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October 5, 2015 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

Inspector General of Police Francis Allieu Munu has refused to grant clearance to the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) to hold a peaceful demonstration today, 5 October.

The new political party had planned to stage the protest to express their dissatisfaction over the recent Supreme Court ruling which went in favour of President Ernest Bai Koroma against the erstwhile Vice President, Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana.

Speaking on the ‘Good Morning Salone’ programme on Radio Democracy 98.1 FM, Mr. Munu said granting the party clearance would mean that there should be police presence to maintain law and order, which they had not budgeted for. He said a peaceful demonstration might comprise “a group of people without control”, which needs police presence.

The police boss said the Ebola epidemic was still bedevilling the country, thus necessitating a Public Emergency Regulation and that majority of his personnel were still supporting the Ebola fight in Port Loko and Kambia districts.

He said the judiciary was independent and that whatever decision the Supreme Court took was final, “and for this reason among several others the police will not give the ADP clearance for any unlawful procession”.

However, observers have been quick to remind the police boss that several demonstrations have taken place in recent times by supporters of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party, while clearance was granted to a women’s group called ‘Power Women 232’ in the wake of the alleged rape and murder of a young female in August.

Meanwhile, National Chairman and Leader of the ADP, Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, told reporters at his Rawdon Street office last Friday that he was a law abiding citizen and cannot go on with the protest because the police had refused him clearance.

He accused IG Munu of practicing selective policing as his men were always happy to crackdown on opposition party supporters.

“Mr. Munu is the worst police boss in the history of Sierra Leone. His regime has been marred by selective policing, shooting and killing. Several processions had happened within the APC. For instance, the recent burial of John Sisay’s mother, the expulsion of Sam-Sumana and even when the Supreme Court handed down judgment,” said Mansaray.

In a related development, the National Advisory Executive Council of the ADP has relieved its secretary general, David Gbla, of his duties for allegedly engaging in anti-party activities and his show of lack of respect for the party’s leadership.

Gbla had written a counter letter to the Inspector General of Police urging the latter not to grant the clearance, in a bizarre twist of events on Thursday. He has been described as a ruling party mole in the fledging party, with his shocking letter evidence of allegations that he was a double agent.

A letter dated 2 October, 2015 addressed to him reads: “On the advice and recommendations of the National Advisory Executive Council both at home and abroad, I hereby write to relieve you of your duties and appointed position as interim Secretary General of the party effective Friday 2nd October 2015”.

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