By State House Communications Unit
President Ernest Bai Koroma has informed the people of Kalasongaia Chiefdom in Tonkolili District that his visit to Bumbuna was to get firsthand knowledge on the recent strike action by AML workers in the township. He prayed for soul of the departed woman who lost her life during the riot.
The President noted that his visit was as a result of the information he received that the people of Bumbuna, including the youths had agreed to maintain peace and tranquility in the town. He also said that he was happy to learn that the youths and the Police in Bumbuna would be having a peace match on Saturday past. “This is what should prevail in Bumbuna because the amount of investment in this area should not be sacrificed at all”, he maintained.
President Koroma emphasized the need to support AML for the remarkable job the company is doing by employing more youths in its operations. He revealed that as a government, they are determined to introduce a Local Content Policy which will expand the space for our people in the company.
The indomitable father of the nation urged the Police to work within the parameters of their job and collaborate with the community to maintain peace, protect lives and property. He however called on the people of Bumbuna to work with the Police to maintain peace and quietness in Bumbuna and its environs. President Koroma admonished all to avoid violence and give the police the required respect they need to carry on their work without let or hindrance.
The President also told the people of Bumbuna that when the campaign begins in earnest, he would take leave because what “my government has done since I rolled out the “Agenda for Change”, is clear and unquestionably visible for all to see, feel and appreciate”.
President Ernest Bai Koroma stressed that it is unfortunate for politicians who go around discussing tribe rather than the issues which are of concern to our people. He lamented the fact that a few days ago, some politicians who lack any viable platform to campaign on are going around peddling the tribal card as if that is what matters at this very momentous era in this country’s development and transformation. He recalled that when he attended a programme organized by the National Loko Union, local newspapers carried stories all over the place claiming that he was now Loko. “But why didn’t they also publish that I’m Mende? Because when I visited Panguma a month ago, I told the people of Panguma that I am a Mende since I was with them at that moment. Why didn’t they report that as well?, he rhetorically asked.
The father of the nation promised to address the concerns of the youths, the women and the people of Bumbuna, Kalasongaia Chiefdom.
Meanwhile, President Koroma also paid a surprise and unannounced visit to the Bumbuna Town market to get firsthand information of the prices of basic food stuff and other condiments. The market literally turned upside down when market women realized that it was President Koroma, the Father of the Nation and the Fountain of Honour, who had come to rub shoulders with them and know their constraints.