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Sierra Leoneans in Yenga cry foul

Sierra Leoneans in Yenga cry foul

About 78 Sierra Leoneans who maintained they are indigenes of the disputed town of Yenga, in the Easthern District of Sierra Leone, have told this medium that they are unhappy over the snail pace of negotiations between the Sierra Leone and Guinean governments.

Mr. Tunie Kamara, a resident of Yenga town said 50% who are indigenes of the town have been forced to leave their homes as a result of external aggressions that have been downplayed for far too long by past and present governments.

He said some who choose to stay have been left without option but to live just as refugees in their own town; their movement tightly restricted, not allowed to farm or do mining by Guinean military personnel.

He further said that the Guinea aggression has caused Sierra Leoneans in that part of the country refused voting rights in the 2007 elections and it is imminent they will also not vote come the 2012 elections.

He disclosed further that Sierra Leoneans were forced to register and vote in concluded Guinea election which saw President Alpha Conde emerge as winner.

Unconfirmed sources have it that Guineans are bent on capturing more towns and villages owned and belonging to Sierra Leone with impunity.

It could be recalled that President Koroma had visited Guinea to start talks with the Guinean government over the disputed town of Yenga.

Reports have it that an agreement is yet to be reached, but negotiations are ongoing.

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