Sacked SLPP Attorney General wants 2002-2018 Inquiry Period

One of Sierra Leone's most erudite legal minds, Charles Francis Kondo Margai Esq. has written a short opinion piece in which he calls for the proposed Commissions of Inquiry to be extended backwards beyond 2007 so as to commence with investigations from the year 2002 to 2018.

Landmark South Sudan deal offers hope, but trust ‘still lacking’ between parties – UN envoy

Rebuilding trust and overcoming suspicion will be key to ensure the success of Thursday’s landmark peace agreement between the South Sudanese Government and main political opposition, the top United Nations official in the country has said.

African Union deploys Election Observation Mission to Rwanda’s 2018 Parliamentary Elections

Addis Ababa, 28 August 2018: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, following the invitation of National Electoral Commission, has approved the deployment of an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) in the Republic of Rwanda as the country prepares to hold Parliamentary Elections from 2 to 4 September 2018.

The AUEOM, led by H.E. Mrs Aichatou Mindaoudou Souleymane, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Niger comprises thirty (30) short-term observers (STOs) and will be deployed from 27 August to 08 September 2018.

The objectives of the AUEOM are to: (a) provide an accurate and impartial reporting or assessment of the quality of the September Parliamentary Elections, including the degree to which the conduct of the elections meets regional, continental and international standards; (b) offer recommendations for improvement of future elections based on its observation and findings; and (c) demonstrate African Union’s commitment to support Rwanda’s democratisation process to ensure that the election contributes to the consolidation of democratic governance, peace and stability.

The AUEOM draws its mandate from various African Union instruments, including (a) the African Union Guidelines for Electoral Observation and Monitoring Missions (2002); (b) the OUA/AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa (2002); African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (1981) and (c) African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007), among others.

Former Police DIG Dr. Al-Shek Kamara Flees Sierra Leone to United States in order to Save his Life

Usually very reliable sources have intimated this Press that erstwhile Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Dr. Al Shek Kamara, has fled from Sierra Leone in fear for his life under the current Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) led regime.

UN Security Council welcomes results of Mali's presidential elections

The members of the Security Council on Friday welcomed the publication of the final results of the presidential polls in Mali, which saw the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, and insisted on the urgent need to accelerate the implementation of the peace agreement.

Controversy in Parliament: Leader of Opposition says the Speaker and the Clerk are Ignorant of the Laws of Sierra Leone

In a very sharp response at the wake of a serious controversy between the Speaker and the members of the main opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) Party, Leader of the Opposition in the Sierra Leone House of Parliament has in the afternoon hours of Saturday 25th August 2018, referred to both the Speaker and the Clerk of Sierra Leone Parliament as ignorant of the laws of Sierra Leone.

CAN Concerned over the Seeming Politicisation of Parliamentary Processes

Democracy | Rule of Law

Citizens Advocacy Network

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE

                 

23rd August,2018.

The Honourable Speaker of Parliament

Tower Hill

Freetown

 

Dear Sir,

 

CONCERN OVER THE SEEMING POLITICISATION OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCESSES

The Citizens Advocacy Network is greatly pleased to have the breath of diversity that our Parliament shows. It is however, distressed by the many worrying episodes that have characterised this all important people's conduit.

From the outset, even your assumption into office as Speaker was marred with contentious flair and political groundstanding which left a seemingly bad precedent for our fledgling democracy. To add to the already precarious situation, appointments of some officials into office (a case in point is the appointment of the Anti Corruption Commissioner) did not go without the highhandedness of the minority voice which walloped the resounding majority in parliament.

As if that was not enough, of recent, after a much heated and condensed outcry over the plethora of issues catalogued in the Government Transition Team Report, a recommendation for a Commission of Inquiry to look into the corruption allegations of the erstwhile government was strongly affirmed. Though no room was created for inclusion of neutral voices like Civil Society Organisations, Religious Bodies and the Media (as independent watchdogs) in the process of stock-taking, the report was yet allowed to stand for all the harsh realities that need no formal telling. Corruption is a terror to our survival, hence, no well-meaning Sierra Leone should ever baby-sit it.

However, having pardoned, the errors of the said Team, it was expected that the Statutory Instrument that should outline the processes and procedures guiding the said inquiry to be adequately debated in the well of parliament to ensure it has the true reflection and aspirations of the majority of Sierra Leoeneans represented in parliament to ascertain fairness in the inquisitorial process. It jittered citizens that a Common Law stance was taken to deprive the said instrument of being debated on account of procedural niceties or orders. While the issue did beg the equitable part of your discretion, the instrument was again allowed to lay in parliament for a period that it will not see the possibility of any debate or scrutiny. This does not send a healthy signal of our governance system.

