Politicians in Sierra Leone with dual citizenship (two SIM) are currently troubled with the shocking decision introduced by the All Peoples Congress (APC) party not to allow them to be voted for in the next parliamentary and presidential elections slated for March 2018.
It can be recalled that the APC has already fished out their members confirmed to holders of dual citizenship and have out rightly denied them their party ticket to represent their people in parliament.
The public will recall that an uncut diamond weighing 709 carats was found in Koryardu village, Tankoro chiefdom in Kono district, Eastern Sierra Leone on Tuesday 14th March 2017.
On the instructions of His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the diamond was put on sale by international tender inside Sierra Leone on 11th May 2017. The bid was conducted in public in a very transparent manner. However, none of the bids submitted matched the reserved price. The highest bid submitted then was US$7, 077,777. and not US$7.8 million as has been erroneously reported.
On the 27th of November, the ECOWAS Community Court in Abuja, Nigeria ruled that the Government of Sierra Leone, to certain extent, bears some responsibility for, at least, Human Rights violations in the case of former vice president Samsumana vs. the Government of Sierra Leone. And the ruling has triggered bitter legal and political debates amongst judges, lawyers, the media, non-state actors as well as amongst social and political analysts in the region.
In a plethora of judges and lawyers from different countries in the region at the head of the ensuing legal debate are Hon. Justice Hameye Foune Mahalmadane; Hon. Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke; Hon. Justice Alioune Sall, [ECOWAS Community Court judges]; Femi Falama, SAN; Dr. Raymond A. Atuguba; Sola Egbeyinka; Wisdom Elum, [plaintiff’s lawyers] and Hon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara [Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone].
By Pastor Mohamed Sesay (Crime and Court Reporter)
It must be emphasized that it was MORALLY WRONG for the ruling All Peoples Congress party to have followed the path it did to not only expel a sitting vice president from the party, an act which it knows will trigger other constitutional issues, but to also go the length to unseat him as Vice President of the Republic.
No matter from what perspective this matter is viewed, it was MORALLY WRONG.
For the aggrieved Sam Sumana, the moral wrongness of the act must not just be left with the COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION which could have been a different thing, but rather the matter must be taken to a COMPETENT COURT OF JUSTICE which has the locus standi to hear constitutional matters.
If Sam Sumana had stayed with the COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION there was a stark possibility that things might have been different from what they ended up to be when he decided to seek justice from the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone where were sitting those who were competent enough to interpret that part of the Sierra Leone Constitution which either allows or disallows for the removal of either the president or the vice president.