A free Alfred Paolo Conteh campaign has been mounted by supporters of the All Peoples Congress, following his detention at the Criminal Investigations Department on Friday late afternoon.
Reports indicate that the former Defense Minister who later served as Minister of Internal Affairs was incarcerated after his questioning at the Anti Corruption Commission for procurement breaches published in the Auditor General’s report of 2014-2015. The supporters are calling his incarceration a political witch-hunt and a clamp down on opposition to guns in the country.
The CID headquarters is inundated with APC supporters in red and white attires. The armed wing of the Sierra Leone Police has been deployed to cede supporters in a second day running. The Police authorities are yet to speak to these supporters but the All Peoples Congress Secretary General, Ambassador Foday Osman Yansaneh, the 2018 APC flag-bearer, Dr. Samura Kamara and other party faithful have decided to talk to some of their supporters out in the street. Some have developed a tag name the #uprisinghasbegun#.
Situation is calm at the moment, even though scores of supporters have made the
On Friday December 28, 2018, the National Secretary General of the All Peoples Congress (APC) reiterated the Party’s position of noncompliance by former APC heads of ministries, department and agencies to what he described as a ”Kangaroo Court Commissions of inquiry.
Ambassador Alhaji Dr. Osman Foday Yansaneh said the commission of inquiry has been proven to be a clearly targeted witch hunt against North Westerners and senior APC officials.
He said the APC is following with keen interest developments and diverse pronouncement relating to the commission of inquiry.
Dr. O.F. Yansaneh noted the fact that the Commission of Inquiry scheduled to commence this January is an SLPP commission, saying the fight against graft and push for transparency and accountability should not be selective.
The NSG acknowledged with serious interest the press releases from the Sierra Leone Bar Association and civil society groups which have categorically stating that the instruments establishing the commissions of inquiry are unconstitutional, deliberately setting aside the ‘Rule of Evidence’ and established legal principles and excluding likely culpable SLPP supporters because of their tribe and political leanings.
Dr. Yansaneh said it is ludicrous that permanent secretaries who were administrative heads, vote controllers and chairmen of ministries procurement committees are being politically protected because the majority of them originate from a particular region of the country and belongs to a tribe which constitute the majority of supporters of the Bio regime.
Meanwhile, The APC SG said in furtherance of its legal and constitutional arrangements to robustly challenge the illegitimacy of the SLPP witch hunt hunt commission called on all APC appointed ministers and deputies and heads of departments and agencies that are presently out of the country to return to Sierra Leone and liaise with the party for further consultations and collaboration.
”The Party further calls on all those who have been dismissed because of their political stance that have been perceived as Pro-APC to report to the party office with their letters of dismissals as the party is in the process of validating data for subsequent legal and political action.
” The Party takes full responsibility for this advise to its former ministers and heads of departments and agencies until its legitimate call to include the ‘Rule of Evidence’ and to summon permanent secretaries, who were the key players and mandatory signatories to all accountable monetary governmental transactions is adhered to,” the strong worded release stated.
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