Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 July 2016
Three days ago, Sierra Leone’s attorney general and minister of justice – Joseph Kamara was involved in a serious road accident on the Masiaka-Lunsar Highway, in the north of the country.
The vehicle in which he was driving from the capital Freetown to Makeni, collided head on with a commercial mini-van.
Joseph Kamara, his driver and bodyguard sustained minor injuries. They are now making a speedy recovery in hospital in Freetown.
This afternoon, Joseph Kamara made this personal statement from his bedside, thanking and paying tribute to his family, friends, colleagues and well wishers for their prayers and best wishes.
This is what he said.
“Fellow Sierra Leoneans and friends all. Let me on behalf of my wife and family express my profound thanks and appreciation for the out pouring commiserations in respect of the road accident encountered on Sunday. The experience was harrowing but the hand of God was at work. (Photo: Vice president Foh – far left, visiting the attorney general in hospital today).
“I wish to thank His Excellency and family, the Vice President, Cabinet Colleagues, Members of the APC Family, Leaders of the Opposition and all who took time and made efforts to visit and empathize with me at the hospital.
“Friends, join me to celebrate the saving grace of God and His goodness. And to the unfortunate ones who suffered injuries, I wish them speedy recovery.
“The lessons learnt nevertheless is the need to continue to build and strengthen our health care delivery systems. As new evidence has shown a close relationship in health and positive growth in other development indicia.
“What a coincidence. A few days back the theme of my keynote speech for the Liberian Independence Awards (Golden Image Award) was on health delivery systems in the sub region.
“I am pleased to report that I am well and fully recovered and the victory is ours. God bless us all. God bless Sierra Leone.”
There have been no reports of fatalities among the passengers travelling on the mini bus, though at least five are said to be critically ill in hospital.
The circumstances and causes of the accident are still unknown, but there is little doubt driver error may have played a significant role.
The Masiaka-Lunsar Highway is notorious for accidents, mainly due to reckless driving and speeding, especially by commercial vehicle drivers.
The editor of the Sierra Leone Telegraph would like to extend his hearty good wishes to Joseph Kamara, hoping he continues to make a speedy recovery.