Citizens of Safroko Limba Chiefdom in the Bombali district are beginning to wonder what awaits them in the near future as there is high political tension among supporters of the various camps for the pending paramount chieftaincy election, scheduled for this year.
Recently, the Provincial Secretary North, Abdul Rahman Dumbuya, told Awoko that preparations are underway for the conduct of the elections by the Local Government Ministry and that he was only waiting on his superiors in Freetown for further instructions on the pending elections.
Three candidates are contesting for the elections: Desmond SL Bondi, Sampha Dura and Dr Owiss Koroma, a pathologist in the ministry of Health and Sanitation.
However, people in the chiefdom were recently informed that one of the contestants, Desmond Bondi, was not interested in the position any longer, much to the dismay and disappointment of the candidate. This, according to reports, prompted him to utilize the services of one radio station in Makeni to refute the claim. “Opponents to my brother have also started the same politics of false propaganda, telling voters that my brother was not going to contest but that is not true,” said Albert Bondi, brother of Desmond Bondi.
Currently, a letter of petition against one Francis B. Sesay is said to have been lodged to the Provincial Secretary North, by Desmond Bondi on the grounds that he [Francis] had initially declared his intent for the chieftaincy but later stepped down in favor of Sampha Dura.
Also, Francis Sesay is said to be working currently in the chiefdom as a Chiefdom Clerk and also has documents pertaining to the conduct of the elections, including the list of potential voters [TA’s].
“He is also campaigning on behalf of one of the contestants, so how can he hold on to relevant documents?” asked Albert Bondi. “And besides, he was not working here as Chiefdom Clerk but in Kamabai and has transferred to Binkolo without even the knowledge of the Chiefdom Speaker.”
Yesterday, a meeting was held in the office of the Provincial Secretary North, but the defendant, Francis Sesay, was reportedly not in attendance, much to the dismay of the Provincial Secretary, A R Dumbuya. The petition would be looked into again today in Makeni.
Meanwhile, Desmond Bondi has told Awoko from Binkolo that all the politics that are being practiced is not encouraging as people should be working for the development of the chiefdom.
“People want to intimidate my supporters but I am fully prepared to pay the price for that for I know I am going to win…’ he said over the phone.
He said he will never step down for anybody, as efforts have been made to get him do so, and that he is very determined to bring development to the chiefdom. He said the current seeming animosity that exists in the chiefdom is unavoidable.
“We just have to expect that there is going to be animosity, since people are going to the polls for a position of trust…” he said