The petitioned Paramount Chief elect of Kaiyamba Chiefdom in the Moyamba District Foday Gulama has squarely blamed the Resident Minister South Musa Tarawally for being behind the problems leading to his petition. He stated that it has caused him to be refused the oath of office and he was also denied the staff of office inspite of his landslide victory in the election which was conducted by the National Electoral Commission and declared free and fair.
This accusation comes barely a week after President Koroma swore in newly elected Paramount Chiefs nationwide The petitioned Paramount Chief elect Foday Gulama in an interview with Awoko blamed the Resident Minister for having made a pronouncement that he was no longer the legitimate Chief, a situation the petitioned Chief said has since accounted for various provocations from supporters of his arch rival Samuel Gatay Gulama and others. The petitioned Chief further accused the Minister of having said that there are plans to bring onboard a Regent Chief while the Petition case goes on.
Responding in a follow up interview the Resident Minister dismissed the accusations calling it a big lie put together to smear his reputation as a Minister and that he has nothing to do with the accusations made against him.
The Minister in turn argued that there has been no reported incident of provocation as alleged and that he has not been to Moyamba since the inauguration Ceremony in Bo and could not have made any statement denouncing the petitioned Chief nor could he have announced the appointment of a Regent Chief as alleged
Asked how he can be of help with the view of resolving the matter as he is not only the Resident Minister but a native of Moyamba the Resident Minister said that there is nothing he can do now that the matter is before the Court. The minister did not rule out reconciliation as the issue has to do with one and the same family people of Kaiyamba Chiefdom.
The Minister further dismissed the blame game and in turn blamed the very people concerned and not an outsider
It can be recalled that the petitioned Paramount Chief elect Foday Gulama was declared the winner of the election having scored 230 votes out of 402 total votes cast amongst his five rivals
By Easmon Moiguah