After conducting chiefdom meeting for stakeholders and community members in Sembehun in Bagruwa chiefdom Moyamba district for the start of the People’s Planning Process, Fambul Tok has started sectional community preparedness meetings in sections in the chiefdom.
These meetings bring together participants from all villages in the section to deliberate on issues affecting them and map out ways of working together in a spirit of peace, cohesion and community development
The meeting started last week in Sembehun section with over forty-one community members and stakeholders. They discussed several issues including what the chiefdom stands to benefit from Sierra Rutile if they work in peace to develop their chiefdom
One thing that stood out clearly during group presentations was pronouncement by the mining company several months ago that Bagruwa has huge chunk of rutile deposits and if peace returns among stakeholders they will benefit a lot. They commended Fambul Tok and apologised for their non compliance in last year’s incident that stalled the organizations efforts to kick start the PPP in the chiefdom
Section chief Madam Lucinda said now that all nine sections have agreed to accept the process they will do everything to sustain PPP.
The second session of the Community Preparedness meeting kicked off on July 5 in Palima section .Representatives from 15 villages, section chief, Mammy Queens and other stakeholders were hosted in Palima village the section headquarter town.
Emmanuel Mansaray gave an overview of Fambul Tok operations and explained how the People’s Planning Process works. He said Palima section was not new as Fambul Tok has worked there for a very long time.
He demonstrated the broken cup exercise and said if the community does not embark on development it will not be easy for a particular community to grow. He said Fambul Tok over the years has been working and walking along with communities to address burning issues and facilitate development
Joseph Benji emphasized on cohesiveness of communities and said the PPP leaves no one behind and is very inclusive. He said not many communities benefited at the end of the country’s war, adding that the PPP was initiated by Fambul Tok to correct the wrongs that affected communities and ensure communities work in activities they put together by themselves.
A community representative from Morsaya highlighted some burning community concerns or issues undermining peace and cohesion in their chiefdom
Solomon Yarjoh said the group work and presentations do not mean Fambul Tok will provide what communities plan to do but it will continue to support the process to succeed.
On July 6, similar meeting continued in Moseilolo section where participants raised issues and suggested solutions to them.
The community preparedness meetings will continue in the remaining six sections in Bagruwa chiefdom