Report from Bo this evening- 23rd March 2017:
Reports from the southern district of Bo say that the town is today under siege.
Students from Njala University have taken to the streets in sympathy protest, after lecturers are denied payment of their salaries for several months by the government.
Eyewitnesses say that movement of people as well as normal business life have been disrupted in the city.
Students are demanding the reopening of classes, and have put up road blocks with burning tyres.
Students say that they are very angry to see that the president and his ruling APC can use tax payers and donor funds to finance the party’s youth wing convention in Makeni – running into Billions of Leones, but cannot find money to pay the salaries of poor, hard working lecturers.
A concerned citizen said today: “The silent torture of a helpless nation is now exploding into direct mindless killings of the oppressed.
“This is an unacceptable development that should have inevitable consequences for the culprits, be they high or low.
“Those who fire bullets to kill harmless civilians are as culpable as those who order the killings – sitting behind high walls. In the end they will all have to face up to the consequences of their desperation to maintain a system that feeds on innocent blood.”