Senior brass of the three political parties in Sierra Leone PMDC, SLPP AND APC brought their supporters out in the streets to take part in a Peace march organized by HOPE SIERRA LEONE in the eastern capital of Kenema.
They marched from Portal cinema hall along the main Hangha road to the Holy Trinity Parish Hall along Blama road where they were engaged in a dialogue forum.
The marching crowd paused at the Choithram Supper market to plant a peace tree.
Addressing the audience at the historic Hero’s triangle in the centre of Kenema city near the Super market Hope founder and Executive Director John Bangura said the peace march which involved the planting of a Cocoa tree at the Hero’s square is to symbolize Peace in the East noting that cocoa is one of the leading agricultural products of the Eastern region. The Executive Director said members of all three political parties are all patriotic Sierra Leoneans with their objective of developing the country.
He revealed that Hope Sierra Leone will be engaging all three political parties for three intensive days of substantive dialogue. This dialogue Mr. Bangura stressed will bring ordinary people, Paramount Chiefs from the region, politicians, parliamentarians and other stakeholders together in a forum to see that peace prevails in Sierra Leone.
In his speech former Parliamentarian Francis Musa who represented the APC expressed happiness that Hope Sierra Leone is working together with all political parties to bring peace to this country for the benefit of all. In his contribution the Hon. Member of Parliament Hon. Mohamed Makaya of the SLPP described the Peace march as historic adding that this is the first time political parties have come together under one umbrella to work together in the interest of peace in the country. He described the SLPP party as the mother of all political parties in the country.
On his part Mohamed Kenneh of the PMDC stated that political pluralism under the multiparty system in the country is the best way forward and that Sierra Leoneans need not fight one another in the name of any political party, pointing out that members of his political party – PMDC have close relatives in both the SLPP and APC.