Youths in Tiloma village in Nongowa Chiefdom in the Kenema District have threatened to boycott communal work due to what they described as the heavy handed nature of authorities within their communities.
A cross section of Tiloma youths recently visited Kenema City where they told the press that authorities in their communities are demanding much from them for mining sand at the river in their community which they say belongs to all of them.
A spokesperson for the agitated youths Ibrahim Tewomeh who doubles as assistant youth leader in the Tiloma community accused their authorities of not consulting them on important community matters.
He alleged that the present leadership in Tiloma community lacked respect for the principles of democracy, transparency and accountability especially in the area of home revenue resources consequently undermining development programmes within their society.
Ibrahim is now calling on stakeholders in Kenema City particularly indigenes of Tiloma to intervene immediately to investigate the matter thoroughly so that they can calm the situation before it degenerates into a full blown conflict that will bring backwardness in their community.
Contributing the assistant youth leader said despite the said employment and the economic activities that the Tiloma youths are engaged in they have always tried on their own side to fulfill their economic commitment to enhance development in their communities. He confirmed that youths in the affected communities have resolved to engage in what he described as a civil disobedience through which they can boycott all community development programmes including the payment of their dues and taxe.