It has now clearly emerged that the unfortunate pronouncement made by the Vice President of this country, Victor Bockarie Foh, was the main catalyst that led to the eruption of violence in Koinadugu district precisely within Kabala town. Many residents in that part of the country whom this medium contacted expressed total dismay at what they considered to be a total political blunder on the part of the present APC led Government.
“Since the APC came to power we have witnessed series of politically motivated violence carried out by the Police that have left some dead and others with permanent injuries,” a popular civil rights activist opined stressing that most times the Police are remotely controlled by politicians.
Another Kabala resident claimed that the protest staged by the people was not of an uncontrollable magnitude that should have warranted the use of live bullets. “Using mere teargas to disperse the protesters would have been more preferable and effective than using live bullets on a defenseless group of people who were merely protesting against a decision which most of them considered to be against their development aspirations. “Building a Youth Village within Koinadugu district will surely bring about many advantages especially availing young people opportunities to learn useful skills. But the Youth Village is a national project not only meant to benefit the people of Koinadugu district but every Sierra Leonean,” a Member of Parliament intimated The Times underscoring that the district has the available space to accommodate its construction stressing that there was no need in the first place to have come up with the idea of its relocation.
“Instead of punishing the Police Officer who released the shots Victor Foh must resign his position as Vice President and charged to Court for making a pronouncement that led to the ugly incident,” an aggrieved relative of one of the victims stated.