Police in the Regional headquarter town of Kenema are investigation a bush dispute between the people of Tisor village in the Nongowa chiefdom in the Kenema district about 6 km from Kenema city and Hangha town the home town of the Paramount Chief of Nongowa chiefdom PC Alhaji Amara Bonya Vangahun about 8 km from Kenema.
This latest dispute has left three farm huts burnt in farms at a place called Diema about 30 minutes walk from Tisor old town. A police team led by Detective Inspector Aiah J. Mattia crime officer Kenema Division together with the press visited the scene.
Speaking to Morie Moseray of Mbomboma village near Tisor Old town who also has his farm at Diema area, he told Awoko that he was on his farm on Monday 10/1/09 afternoon together with one Lavalie Kamara who was busy preparing some charcoal. After he had cooked some cassava in his farm hut, he called Lavalie Kamara to eat. While they were eating the cassava they heard some noise in the other farms and then around Kamara’s charcoal, Kamara then went to the scene and met some people taking away his charcoal.
“When I came outside I saw Kamara being surrounded by some young men among them I recognized one Mohamed all armed with cutlasses and other implements. I rushed to the scene when I heard that they are going to kill him because he came from Tisor, I told the attackers not to harm Kamara as he is a stranger of Tisor village always engaged in charcoal burning, I succeeded in prevailing on the attackers to free Lavalie Kamara but the attackers went on burning three huts in three different farms belonging to Aruna Lahai, Mohamed Senesie and Vandi Konneh all of Tisor old town village and also taking away some rice from their huts.
“I then went back to my village Mbomboma and later came back to Tisor and reported the incident together with Lavalie Kamara to the town chief of Tisor old town Nisbel Keifa Sannoh who then led us to the police station in Kenema.”
There has been a long standing bush dispute between the Tisor village and Hangha town which started from the land allocated for the construction of houses meant for the amputees and war wounded between Tisor village and Hangha town on the Kenema – Tongo field highway which led to the wounding of nine people which matter is pending investigation by the police and the chiefdom authorities.
Some residents at Tisor village are blaming the Paramount chief of Nongowa chiefdom PC Alhaji Amara Bonya Vangahun of being behind the problem between Tisor and Hangha, but the Paramount chief could not be reached for his side of the story at the time of going to press. Some people are helping the police with the investigation.
By Saffa Moriba ibn Kenema