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Ahead of parliamentary bye-election in Kailahun

…Local Government Minister threatens council workers

April 12, 2016 By Mohamed Massaquoi, from Kailahun 

The newly appointed Minister of Local Government and Rural Development last Saturday lost his temper and threatened that tough action would taken against the workers at the Kailahun District Council who fail to implement development programmes in that part of the country.

Maya KaiKai, while addressing the Deputy Chief Administrator of the opposition dominated council, Jaia Geogra, in front of Banya’s compound, in the heart of Kailahun town, said that his dream was to see tangible results from the council because “this is not business as usual.”

 “I will be coming frequently to monitor your programmes, this is not business as usual; if you embark on any project we must see it on ground. I will take serious action against those who will fall along the way,” he threatened.

Many onlookers told our reporter the minister was visibly furious in his conversation with the senior council official, although they did not point at any project that had been undertaken by the council that failed to register any positive result.

A Kailahun town resident, Hassan Juana, said the minister did not allow the Deputy Chief Administrator to respond to his statement but left the scene as more people became interested in the conversation.

He further noted that the minister and chairman of the council, Alex Bonapa, are not in good terms following confrontation between the two during a local bye-election in the district, with Chairman Bonapha accusing the then Minister of State East of intimidating and harassing opposition party supporters ahead of that  election.

“The council is here for development, our business is to monitor all projects implemented by the council, the minister only targeted the Deputy Chief Administer because of political reasons; again this cannot be unconnected to the upcoming parliamentary bye-election for constituency 001,” observed Juana.

“We are saddened by the death of our form Member of Parliament, Hon. Patrick Foyah; we have given him a befitting burial as you can see the town is busy with our traditional display. I know very well that the minister and his men will employ vengeance for that seat but SLPP will definitely win this constituency, he said and added that during a local bye-election few months ago, government officers had gone to Kailahun to campaign for ruling the All Peoples Congress candidate, but “as a stronghold of the opposition, Kailahun will remain green.

In another development, the township was overcrowded last weekend with people from across the world to pay their final respect to the late Hon. Patrick Foyah.

Over twelve masquerades from Luawa chiefdom were in attendance, while supporters of the SLPP turned out in their thousands to give the fallen lawmaker a befitting burial, as the male secret society – Poro – dominated proceedings from midnight on Friday until Saturday evening.

Hon. Foyah was buried beside his late wife, Madam Mamie Foyah, who also served as MP in the same constituency.

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