‘Sierra Leoneans are dishonest & disrespectful’
March 25, 2015 By Jariatu S. Bangura
Minister of Political and Public Affairs is reported to have bizarrely described Sierra Leoneans as “dishonest and disrespectful” in their interpretation of the law, following the dismissal of Chief Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana as Vice President by President Ernest Bai Koroma.
Speaking to members of the parliamentary oversight Committee on Political and Public Affairs, Alhaji Kemoh Sesay opined that because the matter had been filed in the Supreme Court members of the public should rather discuss other issues.
He urged the public to allow the process to play itself out smoothly in the apex court as any step taken out of the court is illegal.
He said section 40(1) of the 1991 Constitution, which grants the President ‘supreme executive authority’, includes the power to “relieve the Vice President from his office”, while section 54(5) grants the President authority to appoint a Vice President when the office of Vice President becomes vacant.
Thus, he claimed that calls by opposition parliamentarians to initiate an impeachment motion against the President were “unfortunate”.
Sesay maintained that Parliament should wait for the issue to be tabled before the House before acting, as threats by opposition lawmakers to boycott parliamentary proceedings was out of their mandate.
The minister had been summoned by the committee, which is chaired by Hon. Jusufu B. Mansaray, in the wake of the controversial sacking of Alhaji Sam-Sumana as Vice President, following his expulsion from the ruling party and alleged abandonment of his post to seek asylum.
He has since denied all the allegations and filed a motion at the Supreme Court to reverse the decision and restrain the appointed Vice President, Mr. Victor Foh, from acting in the post.
Meanwhile, the Sierra Leone People’s Party has among raft of actions urged their lawmakers to move an impeachment motion against the President for “violating the constitution”, and have threatened to boycott proceedings attended by both the President and his current vice if the action is not reversed within seven days.