Six Belgian Police Officers on Tuesday June 14, 2011 at 3h15pm stormed the Sierra Leone Embassy in Brussels on a busy consular day to arrest one Peter Kuyembeh, Admin Officer at the Embassy. The leader of the six man team, said they were invited to the embassy by the Head of Mission, Ambassador Christian S Kargbo who had gone to their offices at Montgomery Police Station with the instructions to arrest Mr Kuyembeh who according to the Ambassador has refused to vacate the building after unceremoniously terminating the services of Mr Kuyembeh who has worked at the mission for the past ten years.

Amkassador Christian Kargbo….Former Junta Bank Governor Vindictive
Belgian Police At Sierra Leone Embassy

Belgian Police At Sierra Leone Embassy

The entire embassy staff, foreign nationals and visa applicants were on frightened and tearful mood when the police stormed the building armed with pistols and other riot gears.  This is the first time in the history of diplomatic missions in Brussels for police men to enter the premises of an Embassy which has diplomatic immunity.



It would be recalled that in February this year Ambassador Kargbo instructed the Head of Chancery Haja Fatmatta Wurie to terminate the services of Mr Kuyembeh.  When the Head of Chancery refused to write the letter without reason, the Ambassador said the instructions to dismiss Kuyembeh came from “above”.  Haja reluctantly wrote the letter to Kuyembeh informing him that his services are no longer required after the 31st of May, 2011.


Mr Kuyembeh wrote a letter of complaint to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Freetown and Ombudsman protesting against the unfair dismissal.  Two weeks ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs replied advising the Head of Chancery and the Ambassador to stay action until after the results of investigations in Freetown.  However, Ambassador Kargbo ignored the letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Freetown and insisted that he is in charge of the Mission and so can do anything to any staff member as and when he wishes.  This prompted his calling of the police this afternoon.


Amkassador Christian Kargbo....Former Junta Bank Governor Vindictive

Amkassador Christian Kargbo....Former Junta Bank Governor Vindictive

Also in April 2009, three domestic staff attached to Ambassador Kargbo’s residence namely Robert Claye Bangura, Sorie Kargbo and Momoh Kargbo were also unceremoniously dismissed by Ambassador Kargbo.  The trio reported themselves to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belgium to the embarrassment of the Sierra Leone Government. Their matter is still under investigation and the trio are in the protection of the Belgian Government.  These three domestic staff were brought to Belgium by Ambassador Kargbo himself, even though they are no longer working at his residence since April, 2009, their salaries keep coming from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Freetown up to date

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