Makeni, SIERRA LEONE – His Worship Abubakarr Lamtales Kamara, Mayor of the Makeni city council, has lauded the Government’s recent decision to amend the curfew hours across Sierra Leone, citing it as a profound demonstration of care towards its citizens.
Mayor Kamara expressed his warm welcome to the change during a conversation with Awoko Newspaper. The new curfew hours, revised to run from 12:00 AM to 6:00 AM as opposed to the earlier 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM, are seen as a tangible display of the Government’s concern for its people.
Addressing the local situation in Makeni, Mayor Kamara urged residents to maintain composure, continue their daily routines, and extend full cooperation to the Sierra Leone Police in their ongoing investigations regarding the disturbances at the military barracks in Wilberforce, Freetown, on November 26th.
He disclosed that the initial imposition of the curfew directly impacted the operations of the city council. The disrupted city cleaning schedules, usually between 4:00 AM to 7:00 AM, created challenges. Additionally, traders at the central market and other businesses reported losses from alleged thefts during the rush hour. However, Mayor Kamara remains optimistic that the revised curfew hours aim to address these issues.
Acknowledging potential implications on city orderliness, Mayor Kamara mentioned negotiations with the Sierra Leone Police to potentially allow council cleaning activities from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM, an effort aimed at upholding cleanliness standards in Makeni.
He expressed gratitude on behalf of Makeni residents, praising the Government’s responsiveness to citizens’ concerns. This decision signifies the Government’s commitment to the welfare of all Sierra Leoneans, an act of care and responsibility towards their safety.
Mayor Kamara emphasized the city council’s role as a support unit, working in tandem with the central government to drive progress and development at the grassroots level. He commended the Makeni security forces, especially the Sierra Leone Police and the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, for their professional enforcement of the revised curfew.
In conclusion, Mayor Kamara urged Makeni residents to prioritize safety, maintain calm, and abide by Sierra Leone’s laws. He vehemently denounced any attacks on the state’s peace, emphasizing the need for swift and comprehensive investigations to hold accountable those responsible for the November 26 disturbances.ARW/14/12/2023