SDI Condemns Violence and call for Calm
By Morlai Kargbo
The Society for Democratic Initiative (SDI), have in a press statement express dismay over the recent chaotic happenings perpetrated by certain citizens across sections in the country.
“The Society for Democratic Initiative (SDI) is concerned about the increasing spate of violence perpetrated by certain members of the citizenry and calls for the Government to provide adequate security to protect citizens”, the statement reads.
This call the statement continues, is as a result of the wide spread of prevalence violence that has led to the loss of lives and the destruction of state owned properties and facilities.
“SDI is of the view that civic engagement in any democracy should be the pathway for citizens express their dissatisfactions rather than taking the laws into their hands”.
SDI on the statement recommends the following:
1. That security apparatus to institute an independent investigation team that will look into the causes of the perpetual violence in Sierra Leone and bring perpetrators to book.
2. SDI recognizes that harmful drugs are one of the major causes that lead to the perpetration of violence among young people. Therefore, SDI calls on the Sierra Leone Police to collaborate with the Sierra Leone Pharmaceutical Board to wage a war on the use of harmful drugs and substances.
3. SDI calls on citizens for the appropriate use of social media to promote national cohesion rather than to spew hate that will incites violence
Whilst we recognize that the National Grand Coalition (NGC) and the Coalition for Change (CFC) parties have publicly condemned the recent violence in the country,
4. SDI calls on the two main political parties- Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) and All Peoples Congress (APC) to call for calm and condemn violence of whatever nature.
5. SDI reminds citizens to be law-abiding and to respect state institutions in the discharge of their duties.
6. SDI calls on the police to while dealing with violence of this nature, to use proportionate and reasonable force and not heavy handedness to ensure security simulation exercises are adhered to in the discharge of their duties.
Calls on the government to look into the pressing socio-economic issues affecting young people.