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Youth activists still on the run, one reported dead PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael James   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 10:53

One of four youths in the southern province of Sierra Leone, who were reportedly on the run because of persistent threats and harassment by former political colleagues in that part of the country some two years back is reported to have died recently.

Munda Brima, reports say, died after a short illness few days ago in an undisclosed location.

According to newspaper reports in 2011, the four youth activists; David Tambay Mansaray, Abu Turay, Munda Brima and Mohamed Kamara had been fully engaged in all political activities of the former government of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and were therefore held at high esteem and regarded as party stalwarts.

They succeeded in canvassing support for the SLPP from all walks of life especially the youths and played key roles in the establishment of the Party’s young generation in that part of the country and took part in almost every key party activity nationwide.

However, when the SLPP lost the 2007 general elections to the All People’s Congress (APC) party, the four youths became a target of overzealous supporters of the winning party, who had vowed to revenge the high handedness of the former government upon them during their 11-year reign.

It was disclosed that the four youths withdrew their allegiance from the SLPP and pledged loyalty to the APC party in order to gain more favours and subsequently played pivotal roles in the formation of an organization called DI PA E YAI, which also became a target because of these youths association with it.

Since their move to the APC, the four were subjected to persistent harassment, life threatening remarks and above all, anonymous phone calls threatening to attack them at an appropriate time.

Some members of the SLPP young generation saw the switch as a betrayal and promised to take back what they described as their pound of flesh on them and the organization they have formed in the city of Bo, southern Sierra Leone. This ugly scenario led to the disappearance of the four in 2011 and when they could not be reached during the 2012 general elections campaign period, the offices of DI PA E YAI in Bo City- the southern part of Sierra Leone was burnt down by some of those irate youths.

Meanwhile, the family members of the deceased are yet to be reached as at press time to comment on the cause of death and where Munda Brima had been since he went underground.

 

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