-As Mana Clan Citizens Demand Paramount Chief Reinstatement
Superintendent Tenneh Sampson Kpadebah of Grand Cape Mount County is reportedly under pressure from citizens of Mana Clan over the alleged removal of Paramount Chief William Boakai.
In a letter dated June 10, 2016, Superintendent Kpadebah allegedly suspended the acting Paramount Chief of Mana Clan indefinitely for ‘administrative reason’.
“I write to notify you of your suspension for time indefinite as acting Paramount Chief of Gola Konneh District as of June 10, 2016. The reason for said action is strictly administrative and in no way personal,” the letter quotes the Superintendent.
Paramount Chief William Boakai has served the clan for the past three years. Following the immediate suspension of chief Boakai, Superintendent Kpadebah has reportedly appointed former Mana Clan Chief Momo Thomas as acting paramount chief for the area.
Based on the decision of the superintendent, citizens of Mana Clan in Gola Konneh District, Grand Cape Mount County are calling on her to reinstate William Boakai as head of the chiefdom.
Speaking to this paper in Tahn Town, Gola Konneh District, Mana’s Clan acting Dean, Elder Gbenday Boima said the Superintendent ‘failed to consult’ the 36 elders of the clan over the suspension of their chief.
Gbenday Boima said William Boakai was appointed three years ago by former superintendent Mohammed Paasewe based on consultation with the elders; arguing that Superintendent Kpadebah should have equally consulted them over his removal.
“I don’t accept the suspension of our paramount chief. We the 36 elders met and appointed our paramount chief. Before taking any decision, you must consult us, failure to do that; you will be doing your own thing. We will not work with the new incoming paramount chief. We don’t know because nothing has been opened to us. For this present moment, I will not work with him,” he warned.
The aggrieved citizens further described the Superintendent’s action as ‘disrespectful’ not only to them, but the entire district. “We are surprised by the suspension of our paramount chief. He should be investigated. This is complete disrespect to us as elders of this place. We don’t want the new person and we will not work with him,” they said.
They have planned to resist the appointment of the new Paramount Chief Momo Thomas, as acting paramount chief and vowed not to cooperate with him. Meanwhile, Chief William Boakai has since denied any wrong doing that warrants his suspension.
Boakai told reporters that he has served the post for the past three years without been placed on government’s payroll. “I don’t know what really I did to that woman because I don’t do anything against the district or the woman for her to suspend me. I have been occupying this post for the past three years and I pay my own way to go somewhere to credit. If it was just the job alone, I would have taken my cutlass and go my farm. I am not willing to work with this new leadership. This is complete disadvantage. I went to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and they gave me one letter and gave one to Momo Tambah,” he said.
According to Chief Boakai, the action by the Superintendent is a complete disgrace to him. “You cannot disgrace me like that because I was appointed by my people. You cannot suspend me without any reason. You have not paid me for three years and you cannot remove me like that. I am not crying for that job and I am not satisfied with my removal. She cannot suspend me for poro society business, but it is the Ministry of Internal Affairs that has such oversight.”