Initially its mandate was to register, resolve conflict and also monitor the daily activities of all political parties. Thus now that the elections have come and gone, the commission has taken a different turn, trying to preach the message of peace and reconciliation amongst the different political parties and its supporters.
In his official statement at the Tankoro administrative barry in Kono, the Regional Officer East James Bockarie said during the elections, a lot of incidents took place in the District, which, to an extent, had resulted in complete division amongst the people. Mr. Bockarie said hatred and vengeance still remained order of the day and until something is done about it, disunity would standout to be the motto of Kono. Mr. Bockarie said investors would not be confident enough to establish or invest in Kono if the people cannot speak with one voice. The Regional boss said the peace and reconciliation plan is in its pilot phase and that the report the commission will present with regards to its findings would encourage donor nations to organize a national reconciliation meeting for the country as a whole. He therefore urged stakeholders to work together and find a way forward in bringing total peace to Kono.
Disappointedly however, it appears as if the brilliant idea of PPRC in bringing peace amongst the indigents seems not to be wholeheartedly appreciated by various speakers who came in to contribute or make official statement. On the SLPP side, the district secretary Mohamed A. Baryoh said there is peace in Kono and that donors need not to be scared of bringing development to the country, especially Kono. He said all the violence that had taken place before the elections were true and that PPRC deliberately refused to address them due to personal reasons.
Veronica Dauda, an independent candidate in the local elections, said the PPRC had refused to listen to her complains relating to violence and molestation which she had gone through and more especially in the hands of one Samuel Sandi of APC in Kono.
The APC scribe in Kono district said the PPRC is finding possible ways and means of spending the remaining cash in the coffer. Mr. Gbondo Penepani said what the commission is doing now could have been done long ago. He said Kono is peaceful and that the idea of bringing peace and reconciliation is really not necessary. Mr. Gbondo said the local elections spoke for themselves since it has come and past off peacefully. “The APC is now in control, so there is no cause to alarm,” he said. Mr. Aiah Joseph, a member of a civil society, admonished the commission to address stakeholders once at a time, in order to adequately sound out their opinion in detail. Mr. Joseph said paramount chiefs, members of parliament, women and men folks must be addressed separately if the commission is to succeed.