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Opposition Leader takes swipe on Judiciary, urges release of ADP leader

July 5, 2021

By Jariatu S Jusu

Hon.Chernoh R.M Bah

Leader of the main opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) Hon.Chernor Bah, on Friday took a swipe on the Judiciary of Sierra Leone, describing it as worse than the one under the one party administration of late President Siaka Stevens.

“This judiciary made history! An injunction was granted and opposition Members of Parliament were removed unlawfully.”

He made the above statement during the final debate on the Presidential Speech delivered by President Bio on 18th May, 2021.

Hon. Chernoh R.M Bah further stated in the Well of Parliament that the offence for which Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray,2018 presidential candidate of the Alliance Democratic Party(ADP), was charged to court, is bailable and that the judiciary ought to have done the needful long before now.

 “In rape cases, people are entitled to bail hence Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray should have been entitled to bail. He should have been granted bail while the matter continues. I   therefore encourage those who are fighting to ensure that the rule of law prevails, to do the needful,” he urged.

He said they as members of parliament were looking forward to a fair judiciary.

The opposition member of parliament noted that the House has right to be privy to the Pademba Road riot incident in which dozens of inmates were shot dead by security forces. 

He promised that they will not politicize the fight against Covid-19 and that they will make sure to support the president in combating it.

The leader of the main opposition party in parliament said there are various ways citizens could exercise their rights, thus citing peaceful demonstration as one of the means.

 He said law enforcement officers should take note of the president address to Parliament.

He charged that the police have been subjective in their actions and that whenever people had attempted to undertake peaceful protest, the police would always act below expectations.

With regards the Free Quality Education, he said a lot number of children were enrolled into schools, but that the quality is largely lacking.

He charged that the New Directions administration was becoming a devastating direction because they don’t want the opposition to partake in the implementation of the free quality education. 

On the increment in the prices of petroleum products in Sierra Leone,he said fuel prices in the country are neither  the cheapest in the sub-region nor anywhere across the world, adding that there was no need to politicize fuel prices and that governance cannot be characterised by propaganda.

On his part, Leader of the Coalition for Change (C4C),Hon. Emerson Lamina, said more mining companies have been registered in the last three years and that large mineral rights orders are now visible than before.

He said three mineral policies have been enacted with the artisanal policy and geo-data policy put in place after 90 years.

He said the mining sector has brought a lot to the country’s GDP hence the government should be commended.

He added the previous administration signed a lot of Memorandum of Understandings while the current administration was doing better by signing meaningful agreements. 

Also, Leader of the National Grand Coalition (NGC),Hon. Dr.  Kandeh Yumkella, said the country lacks a lot in some areas and that it was incumbent on all MPs to tell the people that there was need to help transform the country in a cumulated form. 

He said infrastructure activities take longer period to complete hence there was need to educate the people on continuous governance and engineering.

He said the World Food Programme and the Afro-barometer survey stated in their reports that the country is hungry, and that should  progress be achieved, there was need to work with the government to support them. 

He said the trees in Koinadugu and Karene districts have disappeared gradually due to  timber logging without re-planting those trees and that the activity has caused lot of damage to the environment.

On the Black Johnson project, Hon. Yumkella advised that, another site be sought for the implementation of the $55m fish harbour project.

He noted that the nation is seriously divided and that more consultation is needed among political stakeholders.

“The functionality and credibility need to be looked into and stop the politics while recommendations on child nurturing be implemented,” he said.

Leader of the ruling party, Hon. Matthew Nyuma, said Covid-19  is real and that the issue should not be politicized.

He said the public should listen to science and ask God for protection, thus saluting health workers for their vigilance.

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