The Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) has condemned the recent spate of political violence across Sierra Leone.
SLANSA noted that as a network that campaigns against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, it abhorred the use of guns, knives and machetes to settle political scores.
It called on leaders of political parties and their allies, especially the Sierra Leone People’s party (SLPP) and the All People’s Congress (APC) to restrain their supporters and members from resorting to the use of guns, knives and machetes, and enjoined them to exercise tolerance in the period leading up to the run-off and following the announcement of the eventual winner.
SLANSA pointed to the violent confrontations in various parts of the country including Freetown, Kono, Segbwema, Kenema and Moyamba which led to fatalities
SLANSA noted further that it unequivocally condemn any act of violence instigated by political party leaders and their supporters which could derail the hard earned peace Sierra Leone now enjoyed.
It said it was reminding law enforcement agents about their constitutional responsibility of maintaining law and order and bringing defaulters to justice, without fear or favour, and appealed to all Sierra Leoneans, especially the youth to be law abiding and peaceful and to eschew the virtues of choosing political leaders by means of casting “ballots, not bullets.”
The network also called on members of the media to be responsible in the dissemination of news.
, and urged them to respect the United Nations sponsored Code of Conduct on fair and objective elections reporting.
SLANSA also congratulated the National Electoral Commission for conducting a peaceful a credible August 11 parliamentary and presidential elections but warned them in the same token to once again demonstrate will and resoluteness in ensuring that the choice of the people of Sierra Leone was respected.
It also called on both leaders of the SLPP and APC to keep to their promise in the spirit of the joint communiqué released after the mediation of President Kabbah.s