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  • Friday, 21 June 2024
Ady Macauley Criticizes Bar Association AGM Disruption as ‘Callous’ Attack on Democracy

Ady Macauley Criticizes Bar Association AGM Disruption as ‘Callous’ Attack on Democracy

Ady Macauley, a prominent APC politician, lawyer, and former Anti-Corruption Commissioner, has strongly condemned the recent disruption of the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kenema. In a forceful statement, Macauley described the incident as a significant low point for the Association and a serious affront to democratic principles.

 

Macauley referred to the disruption at the AGM as “blue wrist band banditry,” a term he used to highlight what he sees as a deliberate and malicious attempt to undermine the democratic process and silence dissenting voices within the organization. He criticized those responsible for the disruption, accusing them of a lack of integrity and of trying to suppress the legitimate voices of others.

 

“This is not going to be business as usual,” Macauley asserted, making it clear that the issue would not be swept under the rug. He emphasized that those who believe the matter will simply fade away are sorely mistaken. Macauley vowed to ensure that the individuals behind the disruption are held accountable and publicly shamed for their actions.

 

He reaffirmed his commitment to opposing any efforts to silence opposition, promising that he and others who share his concerns would not rest until the anomaly is corrected. Macauley stressed the importance of maintaining democratic integrity within the SLBA and the broader implications such disruptions have on the country's democratic fabric.

 

The AGM incident has sparked significant controversy within the legal community and beyond, raising questions about the state of democracy and the rule of law in Sierra Leone. Macauley's outspoken stance highlights the deep concerns among many legal professionals and political figures about the direction in which the country is heading.

 

Assistant Inspector General Ganda commended his team for their diligence and precision in carrying out the operation. He emphasized the critical role of community support in the ongoing efforts to combat crime, urging citizens to remain vigilant and to cooperate fully with law enforcement authorities.

 

The Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TOCU) has now taken over the investigation. Their goal is to trace the source of the drugs and to uncover the distribution network behind the seized substances. Both suspects are expected to provide crucial information that could lead to further arrests and the potential dismantling of a larger drug trafficking ring.

 

As the situation develops, all eyes will be on the SLBA and the actions taken to address the disruption. Macauley's commitment to holding those responsible accountable will likely play a crucial role in determining the outcome and ensuring that the principles of democracy and integrity are upheld within the Association.

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