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S I E R R A  H E R A L D

Vol 9 No 1

The tendency sometimes to protect perpetrators for the sake of peace...doesn't help society. Impunity should not be allowed to stand. - Kofi Annan on Waki report

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6. (1) The motto of the Republic of Sierra Leone shall be Unity, Freedom and Justice.

(2) Accordingly, the State shall promote national integration and unity and discourage discrimination on the grounds of place of origin, circumstance of birth, sex, religion, status, ethnic or linguistic association or ties.

(3) For the purposes of promoting national integration and unity, the State shall—

a. provide adequate facilities for and encourage free mobility of people, goods and services throughout Sierra Leone; and

b. secure full rights of residence for every citizen in all parts of the State.


(4) The State shall protect and defend the liberty of the individual, enforce the rule of law and ensure the efficient functioning of Government services.

(5) The State shall take all steps to eradicate all corrupt practices and the abuse of power.

Economic objectives.

7. (1) The State shall within the context of the ideals and objectives for which provisions are made in this Constitution—

a. harness all the natural resources of the nation to promote national prosperity and an efficient, dynamic and self-reliant economy;

b. manage and control the national economy in such a manner as to secure the maximum welfare and freedom of every citizen on the basis of social justice and equality of opportunity;

c. protect the right of any citizen to engage in any economic activity without prejudice to the rights of any other person to participate in areas of the economy;

d. place proper and adequate emphasis on agriculture in all its aspects so as to ensure self-sufficiency in food production; and

e. ensure that Government shall always give priority and encouragement to Sierra Leoneans to participate in all spheres of the economy in furtherance of these objectives.

Social objectives.

8. (1) The Social Order of the State shall be founded on the ideals of Freedom, Equality and Justice.

(2) In furtherance of the Social Order—

a. every citizen shall have equality of rights, obligations, and opportunities before the law, and the State shall ensure that every citizen has an equal right and access to all opportunities and benefits based on merit;

b. the State shall recognise, maintain and enhance the sanctity of the human person and human dignity; and

c. the Government shall secure and maintain the independence, impartiality and integrity of courts of law and unfettered access thereto, and to this end shall ensure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice on the basis of equal opportunity, and that opportunities for securing justice are not denied any citizen by reason of economic or other disability.

(3) The State shall direct its policy towards ensuring that—

a. every citizen, without discrimination on any grounds whatsoever, shall have the opportunity for securing adequate means of livelihood as well as adequate opportunities to secure suitable employment;

Please note: When Peter Tucker's original draft of what was then a document that incorporated experiences, an amalgam from both the United Kingdom and United States documents, it took the likes of Eddie Turay and a small group of vibrant APC party supporters to stand their ground and say no to other party members who had watered down the Peter Tucker draft so much that it looked like the 1978 One-Party Constitution dressed in new colours.

It is to be recalled that even though the accepted and passed1991 constitution made it illegal for the heads of the Police and Army to be MP's and Ministers of State by virtue of them occupying those positions, the APC government of President Joseph Saidu Momoh still went ahead to have both Major-General Tarawallie (Army) and Inspector-General Bambay Kamara (Police) as MPs and Ministers of State.

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