There have been efforts by the Office of National Security (ONS) to resolve the boundary dispute between Jawei and Malema chiefdoms in the Kailahun district.
At a meeting held at Kuiva town, in the Mandu chiefdom, the provincial director Francis Langoba Karie said the purpose of their visit to the area was to have a first hand information and to settle the disagreement between Jawei and Malema chiefdoms over an area believed to be rich in diamonds.
He further stated that the boundary dispute, which began in 2004, had had the attention of President Tejan Kabbah.
Francis Langoba Karie disclosed that, “President Kabbah is greatly concerned that the conflict is undermining the stability of the state and this has led to the involvement of the Office of National Security”.
The paramount chief of Jawei chiefdom, PC. Ngombugla Kallon, said “whatever decision is reached to resolve the dispute Jawei people in the interest of peace will accept it.”
Chief Vandi Tarawally, who represented the paramount chief of Malema chiefdom,
stated that the government’s intervention was timely.
He added that, “the two chiefdoms have been living as brotherly chiefdoms for a long time”, and assured the ONS that Malema chiefdom would also abide by whatever decision that was reached.