By Ibrahim Tarawallie
A four-man team from Sierra Leone’s Constitutional Review Committee, CRC, has completed nationwide pre-consultation visits to twelve districts of the country.
According to the Committee’s Executive Secretary, Samuel Coker, the aims of their visit was to prepare the ground, informed key stakeholders about the imminent civic education and pubic consultations and solicit their full cooperation.
He noted that each of the sub-committee is expected to hold town hall meetings which will involve key stakeholders, and general public meetings, and that views expressed at those meetings will be collated by each sub-committee.
Mr. Coker explained that during the team’s visit, civic education was carried out in almost all the community radio stations in each district, adding that the interactive phone-in radio discussions elicited varied questions ranging from the controversial third-term presidential tenure to the empowerment of local farmers.
“We assured stakeholders that the review process will undoubtedly reflect the interests of the citizens, hence the need full support, participation and owning of the process. The people of Bonthe Island were more than prepared for the imminent consultations,” he said.
He opined that in Kenema, the Deputy Mayor, Esther Kaisamba pledged her council’s commitment to the process and assured of their determination to do everything humanly possible to make the civic education and public consultations a success.
“The Paramount Chief Prince Lappia III of Kakua Chiefdom in the Bo District emphasised that the review of the country’s 1991 constitution was long overdue. He declared that his people will overwhelmingly attend the public meetings whenever the sub-committees meet in Bo,” he said.