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NEWS : Politics  

APC vs. APC Intra-Party Political Violence at Goderich
By Aruna Turay
May 27, 2010, 17:18
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Women of the Taysapeneh Womens Development Organization within the Metchem Community in Goderich have accused Hon. Dauda Kondeh Yapo and Hon. Conteh Dumbuya of ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party of sending thugs to intimidate and molest them while conducting an open weekly meeting on Monday 24th May 2010. Ironically, the Taysapaneh Organisation claiming to have been brutalised by APC parliamentarians is a pro-APC unit in support of the ruling APC party with the aim of galvanising support for the APCs 2012 chances.

According to them, one Daniel Kalokoh who takes care of Hon. Yapos building site led thugs to attack them claiming that it was by the command of the honourable MP.

In an interview with the Operations Manager of the organisation Mr. Ibrahim Fofanah, he informed that whilst at the meeting on that day, Daniel appeared from nowhere and rudely interrupted the meeting with the use of obscene words against the women, referring to them as bunch of prostitutes. "When attempts were made to get him off the place, he resisted with threats that he was ready to kill whosoever touched him, claiming that he was under the command of Hon. Yapo," he explained.

He said thereafter they went to the Adonkia Police Station to make report against Daniel. "But whilst at the police station, one Abdul Bangura, a relative of Daniel ran into the women with his motor bike causing bodily harm to some of them as they sustained injuries in the legs," he went on adding that nobody was able to catch him as he fled the scene after the havoc.

Giving her own account of the incident, the organisations director Madam Mary Fofanah Koroma claimed that on the 21st May, precisely a day to the formal launching ceremony of the organisation, Hon. Dauda Dumbuya held a secret meeting with his thugs to find ways to disrupt the launching for reasons best known to him. "When we got wind of that, we solicited protection from the police who came in handy, thereby foiling any plan by miscreants to disrupt the launching programme," said Madam Koroma.

She disclosed that the organisation was her initiative to see that women in that community came together to acquire skills training in order to be dependent in future. "I started it in my Beauty Saloon, but when the number grew, I thought it wise to extend this service to include other women in the Goderich community," she said, adding that it was then that the idea of forming an organisation came up.

She said the aim of Taysapeneh Womens Development Organization is to relieve the needy women of stone breaking to engage in respectful and permanent skills training.

She informed that the organisation was officially launched on the 22nd May 2010 by the First Lady of the Republic, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma. "Maybe it was the move I took in setting up this organization in the community that has angered certain ill-motivated people," she commented.

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with the two MPs on Tuesday, both denied the allegations. Though Hon. Kondeh Yapo Conteh confirmed that Daniel Kalokoh was his care taker, he denied having ordered him to act otherwise. "I did not instruct Daniel to molest anyone, let alone disrupt a meeting," he informed, adding that he had never had business with any of the women nor had any knowledge of a newly formed organisation. "How then is it possible for me to send thugs on them when I never knew when and where they were to meet?" He however, alleged that he only came to know Madam Koroma three years back but not in any bad way.

But according to Hon. Dauda Dumbuya of Constituency 93, he had an unsettled matter with the organisations director, though he denied having machinated any plan to molest her and her group. He however, blamed the false legation on clandestine moves within the Goderich community to unseat him as their MP. "A very bad politics is playing here involving certain top APC party members who are trying to use the women of that organization to undermine me ahead of 2012," he disclosed.

At the Adonkia Police Station, Crime Officer Francis Kamara confirmed the attack and arrests made in that regard. "We have in custody two suspects presently helping the police in our investigations into the attack on the women," he confided, concluding that as soon as investigations were complete, the matter might be charged to court.


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