Giving the purpose of the meeting, John Caulker said The purpose of the intervention is to consolidate the gains made during the initial phase of community engagements of UNDP supported peace and social cohesion activities carried out in selected districts during last quarter of 2018.He said it was a follow up gathering for the people of Kailahun district to look at how far they have gone in addressing election related issues and how they could all come together in the interest of the district to promote sustaining peace.
He said through the Office of the Vice President of Sierra Leone, with support from UNDP, Fambul Tok worked in selected districts to promote peace and social cohesion after the general elections.
Mr. Caulker said the problems of Kailahun district have to be resolved by indigenes and therefore called on all present to be committed and genuine in working towards peace and development.
“You have all it takes to do whatever you want to bring peace and cohesion in the district and therefore Fambul Tok structure like the Inclusive District Committee is there to walk along you” Mr. Caulker stressed
District Officer Kailahun, William Ngegbai encouraged Paramount chiefs, Councillors and other stakeholders to work together.
He frowned at the way things are moving in the district, citing examples on the behaviour of youth in the chiefdoms.
He said “Paramount Chiefs play vital roles towards community cohesion and therefore should be neutral and do not take sides in resolving conflicts.
Kailahun District Coordinator, Office of National Security, Albert Kamara said each and every chiefdom should highlight problems affecting it and how those issues should be resolved
During the meeting, several issues ranging from election violence and other forms of instability were mentioned and suggestion was made on how to resolve those problems
Traditional leaders also promised to work with IDC and other Fambul Tok structures to resolve issues.