-President Kabbah predicts
August 19, 2019
By Frederick V. Kanneh
President of the Indigenous Traditional Healers’ Union, Alhaji Dr. Suliaman Kabbah, has in an exclusive interview with Concord Times observed that Sierra Leone was heading for another era of untimely deaths among citizens, if authorities fail to pass into law the National Policy on Traditional Medicine.
President Kabbah said although it was an open secret that he had been crowned nationally as the president of the union, but that his activities have currently been limited because the policy was yet to be passed into law.
He continued that the delay by the authorities to enact the said policy has negative effect on the lives Sierra Leoneans.
President Kabbah said eight to nine years ago, just after he was elected, he was called upon by former President Ernest Bai Koroma, who asked him to find ways to stop the practices of those that were killing and causing ailments on people through evil means.
He said he immediately identified the red zone including the Queen Elizabeth Quay, Lungai Airport, Up Gun Turn Table, Four Mile, and State House.
“Nearly every employee at Water quay by then was discovering either black cat or snake in their offices immediately after their appointments. The ADC position at State House was characterised with death by then. Killing was the order of the day at the Lungai Airport and at Up Gun turn table, people were advertising charms that kills or causes ailments for a sum of le 5000.Ofcourse 4-Mile was a powerful place for evil act. I took the onus and organized my men and we went into war against the said individuals, and with God being our helper, we won the war. I did all those without a single cent from neither government nor NGO, but it was because we had the political will and with the expectation that our policy would be passed into law,” he explained.
President Kabbah noted that he went throughout the country to disarm those that were practicing evil acts and admonished them on the importance of coming under one umbrella of the Sierra Leone Indigenous Traditional Healers Union. He added that, he further told them to be using their powers to heal, but not to kill people.
President Kabbah noted that the failure of government to pass into law the policy was currently posing serious threat to his administration, and by extension, the lives of sierra Leoneans.
He continued that his administration would only be able to fight against the evil practices of other indigenous people if the policy is passed into a law.
“As I speak, so many people are on the street selling fake traditional medicines to the general public. Some of those that were in the act of the said evil practices are on the increase; different people are forming their own associations with the intention to undermine my administration. But how can I fight back when the policy is yet to be passed into law? Throughout the West African sub region, it is only Sierra Leone that the government is yet to pass the traditional medicine policy into law, and if this law is not enacted, we would stand the risk of entering into an era of many untimely deaths in this nation,” he said.
President Kabbah further stated that he has been trying over the years to promote his union, but that it was difficult without proper mechanism in place.
He disclosed that aside from the hospital he had established for both traditional and allopathic medication at the Waterloo Five – Five Junction, he had also opened a traditional school which comprises both junior and secondary schools at the Hasting Community.
He said he has also over the years been dishing out scholarships to about one thousand children that were affected by the Ebola epidemic.
He appealed to the government to see the importance of passing the policy into law in order to safeguard the lives of sierra Leoneans, and to also enable his union to be able to compete with other African countries in terms of traditional medicine.