Government’s effort to improve on the health of its citizens is being seriously undermined, as (sixty-four) 64 bales of treated mosquito nets worth millions of Leones have been intercepted by Police en-route to Guinea.
Evidence of the stolen mosquito nets is in the hands of the Moyamba Police, at Mandu Wharf in Timidale Chiefdom, Moyamba District, as the search for prime suspect; Juldeh Leigh is intensifying within and out of the district.
However, the police were able to arrest two other individuals who are allegedly associated with the stolen nets.
Information regarding the interception of the nets was revealed to members of the Parliamentary Committee on Internal Affairs, who were on an Oversight visit in the district last week, to ascertain the activities of the police in that part of the country including challenges.
The Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Tamba Entochema Ebba noted that amidst considerable efforts by the Government to improve on the health of the people, it was quite appalling for the committee to hear about this negative development in the health sector.
As a result, he advised, the police to put in a robust mechanism to apprehend the culprits.
Sadly enough, the outgoing Local Unit Commander of the Moyamba Division, Superintendent James K. Conteh, reported to the committee that efforts to thoroughly police the district is seriously hampered by the lack of logistic and finance.
He revealed that the twelve police posts in the district are makeshifts structure, with 123 personnel manning them.
He added that the division only has two functional vehicles, while motorbikes for the division are presently grounded.
He said that these deficiencies; coupled with low impress (one million Leones) provided them every four months, have altogether made it difficult to access some hard-to-reach areas under their domain to execute their functions.
More frustrating, he noted, was the delay in executing justice to those who offend the law.
The LUC claimed that the district presently suffers from the lack of a sitting High Court Judge.
He claimed that Justice Thompson who is assigned to attend to cases committed to the High Court has only sat two times, since his deployment to the district, amidst alarming increase of sexual offences within the district.
As a result, he said, case files are left piled high in the court.
Evidently, a visit of the committee to the Moyamba Detention centre proved that there are inmates who have been incarcerated for at least 28 months without having their cases heard- a situation committee members considered “a gross violation of human rights”.
As a remedial measure, the Internal Affairs Committee urged the Moyamba Division to prepare and submit a status report to the committee for onward consideration.
By Poindexter Sama
Wednesday June 11, 2014