Hon. Abdul Kargbo, the leader of APC parliamentarians, recently took to Twitter to issue a stern warning to security personnel across Sierra Leone. The warning, directed at those manning various checkpoints, calls for an end to the intimidation of opposition APC members and the confiscation or scrutiny of their phones. Hon. Abdul Kargbo invoked Section 26(1) of the Constitution of Sierra Leone to underline the gravity of his concerns. He stressed that every citizen possesses the unassailable right to align with any registered political party of their choosing. The leader of APC parliamentarians underscored the significance of respecting and upholding citizens’ constitutional rights.
Hon. Abdul Kargbo made it abundantly clear that such actions are not only a violation of individual rights but also a direct affront to the democratic principles enshrined in the nation’s constitution. The specific focus of the warning was the reported intimidation tactics employed by security personnel at checkpoints, where opposition APC members have allegedly been subjected to unwarranted scrutiny, including the confiscation of their mobile phones. The leader’s statement serves as a poignant reminder of the delicate balance required to maintain a thriving democracy. It reflects concerns about the potential erosion of political freedoms and the need for security personnel to operate within the confines of the law.