Whilst a reporter from the city of Makeni Thursday morning reported that the city was calm, that school children were going to school, and that people were going about their normal routines, by early afternoon, it became apparent that the city had become a political hotbed.
The ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kelfala, on his facebook page reported that a crowd of youths, mostly bike riders, had blocked the road leading to former President Koroma’s residence.
This, he said, prevented the ACC from conducting the interrogation of the former President who is also the current leader and chairman of the main opposition APC party that was scheduled for yesterday at the Commissioner’s office in Makeni.
Video pictures from the city showed APC supporters in party T-shirts and mask devils parading the streets of the former president’s hometown, a stronghold of the opposition APC party whose government is now subject of the government white paper investigation.
Sierra Leone’s BBC correspondent, Umara Fofana who was in the city reported at around 1700hrs that the anti-graft agency had called off the questioning of the former President, and that it was unclear when ACC would return.
The ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala, according to the BBC correspondent, decided to call off the interview to deescalate the tense situation in the city. Kaifala said, his investigators were prevented by supporters of the former President from accessing his residence.
However, the APC Spokesman, Sidi Yayah Tunis, denied this, maintaining that no APC supporters stopped anyone from entering the residence. He said their lawyers even offered to drive with the investigators if they felt threatened.
He also denied that roadblocks, as earlier reported by the ACC commissioner, were set up leading to the former president’s house. He said the former president was and is still willing to talk to the investigators.
Meanwhile, the former President has posted on social media, saying “ I remained committed to the peace and security of our beloved country and will continue to do everything to support the fair process of the rule of law. I want this interview with ACC to go on today by all possible peaceful means”.