March 17, 2017 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
Kamarainba…unhappy with delay in his petition trial
Chairman, Leader and presidential candidate of the Alliance Democratic Party(ADP), Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, has criticised the judiciary for what he described as violation of Section 78 (1) of the 1991 Constitution.
Kamarainba, through his lawyer, Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai, filed a petition in the High Court of Makeni, after a tight contest between him and the veteran Journalist cum Politician, Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, in the constituency 030 by-elections that was held in Bombali District on December 5, 2015.
Section 78(2) of the 1991 Constitution states that, “The High Court to which any question is brought under Subsection (1) shall determine the said question and give judgement thereon within four months after the commencement of the proceedings before that Court.”
In the petition, he claimed among other things that Hon. I.B. Karbgo would have resigned his position as the Special Executive Adviser to the president prior to the election, and that he was not satisfied with the entirety of the polling results.
“My lawyer filed a petition in the Makeni High Court after I made my political debut. The judicial system played with the matter in violation of the constitution. The 1991 Constitution mandated the court to make a decision on the matter in four months after the commencement of the trial. But you can see up to now no decision has been reached at after almost one year. They keep adjourning the mater,” he said.
Kamarainba, who was speaking to journalists at his 13 Rawdon Street office, said the recent resignations of Alpha Khanu and Dr. Sam Sesay was a clear explanation that any person occupying such office must resign, if he or she wanted to contest in any public elections.
“Those two resignations clearly made a case for me, because this was the same position Hon. Karbgo occupied prior to the by-election,” he said.
He said they used over Le20 million on the said case but till this time the court was yet to hand-down judgment on the matter, which, he said was a bitter lesson for the democratic principles of the country.
“We spent well over Le20 million on that case. Filling alone was six million Leones and going to Makeni to attend the sitting cost a lot. But like I said on March 7, 2018, the people of this country would decide. If they still want a government that is characterize with corrupt activities, greed and bad governance, it is well and good but I am sure our people are sick and tired of the APC government,” he said
The 2018 presidential candidate, who has contested two by-elections in the North but won, none, said the delay of justice was one of the reasons, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Report TRC, responsible for the civil war in the country.
“But that is the habit of the APC. These are some of the issues that took the country to the bloody civil war in our country. The TRC report clearly stated that corruption and bad governance of the APC and interference into the judicial process with the view to weakening it lead to the 11 year civil war. Justice delayed is justice denied,” he stated in rather annoyed tone.