It could further be recalled that victims were severely injured, with buildings, including the offices of the main opposition All People’s Congress at Taiama Junction and a police station torched during the wave of attacks.
As all of this was going on, reports also indicate that hundreds of opposition supporters have fled from Kono district and are seeking refuge in Masingbi, Tonkolili District, either as a result of alleged intimidation or for fear of reprisals, following acrimonious campaigns.
However, in a press release signed by HRC-SL Chairperson, Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah, he stated that the Commission had sent out a fact-finding team to Masingbi and Kono to conduct independent investigation into the reports of violence.
The HRC-SL called on citizens to conduct themselves responsibly within the ambit of the law; as well as demonstrate political tolerance and respect the fundamental human rights of other people.
Part of the press release reads: “The Human Rights commission is concerned about the spate of political violence across the country following the announcement of the results of the March 31 run-off election. We unreservedly condemn any act of violence. We called on political parties to denounce violence, promote political tolerance and peaceful co-existence.”
The Commission further reminded the current government of its obligations to maintaining peace and security and called on the police to increase security personnel in affected areas so as to maintain law and order and protect lives and property.