The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has called on the country’s leadership to prioritize dialogue in addressing political differences following the general elections in June
In a message shared with ACI Africa, Fr. Peter Konteh expressed concern about the opposition-led nationwide protests and urged against violence in all its forms.
President Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party was declared the winner of the elections, but the main opposition party rejected the results, citing fraud. Fr. Konteh emphasized the importance of dialogue as a means of addressing differences and called for respect and tolerance for diverse opinions. He also cautioned against misinformation and propaganda that seek to divide the nation and urged citizens to critically evaluate sources and fact-check information. Fr. Konteh believes that by prioritizing dialogue, embracing diversity, and rejecting harmful propaganda, Sierra Leone can build a society where every citizen feels safe, heard, and valued.