Makeni massacre will not be forgotten – president Bio must be held accountable

Concerned Sierra Leoneans: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 August 2020:

We are immensely despondent to witness the premeditated killings by the Sierra Leone security forces of unarmed and innocent youths, who staged a peaceful protest against the removal of their electricity asset that belongs to the Municipality of Makeni on the 17/07/20 and 18/07/20.

It was an utter and deliberate contravention of Articles 7 and 8 of Rome Statue, Articles: 1; 4 and 11 of the African Charter on Human and People’s rights and Article 2 of the Commonwealth Charter.

This malicious act to murder innocent youths with assault rifles made for military warfare was triggered by the outrageous speech made by HE President Maada Bio that set the stage for excessive lethal force against peaceful civilians when he addressed the nation on 8th May 2020.

We want to take this opportunity to convey our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of all those who sadly lost their lives.

The President promised to stifle all democratic principles and hit harder against citizens who do not share his militarised democracy and members of the main Opposition party.

The President’s Resident Minister North Abu Abu responded to his abhorrent speech by viciously threatened the people in the North especially Makeni and Tonkolili that “he will make sure, the parents of young boys and girls who stand in his way wear black clothing to mourn their children”.

Within few months of the Resident Minister’s threat, the parents of Makeni are currently wearing black clothing and mourning their children butchered in broad daylight by security forces who were trained to protect the lives and properties of citizens under the command and control of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio and his henchmen hired to orchestrate these attacks and slaughtered innocent Sierra Leoneans.

Furthermore, 51 indigenes from Makeni are being detained without charge, contravening the legally prescribed detention period, and denied the right to bail. Notwithstanding, unconfirmed source has informed us that few have been released.

We unequivocally condemn this appalling and illegal act and urge the Government of President Julius Maada Bio to respect their human rights by releasing them immediately.

Concerned Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora in no uncertain terms condemns the excessive use of lethal force, gross destruction and horrendous tragedy of young innocent lives that has no place in a genuine democracy.

Full and impartial investigation must be launched to determine the criminal liability of the security forces, chain of command and the rules of engagement and strategies of policing peaceful protest in Sierra Leone.

It is prevalent that, the right to a peaceful protest is enshrined in our laws S.26 of Sierra Leone Constitution 1991. The Government of Sierra Leone must bear in mind that, our democratic credentials are judged by upholding the principles of this Constitution consistently.

Under the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court and the principle of complementarity, if a state refused to prosecute or embark on an investigation that is not shrouded in a black box of lies or whitewashed of crimes against humanity it will trigger an intervention and preliminary investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The ICC will minimise the state choice to cherry pick it prosecuting capacity under the principle of complementarity to hold those who commit widespread or systematic attacks against civilian population like the premeditated attack in Makeni accountable no matter how long it takes.

In concluding, in pursuant to International law and jurisprudence on command and control by superiority, a Head of State or superior will be held responsible if he/she fails to discharge their duties as superiors either by deliberately failing to perform them or by culpably or wilfully disregarding them.

International Criminal Law imposes liability for omissions upon a superior a duty to prevent crimes which he/she knows or has reason to know had been committed, by subordinates over whom he/she has effective control.

Signed: Concerned Sierra Leoneans

C.C:

  1. First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK
  2. Minister for Africa, UK
  3. Secretary of State for International Development, UK
  4. UN Secretary General
  5. Amnesty International, UK
  6. ECOWAS President
  7. UK High Commissioner, Sierra Leone
  8. US Ambassador, Sierra Leone
  9. African Union
  10. US State Department
  11. Her Majesty Opposition Party leader
  12. Chairman of the Conservation Party
  13. Commonwealth Secretariat
  14. Speaker of the House of Commons
  15. President of the UK Supreme Court
  16. European Union
  17. Harriet Harman, Chairman of the UK Human Rights Committee, UK Parliament
  18. Neil Coyle MP
  19. Leaders of the Liberal Democrats
  20. First Minister of Scotland
  21. First Minister of Wales
  22. First Minister of Northern Ireland
  23. Prime Minister of Norway
  24. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  25. Minister of International Development, Norway

Contacts: Twitter:@CLeoneans

Email:concernedsierraleoneans@yahoo.com

Watch another concerned Sierra Leonean – Ibrahim Fofanah speaking about the Makeni massacre here:

https://www.facebook.com/IGFornah/videos/645102776361382/?sfnsn=scwspwa&extid=ElhXwaOwsDS37VGy&d=w&vh=e

8 Comments

  1. Aminata Conteh says — “Because I don’t see where the police denied knowledge of the incident. What the OC CID (ASP Conteh who I know from our days in Tele) said is that he has no knowledge of the inclusion of the sergeant in an operation. This is not uncommon in Sierra Leone where superiors are only de jure and not de facto heads. Deny all you can about the damages to the SLPP party rented house.“

    Listen Aminata, I am beginning to wonder whether or not you are deficient in reading and comprehension. Keys words, ARSON and BUTCHER with a machete. If you understand the english language, did the SLPP office suffer an arson? Likewise, did magburaka police confirm a member of their team was BUTCHER to death with a machete? Please answer these 2 questions before wasting people’s time in this noble forum. I am sorry but I have little patience with FAKE NEWS peddlers.

