Mayor of the Freetown City Council (FCC), His Worship Herbert George Williams is presently campaigning for the opposition Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP), in order for the latter to regain the citadel of power in the 2012 elections, widespread comments and opinions of citizens dictate.
Most of the citizens interviewed over the past few days have spoke to the Awareness Times that they are of the conviction that the recent activities of the Mayor have resulted to the ruling APC party losing it grip of the city, thus increasing the following of the main opposition SLPP.
Reports gathered so far are that among the numerous campaign-for-the-SLPP activities undertaken by the city father include: the ĎOperation Clean Sweepí and the display of a nauseating Clock Tower in the center of the city.
Several schools of thoughts have made diverse condemnation statements over the conduct of the operation clean sweep. Most of the citizens, especially victims of the said operation, have raised grave concerns over the preferential treatment given to other street traders by the Mayor.
"Our business stales at Sewa Grounds have been demolished, whilst colleague traders that occupy the main streets of the city, including Abacha Street, are left untouched. This is nothing but an unfair treatment meted on us by the APC," an irate former trader of the Sewa Ground told this medium.
According to the citizenry, worst of what has contributed greatly to the decrease in the following of the ruling party, is the manner in which the Mayor and his Operation Clean Sweep team are conducting themselves.
Yesterday, the operation, which has skipped Abacha Street and reached Fourah Bay Road in the east end of Freetown, resulted in public torture of at least six traders by the Mayorís team.
Many residents have expressed their dismay over the manner in which the Mayor and his officers allegedly manhandled and dragged the traders to one of their vehicles and drove off to an unknown destination.
Other eyewitnesses have also expressed concerns over the preferential treatments given to Lebanese nationals, who have their shops in similar locations at Fourah Bay Road, but are left untouched.
The alleged manhandling of the traders occurred when the Mayor ordered his men to remove wares that were hanged at the doors of some Fullah businessmen. Eyewitnesses told the Awareness Times that: "One Pa Musa aged 50, of M&G Enterprises situated at 22 Fourah Bay Road was brutally beaten, handcuffed and bundled into the vehicle, by council officers, when he attempted to peacefully question why the clothes were being removed."
They however, call on the President to caution the moves of the Mayor as, according to them, such moves have the potential of ousting the APC out of power.
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