Mr. Speaker, for the first time, in the Fifth Parliament of the Second Republic, our parliament has been textured with more political parties than ever before. This shows that our nascent democracy is taking deep roots.  Hence, widening the political space and accommodating differing opinions is key to ensuring stability and peaceful coexistence.

Mr. Speaker, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report captured issues of: stifling free speech, suffocating parliamentary processes, using gimmicks to goal-score for the executive and the absence of justice to have led to the breakdown of our society.  We must always remember that politicking has been a major cause for the snail's pace at which we are moving as a nation. Let Parliament do its job having its allegiance only to the people of this nation and not political parties.

Parliament has the omni-authority to make laws amongst other duties, pursuant to section 105 Act No.6 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone. Other duties may include oversight and reviews of the work of the Executive. It must never allow itself to fit into the unripened opinions of playing on the lap of the Executive.

We entreat you Sir, to use your good offices as Speaker of our honourable Parliament to allow the needful debates that should assure us of peace, stability and social cohesion. May the grace of good conscience, equity and nationalism always abide with you.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Thomas Moore Conteh

Executive Director

Citizens Advocacy Network

 

Cc:

Diplomatic Community

Leaders of Parliament

Civil Society Organisations

The Press

The public

 

 

APC takes Speaker of Parliament to Court on grounds of illegal decisions… But is history repeating itself?

Sierra Leone’s main opposition, All Peoples Congress (APC) Party has in a press release dated August 23rd 2018, said it has been compelled to go to the Supreme Court of the country to interpret what it refers to as the “illegal” actions of the Speaker of Parliament.

Former APC's Northern Region Resident Minister accused of Looting at Lungi Airport Hotel... but is that the case?

Former Resident Minister in charge of the then Northern Region under the previous All Peoples Congress (APC) led government–Mr. Ali D Kamara was exposed to an inconceivable bewilderment and sustained embarrassment in the evening hours of last Saturday while travelling to Makeni (Bombali District) from the International Airport town of Lungi (Port Loko District).

Obituaries

Friday, August 21st 2019 marks a year of the passing of Hadja Hawa Khadar Daramy, wife of Late Honourable Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy (First Financial Secretary of Sierra Leone) and Member of Parliament of Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).  Hadja Hawa was born 1st December 1922 to Sowoi Mariama Fortune and Alhaji Ali Khadar.
 
Hadja Hawa Khadar Daramy hails from Mongeray, Kpaka, Pujehun where her mother was born.  Oh! how she just loved Mongeray.   Her father was born in Helba, North Lebanon.
 
Hadja Hawa Khadar Daramy passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday 21st August
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With gratitude to God for a life well lived

Obituary for the late Evelyn Lauretta Idowu-Davies
Sunrise:11 February 1925
Sunset : 10 March 2019
Aged 94
Funeral & Communion service : Friday 22 March at the Ebenezer Methodist Church Murray Town at 2:30
From the Children and grandchildren at home and abroad.

17th March 2019, marks the 20th Anniversary of the passing away of HONORABLE, DR. SHEIKH BATU DARAMY SR, aka, SB Daramy.  Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy, Sr. B.Sc (Economics from London School of Economics, UK), M.A., Ph.D from Howard University, was born on 20th September, 1920 in Makeni.  Today we remember one of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) oldest members.  In 1948, Hon. Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy was awarded a Sierra Leone Government scholarship to attend the London School of Economics from where he graduated in 1952 with a B.Sc in Economics. ...

The death is announced of Mr. Fuad Din Gabisi age 84 years whose sad event took place today Monday 12th November, 2018. He is survived by his wife Balkisu Din Gabisi of 3 Ingham Street Fourah Bay Community, Freetown. Sisters: Haja Bola Deen (Late) and Ola Din-Gabisi (UK)
Children: Mrs. Christiana Bultman-Sulaiman of the USA
Mr. Sulay Din Gabisi of USA
Miss Zainab Din Gabisi of Freetown
Mr. Aziz Din Gabisi of Freetown
Mr. Dyfu Din Gabisi of USA
Grandchildren
Miss Blanche Bultman of USA
Mr. Fuad Din Gabisi ...

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