The SLPP Presidential Candidate 2012 Elections, Rtd. Brig. Bio has expressed great sadness over the kenema incident which resulted in the tragic and untimely death of a young SLPP supporter, Daddy George and called upon the law to take its full course.
In a Press Statement released in Freetown on Saturday 28th May 2016, Rtd Brig. Bio also condemned the act of violence. “I want to take this opportunity unreservedly to condemn this act of violence perpetuated against the victim,” Rtd. Brig. Bio said.
Without mincing his words, Rtd. Brig. Bio also stated that such act of violence has no place in modern politics in Sierra Leone and he added: “Let me also make it abundantly clear that such act of violence is totally unacceptable, unnecessary and unjustified….”
Reaffirming his commitment to peace and non-violence, Rtd. Brig. Bio stated: “I am a man who believes wholly and entirely in the politics of peaceful democratic competition and not in violent confrontation with anyone in any shape or form.” He demonstrated that commitment to peace and non-violence by unequivocally and unreservedly condemning the act of violence in Kenema both in his press statement and in an earlier radio interview.
Contrary to a deliberate smear campaign to associate him to the incident, Rtd. Brig. Bio also stated that on the fateful day when the incident occurred in Kenema he was taking part in congregational Friday Muslim prayers in Kukuna Braimaya Chiefdom, Kambia District. He also clarified: “And the alleged perpetrator is not a member of my private bodyguards.”
Rtd Brig. Bio who has also been deeply saddened by the incident used his press statement to convey his condolences and offered prayer: “Lastly, I would like to extend my sincere heartfelt condolences to the entire family, relatives and friends of the deceased as well as to the wider SLPP family for this most tragic loss of life. My thoughts are with the family of the deceased and I pray that God grant them the fortitude to bear this grievous loss.”
In another development, many decent Sierra Leoneans across political parties have also condemned the use of pictures of the dead victim on social media as part of a political smear campaign which has been described as lack of respect for the dead, a shame on human decency and the political exploitation of the sorrow of a grieving family. It shows regardless of political differences, Sierra Leoneans can be united on upholding the dignity of humanity.