Fourteen houses and several other properties have been burnt down in Sokoma village in the Kissy Teng chiefdom in the Kailahun district. This was disclosed by the acting Regent Chief of Kissy Teng chiefdom in the Kailahun district Chief Falah Jusu during a two day seminar on the role of Paramount Chiefs and Councilors in the local council election organized by the Catholic mission at the Holy Trinity Parish hall along Blama road in Kenema.
Speaking to his colleague Paramount Chiefs Chief Falah Jusu explained that he is taking care of the chiefdom that host the disputed Yenga village on the border with Guinea.
He said the Guinean soldiers who have occupied Yenga are now planting permanent crops and carrying on other agricultural activities on the Sierra Leone soil. He complained that they had earlier brushed his swamp known as Teya swamp in the area they occupy.
He said last Friday the Guinean soldiers set fire to the swamp and the fire spread over into the bush and then into Sokoma village one of the villages near to the border and destroyed 14 houses and so many properties while the occupants were in the bush on their daily agricultural activities. Some of the occupants who saw the thick smoke in the air came to the village but to their surprise nothing could be traced. He said these people have been forced to relocate themselves to Koindu and other nearby villages with nothing they could carry. Chief Jusu said the constant Guinean occupation on the land at the border is a continous hell for him and his people and that he is still continuing to appeal to the International body and the government to immediately come to their plight and alleviate them from the trouble. He said they don’t have access to their land since the Guineas occupied the land.