reign that brought about the Kenema–Bo highway, the Bo–Pujehun Project, the Hydro dam at Dodo, Water system in Kenema, Paramedical school in Bo and many others.
He assured that they would prioritise agriculture, education, health and economy should they be given the chance to rule again.