Civil Society calls on Fambul Tok to intervene

The chairman,civil society platform in Pujehun district and other stakeholders have requested Fambul Tok to lead the process of peace,reconciliation and development aspirations in the district

 

Speaking at a one day project inception meeting on UNDP’s sponsored three-month grant project “Conflict prevention and mitigation during electoral cycle in Sierra Leone” held at the Pujehun District Council hall on October 4,2018,Ibrahim Swaray lamented over the poor and uncoordinated fashion in which organizations handle vital issues in the district

He said Pujehun continues to face many challenges,one of them he mentioned relating to land in Malen chiefdom.Swaray went on to state that the Malen land issue has had no headway because most times those that pose to mediate sometimes end up to be part and parcel of the problem

The chairman  said because of the method of approach in resolving issues,most communities do not have confidence in organizations and therefore recommends Fambul Tok,who deals with peace and reconciliation to lead the process in resolving problems in the district

The Sierra Leone Police leadership also commended Fambul Tok for its presence in the district to ensure peace prevails in communities. Supretendent

a call for fambul tok to intervene

Inception meeting in progress

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Stakeholders want FT in Pujehun

John Sesay said there are lots of issues and it’s timely for the organization to return to the district

District Officer,Charles Kailie expressed gratitude to Fambul Tok and called on its management to work with other organizations to ensure there is relative peace in the whole district

Chiefdom Speaker of Kpanga,Sylvester Kamara,also joined other stakeholders to welcome Fambul Tok and requested the organization to let its presence be felt even after the three months duration of the project.

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Community dialogues begin in post election Sierra Leone

Before the commencement of an Independent Peace and National Cohesion Commission earlier proposed by His Excellency,President Julius Maada Bio in the well of Parliament during his address to the House,Fambul Tok International and other civil society organizations in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program(UNDP) has commenced dialogue sessions in selected chiefdoms in the country.

community town hall meeting in Gbalahun

community town hall meeting in Gbalahun

The crack cup demonstration by John

The crack cup demonstration by John

Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone,Dr.Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh as a commitment to the proposed commission requested UNDP,in collaboration with civil society organizations,to lead a coordinated effort for community dialogue and restorative justice,to ensure the return to peaceful co-existence and national cohesion

Two weeks ago Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone started project inception meetings in Kailahun,Kono,Bombali and Moyamba and will continue in other project districts.The meetings explained the objectives of the small grant funded project-Conflict prevention and mitigation during electoral cycle in Sierra Leone and will engage district stakeholders to undertake post elections dialogue,conflict prevention and peace building.

Community town hall meetings started over the weekend in Gbalahun,Luawa chiefdom,Kailahun district.Gbalahun was hit by political violence which led to the burning of houses and displacement of people.

The town hall meetings continued in Kono,Bombali and Karene districts and will continue in other districts where stakeholders will express their views and concerns about post election issues and how to foster peace and development in their various chiefdoms.Other chiefdoms,especially Biriwa expressed concerns over land ,tribal sentiments and other issues.Peace Committees were also set up during each of the meetings

Outreach and mediation meetings will be on going to address issues that may crop up.

 

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Strategic Planning Retreat on “wan fambul framework” ends

Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone(FTI-SL) and Catalyst for Peace(CFP) have ended a  strategic planning meeting at the Taia Resort at Taiama in the Moyamba district for stakeholders.The purpose of the meeting was to update Ministries,Department and Agencies and stakeholders on progress of Fambul Tok’s work and the “Wan Fambul Framework”

In his remarks at the opening session,Executive Director of Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone,John Caulker told his audience that an operationalized working relationship will be created and fund raising action plan developed during the retreat

Retreat in progress

Retreat in progress

He said Fambul Tok and its partners,Catalyst for Peace have been working closely with the people of Sierra Leone on peace building and reconciliation after the country’s conflict.He added that during the outbreak of the ebola they also worked ensure the gains already achieved in communities are not depleted.He said after the end of the virulent ebola virus they designed the People’s Planning Process(PPP) for potential donors and organizations working in Sierra Leone to involve communities in the post ebola development priorities to avoid the post war mistakes when communities were not involved in development activities

Caulker disclosed that the pilot phase started in Kailahun and rolled over to Moyamba and Koinadugu districts.He added that the PPP has two layers-chiefdom people’s planning process and the Inclusive District Committees(IDC) that is responsible to bridge the gaps within communities with district structures.He acknowledged the support of CFP for the past decade

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development,Anthony Brewah in his statement said the work of Fambul Tok and Catalyst for Peace is laudable and the Government of Sierra Leone appreciates it very much.

The two day session discussed the presentation on the draft national framework which was followed by questions and responses.The thrust is to harmonize it with emerging national policies and plans,clarify and operationalize ministerial roles and responsibilities in relation to the Secretariat.The Ministers discussed the semantics of Government and community led in the document and asked for modification and insertions.

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The people of Dasse chiefdom present their chiefdom plan

After presenting the metaphor on “cracks in cup”,Deputy Minister of Development and Economic Planning,Dr.Robert Chakanda asked whether it was possible to change the cup.The Minister of State,Vice President’s Office,Francess Alghali said “I see the cracks or cup as the whole country.We can mend Sierra Leone and not change it”.They looked at the omissions and gaps in the local government laws,local government service commission and called for review and better coordination to improve quality communication and avoid duplications

The retreat also discussed the roles and responsibilities of the various Ministries,Departments and Agencies engaged in local government and development.They identified challenges and promised to work together to resolve them.

