As Le 150 M goes astray Kambia cries foul
Indigenes of constituency 35 in Kambia District have recalled APC’s undue inconvenience on them in 1976; seeing same making a repeat at Matham village.
It could be recalled that the APC during the periods of one party rule hired a construction company construct roads linking Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Matham village, as at then, was used as excavation site for the mining of granite stones.
Devastation caused as a result of the blasting and unjust pounding of hard rocks regrettably saw no compensation for persons affected at all.
This, to residents of Kambia, brought untold disaster leading to the collapsed of some thirty three houses and many deaths.
Such was viewed by residents of Kambia as wickedness on the part of APC under late Siaka Stevens.
In 2009, APC under President Koroma conducted a survey in which Matham was located and tagged as excavation site for the mining of granite for the construction of respective roads at the provinces.
Of course, the CSE construction company was contracted to do the roads in that part of Sierra Leone.
It was confirmed that Le 150 million was paid as compensation to stakeholders for onward delivery to affected property owners of Matham village.
It has reached this press that Honorable Ibrahim Sorie, Late Paramount Chief Bai Farama, SLRA Munda Rogers and Deputy Chairman Kambia District Council received and share the Le 150 million among themselves.
Several human rights organizations were informed of happenings done to the affected residents of Matham village but none did anything in the favour of the complainants.
Sources say late Paramount Chief Bai Farama was tape recorded months before his death, confessing and explaining how the Le 150 million was shared from among persons aforementioned.
Matham village is in constituency 35 and it is represented by Honorable Ibrahim Sorie; one among persons alleged to have eaten money paid as compensation to affected property owners.
Photos as shown in story explain how risky it is to sleep in dilapidated houses at Matham village.
Residents are in fear that some houses may collapse anytime from now.
On the spot findings revealed clear that portion of Matham village is devastated due to granite mining. Despite several complaints by affected residents to respective Ministries, Departments, Agencies and human right organizations, the blasting of rocks continues unabated.
“We will have no vote for APC come 2012,” words of displeased affected property owners.
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