23rd October 2017
Minister Kaikai Crowns Regent Chief in New Kailahun Chiefdom
By Fayia Amara Fayia (09/10/17)
Hundreds of locals in traditional mask devils from towns and villages witnessed the crowning of Regent Chief in newly formed Jahn Chiefdom.
Jahn Chiefdom was recently demarcated from Njaluahun chiefdom in Kailahun district after the Paramount Chief of Njaluahun Chiefdom PC Coker Jajua welcomed the idea of Jahn chiefdom existing on its own even though he had earlier objected to the idea. (Photo: Minister Maya Kaikai, 3rd left and the Resident Minister East Karamo Kabba, 1st left).
It was in the midst of the pomp and pageantry that the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Maya Moiwo Kaikai officicially installed the Regent Chief Sam Macarthy of Jahn Chiefdom in Gbeika Town in Kailahun.
Honourable Paramount Chief and Member of Parliament for Kailahun District PC Kailondo Banya praised the government and President Ernest Bai Koroma for the demarcation process and the support they as chiefs continue to enjoy. He said boundaries between demarcated chiefdoms should now be immediately indicated to avoid conflicts in the country.
The Paramount chief of Njaluahun chiefdom PC Coker Jajua said he welcomes the idea of Jahn Chiefdom being independent and said they have all lived as one people with same culture and therefore they must continue to live as brothers and sisters.
Chief Coker said some of his Sub Chiefs who supported him for the demarcation were maltreated and even lost their job, an issue he said he needs the Local Government to look into. He thanked the Jahn people for standing firm to fight for their rights.
Minister Maya Kaikai said Jahn as one of the new 41 demarcated Chiefdoms now exist as an independent chiefdom, following the demarcation process led by his ministry with the full support of the President Ernest Bai Koroma.
The Minister said as an independent chiefdom, Jahn will have all the facilities enjoyed by any of the other chiefdoms. He assured the people of government's support in the area of health, education, infrastructure, agriculture, recreational facilities and more.
He admonished the peole to respect the Paramount Chief of Jaluahun PC Coker Jajua, who he said will take good care of them. The minister said the demarcation process will continue as other amalgamated chiefdoms are currently requesting for separation.
He said his ministry has met with World Bank for support so that chiefdom governance can be resuscitated to actualise developments in rural communities. Minister Kaikai called on the Jahn people to be grateful to the government and president Koroma for giving them their rights and further assured them of government's fullest support.
Regent Chief Sam Macarthy said he was happy for the appointment and thanked the Local Government Minister and President Ernest Bai Koroma and the people of Jahn chiefdom for their support.
He promised to work with the chiefdom people for the development of the chiefdom. "Chief Macarthy," he said, "will ensure that the rights and freedom of all are maintained, laws obeyed, unity and peace enjoyed in the chiefdom."