A general meeting held in Koidu at the Kumba Satta Amara hall by a cross section of the Sierra Leone People’s Party executive from Freetown did not conclude as youths from the ruling APC disrupted the meeting.
It all started just a day to the meeting when Honnourable Dr Bernadette Lahai and few of Kono parliamentarians paneled a radio programme, trying to sensitize supporters as to how they should participate in the next local elections. One of the panelists, Honourable Tamba E. Kaingbanjah, allegedly attacked Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana calling him a liar and that the possibility for him to deliver precisely what he had promised the people of Kono was still questionable.
However, that statement never went down well with the youth who openly vowed to see to it that any meeting organized by the opposition party would be disrupted at all cost.
The April 12th meeting of the SLPP executive was therefore no an exception, as stones were thrown at participants and the hall was cordoned by the irate youths. The police moved in to quell the situation and running battles ensued between them and the irate youths.
Speaking to Awoko after the situation had calmed down the national chairman of the Sierra Leone People’s Party, UNS Jah, said he would make sure a meeting was convened at executive level in order to file a formal complain to the president.
Mr Jah said President Koroma had made it clear that any member of the APC who misbehaved must be dealt with severely, but that the message seemed not to have gone down to the last man of the party.
He also promised to meet the international community about the event which took place in Kono.
Meanwhile the APC district chairman, Tamba .E. James, condemned the act and noted that he had instructed two of his officials to reach out to the Local Unit Commander at the Tankoro Police to use all they had in order to strengthen security in the township
By Aiah Jon-bu