Makeni, SIERRA LEONE – After days of uncertainty and fear following the failed coup attempt on November 26th, the prominent figures and elected representatives of Bombali district in Northern Sierra Leone have come together to strongly condemn the breach of security at the Wilberforce Military Barracks in Freetown.
The condemnation was made during a press conference held at the Makeni City Council hall, led by a committee comprising of four individuals namely: Honorable Peter Yamba Koroma, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Caucus Bombali District, His Worship the Mayor of the Makeni City Council Abubakarr Lamtales Kamara, Dr. Mohamed M.B Sesay, Chairman of the Bombali District Council, and Honorable Alimamy Kamara, the former Ambassador to Iran, represented the key stakeholders and issued a joint statement.
In their statement, they echoed the sentiments of President Julius Maada Bio, emphasizing that any attempt to overthrow the government through undemocratic means is a direct threat to the peace and stability that Sierra Leone desperately needs for its progress and development. The key stakeholders and elected representatives of Bombali further expressed their complete condemnation of the recent security disturbances and called for those responsible to face justice.
“As the elected representatives and key stakeholders of Bombali, we stand firmly behind former President Ernest Bai Koroma’s call for calm. We commend him for denouncing the attack on the state and for accepting an invitation from the Sierra Leone Police to contribute to the nation’s path of development. It is essential that we safeguard the fruits of our collective efforts from being destroyed by those with misguided intentions. Thus, we urge all residents of Bombali to maintain peace, continue with their daily activities, and fully cooperate with the ongoing police investigations and legal proceedings.”
When questioned about their decision to join forces and raise their voices only now, since the distressing news emerged on Sunday, November 26, they explained that they had been closely monitoring the unfortunate incident.
They however, felt that the present moment was the most opportune time to speak up, especially due to the growing panic and concerns within their district. “Our experiences from past events, such as the Makeni Generator Saga and the August 10 uprising, which resulted in the loss of lives among civilians and security personnel in Makeni city, Bombali district, have taught us valuable lessons, and through careful observations, we’ve come to the realization that it is crucial to express our views and address the pressing questions raised by our constituents regarding the current state of affairs,” they explained.
In conclusion, the elected representatives and key stakeholders of Bombali expressed their readiness to back the central government’s efforts in apprehending any individuals from Bombali District, whether local or of descendant origin, that may be considered wanted by the police for the on-going investigations into the November 26 “failed attempted coup.”ARW/12/12/2023