RUFP threatens boycott of Constitutional Review process


May 12, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

The Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP) has vowed to boycott the ongoing constitutional review process of the country’s 1991 Constitution until the leadership of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) heed their call for the replacement of their current representatives in the committee.

Acting Secretary General of the party, Raymond Kartew, told Concord Times over the weekend that they have some “bones to pick with the CRC on the grounds that the committee has refused to honour our recommendation to replace the RUFP representatives”, whom he said were not representing the views and interest of the party.

“In May 2014, we wrote a letter to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Franklyn Bai Kargbo, with copies sent to the CRC and the Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) requesting the withdrawal of our members because the party has not been getting any updates from them about the process,” claimed Mr. Kartew.

“We, as a party, are withdrawing our participation in the constitutional review process because we have no knowledge about how the process is going on. We are not being updated by our representatives about how the process is going on.”

Kartew said they had written to the Attorney General and copied the CRC from May 2014 of their decision to withdraw their representatives but they have received no response despite sending a number of follow-up letters to the appropriate authorities.

He stressed that the reviewing of the 1991 Constitution was one of the main recommendations of the Lome Peace Accord and that they were happy the President has been magnanimous enough to do so in the interest of the public.

“We are going to boycott the review process because we are not being given the opportunity to make our own inputs as a party,” reiterated the RUFP acting scribe. “Our representatives have not been communicating to the party, so we have to replace them with those who can, on a regular basis, report back to the party.”

He claimed that the RUFP’s representatives at the CRC – Eldred Collins, Ansumana M.P. Fowai, Mariatu Dainkeh, Alimamy Dennis Conteh and the Youth Leader, Joseph Kamanda – had long been suspended from the party for allegedly “breaching our constitution, defrauding the party and for bad administration”.

He said the Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), Justice Tolla Thompson, was aware about the suspension of the said members, and that he (Tolla Thompson) was the one that endorsed the present interim executive of the party during a meeting at the PPRC office.

When contacted for his comment, the CRC Executive Secretary, Samuel Coker, said “I have no comment to make on the issue unless you book an appointment with me”.
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Meanwhile, Mr. Eldred Collins and the other alleged suspended members could not be reached for their comments.