The Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr has reacted to the brutal incident involving her driver and some Presidential guards who allegedly took her personal computer from her vehicle and seized it.
The said incident reportedly took place yesterday during the triumphant return to Freetown of the newly elected flagbearer of the main opposition, All People Congress (APC) party, Samura Kamara along the presidential lodge at Hill Station in Freetown.
“I am Concerned” Mayor Aki-Sawyerr said whiles speaking to AYV TV, with Samura Kamara’s convoy.
At around 23:22GMT, the laptop of the Mayor Aki-Sawyerr was allegedly taken from her vehicle by Presidential guards at the presidential lodge.
The Mayor stressed that the guards had no right to seize her computer, noting that even if her driver had committed a traffic offence, her computer has nothing to do with it.
She expressed how deeply disturbed she is by this, adding that they are going to take the next three steps to retrieve her computer.
“I am Concerned, these are the source of actions which really throw into question freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of movement that we’re experiencing in this country at the moment,” she noted.
There were also reports of APC Supporters being beaten at a check point mounted by the President’s lodge. The party’s newly elected National Secretary General, Lansana Dumbuya was also allegedly beaten together with his driver.
This came at a time the new APC party’s flagbearer, Dr Samura Kamara, was returning to Freetown from a three days convention in Makeni. The party’s flagbearer was given a triumphant welcome by supporters who painted the country with red and white.
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