Concord Times (Freetown)

17 September 2012

Sierra Leone: 'Say No to Violence for Peaceful November Polls' - Yarabah Sesay (one Man Geng)

Sierra Leonean local artist, Yarabah Sesay aka 'One man geng' has called on all Sierra Leoneans to stay out of violence in order to have peaceful elections come November 17.

In an exclusive interview, Sesay told Concord Times that violence is one of the reasons for the 11-year civil war in the country that left many people  helpless. "Everybody has the right to belong to a political party. That is true. You might be a member of party A while I belong to party B but we are all fighting for the betterment of the country," he said adding that Sierra Leoneans are all brothers and sisters.

"Elections come and go but we still remain the Sierra Leonean we are, be you Mende, Temne, Limba, Shebro or any other tribe. We are all Sierra Leoneans. This is the time for us to unite and put the right persons at the right places in order to make our country a better nation for the future," he added.

Sesay called on all Sierra Leoneans to put aside tribalism and violence in order to have peaceful elections. "Be you a man or woman, young or old, rich or poor, let us all abide by the rules that govern the election process in order to have free and fair elections. I registered in order to vote for the candidate of my choice, but I did not register to fight for any political party because it will not do me good if I lose my life or destroy another man's life," Sesay noted.

He said he enjoys playing his local musical instrument which he has been playing since he was a boy but hates anything bloody. He said elections are meant to choose leaders and not for fighting each other.

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