Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 July 2016
The Sierra Leone Telegraph was today informed by a reliable source in Freetown, that after more than six months of being robbed of his civil liberty by the Koroma government, presidential aspirant Alie Kabba has been handed his American passport, seized by the authorities in Sierra Leone.
Details of the circumstances surrounding the handover remain undisclosed. However, it is understood that the Sierra Leone government has been under immense pressure to reinstate the civil rights of the opposition leader, after he was subjected to multiple arrests, incarceration and harassment.
Alie Kabba is yet to comment on news of the return of his passport, which is seen by many observers as a significant development in an ongoing saga.
There are unconfirmed reports that as an result of international diplomatic pressure mounted on the APC government for their high-handedness, many APC government officials were denied American visa.
Expressing her joy and relief at hearing the news, this is what Alice Conteh, a staunch Alie Kabba supporter had to say: “This victory over abuse of power and extreme judicial overreach is one big step in a sustained struggle that will end with the election of Alie Kabba as President of Sierra Leone.”
Alie Kabba, a leading opposition aspirant for the country’s presidency, was arrested and locked up several times following his arrival in the country in December last year to pursue his political ambition.
His initial arrest last December, which many believed to have been politically motivated, was sparked by a police report filed by senior government minister – Diana Konomanyi, accusing Alie of marrying her while he was still married to another woman.
As the case continues to be regularly adjourned in the High Court, supporters of Alie Kabba are accusing the government of political manipulation and using the judiciary to score political goals.
Meanwhile, appearing in court last Thursday, 14th July, to give evidence in the alleged “bigamy” case that she brought against her former husband, Diana Konomanyi made a staggering revelation.
She admitted to the court that contrary to her emphatically avowed claims in the past, she had indeed once been married to a Steven Jusu in the Camberwell District of Southwark Borough, in South East London.
Alie Kabba is a strong voice on the SLPP opposition side that is seeking to replace an APC government, many regard as corrupt and inept.
Last week’s High Court case was adjourned till the end of the month, when the government minister Konomanyi will be cross examined.