The Executive Director of Institute for Governance Reform Andrew Lavali said until and unless Sierra Leoneans put the performance of political figures above ethnicity and political differences, the country is yet to experience national cohesion and development.
He added that there must be a way of assessing the area of legitimacy of political elites. In that regard he went on, the Chief Minister’s Office was created to supervise all governance activities and they (IGR) were expecting to see in the first year a performance-based system of assessment that will mitigate political tension especially between APC and SLPP.
Research and Policy Director of Institute for Governance Reform, Dr. Fredline M’Cormack-Hale revealed that the report is an attempt to track similar leadership problems in the first 24 months of President Kabbah and President Koroma’s regimes in addition to the first 12 months of President Bio’s Government.
She continued to say that the report also looked at the issues in the immediate aftermath of elections and the challenges of power transition, and what the country needs to ensure another smooth transition and foster democratic consolidation as well as national coherence.
It is undeniable that corruption has been accepted as a way of life in Sierra Leone and it is very difficult to hold officials accountable.
However, if there is a performance-based system, the partisan and ethnicity problems will be minimized.