Was it a Diamond or a Stone Found in Kono?
Abdul Hassan Fackie,
Freetown, Sierra Leone.
A very large stone discovered in Kayima in the Kono District last week and thought to be a diamond has now proved to be a polished stone and not a diamond after undergoing scientific testing at the Government Gold and Diamond Office (GGDO) in Freetown.
The test was conducted in the full view of the owners of the stone as well as journalists at the GGDO in the Bank of Sierra Leone Building at Siaka Stevens Street in Central Freetown on Monday May 21, 2018.
However, immediately after the release of the test result on Monday, a lot of controversy was ignited when operatives of the main opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) went on the rampage claiming that the stone was indeed a diamond which may have been exchanged with the stone by the Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, who is believed to have brought the miners from Kono on Saturday, May 19, 2018 and given them accommodation at his home.
The Minister of Information and Communications of the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Mr. Mohamed Rahman Swarray insists that indeed the object was a stone.
He observed that even as the Vice President had good intentions in lodging and feeding the miners for the two days, perhaps it was a mistake; It would have been better to lodge them in a hotel with adequate security.
In an interview with one if the miners who found the said object, Mr. Ezekiel Lahai (pictured), he 40 Acres Canada that they were convinced that the objects was a diamond.
He noted that they had possession of the stone throughout their two day stay with the Vice President.
He said they were satisfied with the test result but that they will take their object elsewhere for further testing.