Police have confirmed that the Chairman of the Western Area Rural District Council, Kasho Holland-Cole spent the night in detention. They say it’s in connection with the violent incident in Hamilton during an opposition APC rally nearly three weeks ago.
Then, the opposition alleged that their rally ahead of a by-election later this month was disrupted by members of the ruling SLPP party who pelted stones at them and injured some of their supporters.
The ruling party however accused opposition members of attacking the residence of their candidate for that bye-election, torching two vehicles parked in the compound. Several opposition members and supporters were arrested and are currently standing trial. Asked why Mr Holland-Cole, an opposition politician, was only detained yesterday as he attended those trials, a senior CID officer said a warrant had been issued for his arrest all along but that they could not find him.
When challenged that the man was all over the place last week during the flooding in his council and held meetings with government and UN officials and granted interviews to journalists in the presence of police officers in Tombo, the officer said it was possible all those people didn’t know a warrant existed for his arrest.
One of the elected councilors, Zachariah told me that he was with his Chairman when the police arrested him after they’d stopped him from entering the court for the trial of his colleagues. He called it “intimidation and political harassment”, while the police say it’s a “law and order issue”.