The Director of Development did a presentation on the ongoing Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper IV.The discussions concluded that they must sit with the Local Government Ministry to clarify some details.They were also advised to look at past documents like the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.The Consultant of the Rural Development Policy dilated on his work.The group suggested to the Consultant to review the policy objectives to make them result oriented and to further consult other existing policy documents.

The retreat ended with the recognition of Libby Hoffman’s peace building work in Sierra Leone for the past decade.

The people of Dasse chiefdom,Moyamba district also presented their chiefdom plan

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Koinadugu eager for cohesion and joint revenue collection

Stakeholders in Koinadugu district are now very eager to make sure  post election issues are quickly addressed for peace and cohesion which will create the atmosphere for joint revenue collection

In his welcome address on Saturday,August 18,2018 at a one day dialogue session in Kabala,organized by the Inclusive District Committee in collaboration with the National Framework for Inclusive Governance and Local Development,host Paramount Chief of Wara Wara Yagala,Kondowullay Gbawuru Mansaray  111,said the dialogue was timely as there are lots of issues to be addressed in the post election era

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“We were expecting such meeting as elections are now over and all of us should work together for inclusive governance”Chief Mansaray emphasized.He said it has been very difficult for traditional leaders to work with District Council to collect revenue because they were not working together”

The new chairman of Koinadugu District Council,Alex Sorie Conteh referred to the dialogue as a blessing in disguise,adding that if they are not united it will be very difficult for communities to grow

“The primary objective of this meeting is to promote cohesion,peace and unity and a robust revenue mobilization”he said,adding the peace that will attract development to our district is solely our responsibility.Our development should be shouldered by us and blamed on us if we fail to our people

The audience at the event

The audience at the event

Executive Director,Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone,John Caulker said the whole idea of the dialogue is to create space for stakeholders to discuss pertinent issues affecting the district

Caulker said” There are lots of potentials in the district but if activities remain uncoordinated you will not realise anything,therefore part of the meeting will give you an opportunity on how to resolve issues and work towards joint revenue mobilization

He disclosed that President Bio,in his commitment to national cohesion promised in Parliament,the setting up of an Independent National Peace and Cohesion commission which will be charged with the responsibility of restoring peace and calm in communities especially those that were affected during the election era.He mentioned UNDP’s project which aimed at promoting peace in then  hot spot  election conflict areas within the next three months.

Paramount Chief of Kalian chiefdom,Foday Umaru Jalloh called for election related/land dispute issues to be resolved

dialogue in session

dialogue  session

District Officer,Koinadugu,Ajina Mansaray in his remarks lamented over political atmosphere in the district.He said there are lots of issues including tribe supremacy,boundary and land which need to be addressed.

At the end of the dialogue,it was resolved to restructure the Inclusive Committee to make it more effective which was done last week

Meanwhile another district stakeholders dialogue will be held convened on joint revenue mobilization before the end of the week

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Kongbora welcomes People’s Planning Process

Paramount Chief Alfred Saidu Ndomawa Banya together with chiefdom stakeholders has welcomed the inception of the People’s Planning Process(PPP) in Kongbora chiefdom,Moyamba district.

 

PC Banya and some chiefdom elders

PC Banya and some chiefdom elders

Kongbora PPP

The event took place at the chiefdom headquarter town of Bauya on August 11,2018.

In his remarks,PC Banya said he is happy that his chiefdom will be benefiting from the process,adding that the reputation of Fambul Tok is to bring peace in divided communities.

“We need them now,we still have a lot of issues in communities and if we don’t work together in peace to resolve these problems,development will not strife here”Chief emphasised,adding, though Fambul Tok had worked in four out of the ten sections,there is need to spread activities in the remaining six sections and we are ready to support every aspect of the PPP.

Fambul Tok Head of Peace Mothers,Lilian Morsay explained that the entire process is achored on on the experiences of the war,the ebola outbreak and the values of the organization.She said the main purpose of the PPP is to seal the many cracks in communities and prevent wastage of resources and efforts by NGOs and government agencies.

Explaining the concept of PPP

Explaining the concept of PPP

“We listen and learn from the communities and accompany them to find solutions to their problems…solutions based on good practices.Politics have divided people and communities-especially the past elections.So we need to work to create national cohesion to foster development”She advised

Moyamba District Council Deputy Chairman,Alfred Banya welcomed the new initiative and called for national cohesion and inclusiveness.He said Council will soon embark on consultations for the preparation of annual budget and therefore called on communities to comply so they may be included in development project

Communications Officer,Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone,Solomon Yarjoh said NGOs and other agencies oftened embarked on development activities without consultations with beneficiary communities and therefore most of those projects did not succeed.

He lamented”Today we can still find around the tragedy of failures and wastages of resource all around in the form of white elephants.The PPP will be an initiative from you based on your felt needs and priorities.This is what NGOs,development partners and Council will use as blue print to support the chiefdom”

The launching of the PPP will be followed by community visits at sectional levels to ensure stakeholders convey the outcome of the chiefdom meeting which will be also used to collect lists of village representatives for the community preparedness meetings in all ten sections.

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