David T. Conteh, the youth leader of the main opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) party is no doubt a victim of political risk.
Conteh who was at the forefront campaigning against the now ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (then in opposition), is reportedly now covertly declared wanted by some SLPP supporter who say: “he must pay for utterances he made against their leader President Rtd. Brg. Julius Maada Bio,” while he was presidential candidate for the SLPP following the concluded Sierra Leone 2018 general elections.
Preceding March 7, Conteh organized youths of his APC party to interrupt finishing campaign strides of the (SLPP), which incidentally prompted a bloody fight between stalwarts of his APC party and those of loyalists of opponent opposition SLPP.
That after the said incident, Conteh has been on the hiding following reports of some supporters of the SLPP search hunt for him and family members, to have him pay for his action; possibly have him killed too.
Conteh, we are told, was secretly part of the delegation representing Sierra Leone in the Commonwealth Games in Australia prior to the March 31st Presidential run-off result announcement.
He is said to have been receiving distressful calls from family members back home that they (family members) are on the run in fear of reprisal from supporters of the SLPP just when the presidential result was announced by the National Electoral Commission.
“We are running for our lives as one of our family members has been Killed and our house has been vandalized,” Baimba a family member disclosed.
“They came shouting saying ‘we want the head of David Conteh and we must get it.’”
Eyewitnesses said they saw aggrieved youths with weapons even as they search for family members of Conteh.
“We will kill him anywhere we see him,” the attackers say.
This, sources say, has seen Conteh who is now in Australia afraid of returning home.
“How can he return home with such news from family members and close friends?’ Baimba told this press.
He said he has been receiving calls from people who are updating him about the situation and that they have warned him not to return to Sierra Leone or would be putting his life in serious danger.
“I am scared for my family and I do not know what is going to happen next as almost all of us are on the run for our lives,” Baimba stated.
The spate of political violence has been on the increase in Sierra Leone after the announcement of the March 31 Presidential runoff election result, with the SLPP declared winner.
Both the international community and civil societies in Sierra Leone have condemned this act of political violence.
They are calling on the leadership of the APC and SLPP to put a stop to their supporters before the death toll rises.