ECOWAS MISSION, AFRICAN UNION, UNITED NATIONS, UNOWAS ENGAGE THE SECURITY SECTOR.

Freetown – 19th June 2024 – A delegation from the ECOWAS Mission

Freetown – 19th June 2024 – A delegation from the ECOWAS Mission, African Union (AU), UNOWAS, and the United Nations (UN) headed by Her Excellency Dr. Fatoumata J. Tamba Jan, the former Vice President of the Republic of Gambia, had an engagement with the leadership osecurity sector sector at the Office of National Security. The purpose of the engagement was to conduct an assessment on the progress made in the implementation of the provisions contained in the Agreement for National Unity signed between the Government of Sierra Leone and the main opposition, All Peoples Congress party.

In his opening remarks, the National Security Coordinator (NSCoord), Office of National Security, Mr. Abdulai Caulker, who chaired the meeting, welcomed the delegation and on behalf of the Security Sector, thanked members for the resolve to support Sierra Leone in her stride towards sustainable peaceful and national cohesion as contained in the Agreement for National Unity. Individual silence in prayers was observed and this was followed by self-introductions. The NSCoord then ushered in the head of delegation to dilate on the specific details of the engagement with the security sector.

The head of the delegation, Her Excellency Dr. Fatoumata J. Tamba Jan stated that they had come to do a follow-up visit to assess the implementation status of the Agreement for National Unity and expressed that her team had already met with other relevant national stakeholders, including His Excellency, the President of Sierra Leone and officials from the main opposition, APC. The engagement with the security sector was to further assess what the sector had done in support of the provisions of the Agreement for National Unity and security plans for future elections. In addition, the head of UNOWAS acknowledged the progress that had been made and encouraged the security sector to continue in that trajectory.

The Chief of Staff (CoS), ONS, Mr. Langumba Keili took the delegation through various security sector interventions, especially in the conduct of all general elections, including the June 24th, 2023, multi-tier elections. The CoS dilated on the mandate and nature of Security Sector interventions, the creation of the level playing field for all, the framework for elections security provision under the rubrics of the Integrated Elections Security Planning Committee (IESPC), meeting with members of the Electoral Systems Review Committee (Tripartite Committee), and the various engagements with political parties, including a recent engagement held with the two main political parties and the All Political Parties Associations (APPA) on Tuesday, 18th June 2024. He concluded by expressing that the misuse of social media was the greatest threat to national security, but the tensions were gradually being diffused with the various engagements and interventions.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. William Fayia Sellu and the Director General, Central Intelligence and Security Agency, joined other speakers in expressing that the approach to security provision in Sierra Leone is a coordinated one. On the work of the Tripartite, the IGP expressed that the issue of misinformation from some members of the committee was highly responsible for the misconceptions and tensions.

Summarizing, the NSCoord expressed that the security sector has the responsibility to maintain the peace and stability of the country and that the sector will not renege in performing its mandate in line with established laws. He expressed that the June 24, 2023 general election was the fifth that the Security Sector has conducted in the post-conflict era in Sierra Leone and that the elections under discussion are not different from the other elections held in 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2018. He emphasized the need for some political actors to be told the truth of imbibing the attribute of honesty because the country is at the current stalemate because of the level of dishonesty displayed by some politicians

The delegation commended the sector for the impressive work thus far and further encouraged members not to relent in ensuring that there is sustainable sensitization of the political class as well as the wider public.

Other attendees present were the Deputy National Security Coordinator, Dr. Ahmed A. Sannoh, the Director of Police Operations, Dr. Martin Senesie, among others.  

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