SLAJ iVerify have found a claim making rounds on social media that the Government of Sierra Leone and the main opposition, the All People’s Congress (APC) Party have signed eight points agreement to be true.
That the Government of Sierra Leone and the main opposition, the All People’s Congress (APC) Party signed an agreement for the APC to return to governance.
SLAJ iVerify has fact-checked the claim through multiple sources and found it to be true.
To arrive at this conclusion, SLAJ iVerify contacted Madam Hawa Samai, the Executive Secretary of the Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion, who corroborated the accuracy of the claim.
Furthermore, SLAJ iVerify reached out to Lawyer Lansana Dumbuya, the Secretary General of the Party, who confirmed the same.
Additionally, SLAJ iVerify monitored the event through broadcasts on television stations, further corroborating the claim.
SLAJ iVerify conducted an additional verification step by visiting the Facebook page of the Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion, where the claim was validated.
The final communiqué issued by the ICPNC includes several pivotal agreements, namely:
1. The President will deliver a national address on dialogue, unity, and peace.
2. The APC will cease its non-participation in governance.
3. The President, in consultation with the APC, will establish a cross-party committee for the review of the electoral system and leadership bodies.
4. The release of individuals arrested, detained, or imprisoned for alleged election-related or civil protest activities, based on a list submitted by the APC and considered by the government.
5. The discontinuation of politically motivated court cases against the APC, other parties, and their supporters, based on a list submitted by the APC and other parties and considered by the government.
6. Support for the resettlement of internally and externally displaced political party supporters due to political intimidation, attacks, and harassment, based on a list submitted by the APC and other parties and considered by the government as soon as possible.
7. Upon assuming governance positions, all elected APC officials, members of parliament, mayors, chairpersons, and councilors will have their entitlement issues addressed accordingly by the appropriate institutions.
8. Parliament will address issues related to leadership, committee composition, and representation in international parliament on behalf of the APC, reflecting the APC’s share as per the constitution of Sierra Leone.
9. Both parties agree to institutionalize an inter-party dialogue framework between the APC, SLPP, and other political parties, facilitated by the government.
1O. Both parties commit to re-engineering and rekindling relationships within the national sociopolitical ecosystem, including between His Excellency, the President, and former political leaders, former presidents and vice presidents, and APC and SLPP leadership.
11. The government of Sierra Leone and the APC strictly condemn all citizens, both at home and abroad, who incite violence and spread hate speech.
Executive Secretary, National Commission for Peace and National Cohesion (NCPNC), Madam Hawa Samai.
Secretary General, All People’s Congress (APC) Party, Lawyer Lansana Dumbuya.