APC MPs Plan ‘Makeni Lives Matter’ Protest Today


By Joseph Johnson

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Members of Parliament (MPs) representing Bombali district have intimated this medium that the party will be wearing Black T-shirts with the inscription: “Makeni Lives Matter” to attend today’s parliamentary sitting in solidarity with the people of Makeni.

It could be recalled that 18th July this year riot broke between youth and security personnel in Makeni city leading to the death of some youth.

The APC Bombali MPs, Hon. Catherine Tarawallie of Constituency 037, Hon. Mark Mahmoud Kalokoh of Constituency 032 and Hon. Peter Yamba Koroma of Constituency 033 respectively, speaking to this reporter kicked against the proposed burial method of the corpses as planned by government.

They called on government to hand the corpses to their family members for them to be given befitting burial. This, the MPs believe will help ease what they referred to growing tension in that part of the country between youth and authorities.

The MPs further made a call for the youth they believe are currently in detention to be released if they have no case to answer and for those who do have a case to answer to be charged to court immediately.

They expressed dissatisfaction over what they described as arbitrary arrests and violations of the human rights of some residents in Makeni for printing and wearing a T-shirt inscribed “Makeni Lives Matter.” One of the disgruntled MPs Hon. Catherine Tarawallie of Constituency 037 said she was an eye witness when the incident unfolded on Sunday 2nd August this year. As she poured out her frustration, she noted that “this is not a banana republic that people’s human rights are being abused with impunity.”

She maintained further that there is nothing wrong with people wearing a T-Shirt with such inscriptions which she said is a way of sympathising and show casing that the lives of Makeni people matter.

She female MP referenced the “Blacks Lives Matter campaign” in America which was held in protest for the killing George Flyod and no one was arrested for wearing the T-shirt. “Why not in Sierra Leone? She asked.

They ended up revealing to AYV that the rest of APC MPs will be dressed in black this morning in the Well of Parliament to mourn the lives of those lost in the Makeni riot as a show of solidarity.