Senior stalwarts from the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and main opposition, All People’s Congress (APC) Party left hundreds of people amazed during the funeral of late veteran Journalist, Philip Daniel Neville at Kossoh town over the weekend.
The amazing moment came after a display of high-level political tolerance, with the exchange of warm hugs, jokes, laughter and smiles in public view, between very senior members of the SLPP and APC in the persons of SLPP’s Minister Mohamed Rahman Swaray and others and APC’s Dr. Mathew Wilson Samura Kamara, Hon. Minkailu Mansaray, Her Worship Mayor Yvonne Aki Sawyer and Hon. Ibrahim Bundu among others.
A moment many people at the scene, described as “romantic show of love, unity and political tolerance” among top officials of the two political parties, after it almost stole the attention of mourners who were at the Kossoh town to pay their last respect to the late journalist and media entrepreneur.
At a time like this when political tensions might have blowout in some other countries, the Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Rahman Swaray said: ‘We are all Sierra Leoneans devoid of our political differences, it is our responsibility as duty bearers to always preach peace and must be seen showcasing peace and love to the public”.
Minister Swaray said himself and the SLPP has no personal issue with members of the APC or the Party as a whole, so he sees no reasons why they should not meet and chat.
The APC is also on record to have appealed to Sierra Leoneans to be peaceful, refrain from violence and exercise patience as they prepare to vote in the next few months from now.