By Amin Kef (Ranger)
In a significant diplomatic development, President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone is set to address the nation in the wake of a successful three-day mediation process. This process, facilitated jointly by the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Commonwealth, was at the invitation of the Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion (ICPNC) of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
The mediation, led by Her Excellency Aja Fatoumata C.M Jallow-Tambajang, former Vice President of The Gambia, was supported by technical teams from the three prominent international organizations. Prior to the commencement of the dialogue in Freetown, the mediation delegation held an audience with President Julius Maada Bio at the State House.
This mediation process concluded on Wednesday, October 18th, 2023, resulting in the issuance of a significant Communiqué. This Communiqué is rooted in the “Sierra Leone First Agenda,” emphasizing the commitment to peace, unity, and cohesion.
The government of Sierra Leone has reiterated its dedication to collaborate with all stakeholders in diligently implementing the provisions outlined in the Resolution. As part of this Resolution, President Julius Maada Bio will address the nation on crucial matters relating to dialogue, unity, cohesion, and peace.
It is worth noting that President Bio, in his victory speech following the Multi-Tier Elections of June 2023, expressed a commitment to serve all citizens, regardless of their political affiliations. He called for the unity of the Sierra Leonean people and pledged to work towards building a prosperous and peaceful nation, highlighting the transition from politics to governance.
The President’s upcoming national address is expected to provide further insights into the country’s path towards a harmonious and prosperous future.