In a recent update shared on his Facebook page, Chief Minister David Moinina Sengeh has expressed his eager anticipation for the forthcoming dialogue between the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) and the All People’s Congress (APC) party.
Scheduled to convene from September 7th to 9th, 2023, this dialogue is poised to involve both national and international mediators.
Chief Minister Sengeh has underlined the paramount significance of peaceful negotiations and inclusive governance in Sierra Leone. He remarked, “Peace is something we must actively pursue, and effective governance must encompass all segments of our society. I am pleased to see that the APC leadership itself is enthusiastic about this upcoming dialogue.”
The backdrop to this pivotal dialogue can be traced back to the aftermath of the June 24th Elections, wherein the APC, as the principal opposition party, declared its non-participation in the governance process. Their decision was rooted in concerns pertaining to the transparency and credibility of the electoral process.
However, sources close to the negotiations have indicated that the APC has presented a series of demands as prerequisites for their engagement in the dialogue. These demands encompass the resolution of cases related to the Commission of Inquiry, the restitution of properties to former government officials, the release of detained party members, as well as the liberation of LAJ and Kamarainba.
The forthcoming dialogue between the GoSL and the APC bears immense significance in fostering political stability and promoting constructive engagement within Sierra Leone’s democratic framework. It remains a critical step toward achieving a harmonious and inclusive governance structure in the nation.