Since the burial of former President Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah on Sunday, 23rd March 2014, his grave has been guarded by armed personnel of the Operational Support Division (OSD) of the Sierra Leone Police.
The deployment of the armed police personnel cannot be unconnected to fears that the expensive hard chrome copper coffin in which the former President was buried might be dug out and carted away by thieves. The former President was buried at the Kissy Road Cemetery where several other former eminent and distinguished Sierra Leoneans are lying in their eternities.
According to the OSD guards, mourners are still pouring in at the cemetery to pay their respect to the country’s recent fallen Hero. They say mourners who are Muslims have been heard reciting verses of the Holy Quran and those that are Christians reciting verses of the Holy Bible.
The OSD explained that immediately after the burial when the funeral officials had left the grave yard, there was a serious stampede into the cemetery as sympathizers pushed to have a glimpse of the grave of the late former President. He was buried next to his late mother.
The OSD officers said that in the process of that mad rush, many graves, more so those that had been built for decades were broken; with tablets of most of the graves damaged in the process.
However, the OSD officials told Awoko that their day-and-night presence at the site of Pa Kabbah’s grave is “indefinite” and will be there as long as it pleases their seniors.
By Poindexter Sama
Thursday March 27, 2014