Mariama Conteh the proprietor of LAM fishing enterprises at Betts Street Kanikay Freetown has complained that over Le 210 million worth of property including a 125 KVA generator costing $ US 25,000 were vandalized and a whole lot of them carted away by some squatters at the Kanikay during last weeks’ clash with the Police and squatters. “I am disappointed with the Chief and people of Kanikay for wrecking havoc on my factory which I built after working hard in the United States of America.
She stated that most the squatters were hard core criminals notorious for piracy and drug trafficking.
“I have constructed my factory for the past couple of years while in the State to operate fishing and food processing industry in the Kanikay community but it was first used by residents of kanikay to store stolen goods but when I returned home from the State I stopped it but the Chief Pa- Alimamy totally objected to it vowing that he would never allowed me to operate my industry” she explained, pointing out that a large expanse of land adjacent to her factory where the demolition took place is her property which she has acquired for nearly 17 years now.
She confirmed that, the chief is consistently being influenced by some Lebanese business men to prevail on her to lease the factory to them but said she would not as she has plans to create employment for over 200 youths from diverse background in the country.
During the demolition exercise the factory which comprised 6000 carton fish capacity was actually looted from generator to carpet , but no one took liability as both the police and the squatters are pointing accusing fingers at each other for robbing the factory.