Did Ambassador Kargbo use President Koroma’s visit as an excuse to sack Peter Kuyembeh?
Monday 11 July 2011
By John Turay Belgium
The unconventional sacking of Mr. Peter Kuyembeh by the Sierra Leone ambassador in Belgium must be investigated in order to prevent another person being kicked out of the Embassy on the same pretext attempting to stir up Anti-Government riots and attacking the ambassador. Looking at Ambassador Kargbo’s claims and Mr. Kuyembeh’s response in the Awareness Times, it is clear that there is need for an independent investigation to ensure fairness.
The manner in which Mr. Kuyembeh was forced to leave his job is very unusual. The allegations against him are very serious and if there is any concrete evidence to substantiate these claims made by Dr Kargbo, then Mr. Kuyembeh would be sitting in jail right now knowing the way European police treat cases related to death threat against diplomats.
The intensity of the ambassador’s allegations clearly indicated that he is uncomfortable working under the same roof with Mr. Kuyembeh. But why?
If Ambassador Kargbo knew about Peter Kuyembeh’s plans of wanting to stir up Anti-Government riots in Europe before the President’s visit to Brussels in February, why didn’t he report the matter to the Belgian police? Is it that Kuyembeh Knows too much about the dealings of Dr. Christian Kargbo that his presence in the embassy would be a threat? Or is this just another cheap way to impress President Koroma that he (Kargbo) is trying to protect the APC?
It is because of these questions that we need an independent investigation into this issue. And an independent investigation can also prevent such unlawful sackings in other Sierra Leone Embassies. Sierra Leone as a nation can progress if we start treating each other fairly.