The Jenkins-Johnston Commission of Inquiry, set up by the government to investigate events leading to the disturbances in Koidu, has completed its first phase.
The inquiry was set up to investigate the deaths of two people and injuries of many after clashes of discontent between Koidu Holdings Mining Company and the people of Kono.
During the five days of public hearings from Monday 21 to Friday 25 January at the Fachima Hall, Koidu community centre, 31 witnesses testified on oath and 43 exhibits were tendered, including a bullet from an AK47 automatic weapon removed from the body of one witness.
The commission also took evidence from a witness whom bullet was recovered from the scene of the demonstrations, medical reports of some of the victims allegedly shot at on the day of the demo.
The local unit commander of Tankoro Police Station also testified and a report on the visit paid to the mine site and other areas of interest by the commission. Also tendered was a report on the blasting which took place on the 13/1207 by the engineer-in-charge of the blasting operations and a position paper by the chiefdom speaker of Tankoro chiefdom on behalf of the People of Tankoro chiefdom which was later endorsed by the Paramount Chief, Paul Saquee V.
After the completion of testimonies, the chairman of the commission, J.B Jenkins Johnston, said the commission would continue hearings in Freetown on Tuesday at the Miatta conference hall.