December 10, 2015 By Mohamed Massaquoi
The National Union of Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) Students from constituent colleges across Sierra Leone have expressed their displeasure with Judges of the Supreme Court over ‘undue delay’ in ruling on the matter between Alie Essa Bangura and the current national executive headed by Chief Somano Kapen.
Although the apex court has 90 days to give its ruling in a matter before it after submissions have been made by the parties, the SLPP students believe that cases involving political parties and their members should not delay in court.
During a press conference yesterday at the SLPP headquarters in Freetown, Dwight ZK Sheriff, a student leader at Fourah Bay College, said they were concerned that the delay by the Supreme Court to give its ruling has a tendency to hamper daily activities of the opposition party, thus calling for a swift intervention by the court.
He noted that the SLPP matter was taken to the Supreme Court almost a year before the sacking of former Vice President Chief Samuel Sam Sumana in March 2015, adding that the latter matter has since been decided while the former is yet to be concluded.
“This is not just frustrating but also unimaginable, a recipe for chaos since it is now a clear violation of the constitutional rights, Section 120 of the 1991 Constitution of the people of this nation who believes in the supremacy of the court,” he said
The SLPP students also condemned the controversial ‘third term’ and ‘more time’ propagated by some youths within the ruling All Peoples Congress, Drivers Union and Bike Riders, who they claim are doing the campaign for personal gains.
They insist that individuals pioneering the campaign have decided to use the name of national organisations for political reasons, thus urging Sierra Leoneans to resist any attempt by individuals or groups to undermine the country’s democracy, peace and stability.
“As well meaning students and youths of this country, we are no longer interested in entertaining any unscrupulous individuals or groups who want to drag our country into another unnecessary blood shell. We are therefore calling on other peace loving Sierra Leoneans to put the safety and security of our beloved country above all else by joining our cause to denounce the unpatriotic move by these people and the Supreme Court,” he concluded.