Chiefdom Elders in Nongowa Chiefdom in Kenema Tuesday October 7, 2008 have resolved at a grand roundtable meeting that a sub-committee under the chairmanship of Mohamed Daphay Benya should look into the land dispute that acted as a catalyst for the problems between the Nongowa Paramount Chief, A. B. Vangahun IV and businessman Mohamed Mbakui.
According to Hon. William Juana Smith who spoke to Awareness Times last evening from Kenema, the people of the District had all come together along with at least five Paramount Chiefs to hang heads on how the impasse could be resolved in a traditional manner rather than through the Police.
At mid-day today October 8th 2008, it is expected that the Hon. P.C. Benya would submit his Committee’s findings to the other District Elders and senior members of the Sierra Leone Police.
"After that point, we will be in a position to make a public statement about how the matter has been resolved," Hon. W.J. Smith told this newspaper from Kenema.
It will be recalled that there had been rising tensions in Kenema recently following the reported slapping and molestation of the P.C. of Nongowa by Mohamed Mbakui who had proceeded to cite his alleged connections with the Vice President as evidence of him going to go scot free from the complaint lodged.
The Vice President has completely distanced himself from Mohamed Mbakui.
"I hail from a family of Chiefs. I will never be associated with or allow my name to be associated with violence against any Paramount Chief in this country," Vice President Chief Samuel Sam Sumana said.
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