West Coast Governor’s office resolves Kafuta VDC crisis

Feb 12, 2021, 10:03 AM

The office of the governor of West Coast Region (WCR) through its mediation effort has amicably resolved the long running misunderstanding between the embattled Village Development Committee of Kafuta and a group of people calling themselves Concerned citizens.

It could be recalled that since July 2020, a group calling itself -Concerned Citizens of Kafuta have petitioned the embattled VDC to step down since they were handpicked by the former VDC, who held the mantle for more than two decades without organising any congress.

The petition also mentioned the lack of organising Annual General Meetings, lack of transparency and accountability and alleged financial mismanagement.

After a thorough review and investigation into the issue, the embattled VDC of Kafuta was earlier dissolved by Brikama Area Council; a decision taken by the Village Development Committee/Ward Development Committee of the Council.

At the fruitful discussion between the two parties brokered by the office of the Governor of West Coast Region on Sunday, Mr Musa Suso deputy governor of West Coast Region called on both parties to exercise patience and dialogue with a view to ending the crisis.

“Our mission here is to call on both parties to put behind all the past issues, unite and look at the interest of Kafuta.”

Suso equally advised both parties to unite as one and be steadfast with more development programmes and projects in the interest of Kafuta.

Balla Musa Darboe, councilor of Kafuta Ward reminded that the outgoing VDC were dissolved by the Brikama Area Council, a decision taken by the Village Development Committee/Ward Development Committee of the Council, which according to him, can't be rescinded.

Janko Kassama, the imam Ratib of Kafuta, while calling on the outgoing VDC to relinquish power, also urged the youths of Kafuta to unite as one and put behind all their differences.

Mr Malang Jatta, chairman of the embattled VDC of Kafuta said they are ready to compromise and agreed on terms with Concerned Citizens to review the constitution and select a new VDC.

The people of Kafuta will go to congress on the 20th of March, but will first review the constitution for adoption on the 28th of February 2021.

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