The Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP) has issued a press release criticising the ruling APC government for witch hunting and trying to disturb the had earn peace in the country. The letter read thus:
The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) is astounded and apprehensive with recent pronouncements by Government which have the effect of derailing our country’s hard earned peace, by setting in motion an investigation into the process that led to the execution of a former Inspector General of Police Bambay Kamara and other persons in December 1992 under the former National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) Military Junta that governed the country from 1992 to 1996 during the heat of our country’s 11 years fratricidal civil war.
This new exploit by Government is nothing short of a deliberate and calculated political plot to discredit the leadership, certain senior members and by extension the SLPP from the political process and or distract our people from the everyday problems and hardship of living in Sierra Leone today. It serves no useful purpose in fighting impunity during that era which was sufficiently dealt with by the United Nations (UN) backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) or in promoting reconciliation and building national cohesion which were also exhaustively dealt with by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission ((TRC).
The vast majority of Sierra Leoneans wants to move forward from that dreadful history and are instead yearning for development and a remarkable improvement of their livelihood; rather than sowing the seeds of discord by re-examining those dark days once again contrary to the blue print for sustainable peace encapsulated in the Lome Peace accord and the Amnesty and Pardon granted under Article IX of that pact which was domesticated into our laws as the Lome Peace Agreement (Ratification) Act No. 3 of 1999.
The initial beneficiaries of this legislation were members and collaborators of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) including key members of the present government such as Hon. I.B.Kargbo the present Minister of Information and Communications.
The SLPP condemns the revisiting of the process adopted by the NPRC as some key members of that regime are senior members of our current military and have been doing so professionally since the end of the war and the advent of democracy. This could be provocative with a penchant to stir insecurity and instability once again into an institution that has been reformed to serve and defend our fledgling democracy with British and Sierra Leonean tax payers’ money.
The SLPP also regard this ploy by government as a conscious attempt to undermine our efforts at consolidating peace which is heavily funded by our international development partners. It is a perfect recipe for insecurity and another civil unrest.