‘There could be lost of lives if gov’t fails to act’

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Issued: Tuesday 27 March 2018

Pa Kanteh, the president of Nyakoi Madina Koto Kambeng Kaffo has called on the government to address the longstanding rice field dispute between their village and Taibatou in the Wulli West District of the Upper River Region, warning there could be lost of lives if no action is taken.

 “The government needs to act fast in order to arrest the situation before it escalates. All what the people of Taibatou are claiming are false. The rice fields which they are claiming is our rightful property and the entire Wulli and Sandu communities are aware of the matter,” he said

He accused the police in URR for unlawful arresting their people. “When two parties clash you cannot arrest one party and leave the other one. Let the police not take the law into their own hands,” he said. “We have all rights to protect our property. If the police want to take the law into their own hands, then we are ready for any action. Let them desist from arresting and unlawful detaining of our people.”    

The Nyakoi Madina Koto Kambeng Kaffo chairman, who on Monday walks to The Point, said the government needs to act fast and settle the matter because the case has been dragging for so long.

He said that the then Interior minister knew about the matter and they had a dialogue over it.

“We came to conclusion that the government will demarcate the said rice fields and it was also agreed that no one should start work at the rice field before the demarcation.

“To our dismay, the people of Taibatou started working at the said rice fields. There was a time they set fire on the rice fields which consumed some plants that we planted during the last raining season.” He said those plants were given to them by Ministry of Forestry and was valued at D31, 000.

Mr. Kanteh also accused the people of Taibatou of harassing their children when they are going to school or clinic.

“We are urging the government to take a step because those facilities do not belong to them. Those facilities are public facilities and we have all rights to access them.”

“Nyakoi Madina Koto Kambeng Kaffo’s position is clear and it is: The government needs to resolve the matter as soon as possible; because if this continues it could lead to anything.

Author: Momodou Jawo