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SLPP, APC are hijacking civil society organisation “…we have to break that circle for Sierra Leone to move forward”

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SLPP, APC are hijacking civil society organisation “…we have to break that circle for Sierra Leone to move forward”

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Ambassador of the United States America to Sierra Leone, Bryan David Hunt has said for Sierra Leone to move forward, its people should break that circle of political parties hijacking civil societies and pressure groups.

He was speaking on AYV Media Empire’s flagship program, Wake Up Sierra Leone where he advised that political parties should make it clear that the affairs of these organisations are independent.

Ambassador Hunt speaks on the recently held Sierra Leone Bar Association elections, noting that a bar election is not and should not be about APC and/or SLPP.

He said: “The election is about who is going to manage an Association that promotes the rule of law, equal treatment before the law and promotes human right in the most effective way. Certainly there is no APC or SLPP way to do a rule of law. There is just the rule of law.

“I have heard that this APC versus SLPP contest even goes down to Church and Mosque management committees. Sierra Leoneans need to change the way they identify themselves, stop seeing themselves as either APC or SLPP but as Sierra Leoneans. I have heard very well educated Sierra Leoneans saying to me; …he betrayed his tribe, he is from the north and he should be APC, he is from the south, she should be SLPP… That is dangerous. We need to take such out of our mouths…”

The ambassador reemphasised how dangerous is the capture of civic institutions by political parties and how this hyper political party issue that seems to have infected all areas of life in Sierra Leone is and why to end it now is important.

He said this is really detrimental to the long term growth of democracy and that the issue of “do-me-are-do-you and the focus on past wrongs to revenge is really not good.

“In Sierra Leone today, if you belong to the political party I do not belong to, therefore, all your ideas are bad and if you belong to the political party that I belong then everything you do is perfectly fine. We have to break that cycle if we really want to see Sierra Leone progress.

National issues are issues that should not been seen with a political party lens but with national lens”. Ambassador Hunt concluded.

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