By Abdulrahman Koroma
The Young Peace Builders organization a non- governmental and non- profitable organization in collaboration with Dag Hammarsjold foundation on Monday 21 September 2015 joined the world over to commemorate the International Day of Peace in Makeni with a theme Partnership for peace-dignity for all.
After reading the statement of the United Nations’ Secretary General to the participants, the Executive Director of Young Peace Builders, Herbart Bicool Bangura said the government should invest more in young people because according to him they are the key foundation of any country.
He said many a time people in high offices have been using the young people to perpetrate violence of which he identified as a threat to peace.
In his statement the chairman of the program Thomas Dixon said Peace is not just the absence of war.
He maintained that peace goes beyond not having conflict.
The chairman said since 2002 Sierra Leone has made tremendous efforts in sustaining the Peace in the country by creating institutions meaningful democratic institution.
He said the country has conducted two successful elections where in, in one of the elections an opposition party unseat a ruling party peacefully.
He said with all the gains the country has made, there are still major challenges that eat into the fabric of the nation.
He mentioned poor justice system, the interference of ruling government into public institutions and that jobs are being given out based on political party sentiment.
He emphasized that the lack of justice system has given rise to ritual killings with the notion that if they take the matter to court judges will rule in favor of those who have money.
He described said that the lack of justice was one of the key factors, the Truth and reconciliation commission highlighted in their report that fuel the eleven years civil war in Sierra Leone.
The Chief of staff of the 4th Infantry Brigade and head of Military Operation in the North and other areas in the east Major S.M Turay described peace as when people feel safe to go about their normal activities.
He said the military has played vital roles to maintain a sustainable Peace in the country.
He said their work as a Military is to protect the country from external aggression in which the police is to take care of the internal security of the state.
He said that the military has ensured that the boarders are well secured.
He mentioned the Ebola virus which the military played a leading role to help protect the lives of the citizens.
He said the military has been facing a lot of challenges that has been slowing down the progress of the military.
He called on the Government to provide them more logistics that will help them to be more robust in their efforts to maintaining a sustainable peace in the country.