The lawmaker was on Friday addressing his audience at a fund-raising dinner organized at Hotel Cabenda in Freetown, where he claimed that Bonthe District suffered greatly during the former administration as the district was considered one of the strongholds of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).
“Bonthe is the most neglected district in the country and politicians have claimed that the district is not economically viable. What is actually worrisome at this moment is that the Sherbro tribe is disappearing. This is the reason we have come together to promote our common interest,” he said.
Public Relations Officer of the Bonthe District Family Association, Rose Konima Stevens, said they formed the association in 2009, and that they have been galvanizing support across the world.
She claimed that the district has been neglected since the departure of the colonial masters.
“We formed the Bonthe District Family Association because we saw the need for collective responsibility, considering the fact that the Sherbro ethnic group is very small. We also want to learn more about the language so that we can identify ourselves easily so that and collectively we can bring development to our district. This group is fully registered with government institutions. Each year we collect resources and go to Bonthe to embark on development programmes because the district is seriously lagging behind in terms of development,” she said.