The Mayor-elect of Kenema, Chief Brima Kargbo, chairman of the Kailahun District Council, Tom Nyuma and several other SLPP officials were on Friday invited by Criminal Investigatios Department officers in Kenema for questioning. Hundreds of party members and supporters thronged the police station as the mayor spent over three hours under interrogation.
Police say they are investigating allegations of malicious damage to the PMDC regional office at 16 Dama Road in Kenema Chairman of the Kenema District council, Patrick Sarmu, Councilor Ishmael Koroma of Blama Small Bo chiefdom, Abibatu Farma and Alfred Robert a video cameraman were also invited to give statement in connection with the matter. It is alleged that shortly after the announcement of the final results on the local council elections, thousands of jubilant SLPP supporters in Kenema took to the streets. Chief Kargbo, Mr Nyuma and Mr Sarmu and some winning councilors went to their party office dancing. According to the youth leader of the PMDC, Alex Jina Bockarie, some of the jubilant crowds passed in front of their office singing provocative songs against some of his party’s defeated candidates. Bockarie said some of a group of SLPP supporters, among them Chief Kargbo and some councilors-elect, started pelting stones at PMDC who also responded.
SLPP supporters who spoke to Awoko admitted to singing victory songs, but denied the songs were provocative. They said the PMDC became peeved and picked up stones in front of their party office and started stoning them. The Chairman of the Kailahun district council Tom N’yuma and the Kenema District Council chairman Patrick Sarmu were not immediately available for comment. The police also declined to make any comment on the matter. By Saffa Moriba