May 24, 2021
By Jariatu S Jusu
Following extensive consultations on the proposed Cybercrime Bill, the Speaker of Parliament have called on the Minister of Information and Communications to submit the bill to the Attorney General’s office and the Law Officers Department for it to be revisited.
The Bill, which was sent to the Committee on Legislative to be thoroughly scrutinized for several weeks, is now at the Committee Stage of the House for it to be looked at line by line and clause by clause for it to reflect and articulate all concerns raised by stakeholders before it could be passed into law.
Dr. Abass Bundu said their attention was drawn to a lot of issues during the consultation and that it would be expedient to make the needed corrections and include the necessary inputs that were recommended during the consultations.
He said after the review process, the bill will be re- introduced by the Minister of Information and then the necessary steps would be followed for its enactment, thus urging the Minister to exercise patience for due process to be followed.
Part of the proposed amendments in the Committee’s Report Chaired by Hon. Abdul Sulaiman Marray-Conteh, include insertions and deletions of old and new clauses and phrases, definitions of terms as established in the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone, and the presentation of regulations by the minister to Parliament for ratification.
The proposed bill is said to be looked into by lawmakers on the 10th of June, this year, depending on the time on the speed of the Attorney General’s office and the Law Officers department to work on it.