The wife of the late town chief of Kenema, Chief Albert Ghotto, Madam Baindu Ghotto is currently in police custody at the Kenema police division.
According to the Officer in Charge of the Family Support Unit (FSU) of the Kenema, police division Esther Kamara, Ghotto has two children who stay with her. One of the children is a 13-year-old boy, son of her brother of the same mother and father of the Ghotto family, and the other is a 14-year-old girl, a relative of her current boy friend.
On the morning of Tuesday 26th August 2008, at around 7 am, the accused realized that some water that was put in their drinking rubber had spread all over the room. She then called both of the children and asked them as to who damaged the rubber bucket which cost Le 45,000. The children denied knowledge of who might have damaged the bucket. She then vowed that she would teach them a lesson as they have been damaging her property for a very long time in that house. She then sent one of the males of the household to go and set the local iron by putting some charcoal in it and lit it with a match. Madam Baindu then put a knife in the iron and allowed it to become hot and red. She then called both of them together and removed the knife from the fire that was in the iron and put it on both children’s foreheads.
That same morning she then gave some coal water in a kool-man for the male child to go out and sell. The boy was out in the street selling the water when a human right officer in Kenema saw him and asked him what happened to his forehead. The boy then narrated his experience to the officer. The boy then led the officer to his premise who asked the woman about the plight of the boy and the girl. Madam Baindu then became defiant and asked the man to do whatever he wants by taking her anywhere. The human rights man then went to the police and made the report at the FSU, where police wasted no time but went to the premises and effected an arrest of Madam Baindu and she was later put in a police cell. According to the investigator PC 5860 Kabba Sundufu Kekura, the accused pleaded guilty to the act with the saying that these children have been creating problems for her at home and they hardly admit to their doing. She has been charged to court with the offence of child cruelty due to appear at any time before the magistrate court in Kenema city.
By Saffa Moriba in Kenema