  2. Beware of Young4na! He is the Policeman on this forum. He is also capable of tearing you apart, or put you back in your shell, or send you back to your village. Another character one has to be aware of is our Diplomatic Sahr Matturi. He can also hit very hard and make you disappear … Nice to have such characters on this forum – at least the TRUTH is preserved to a certain degree.

  3. Aminata Conteh, thanks for exposing your lack of credibility and delirious nature. With uncontrollable impulses triggered by political indoctrination, you couldn’t help it but dig yourself into more DECEPTIONS. Your partner in crime David, came into this noble forum and concocted 2 FAKE incidents. First, he claimed the SLPP office in Makeni was burnt down (arson); secondly he claimed a police officer was butchered to death with a machete in Tonkolili.

    With uncontrollable impulses, you provided a link below which upon reading, vindicated my earlier assertions that these stories are FAKE. Even Magburaka police, the district headquarter town are denying your concocted story. I mean how can a member of the Sierra Leone police get killed or go missing without even the nearest police post having knowledge of such? By all indications, it appears your gullibility backed by political indoctrination is luring you to believe any cock and bull story.

    Now in regards to Makeni, as we speak, I have over 20 family members residing there, many of whom I am partly responsible for their welfare; so don’t tell me anything. Obviously, ilks like you are the very reason our nation is teetering at the brink of collapse. You claimed David Samura told the truth yet you couldn’t prove neither of the FAKE stories, how much more can one be so callous with the TRUTH?

    • Comprehension. Did you read the article properly? I wonder if you did with your red eye lenses. Because I don’t see where the police denied knowledge of the incident. What the OC CID (ASP Conteh who I know from our days in Tele) said is that he has no knowledge of the inclusion of the sergeant in an operation. This is not uncommon in Sierra Leone where superiors are only de jure and not de facto heads. Deny all you can about the damages to the SLPP party rented house. But you and I know it is true. The second link is from BBC. So the author has no lien.

      One last thing, what your right hand does should not be of concern to your left hand. So telling all of us about what you do for your relatives is not for public consumption. But aha, like a Sanhedrin, you want the entire world to know that you are a kind man!!! One thing I know for sure, I have deep respect for the likes of David Samura. You? I doubt it.

  4. David Samura says — “And most importantly, why did some youths proceed to the ruling party rented building and set it ablaze when the machine to be removed was not in the same location? Is it true as per independent reports that the police only started using lethal weapons after the arson and apparent wounding of their colleagues by the stone throwing and cutlass carrying youths? Do many commenting here know that few months before this incident, policemen who went to effect an arrest in neighbouring Tonkolili district where attacked and one of them was macheted to death?”

    Hey David, could you corroborate your concocted FAKE NEWS above? Who told you a house was set ablaze in Makeni? And where exactly did you get such LIES that a police officer in Tonkolili my home district was butchered with a machete while effecting an arrest warrant? My goodness gracious, do you even know that a good number of the victims killed were neither protesting or even within the vicinity of generator? Your so called SLPP militia in disguised security uniforms went on the rampage firing live bullets indiscriminately simply because the youths pelted stones at the SLPP office situated within a few yards of the generator’s location.

    Now let’s for the sake of argument accept that your TEMPLE (SLPP office) having no occupants overnight was set ablaze, does it warrant for your militia to spray live bullets all around the vicinity? Is any building in our nation, including State House, worth more than the life of any citizen in our nation? Can you reconstruct life compared to a building? I am not sure what it is with you demented supporters, it appears you have lost your humanity all for the sake of politics.

    • Young4na, do you have to repost everything that David Samura posted. We all have access to his post. That said, I would admonish you to read with plain glasses and not the red glass that is leaving you myopic to the truth. While I will not try to defend David Samura, he comes across as a nonpartisan individual and not someone who does not have the truck in him because it does not serve his party, tribe or regional leanings. Thank God we have moderates like him who will not standby to see hoodlums hiding behind keyboards whose malicious mission is to incite not love but hate that can drag our country into another abyss.

      If you send your email on this forum, I will forward to you some credible reports about the Makeni incidents. I am from Karina and Makeni is my district headquarter city. I have families and friends domicile there, but the truth is all I stand for. That is why unlike many of your ilk, my clarion call on the authorities is to conduct an expeditious credible investigation into the incident and bring to book those trigger happy security officers as well as the matchet and arsonous rioters.

      In answer to your question about the Magburaka incident read this:

      https://www.politicosl.com/articles/sierra-leone-missing-policeman-feared-dead

      https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c302m85q5mlt/sierra-leone

  5. ALL Sierra Leoneans lives matter, but we should learn to respect our institutions, especially the Government of the day and channel our complaints through our Members of parliament, Mayors and Residents ministers.
    Violence does not solve anything but causes more destruction in the country.

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