Kombo East youth condemns Faraba killings, demands for immediate action

Friday, June 22, 2018

Kombo East Youth and Children Development Alliance (KEYCDA); a youth and child-led empowerment alliance of all the thirty-three communities  within Kombo East District have condemned the recent killings of three youth of Faraba Banta by personnel of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) during last Monday’s clash over a sand mining site.

The group also demands immediate investigation into the matter and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Monday incident sparked a wave of panic in the country which shows a colossal destruction to properties following the residents demand for explanation as to how a construction company called Julakay constriction acquired licence to conduct sand mining in their community.

President Barrow also promised that his government would apply the full force of the law to ensure justice and accountability and assured that such will never be repeated under his watch.

“We condemned the killing in totality and task the government to take action on the matter to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the Alliance’s board chairman Omar Bah said on Tuesday.

The government, he said, must take drastic actions to ensure that such irresponsible act does not repeat itself. He said energetic and innocent youth at their prime age lost their lives during the incident. “This is a reminder to all community leaders that they must start to listen to the opinion of young people now,” he added.

Mr. Bah appealed to elders of the district’s communities to start having trust in young people and to involve them in community development activities to avoid such confrontation. He said young people must be seen as partners in development and not detractors.

The entire youth fraternity of the district, he added, remains in solidarity with the community and young people of Faraba and sympathizes with the families of those killed during the ill-fated scene. “We, as a district and as people will continue to advocate for justice to be served for the people of Faraba.”

Preliminary findings indicate that Bakary Kujabi and Ismaila Bah were earlier killed by PIU personnel on Monday and a third person identified as Amadou Jawo who was also shot succumbed to his injuries early Wednesday morning. Several others people, including PIU officers sustained injuries in the confrontation.