By Jariatu Bangura
John S. Kargbo, 67, has been elected the new Loko Tribal Chief in Bo district, southern Sierra Leone, with three hundred and seventy-eight (378) votes, defeating his opponent, Senessie Wullay Bangura, who polled two hundred and eighty four (284) votes.
The election, which took place at the Native Administrative Court Barry at Ngalu Road in Bo, had one thousand one hundred and fifty nine (1,159) registered voters, although four hundred and seventy-four (474) were absent, while twenty-three ballot papers were declared invalid.
Declaring the winner, the Assistant District Officer I in Bo, Alfred Saidu, declared John S. Kargbo as ‘Loko Tribal Chief in Kakua’, having polled the highest number of votes against the his opponent. He called on members of the Loko community and the losing candidate to work cohesively with the newly elected chief for peace and tranquillity.
Hon. Paramount Chief of Kakua Chiefdom, P.C. Prince Lappia Boima said the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’ is geared towards peace and development and that the chiefdom should be a role model to fifty-two chiefdoms in the southern region. He said the chiefdom should work towards the realisation of sustainable peace and development.
In his maiden speech, Chief John S. Kargbo commended his tribesmen and women and Bo residents for bestowing on him the honour to serve as ‘tribal chief’. He promised to restore peace and foster development in the chiefdom, and to work hard with partners for the development of the chiefdom, adding that his administration will write projects on education, especially for the girl child.