As Successor Risk Death on Return....... Malongbo “PORO” Priesthood crisis deepens
The customary approach of the “SOKOBANA” or Priesthood succession of the Malongbo ‘Poro’ secret society which suffered a setback following the demised of the substantive on the 31st July, 2016 and the subsequence disappearance of his successor son Sallieu Koroma following an insider leaked details of the brutal traditional initiation rites passage has gone for years without the usual initiation because of the absence of leadership in the society to superintend same.
According to one Malongbo Poro Society insider who spoke to Provincial Times on condition of anonymity said the only successor accepted to the gods according to tradition is Sallieu koroma and no other person can act in that capacity when he is still alive. The vacuum created by his absence has accumulated hundreds of “GBORAKAS” (Non-initiates) because our insider source said initiation cannot be done without been superintended by a “SOKOBANA” (Chief Priest)
This medium’s anonymous source noted that the tradition dictates that when a successor refuses to ascends the society priesthood he risk been beheaded and his head presented to the gods to appease a replacement outside his lineage.
Sallieu who is said to be outside the country in protest of traditional beliefs that are inhuman, degrading and outdated will risk the prescribed consequences if he ever visit his country or decides to return.
Sallieu, who according to his maternal uncle Pa. Santigie Kamara witnessed the barbarism of being a member of dreaded society at teen after his late father superintended his initiation in preparation for succession grew up to hate it and developed a resistance attitude to succeed his “SOKOBANA” priest father.
A source close to the Koroma family told this press that Sallieu’s immediate family had been subjected to all manner of intimidation, harassment and touting to disclose his whereabouts’.