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May 2, 2018 By Regina Pratt

Justice Alusine Sesay on Monday threatened to quit adjudicating the petition matter brought against both Members  of Parliament representing the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party and main opposition All People’s Congress if both parties failed, within the stipulated seven days period, to personally serve affected members with court orders restraining them from attending parliament.

‘I will vacate the court if seven days elapse without you serving them the injunctions. You know what to do for a petition,’ he said, citing the Public Elections Act.

Justice Sesay also ordered Lawyer Lansana Dumbuya, representing the APC,  to make the necessary amendments on the face of the motion he had earlier filed.

The Judge had earlier told Lawyer Dumbuya to amend a motion he filed on 23rd April, 2018 as the facts were not stated on the face of the motion as should be done in the case of ex-parte motions.

In his reply, Lawyer Dumbuya said he was yet to complete the process due to the manner certain things were being done in the country.

Hon. Justice Sesay then cautioned that on the next adjourned date – Thursday, May 3, – counsel on both sides should talk law and address him on the applications before him.

‘I want to decide your case as quickly as possible. I will not have to wait but will proceed with those that have been served,’ he said.

On his part, Lawyer Musa Mewa, representing the SLPP, informed the court that they had not served the petitioners because they were having some difficulty personally serve the affected lawmakers, as the rules require.

He added that they were unable to serve the injunction on the affected Members of Parliament due to the political tension around parliamentary proceedings last week.

The matter was adjourned to Thursday, May 3, 2018.

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