To mark the 10th anniversary of their deaths, prayers have been offered by the families of the 24 military officers and men executed on 19th October 1998 after being found guilty of treason by a Military Court Martial set up during the erstwhile SLPP Government.
Some of these families now live abroad and organized various traditional and religious memorial events in their countries of residence. Speaking to Awareness Times last weekend from America where she and her children now reside, Mrs. Marie Sesay the wife of one of the executed officers, late Colonel Abdul Karim Sesay said the A.K. Sesay family would be holding a Special Memorial Service for him in Maryland, United States yesterday October 19th 2008. Mrs. Marie Sesay asked for all to join in praying for the continued peaceful repose of the soul of her husband and for the Almighty to forgive all sins he might have committed on this earth.
Also speaking to Awareness Times from the United Kingdom was the wife and children of the late former Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier Hassan Conteh. His widow, Mrs. Josephine Conteh informed Awareness Times that the Hassan Conteh family would be having a traditional gathering (Awujoh) in memory of the late military officer that would be preceded yesterday October 19th 2008 by a Church Memorial Service in Camberwell, London during which prayers would be offered for the late man’s soul.
Here in Sierra Leone, family members of Major Kula Samba, the only female officer who was executed on that date, yesterday October 19th 2008 teamed up with the Publisher of Awareness Times, Dr. Sylvia Blyden and the Paramount Chief of Jawei Chiefdom, P.C. Musa Ngombuklah Kallon II to launch a Kula Samba Scholarship Fund for Girls at Jawei Chiefdom in Kailahun District where Samba hailed from. The Fund will be used to finance the education of young girls of single mothers from Jawei Chiefdom who would otherwise not have been able to send their girl child to school. More details on that occasion would be published later this week.
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