Report reaching Global Africa News from Kenema Town, Eastern Province of Sierra Leone indicates that the Offices of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) at Hangha Road is under a threatening attack on reported instruction from the Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police-Dr. Richard Moigbeh.
The SLPP Kenema District Chairman-Moriba Koroma told our Reporter that they were today put under attacked by the Sierra Leone Police and some military personnel after a violent physical attack on their supporters. He said they (SLPP executive) were prevented from entering their party offices on Hangha Road, Kenema Town, adding that they have barricaded the entire area.
“Yesterday, we refused such illegal instruction but because they wanted a chaotic atmosphere I cautioned my colleagues and other party members to leave and allow me to officially report the matter to the ONS, PPRC and our party National executives,” said Moriba Koroma.
He added that, “In as much as the police were adamant to executive instructions from their political god fathers, they came this morning (Wednesday 8th) to violently attack our head offices. Like they did in 2012 when they even raped our women at our Wallace Johnson Street National Offices in Freetown, they are on it again but we are ready to peacefully resist them.
He went further to state that, “They intimidated and harassed our party officials and forced their way into our offices.” He described the action of the security apparatus as unprofessional and a deliberate attempt to curtail the fundamental rights of movement and association of their members and officials.
He called on the international community to intervene and closely monitor the unprofessional behavior of the Sierra Leone Police who are only bent on satisfying their political godfathers.
The SLPP Chairman stressed that the police are partial in the discharge of their duties, and cited the attack on their Presidential candidate-retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio.
The Provincial Security Coordinator, Office of National Security-Abdul Karim Will said, “I have admonished the head of the police-Assistant Inspector General Karrow Conteh, to stop their action and allow unfettered access to the SLPP Party offices by party members and executive.”
The Eastern Province Security Coordinator asserted that, “The decision to lock up the SLPP offices was not to my knowledge and I am still wondering why the police refused to inform us about their action.”
Asked whether the police action was based on security intelligence, he said, “Preventing party executives or members from entering the SLPP offices was not part of our intelligence.”
He admitted that he got report s of the SLPP offices being barricaded by armed Police and the military. He continued that he could not ascertain whether the scene was chaotic. He said they will not allow anyone to undermine the peace or trigger any violence in that part of the country.
Refuting the allegations, the Assistant Inspector General of Police-Karrow Kamara said no SLPP supporter/official or executive were physically attacked or intimidated. According to him, they refused them access to their party office based on public safety.
“As part of the security strategy, we invoked the MAC-P and agreed that the SLPP, NGC and APC should desist from entering their offices until further notice,” said AIG Kamara.
He accused the SLPP of violating the agreement and therefore instructed that they should not be given access to the SLPP office. He denied allegation that he got instruction from the Inspector General of Police but could not tell why he did not inform the ONS.
By Elkass Sannoh and Simeon Cole