Sierra Leone to probe election-related violence

Written by on April 10, 2018

The new president of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, has set up a cross-party committee to investigate claims of violence between his supporters and those of his defeated rival, Samura Kamara.


The BBC’s Umaru Fofana reports that he saw nearly 2,000 supporters of Mr Kamara’s All Peoples Congress (APC) party being registered as displaced persons.


He said the majority were women and children who’d fled their homes in Kono in the east after attacks by supporters of Mr Bio’s Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).

One woman told him SLPP supporters had molested her daughter and threatened to burn her house down.

On Sunday, Mr Bio and Mr Kamara and their wives attended church together in the capital, Freetown, in an effort to promote reconciliation.



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