May 19, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
All People’s Congress (APC) Member of Parliament representing Constituency 104 has come under serious bashing from residents of Moa Wharf community, east of Freetown, who have accused him of neglecting them when the Ebola virus disease struck the community few months ago.
The slum community was until recent weeks a hotspot for Ebola as scores contracted the virus, leading to dozens of households being quarantined.
Some residents have expressed their dissatisfaction that Hon. Alpha Babatunde Lewally failed to visit the community when they started recording Ebola cases and only visited when President Ernest Bai Koroma came calling few weeks ago.
In an apparent show of disapproval, when the ruling party lawmaker visited the community over the weekend to console and present 20 bags of rice and $200 to victims of the Ebola, he was booed.
They heckled the MP prior to and during his statement, a situation that forced him to leave the community earlier than planned, apparently to avoid further embarrassment from his constituents.
Harbour Master, Ibrahim S. Kamara, said they were angry with their MP because he was conspicuously absent when they were being killed by the virus and only appeared when President Koroma visited the community to console victims and survivors.
“We are not happy because we were expecting Hon. Lewally to visit us when the Ebola virus disease struck our community. He is our representative in Parliament. We only saw him when the president visited us,” he said.
However, Hon. Lewally said he was not in the country when the Ebola disease ravaged the community.
“I am not here for politics but rather to console and sympathize with those affected by the virus. I was not in the country when the Ebola virus struck this community. I was in Brussels with President Koroma attending an Ebola meeting,” he said.
He pleaded with residents to be patient and assured them of his determination and readiness to ensure that Ebola is driven out of the community and the constituency as a whole.