Electoral loss changes tide in country
By Tajudeen Hamzat
In the build-up to the recent polls in the West African nation of Sierra Leone, the Chinese were everywhere. They could be found in hotels, streets, project sites, urban and rural communities alike, and even on the campaign trail, canvassing support for the then ruling APC.
But the ruling party lost out in the contest and now the nation is taking a closer look at the activities of the Asians in that country. And some of the emergent facts are not
At the moment, the Police in Sierra Leone say that as many as 31 Chinese who had been arrested in Tonkolili, were now being held in Freetown.
Among others, they are alleged to have been involved in illegal mining for gold, systematically using girls as sex slaves and subjecting boys/men to inhuman working conditions. A second batch has similarly been arrested in Kono district on about the same grounds.
Sierra Leone is not one of the nations being visited by Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of his on-going Africa tour.
There has been a groundswell of support for the action of the police on social media in Sierra Leone.
President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio