Sunday March 22, 2015
- The supreme law of the land, the Constitution is violated with utter
contempt for the people of Sierra Leone as the rat and his cabal refuse
to learn from the lessons of history. Condemnation from civil society,
the Bar Association, the Sierra Leone Labour Congress and all concerned
Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone.
International Version (NIV) -
45 For even the Son of Man did not come to
be served, but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
After plunging the country into a freefall of
lawlessness, violence and utter contempt for the rule of law resulting
in a decade-long war, the nation wreckers are at it again - interpreting
the Constitution as it fits their warped minds and not caring about the
Even though the supreme law of the land clearly states
the circumstances under which the post of the Vice President could be
deemed vacant as well as what needs to be done should that occur, the
rat and his cabal in an unconstitutional and illegal move have ignored
all the provisions of the Constitution. This makes the rat the subject
of impeachment proceedings for going against the Constitution which he
took an oath to protect and defend.
Despite written protestations from Sierra Leoneans
versed in constitutional matters that his moves against a sitting Vice
President was illegal, the rat, buoyed on by ill-informed and selfish
members of his group has gone ahead - squeaking that he has "Executive
Authority" and could therefore violate the Constitution went ahead with
his dubious scheme and quite clearly an act of treason to "relieve" the
Vice President elected by the people of Sierra Leone in the 2012
The rat and his cabal have gone ahead to believe that
the APC party constitution is a substitute for the national document,
the 1991 Constitution quite ignoring the fact that the Constitution is
the supreme law of the land and not subjected to the whims and caprices
of anyone in or outside the country.
Removing the Vice President from his party, the ruling
APC with regards to his elected position is immaterial and all the noise
and boorish behaviour of party hirelings to justify the rat's action
does not hold as both he and the Vice President were elected by the
people in 2012 having fulfilled all the requirements for a Presidential
candidate and his running mate.
A number of outlets have carried the open letter from
one-time APC Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Dr Abdulai Conteh
addressed to the rat. Here's a part of his take on the issue as carried
in the online news outlet
the Sierra Leone Telegraph -
"Needless to say since
2007 and certainly since 2012, neither you nor the Vice President is
running for election or is a candidate for election to your respective
offices. Your successive election to your respective offices is now a
matter of history.
Both sections 41 and 54
address the situation of candidates for the respective offices of
President and vice President. Neither section requires continuing
membership of a political party as a qualification for continuing or
remaining in either the office of the President or that of Vice
Therefore, reliance on
the expulsion of the Vice President from the APC as a warrant for his
removal from office, can find no justification in the textual provisions
of the Constitution."
Dr Abdulai Conteh again
reminds the rat and his cabal that their interpretation of the
Constitution to remove the duly elected Vice President is without any
basis in law.
"Membership of a
political party is a qualification for election to the office, but
nowhere is it stated in the Constitution that membership or continuing
membership is a necessary qualification for or coterminous with
continuing or remaining in office.
For the avoidance of
doubt, Your Excellency, I should make it clear that what is alleged
against the Vice President, may or may not be impeachable offences
amounting, in the words of section 51 of the Constitution, to “gross
If the latter is the
case, then, with respect, it is a matter for Parliament to put in train
the impeachment process contemplated and provided for in the national
Please allow me to
close by stating that the use of executive power to remove the Vice
President from office is irreconcilable with the provisions of the
Constitution; and in my humble view, sets to naught the sovereign will
of the electorate and people of Sierra Leone so eloquently expressed
when in 2007, and again in 2012, you and the Vice President were elected
to your respective offices.
respectfully urge that nothing should be done, least of all, in the
guise of executive power, to defeat, disappoint and render nugatory the
people’s will and choice.
This is the essence of
democracy, which I want to hope and believe Your Excellency handsomely
subscribes to. It is also an affirmation of the rule of law.
I end by saying that
this is not the time for political diversions or brinkmanship.
In the midst of
fighting the devastating scourge of the Ebola virus which is set to
bring our dear country and our neighbours to ruination, we should all
strive as Team Sierra Leone, to beat back this scourge and not dissipate
scarce human and other resources and goodwill on avoidable and needless
We are alarmed but not
surprised given the past tactics of the ruling APC party that at a time
when public gatherings are banned as the fight against the Ebola Virus
Disease should be our priority, the self-serving beasts of no nation got
hired crowds purported to have been drawn from various sections of the
east of the country registering their support for the removal of elected
Vice President Sam Sumana.
Anticipating a massive
public backlash against this illegal move, they have got the human
rights-abusing head of the police, Gestapo chief Munu to shamelessly
issue a directive that all gatherings are now banned!!!
The wretched monster
did not issue such when supporters were being ferried to Freetown in
support of his master, the rat.
tactics of which the APC was a part that increased the pains of the
people a thousand-fold during the AFRC/RUF interregnum.
Kindly recall that even
though the 1978 One-Party Constitution was no more as the 1991 document
became law, the APC led by the then President Joseph Saidu Momoh
continued to have the head of the armed forces and the police as MPs and
as Ministers of State though this was forbidden by the new Constitution.
After fifteen years in
the cold and having come back into the political limelight of Sierra
Leone, the same inner core of APC activists who see everything through
the lens of the One Party constitution are back and bent on destroying
all the gains made by the people of Sierra Leone in their march towards
We would not be
goose-marched by the neo-Nazis of Sierra Leone into another situation
which culminated into our troubles. It was on the basis of democratic
principles and respect for the rule of law that saw this now ruling
party rising from the back benches of the opposition to wrest power from
the then ruling party.
Having secured and
formed the government as stipulated by the Constitution, they now want
to tear the pages off the supreme law of Sierra Leone to subvert it for
their own selfish gains - not caring about the consequences.
We shall resist this
using all means necessary for we know just how far we have come to get
to this stage and no disciple of satan will be allowed to take us down
the path we have said with one voice that we would never again tread.
This contempt for the
Constitution as well as for the democratic rights of the people of
Sierra Leone who voted both President and Vice President must stop and
such illegality and lawlessness should never be encouraged.
We would urge all
representatives of Western countries including the US, the United
Kingdom and the European Union to please note the potential for trouble
in Sierra Leone so that their governments would be briefed.
We call on
representatives of African countries in Sierra Leone to observe likewise
lest we go back to the horrors of the past.