Eyeing the presidency: Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah vows to reclaim Bar Association

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Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah poised to reclaim the Sierra Leone Bar Association from capture

By Alhaji Haruna Sani

In a bold declaration aimed at revitalising the Sierra Leone Bar Association, Lawyer Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah has announced his candidacy for the presidency, pledging to “reclaim the bar” from perceived capture and restore its role as a guardian of justice and democracy.

Marrah, a seasoned legal practitioner called to the Bar in October 2009, made his intentions clear through a compelling social media video. Known for his dedication to human rights and democracy, Marrah has gathered respect as a staunch defender of the constitution and the rule of law.

In a rallying call to his colleagues, Marrah urged unity in the quest to restore the dignity of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, emphasizing the importance of voting for him during the upcoming annual general meeting on May 17th, 2024.

“I have consistently been on the side of the law and justice. My devotion to the rule of law has been tried but not extinguished, my voice on behalf of the People of Sierra Leone interrupted, but not silenced,” he echoed.

With a track record of service within the legal fraternity, Marrah highlighted his role as secretary of the General Legal Counsel for three years and his involvement in pioneering initiatives such as the General Legal Counsel Law Journal.

He emphasised his unwavering commitment to upholding the rule of law and defending the constitution amidst challenges to justice and democracy in Sierra Leone.

In his address to fellow legal professionals, Marrah lamented the state of the legal industry, attributing shortcomings to negligence and omissions that have contributed to a national tragedy spanning over a decade.

He stressed the urgent need to reclaim the Bar from influence and ensure justice prevails in the country.

Marrah outlined his vision for the Bar Association, envisioning it as the defender of the constitution, the rule of law, and justice for all Sierra Leoneans.

He asserted the independence of the Bar from partisan politics while affirming its crucial role in holding the government accountable and safeguarding the rights of citizens.

Marrah said he had showed over and again that the law is supreme, second to none, adding that he has sided justice over politics and with loyalty to the constitution above all considerations, making him the best fit for the presidency of the Bar.

Promising a consultative and member-focused leadership, Marrah pledged to prioritize the welfare of the Association, advocating for expanded facilities and enhanced legal practice opportunities for lawyers across the country.

With unwavering determination, Marrah concluded his message with a resounding commitment to pursue the cause of reclaiming the Bar until it is free from the influence of partisan politics, echoing the sentiment that together, they can indeed achieve that ambitious goal.

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