District Tribunal remands man, 58, for refusal to follow order

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

A district tribunal in Wuli East has remanded one Bayerro Camara, 58, and a native of Baja Kunda, at the Janjangbureh Prison after he refused to vacate his compound, The Point has learnt.

A source familiar with the matter, and who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the district police chief had ordered the removal of Mr. Camara’s belongings from a compound where he was initially ordered by the tribunal to vacate.

The Wuli East District Tribunal presided over by Chief Ebrima Juwara last month ordered Mr. Camara to vacate his compound or risk forceful eviction. The court ruled that the said compound belongs to the Bajaha family and that Mr. Camara was given an ultimatum to vacate the place.

However, the convict has since been insisting that the judgment of the district tribunal was unfair, saying the matter was caste motivated.

He had said that the Bajaha family of Baja Kunda had accused him of insulting their grandparents over so-called slave and noble caste issues.

Mr. Camara is believed to have settled in that compound for 12 years before his sentence. The district chief, however, has strongly denied reports that his judgement was motivated by caste.

“The Bajaha family of Baja Kunda has provided enough evidence and witnesses and had proven their case beyond reasonable doubt that the said land belongs to them,” Chief Juwara once told our reporter. “Interestingly, the piece of land where the convict built his compound was lent to him by the late alkalo of Baja Kunda, Alh. Dembo Sanneh Bajaha.”

Chief Juwara, however, stated that such issues were not brought before the tribunal, and therefore he could not comment further on them.

Author: Momodou Jawo