The Achilles heel of Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio

Julius Maada Bio prepares to take the oath of office as new president of Sierra Leone on April 4, 2018 in Freetown.

Photo credit: Saidu Bah | AFP

What you need to know:

  • There is a deep-seated geopolitical rivalry between the northwestern region, considered the stranglehold of the APC, and the southeastern region, considered as the base of President Julius Maada Bio’s governing Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).
  • While SLPP says Makeni is refusing to cooperate with it in its efforts to reunite the country after the divisive elections, the Makeni people say the SLPP is out to undo all the development they enjoyed in the last 10 years.

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