In a recent monthly meeting by the Kono new Sembehun City Council, the mayor said a lot of projects had so far been completed by the city council.
But Mrs. Mary Musa expressed dismay over the attitudes of certain donor agencies, whom she said had not done much to meet their financial obligations towards some of the projects.
She revealed that some of the agencies started well but somewhere along the line couldn’t finish up, leaving the rest in the hands of the council. “Now the people are accusing us, making all sorts of comments against the council”, she disclosed.
The city mayor also made mentioned of the poor collection of market dues, which she said were a mere pittance which could not contribute to the development of the council.
She highlighted instances where collectors had been molested and physically attacked by people who were always reluctant to pay dues. “Dues are part of council’s revenue therefore they needed to be paid to augment the council’s effort”, he stated.
Mrs. Musa also complained about the attitudes of the chiefs, which she described as very discouraging. She said, “chiefs are claiming authority all over the place, making the council powerless to exercise its mandate. The mining companies and business people are scared of cooperating with the council as they prefer to deal directly with the chiefs.”
Also present at the meeting was paramount chief Fengai Kaimachendeh of Gbense who doubles as the parliamentary representative for the council of paramount chiefs in Kono. He thanked the Koidu city council for the good work.
The chief administrative officer also hit hard on critics who are in the habit of criticizing the council.
Mr Tamba Musa said it was the duty of the public to come to the council and ask in case there was any issue that was not too clear to them. He added that, “the council is there to work in the interest of the people and not to let them down.
Councillors at the meeting and officials in charge of various departments in the council, gave brief updates about the daily occurrence in their department.
Some councillors bitterly complained about the treatment they were facing in the hands of those who elected them.
One of the councillors, who preferred anonymity, said what they were experiencing today was purely due to the sudden change of government.