Freetown, Sierra Leone – In a comprehensive response spanning 12 pages concerning the political dialogue, Samura Kamara, the leader and presidential candidate of the All Peoples Congress (APC), addressed his supporters, acknowledging their critical perspectives and keen interest in the matter. He expressed that the issue at hand had the potential to disturb the hard-earned unity and peace within the party, as well as distract from the party’s national purpose.
He continued by stating, “I totally understand the emotions, anxieties, and disappointments among some of us. The mixed reactions, anger, and demands for a stronger action were not unexpected.” Samura Kamara recognized the legitimacy of these responses but called for unity and cooperation among his supporters.
The APC leader urged his fellow Sierra Leoneans to give the local initiative an opportunity to succeed, emphasizing that the dialogue’s communiqué contains constructive provisions and benchmarks that, if addressed patriotically and in good faith, can help restore the will of the people and uphold true democracy.
Regarding the formation of a tripartite-led committee, Kamara acknowledged that both sides had agreed to review the 2023 electoral cycle within six months. This review would encompass various stages, including voter registration, voter card issuance, ballot paper procurement, election day procedures, vote tallying, tabulation, and results announcement.
In light of the challenges the party faced during the elections, he emphasized the need for calm and rational decision-making. Emotional responses to wrongdoing, without the benefit of objective reasoning, can be counterproductive.
Kamara explained that the APC’s decision to participate in the inter-party dialogue was based on the conviction that resolving a political impasse of this nature required dialogue between the two main actors, along with the presence of other stakeholders. This dialogue aimed to foster a better understanding among politicians, find common ground for correcting political wrongs, and restore confidence and integrity in the electoral system and the political landscape.
He praised President Bio’s endorsement of the Dialogue Agreement, which conveyed a message of intent to restore national unity, democratic values, inclusive governance, cooperation, and a commitment to resolving political differences for the nation’s benefit. Kamara welcomed the President’s call for collective responsibility and national development.
Samura Kamara stated, “In the spirit of cooperation, the APC commits to working collaboratively with the government to implement the provisions of the communiqué and ensure that the aspirations of Sierra Leoneans are realized.” He emphasized the party’s dedication to the agreement and its willingness to work with the government to translate the agreement into tangible action.
In conclusion, he reaffirmed the party’s commitment to the agreement, pledging to go beyond words on paper and actively contribute to the implementation of the outlined provisions. KXL/31/10/2023