Julius Bambay Kamara (the son of the executed former Inspector General of Police, James Bambay Kamara) told the Global Times yesterday that, he will never play politics with the killing of his late father by the then military junta of Capt. Valentine Strasser. “Somebody has to take responsibility for the killing of my late father and others on 29th December, 1992”, he emphasised.
Mr. Julius Bambay Kamara said that, he had written a letter to the APC Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma, calling on them to apologize for the killing of his late father. “We cannot continue this way…Someone has to take responsibility… I hold Capt. Valentine Strasser personally responsible for the killing of my father because, he was both the Chairman of NPRC and Head of State at the time my father and other serving officers were summarily executed by his regime”, he said.
Mr. Julius Bambay Kamara admitted that, he admired Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio’s courage for taken collective responsibility for the execution of his father. “I know he was not the Head of State at the time my father was executed…The buck stopped at Capt. Strasser’s desk… So, he must take full responsibility for that heinous crime”, Mr. Julius Bambay Kamara said.
According to Mr. Julius Bambay Kamara, (Trustee of the Bambay Kamara Estate and Leader of the 29 Memorial Foundation For Justice and Development), the current Government should pay the benefits of all those serving officers that were executed by the NPRC on 29th December, 1992.
“The healing process must start there… We cannot continue to express our bitterness over the killing of our parents forever… This Government should come out and apologise on behalf of the NPRC Government… Government is continuity…We want to close this sad chapter now and move on with our lives”, Julius Bambay Kamara told the Global Times yesterday.
He continued, “I cannot dictate to the Government who and who to deal with …But seeing the Vice President driving in the same vehicle with the man who is personally responsible for killing my dad is, to say the truth, hurtful”.
Mr. Julius Bambay Kamara ended his interview with the Global Times yesterday by reiterating that, he would never use the death of his late father as a political football. “I will never play politics with my father’s death”, he said.