family of the late alkalo of Bansang Town, Central River Region, through their
lawyer has written a petition to the minister of Local Government and Lands
against the appointment of Lamin Saibeh Darboe as the new alkalo.
Mr. Darboe’s appointment came following the demise of late Alhagie Kebba Kora in 2018. The deceased was the alkalo of the town for more than 10 years. His elder brother, Alhagie Boo Kora, one of the first alkalos of Bansang had assumed the alkaloship of Bansang during colonial days until 1996. He was succeeded by his son late Alhagie Kebba Kora
In the petition letter, the Corrah family is claiming that “in keeping with the tradition of appointing alkalos as stated in the Local Government Act 2002, we submit that our client, being the next in line, is the rightful person to succeed his brother as alkalo of Bansang.”
They also protested that the new alkalo of Bansang was charged by the Bansang Police for aiding and abetting cattle theft whilst he was alkalo of Bansang in 2007, which prompted his removal and replacement by the late alkalo Alhagie Kebba Kora, son of the late alkalo Boo Kora.
According to them, the current alkalo has still not been cleared of the said charges as the matter continues to languish in the court. “Therefore, given these circumstances, our client submits that Lamin Saibeh Darboe is not a proper and fit person to be appointed the alkalo of Bansang.”
A source that spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity said the Corrah family and the people of Bansang were not consulted in the appointment of Lamin Saibeh Darboe. “In fact surprisingly, the alkalo’s stamp was not handed over to the current alkalo but we don’t know where he got a stamp.”
When contacted the current alkalo of Bansang Lamin Saibeh Darboe dismissed reports that the people of Bansang were not contacted during his appointment. “In fact it’s the people of Bansang that nominated me for alkaloship. They wrote a letter to the chief and the chief later referred the letter to the regional governor who in turn also sent the letter to the minister of Local government,” he told our reporter in an interview.
He said his father was the alkalo of Bansang for more than 30 years. Commenting on his case of aiding and abetting cattle theft in which he was arrested and charged in 2007, he said he was not convicted and that the case was struck out because the police did not have enough evidence.
Darboe claimed that some materials belonging to the village are still with the Corrah family and they have declined to hand it over. “I requested the town stamp they declined to give it to me, so I also decided to buy a stamp in order to do my work. But I can tell you that there is no alkaloship crisis in Bansang, it is only the Corrah family who are protesting.”