20 April 2012

Sierra Leone: Belgium Sellers Protest APC Govt Over U.S $65,000

The ruling All People's Congress APC party is currently not in the good books of Belgium Sellers Association as demonstrated yesterday in some of its members' protest as they demand for the whereabouts of a US$65,000 reportedly donated to their association by President Ernest Koroma.

Widely-spread rumors among members of the youth-filled association, who deal mainly in imported used items such as mobile phones and electronic appliances on Lightfoot Boston Street, have it that some of their colleagues collected the said money from the president on their behalf but nothing was disclosed to them until they got the information perchance from one Mrs. Sherrif said to be the president's niece.

The angry youth who shouted a hurriedly-formulated slogan 'No business today, we are not fools' throughout their short stint of vexation, expressed anger that they had sacrificed a lot to bring APC to power but have benefited little since the party assumed power in 2007. They said they are willing to surrender their votes to the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party SLPP during the November 17 elections if a convincing explanation is not given in relations to the allegedly donated sum.

"We sacrificed a lot to bring APC to power. During the 2007 elections, we were attacked by supporters of SLPP from all directions. We want to know what they have done for us since they assumed power.APC has done nothing for Belgium sellers. We gave them power and we can take it back when the time comes," some of them noted.

Chairman of the association, John Kowa, said the voice of the people must be heard and those who collected the money should be exposed and dragged to the Anti-Corruption Commission ACC for investigations and possible prosecution.

Kowa said some bad eggs among them are bent on cheating the entire association with such a fraud and noted thwartingly that the development would have a negative effect on the ruling party if the matter is not treated with the seriousness it deserves.

However, Special Adviser to the President on Social Affairs, Alhaji Sheka S. Kamara, appealed to the aggrieved young traders to exercise patience and assured them that the matter would be seriously looked into so that a possible solution would be reached. He also promised to host the executive of the association at a meeting to resolve the matter.

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