Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 June 2016
Sierra Leone is back on the agenda of the International Criminal Court (ICC), despite a painful recovery from a brutal ten year civil war that left hundreds of thousands dead.
Although several key instigators and perpetrators of the civil war were held responsible for the heinous crimes committed against humanity, and brought to justice by the ICC, it seems few lessons, if at all, have been learnt.
The ruling APC party dictatorship which came to power in 1967, and ruled the country until it was kicked out of office by the military in 1992, unleashed unprecedented levels of violence on its own people. Today, it seems history is beginning to repeat itself.
By the time the military took over in 1992, Sierra Leone had been declared a failed state, and one of the most dangerous countries in the world, as law and order crumbled.
Opposition politicians were terrorised by the state, arrested and executed, because they stood up against corruption, dictatorship and the abuse of power with impunity. The ruling APC was determined to stay in power by all means necessary.
Sierra Leone is today on the edge of returning to its brutal and violent past, as politicians once again incite and provide oxygen for a new wave of political violence, that is becoming all too frequent and lethal.
Since coming to power in 2007, president Koroma has failed to control lawlessness and state impunity. Political violence is on the rise. Law and order is steadily declining.
But today, the International Criminal Court has been put on notice, and Sierra Leone is back on the ICC watch list.