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Julius Bambay Kamara rejects Apology of Julius Maada Bio
By Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Sep 23, 2011, 16:17
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The 34 years old son of James Bambay Kamara, Sierra Leones police boss who suffered extra-judicial execution in December 1992, has told Awareness Times that he was not even considering the apology made to his family by the main opposition SLPP Presidential Aspirant. According to Julius Bambay Kamara who was speaking from his Wilkinson Road residence in Freetown yesterday September 22nd 2011, his namesake and presidential contender Julius Maada Bio, a member of the NPRC Junta which executed his father, has not given the families of victims the respite they need.

 

We now have children and they want to know the kind of man their late grandfather was. Was he the kind of man that the NPRC soldiers and lately, the SLPP Newspapers have portrayed him out to be like? Did he deserve to die the way he did? Did he actually plot a coup from behind his prison cell steel bars? What was the evidence that made the NPRC decide to remove him from his prison cells in the middle of the night and execute him in such a brutal manner? the son of the late man lamentably questioned adding that the family members of the other executed victims had similar unanswered questions.


It will be recalled that Julius Maada Bio recently exonerated himself from any personal responsibility in the extra-judicial killing of James Bambay Kamara and 28 others. Bio explained he was not in any position to have halted the killings which he blamed on the late Captain Solomon Musa, the Number 2 man in the NPRC at the time. Despite his professed innocence, Julius Maada Bio however publicly extended his condolence and sympathy as well as an apology on behalf of the NPRC for the deaths. His apology had received wide commendation but had been greeted with loud silence from the relatives he was sympathising with.


Julius Maada Bio says: "I am sorry for your loss"

 

Julius Bambay Kamara says: "I reject Apology; I want answers first!" 

 

And for Julius Bambay Kamara, the apology is not acceptable as the apology was made without a full explanation which would have cleared the cloud off his late fathers memory. He reminds that Bio was in charge of the Information Ministry at the time of the executions.

He was in charge of Information Ministry at the time so he must have the information that we need; what was the evidence that my father tried to overthrow the NPRC? What was the evidence that the other 28 people including Salamatu, the lady friend of Salami Coker had plotted a coup to overthrow the NPRC? Julius Bambay Kamara questioned.

 

I was just 15 years old when my father was snatched away from us in circumstances which we still do not understand some 20 years later and we want answers from the perpetrators, Julius Bambay Kamara stated.

 

He said he invites all who are interested in ending impunity and standing up for justice to be at the National Stadium Hostels next week Monday September 26th 2011 at 11:00am to listen to the cry of traumatised families of those executed as well as other reports of alleged human rights atrocities of the defunct NPRC junta.

 

When he was questioned about the alleged nephew of Bambay Kamara calling himself Mohamed Kamara who recently published an article calling for bygones to be bygones and defending Julius Maada Bios military rank, the late mans son went visibly furious for the first time since he started his chat with this newspaper.

 

There is no such person. My father will not have a nephew who will be so insensitive to his memory. I do not have any cousin of mine who sent that article which was published. What I expected journalists to have done was to have contacted us at the Bambay Kamara residence to cross-check if we have any such person in our family. It is cheap politics to use our family name like that, Julius Bambay Kamara insisted adding an appeal for journalists to be sensitive to their deep pains and not mock us.

 

Meanwhile, the Invitation to the occasion which was brought to our offices by Julius Kamara and other relatives of victims, is below. Awareness Times will attend & cover outcome for  our readers.

 


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