By Alieu Kondoh
The Leader of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) party in parliament, Hon. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella has expressed great concern about the increase spate of violence in the country.
Speaking to newsmen in an interview, Yumkella expressed sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives and also to those who got injured during the April 29th Pademba Road Prison Riot.
He said the Prison Riot got him worried for Sierra Leone as what happened was unprecedented noting that as a party they have called for an independent, impartial and thorough investigation into the matter.
“How come the incident was not prevented even thought there was a tip-off, what were political party functionaries doing at the scene in the morning hour, why such heavy lethal force, was it necessary, what provoked it,” he asked all these question, adding that security issues are for security personnel.
He noted that they (NGC), became more worried when they learnt that the Lunsar, Falaba and the other incident that occurred around the city erupted after the Prison riot.
He said as political leaders they should be speaking out to lower the tensions and ask everybody to deescalate the tensions in the country.
He maintained that they have seen a big spike in social media with hate messages and there are people who are calling for tribal war which he said is not good for the country.
He furthered that it seems as if Sierra Leoneans did not learn from the civil war, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report and the Bintumani 3.
He opined that President Julius Maada Bio should talk to the nation as there has been too much in just over a week.
He called on the APC and SLPP to tell their supporters that no matters how angry they are; they should not call for things that they do not want to see.