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That Killing and Rioting In Kenema, Sierra Leone.
By Awareness Times
Nov 9, 2005, 12:45

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The eastern provincial headquarter town of Kenema on Monday 7th November, 2005 was rudely engulfed in running battles between members of the Bike Riders Association and personnel of the regular Sierra Leone Police.

This, according to reports resulted in the firing of live bullets that led to the death of two people while several others sustained gun shot wounds.

It did not only stop at that, it also resulted in bringing the life of the township to an embarrassing halt, culminating in a tentative down to dusk curfew.

This is a situation that we view with utter disgust as it is unfortunate. This is especially so as it comes at a period of our just return from a bloody and traumatic eleven-year war and a period of transition wherein our own security is left in our own hands. It is just a bad signal!

We are looking at this scenario from both ends, the part of the embittered and frustrated bikes riders and the police who are responsible for our security. The Bike Riders as far as we are concerned over reacted by taking the law in their own hands in their quest for justice while calculating that their action was triggered by frustration and the lack of trust and confidence in the capability of the police to address their concern for justice.

This is not the first time that Bike Riders have been found dead in cold blood as they ply their trade. The case of a rider that was killed in a certain Guest House sometime last year again in Kenema, nearly provocked a similar situation but for the matured and timely intervention of UNAMSIL. The outcome of that investigation perhaps may not have satisfied the Bike Riders therefore they had to resort to mob justice this time round.

The police also in their apparent attempt to give the impression that it is capable of handling our internal security also went out of the way to heavy-handedly put the situation under control.

As far as we are know, fire cannot extinguish fire, but because fire was used by the police to put out the Bike Riders fire, the ultimate result has been devastating.

However, what this Kenema incident has portrayed is that more needs to be done to improve the professional standards of the police vis--vis its relation with the community. On the other hand, the very attitude of the people requires re-overhaul and or re-examined in view of respect of the law. These contrasting elements within the status quo should be given additional attention by the government, civil societies, religious bodies and religious leaders, political parties, NGOs et al in the interest of peace and quiet. With UNAMSIL almost out of the country incidencies of this nature are the least that is expected for now or ever.

We are therefore calling on the police to institute a thorough investigation with a view to ascertaining why the bike renters decided to behave the way they did and also to delve thoroughly into the circumstances that led to the killing of their two colleagues.

As far as we are concerned, it is only by this way that the already charged relationship between the police and the bike renters can be relieved. It is also a question of improper security networking, which indicates that more of such incidencies are likely to occur if the police does not endeavour to live to the expectations of the people.

We are therefore calling for a show of understanding by both parties and to unite in the search of the killers and more so for the security of the entire township. It is only when we are together in unison will be able to overcome iniquities.


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