The Inspector-General of Police, Brima Acha Kamara has urged the people of Bo district to be politically tolerant.
Addressing a meeting at the East End Police in the country’s second capital, which also attracted representatives from different political parties, the police boss said tolerance would foster peaceful co-existence ahead of the August elections.
He said he had faced all sorts of accusation since he became the police boss some four years ago, but that he had tried to prove his accusers wrong by “working conscientiously.”
He said Sierra Leone was now one of the safest countries in the world, and spoke of his recent trip to Pujehun where he had gone to find out about the burning down of houses by unknown arsonists.
A representative of the opposition People’s Movement for Democratic Change thanked the police for creating “an atmosphere of political tolerance”.
Francis Hindowa of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party expressed the hope that the police would live up to the expectations of the people during the elections.
He said that pessimists had predicted that the country would plunge into chaos once UN peacekeepers had left the country.
“They have been proved wrong” he said, adding that the police had demonstrated their ability to face any challenge.