The people of Kailahun district have expressed serious concerns to President Tejan Kabbah at his Lodge in Freetown on the spate of violence in their district in the run up to the August 11 polls.
Among many concerns expressed were the July 15 incidence in which the PMDC was alleged to have attacked a house occupied by the SLPP and the assault in Bo of a prominent Kailahun district statesman, Lt. Col. (rtd). Sahr Tom Nyuma.
The people of Kailahun stated that they were appalled by such atrocious trend of violence inflicted on them, and that they were now urging the government to take immediate steps that would forestall any further acts of violence on them.
While thanking law enforcement agencies for their dedicated service in investigating the attack on Lt Col. Rtd. Nyuma, the people of Kailahun affirmed their solidarity in support of the course of justice for any politically victimized Kailahun descendant, regardless of political affiliation.Responding President Kabbah expressed appreciation for the concern expressed by the Kailahun people. He said on his way to Yenga he visited the chief’s compound and saw the destruction to property. The president disclosed that he gave a clear warning that anybody who tried to destabilize the country would face the law, and referred to the people as wise men because “wise men come from the east” and therefore was not surprised by the peaceful manner in which the Kailahun people had approached the problem.
He spoke about a meeting with the Inspector General of police and assured all that everything would be done to put things right.
The fountain-of-honour stressed that some people wanted to ferment trouble so that elections would be postponed, but that “the elections are vital to the country’s development as partners will want to operate in a peaceful atmosphere.”