Sierra Leone: One killed in violent clashes ahead of by-election

One person has been reported dead and many others injured after violence erupted in the Kailahun district, Eastern Sierra Leone, between supporters of the governing Sierra Leone Peoples Party and a former member of the party, now standing as an independent candidate. 

The clashes which broke out on Wednesday afternoon, occurred during a campaign rally ahead of this month’s by-election in the area.

While some arrests have been made, heightened tensions have resulted in concerns that the February 27 by-election may not happen as planned. 

Patrick Sallia is monitoring the situation and has this update.

Legislative by-election is scheduled to hold in the country this month

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