Sierra Leone’s body politic has been bedeviled in recent weeks with heightened political tensions. In the last few weeks alone, there have been an alleged attempted jailbreak, unlawful arrests of high-profile opposition politicians and countless accusations and counter-accusations by the country’s two major political parties. This is further worsened by the creation and circulation of widespread conspiracy theories, propaganda videos and audios on social media. Some of the messages being bandied around on social media verge on hate speech and incitements and further undermine the already fragile foundations of the state.
The country’s democratic pillars of good governance, respect for human rights and protection of national peace and unity are being vigorously shaken. And all this is happening amidst the country’s ongoing fight against COVID-19. There seems to be no credible voice calling for reason and national decorum.
In view of this, Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) and Westminster Foundation for Democracy are organising a webinar series to call for national calm and unity. The webinar on Friday 8th May sought to highlight the dangers of heightening political tension in the country. The webinar was also meant to urge all political parties and the government to tone down unhelpful rhetoric, utterances and actions.
Friday 8 May 2020
Online Zoom Webinar
- Marcella Samba-Sesay, (Mrs.) Executive Director – CGG
- Alusine Diamond-Suma (Rev) Country Representative – WFD
- Dr. Emmanuel Gaima – Presidential Adviser on Governance
- Ms. Valnora Edwin – Human Rights Expert and Good Governance Practitioner
- Chernor Bah – Renascence Movement Sierra Leone
- Mrs. Barbara Sangare – African Women Mediators Collaborative
- Mr. Andrew Lavalie- Executive Director, Institute of Governance Reform
In partnership with:
- Who:WFD Sierra Leone
- When:Friday 8 May