December 14, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Former Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment is still under police custody at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after he was arrested on Tuesday, December 12 for questioning.
Family sources say the arrest and detention of Alhaji Musa Tarawally was politically motivated as his arrest came few days after he declared his intension to run for the presidency in the forthcoming presidential election.
It was rumoured on the social media platforms that Tarawally has formed the Citizens Democratic Coalition (CDC), under which he would run for the presidency in March 2018.
Lead lawyer for the former minister, Mohamed Pa Momoh Fofanah, told Concord Times yesterday that his client was still in police detention.
Police sources disclosed that the politician-cum-businessman was dragged to CID headquarters on allegations of illegal land deals during his tenure as Minister of Lands.
This reporter was reliably informed that even though CID officers obtained statement from Tarawally after his arrest, he has not released as a result of orders from above, but sources close to the presidency state that President Ernest Bai Koroma has no hands in the arrest and detention of his best friend, Musa Tarawally.
The detained politician is regarded as a political heavyweight especially in the southeastern part of the country. As resident Minister South, he mobilised traditional authorities and youth in that part of the country to support the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC).
He was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, where he put strategic security documents together to strength internal security.
While serving as Minister of Lands, Tarawally pioneered a modernised National Land Policy, which was recently launched by the president.
In December 2015, President Koroma sacked Tarawally as Lands Minister with immediate effect, according to a brief statement from the Office of the President announced late in the evening on state broadcaster – Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC).
The statement announcing Tarawally’s sacking did not indicate exactly what he may have done to be sacked.