The 2018 All Peoples Congress (APC) Presidential flag bearer, Dr. Samura Kamara has in a press release called for an immediate, independent and impartial public inquiry into the protest that led to the killing of people by security forces in Makeni and elsewhere.
He noted with regret the violence occurrences that have taken place in Makeni in the past two days between youths in the township and security forces including the military.
He condemned the violence in all of its forms and called on the youths and security forces for calm to return whiles extending his condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones.
Dr. Kamara maintained that even though details are still sketchy, it is clear that the disturbances arose from an attempt by authorities to relocate a power generator from Makeni to another location in the country, noting that he will not comment on the appropriateness of the decision but that what is very clear is that there has been a failure on the part of the authorities to properly engage the community, particularly the youths on the proposed removal of the generator from their community, he puts it.
He stated that from all indications, the use of live rounds by security forces that led to the killing of a number of young people in Makeni was unreasonable, unjustifiable and highly regrettable.
He said that the “shoot to kill” policy which the security forces have adopted lately to deal with community protests particularly in the North and Western Area is disturbing and should be of grave concern to the political leadership of the country.