September 9, 2016 By Max A Konneh, Press Officer MLGRD
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Maya Moiwo KaiKai has cautioned residents of Valunia and Lower Banta Chiefdoms in Bo and Moyamba Districts to respect the rule of law and refrain from acts of violence and intimidation that would disrupt the on- going socio- economic development programmes in the country.
Addressing Chiefdom Authorities, youth representatives and the general public in the chiefdoms over the weekend, following recent reports of social unrest that resulted in threats and tensions in Valunia, killing of people and burning of houses in Lower Banta Chiefdom, the Minister said their visit was aimed at placating the chiefdoms into maintaining peace until further action was taken by government to address the situation.
He assured residents of the chiefdoms of government’s unwavering commitment to ensure sanity prevails, thus condemning crimes committed by some residents in the two chiefdoms.
He admonished them to abide by the court’s decision that led to the suspension of the former Paramount Chief of Valunia and government’s decision to impose a curfew in Lower Banta, so as to enable them find a lasting solution to the problems.
He said Government would hold chiefdom authorities accountable for any future unrest in the chiefdoms and urged them to ensure peace and tranquility prevails in their respective localities.
He described his appointment as a clear manifestation of President Koroma’s trust in youths and government’s desire to alleviate their problems and admonished them to be peaceful and respect their elected authorities.
The Resident Minster, South, Muctarr Conteh stressed the importance of the three arms of government, including the Judiciary which intervention into the issues he said, must be respected.
Special Adviser to the Vice President, Dr. Jengo Stevens spoke of the important roles the two chiefdoms have played in promoting education and good governance in the country and encouraged them to maintain the culture of peaceful co-existence, which they have been practising over the years.
On behalf of Security forces in the region, the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Ahassan Bangura assured all of maximum security and warned against lawlessness.
Paramount Chief of Lower Banta Chiefdom, John Gibao Nyamah Russell thanked the Minister and entourage for the initiative and looked forward to a peaceful resolution of the problems.
Senior Section Chief, Morrison Balaie, Women’s leader, Gbessay Zoker and Youth Leader, Joseph Jusu of Valunia also expressed their profound desire to ensure peace was restored to their chiefdom.
The meetings which were chaired by the Provincial Secretary South, Thomas Lansana were also attended by the Senior Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government, Donald Ngebga, Director of Local Government, Emkay Magba Kamara, Assistant Inspector General of Police, South, Mustapha Kamara and a number of other dignitaries.