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In Sierra Leone, Gullah Kinship protest against Zainab Bangura
By Augustine Samba
Jun 15, 2010, 17:16
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Hundreds of members forming the Sierra Leone Chapter of the Gullah Kinship Association on Monday 14th June 2010 led a peaceful protest to State House in central Freetown to officially submit a letter of complaint to His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma against both the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Zainab Bangura and Sierra Leones Ambassador to the United States of America, Dr. Bockarie Stevens.

Addressing a cross section of media practitioners at State House, the President of the association Chief Pa Komrabai Mbompa Dumbuya alleged that both Zainab Bangura and Bockarie Stevens have conspired with one of their former members, a foreign national by the name of Joseph Opala to hijack the organization for their own selfish ends. According to him Joseph Opala on two instances connived with the duo to thwart their planned trip to the United States in 2008 and 2009 respectively. He further revealed that the two politicians also stopped the importation of 1.8m (One Million Eight Hundred) bags of rice to the organizations membership in Sierra Leone last year from their American branch. "Zainab and Bockarie are in tacit connivance with Joseph Opala who is currently in Freetown to overturn the organizations mandate from us to be headed by the latter", he said.

The chief said it was their civic duty to prevent anyone from misleading the president or the state, and that they would not allow any clandestine organization or network under the guise of connection to exploit Sierra Leone for personal benefit. "As citizens of this country, we have the right to contribute to development and no one, irrespective of his/her capacity has the right to stop or undermine us," he said.

However with the intervention of the ADC to President Koroma Major Sheku Tejan Sesay, the protesters were prevailed upon to see reason to disperse as according to him, he has made a final arrangement for them to see the president on Thursday in the morning for a way forward.


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