By Stanley Bangura :
The people of Lungi acre community in the Makarie Gbanti Chiefdom, Bombali district has on Wednesday 12th July held a well a attended community meeting to react to what they called broad daylight lies said about them in a recent report launched by the Sierra Leone Network on right to food (SiLNoRF) with funds from the Swiss NGO Bread for All. Speaker after speaker at the meeting described the report as not only baseless and unfounded but also one presents a picture to the greater world that does not in any represent their views and opinion on the operations of Addax Bioenergy.
one of the over 3000 acres of rice farms cultivated by Addax for project communities
A landowner and native of Lungi acre community Mohamed Koroma said if both SiLNoRF and their financiers believed in what is contained in their report about them, then they are invited to organise a more bigger meeting with them at the community,” I hope when they come they will learn what it means to tell lies on our community”. He further stated that suggestion of Addax not paying the lease was nothing to write home about as they are now in receipt of their third payment in a row which is the compensation payment for trees and other plantations affected by the project. Koroma confirmed receipt of monies for both the traditional lease payment and the novelty called acknowledgement agreement.
Reacting to some of the allegations contained in the SiLNoRF report, the first and only female modern house owner in Lungi acre, Fatmata Kamara says despite the fact that she had built her house out of the salary she has being receiving from Addax, her community has enjoyed a significant turn around, stating that Lungi acre was known now to be nothing more than a hamlet, but now she went on to say fourty new houses can be counted as been constructed recently by either a land owner or some one who works for Addax.
Brima Bangura a youth of Yankasa village questioned the integrity of Bread for All, a faith based NGO that they claimed was lured to believe a report by two Chanian researchers that never brought out the good things they told them Addax has done in their respective communities,” How can an organisation claiming to be faith based use it country’s tax payers monies to hire people that tell lies on the poor, and took pride in trading such lies across the world”. He muted. Mr. Bangura called on SILNORF and their cronies that have absolutely nothing to offer them to ask for their forgiveness.
The meeting which witnessed a showcase of anger and frustration by members of most Addax operational communities ended up with a resolution to fast for ten (10) days for the lies said about them and their communities and a plan protest march against SILNORF which they said has nothing to offer them.