As state authorities rebuff his release from prison to seek proper medical care abroad…

Bio’s Govt holds KAMARAINBA in Health Hostage


Reports reaching  Citizens Forum for Democratic Accountability (C4D) has alleged that  authorities in Sierra Leone vis-à-vis the Justice Sector  are  toying with the life of Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, a Sierra Leonean politician, psychologist, former Presidential Flag bearer and the current Chairman and Leader of the opposition, Alliance Democratic Party (ADP), who is severely sick and hospitalized at the Connaught  Government Hospital in health taken hostage, and at risk of death, notwithstanding the advice by medical experts that his health condition is precarious and needs urgent medical surgery, which cannot be successfully carried out in country, otherwise, he is at grave risk of death or disability and other irreversible damage to his health.

According to our findings, a neurologist at ECO-MED had once recommended to prison authorities that Mohamed Kamarainba have need for a surgical operation, but this was denied, and to date, his situation has deteriorated in geometric retrogression, as he continues to languish in prison and is suffering from the chronic inflammation of the prostate gland, called chronic prostatitis, as reported by medical experts and confirmed, then, by the Chief Medical Officer  (CMO) of the Government of Sierra Leone, Rev. Canon Dr Thomas Samba. Other medical examinations further disclosed that Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray is suffering from protracted sicknesses in tandem with prostate cancer, which could not be treated successfully in country, except abroad, where the required antibiotics and TURP Surgery (Transurethral Resection of the prostrate) are available. A specialist physician in the country also diagnosed Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray with prostate Cancer and hypertension, which can cause heart and kidney damage.

Quite recently, news about his deplorable health condition went abuzz in the social media, following his rejection at the 34 Military Hospital and referral to the Connaught Hospital, where he is currently hospitalized under security guard, despite the that fact that medical experts have advised that he needs urgent surgery abroad.  Since, he has been hospitalized at the Connaught hospital, he has been deprived from having visitors. Upon hearing that Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray would be hospitalized at the Connaught Hospital, we rushed to get a glance of him and if possible have a talk with him, but all efforts to access him proved futile, due to the presence of security personnel, who accompanied him in an ambulance. They barricaded the entrance of the hospital gate until he was taken down from the ambulance to one of the rooms for treatment.

 Given the above, it is heart rending that Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray is still in prison, held at the Connaught hospital in health hostage and at risk of death, taking into consideration the medical advice given for him to be flown abroad for proper medical care, since our hospitals cannot perform the required surgery.

It is glaring that Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray’s deteriorating health condition has been overlooked for almost three years, against persistent requests for timely specialized medical care abroad, by state authorities to treat his diagnosed chronic inflammation of the prostate gland, called chronic prostatitis and prostate cancer and other diseases. For overlooking his request, there is the likelihood that he may die in prison because of his life-threatening health, to which one would categorically say that the denial for proper medical care of Kamarainba Mansaray is a violation of his right to health and a deliberate attempt to humiliate, punish and torture the current ADP  chairman and leader in prison. 

It goes without saying that denying the required and recommended medical care to Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, as advised by qualified medical doctors, who have examined and diagnosed him with the said sicknesses is cruel and utterly indefensible, since prisoners’ access to health care is a right enshrined in both international and municipal law and the best practice that depriving prisoners of proper medical care constitutes torture and punishment, which have the proclivity to cause permanent damage to their health.

Fast forward, it could be recalled that Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray is presently facing trial for alleged sexual offences, ranging from Sexual conspiracy contrary to Section 43 (b)  of the Sexual Offences Act, 2012,  Sexual penetration Contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act 2012 and  Meeting a Child for Sexual Purpose  Contrary to  Section 23 (1) (a)  of the Sexual Offences Act 2012, following his arrest and detention by police regarding complaint of alleged sexual penetration on 17th July 2020. After over one year in remand, he was granted bail on 7th September 2021, but despite the bail, the ADP leader is still in prison, as he did not secure release on the grounds that he did not fulfill his bail condition, judiciary sources claimed, but such claim has been repulsed  by a close relative, who informed this medium that the claim is a mere propaganda, as the bail requirements have been fulfilled, except for the request of his American passport, which had been reported burnt, to the police, years before the unforeseen circumstances occurred. According to Mohamed Kamarainba’s close relative, almost 95% of the bail condition have been fulfilled, except for the controversial condition concerning his American Passport, which he had sworn on two affidavits that the said passport was burnt when his house was gutted by fire in Makeni, the authenticity of his claim had earlier been proved to be affirmative by the Police report.

 In light of the above, the health condition of Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray is precarious, and if justice is not tampered with mercy for his bail and release, he may die in jail, for which the judiciary would be left with indelible scars that will smear  and suffocate the image of the authorities concern, and this will impugn on the credibility of the judiciary as an independent institution, which is expected to give judges the complete freedom or independence to administer justice impartially without fear or favour. The judiciary is therefore expected to expedite cases in court, as justice delayed is justice denied, and Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray is unavoidably a victim, who has suffered from the delay of justice in respect of his case dragging for almost three years.  As by the authority of Section 23 (4) of the Sierra Leone 1991 Constitution Act No 6, under the Principle of Presumption of Innocence, Mohamed Kamarainba is innocent until proven guilty before a competent Court of law, and as far as the law dictates, he is not a criminal. 

 On this note, the allegations of a sexual offence against Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray are serious, and we heavily frowned at such offences, thus, we demand that they are proven beyond all reasonable doubt.  Being that he has spent nearly three years in prison and has been granted bail over one year ago, but still in prison, many Sierra Leoneans have disfigured their faces and are calling for his release on bail to enable him to look after his health, since he had fulfilled almost 95% of the bail condition, except for the controversial condition of the provision of his American passport, for which he had sworn two affidavits.  In all of these, the question many people ask is why Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray is still languishing in prison in disguise of not providing his American Passport, whilst under a critical health condition? For the independence and integrity of the judiciary, C4D entreats the authorities concern to judiciously fulfill their duties in line with the Constitution and secure the right to life and right to health of Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray and other inmates, who can no longer continue their treatment in prison. It is obvious that the health of Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray is life-threatening and he might die in jail if his request for proper medical care is not given him, as advised by various medical experts, and this cannot be gained if his bail is not looked into and release, to avert the views held by many that he has been treated with a pinch of salt.


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