Maada Bio supporter stabbed to death
October 24, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Members and supporters of the main opposition Sierra Leone People Party (SLPP) last Sunday came out in their numbers to give a befitting welcome to their presidential candidate for the 2018 presidential election, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, who left the country few days after he was elected as standard bearer of the party.
From Goderich in the far west to Calaba Town in the extreme east, and along Siaka Stevens Street to the National Stadium, his supporters were in a celebratory mood as they welcomed Julius Maada Bio.
While addressing the crowd at the National stadium, Mr. Bio expressed dismay over what he referred to as “callous and dehumanizing” way in which one of his supporters was murdered in cold-blood early Sunday.
He said he was saddened by the announcement that the youngman died as a result of bad politics and hatred, adding that one of his supporters called ‘Bigger’ was cleaning his giant portrait around Ogu Farm Junction, west of Freetown, when he was stabbed by an unknown person.
Political violence is not uncommon among youth of both the main opposition SLPP and the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC). Rival youth gangs supporting both rivals attack each other during electioneering period as they contend for supremacy.
According to Mr. Bio, “Today is supposed to be a joyful day for me and the SLPP, but unfortunately one of my supporters have been stabbed to death. I want us to observe a moment of silence for this loss because we care for our members. For this sad event, I want to appeal to government that violence should not be part of the body politic of this country and we will not accept anybody to create violence in this process. We want peace, and we want the international community to know that we are ready to maintain the peace and we will resist any violence. We will resist anybody that wants to create mayhem for our people.”
He added: “That is why I am calling on the Sierra Leone Police to swiftly investigate and bring those killers to book.”
The main opposition challenger said he was pleased with the number of people that came out to welcome him. “The support you have shown today and even since we started this journey clearly show that politics is not all about money. Money is necessary but not enough to win an election. I have you as my assets and be rest assured that this time the victory is for us and it is unchanged, I have put my life on the line for you and serve this nation as a military officer, my government will ensure that education becomes the priority.”
He told thousands of his supporters clad in green that his presidency would “focus on youth development, strong economic transformation to change the current economic instability of the country, women and children, among other things.”