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Government COI White Paper Leaks - News in Sierra Leone
Government COI White Paper Leaks
Published On : 2020-01-24 12:02:25
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Political Ban & Victimization Awaits EBK, Samura Kamara and other APC Big Vons


Sources at the Commissions of Inquiry at the former Special Court Building as well as State House have intimated this medium that the SLPP led Government of President Julius Maada Bio is planning to place a political ban on key APC big guns whom they consider as political threats vis-a-vis the 2023 election.

Times SL Newspaper was reliably informed that the White Paper Report which is expected to be released in April this year will be used as an instrument to ban strong APC members from future participation in politics. This decision, according to our investigation, has got the blessing of key members in the New Direction Government though others are said to have a contrary view and as such strongly opposed to such. Some that have been targeted include but not limited to Ernest Bai Koroma, Samura Kamara, Minkailu Mansaray, Leonard Balogun Koroma, Dr Sylvia Blyden, Paolo Conteh, Alimamy Petito Koroma.

It was further understood that part of the plan is to also impound the houses and other properties owned by these targeted APC members, ban them from taking active part in politics in order for the SLPP to get a smooth sail during the 2023 electioneering period. President Bio is said to be a very worried man at the moment because he is clearly aware that his popularity, even as President, cannot match those of Samura Kamara and Ernest Bai Koroma.

Our sources also informed that the First Lady, Madam Fatima Bio, has objected to these plans and has even gone to the extent of advising her husband to tread cautiously pinpointing how the President must be mindful that there is going to be life after politics, the very reason why he should be careful not to make enemies with people.

The contents of a white paper report, as some have predicted, which will form the final stage of the work of the three Commissions of Inquiry has been widely viewed and perceived will turn out to be the final political witch hunt by the SLPP of APC members.

The COI ,which was part of the recommendations of the SLPP Government Transition Team Report, has been widely criticised on the grounds that there were lot of inconsistencies with regards testimonies by various witnesses. For example one who is said to be a house valuator could not even convincingly prove that he is qualified to assess the value of houses said to be owned by some persons of interest before the Commissions of Inquiry.

It is also worthy to note that some of the witnesses that testified in the three Commissions of Inquiry were not really competent to do so and as a matter of fact could not do so convincingly. In some instances they were turned down as what they were telling the Judges did not either make sense or were totally irrelevant to say the least. They created the impression that they were either induced to do so or even bribed to cast unfounded allegations against some of the persons of interest. A case in point was one Police Officer who was testifying against Dr. Sylvia Blyden in her capacity as the former Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs. His testimony was so skewed, full of inconsistencies to such an extent that the defendant has to be interjecting from time in a bid to correct or educate him properly to the consternation of many making that particular session appear to be a circus.

Because of speculations that the White Paper will be not be truly reflective of justice some have maintained that the three judges must make their rulings public before the White Paper Report is released. By so doing it will give members of the public the opportunity to judge or decide whether indeed the Judges really upheld the tenets of justice and it will also open up debates on whether the Judges really did their work professionally or not.

Seasoned political analysts have stated that the kind of political victimization which the SLPP Government wants to unleash on strong APC politicians has the tendency of depriving the country of a vibrant opposition and set a bad precedent of revengeful politics which they claimed is inimical to overall national development. They pointed out that at this crucial time when many are going through debilitating economic times the SLPP Government and their cohorts are on a diversionary move to take the minds of citizens from discussing pertinent issues and paint the opposition in a negative light by continuously hammering home how they inherited a very bad economy.

“This diabolical ploy to squeeze the APC out by muzzling it from the political landscape , depriving its key players of properties they secured from their hard earned investments is tantamount to reducing this country to a one party State,” a foreign diplomat argued and furthered that the 11 year rebel war erupted simply as a result of similar unethical political practices and advised that political tolerance must be inculcated in order to maintain stability and national cohesiveness.

Source: The Times SL

Published: 24th Feb, 2019 

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