Frank Kposowa Dies in a Gruesome Road Accident
By Abdul Hassan Fackie,
Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Thursday, 11th. January, 2018, was a very sad day for the Kposowa family in Bumpe Chiefdom in the Bo District, the Journalism profession and the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) when news broke in the early afternoon hours of the death of veteran Journalist and Parliamentarian, Hon. Frank Kposowa, by road accident along the Masiaka / Mile 91 axis.
Eye witness reports monitored by 40 Acres Canada state that Hon. Kposowa''s vehicle, a Jeep, traveling from Freetown to the provinces, was ran over by a forty seater Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC) coming from Bo to Freetown when it lost control.
Hon. Kposowa is reported to have been crushed in the impact and died on the spot, while his driver, who is reported to be still alive is still in a critical condition.
When I talked with the Chairman and Leader of the SLPP on Friday, January 12, Dr. Prince Alex Harding, at the party's headquarters at Lightfoot Boston Street in Freetown, he said the membership of the party both in the country and abroad is in great shock. He described the death of Hon. Kposowa as a great loss to the party as he was one of the most vibrant opposition voices in Parliament.
He disclosed that they have declared seven days of mourning starting Thursday, January 11.
Hon. Frank Kposowa was a teacher in the late 1960s to early 1970s (he taught me in primary school). In the mid 1970s he was part of the founders and writers of the radical and vociferous - The Tablet Newspaper which became the most effective opposition to the one party misrule and suppression of the All Peoples Party (APC).
When the newspaper was attacked by the APC hoodlums in the early 1980s which saw its demise with many of its writers seeking asylum overseas, he teamed up with another senior writer of the paper, Hon. Ibrahim Benedict Kargbo to establish the The New Citizen Newspaper. He soon left the paper because of political ideological differences with Mr. Kargbo, an APC member and currently a Member of Parliament to start his own paper, Unity Now.
This paper soon metamorphosed into the mouthpiece of the SLPP which he edited from 2004 to 2007. He was also President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) from from 1992 to 1996. From 2007 to date he was the Member of Parliament for Constituency 068 in the Bumpe Chiefdom, Bo District in the Southern Region.
He was married and had four grown up children and six grandchildren. He was seventy two years old.