Freetown, 14 September, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown of Sierra Leone’s Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has called on the leadership of the West African nation to “prioritize dialogue” in efforts to address political differences following the June 24 general elections.
In his message shared with ACI Africa Wednesday, September 13, Fr. Peter Konteh weighs in on the political situation in the country, including the opposition-led nationwide protests, and cautions against violence “in all its forms”.
President Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), who was sworn in on June 27 was declared the winner of the presidential elections, official figures giving him 56.17 percent of the vote against 41 percent for his competitor, Dr. Samura Kamara of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) .
Dr. Kamara rejected the results on the grounds that they did not represent the will of the Sierra Leoneans. On Monday, September 11, the opposition organized nationwide protests denouncing the high cost of living and the outcome of the general elections, which they said were fraudulent.
In his message shared with ACI Africa September 13, the Caritas Freetown Executive Director says, “In the face of challenges and disagreements, it is essential that we prioritize dialogue as the primary means of addressing our differences.”