Bar Association issues strong worded press release on recent developments in parliament

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SIERRA LEONE BAR ASSOCIATION

PRESS RELEASE

The Sierra Leone Bar Association (hereinafter called the Association) is perturbed about events surrounding the convening of the 5th Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone, holden at the Parliament Building, Tower Hill, in Freetown on the 25th day of April 2018.

The Association notes, the developments culminating into the events of the said 25th April 2018, with specific reference to :

1. the publication of notices and counter notices by the Speaker of the last Parliament and the newly appointed Clerk of Parliament;

2. the chaos ensuing from disagreements on the presence of injuncted Members of Parliament in the Well of Parliament;

3. the forceful eviction of elected Members of Parliament from the Well, by the Sierra Leone Police on that day; and

4. the current impasse which hangs over sittings of a properly constituted Parliament as established by law.

The Association condemns these incidents and reminds all stakeholders, especially members of the Legislature, of their duty to observe and respect the laws of Sierra Leone, in particular the provisions of the Constitution of Sierra Leone Act No. 6 of 1991, uphold the rule of law, foster peace, respect the will of the people of Sierra Leone and work in the national interest.

The Association therefore calls on the political leadership of the State to expeditiously and judiciously resolve the issues which have now created a political impasse in the country in the best interests of the nation.

The Association reiterates its commitment to work with the Government and people of Sierra Leone and all stakeholders to uphold the Constitution, nurture our nascent democracy and strengthen the nation’s peace and stability.

Signed:
Ashmia Fofanah.
General Secretary

Dated 28th Day of April 2018

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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