As Junta Democracy Takes Precedence SLPP Deliberately Killing Local Councils
In almost over 3 months since Sierra Leoneans voted in their various local council representatives from across the country, the Bio’s led government has still not accorded the rights of the citizens to enjoy their various choices of representation in the local councils while the country continues to experience junta rule. (Photo: President Julius Maada Bio)
Since the return of local government in 2004 and the devolution of municipal functions to the local councils, this is the first time Sierra Leone is having a municipal responsibility been usurped by the central government as evident in the arbitrary Executive and Ministerial Orders forcing a monthly national cleaning on every first Saturday starting from 6:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M issued by the country’s president and a mere presidential nominee of a minister who is even yet to be approved by the Sierra Leone House of Parliament who also issued another Order he referred to as Ministerial Order No 1 shifting the time the initial 6:00 – 12:00 to 6:00 – 4:00 PM.
This and countless other constitutional and human rights violations of the less than two months old Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) government led by the former Junta Leader, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, are viewed by many well-meaning Sierra Leoneans as an eyesore to the country’s democracy and hence becoming a to junta system of government.
It could be recalled that on March 7th, 2018, Sierra Leoneans across the country voted for their various representatives they deemed fit to represent them in the various Councils but the Bio led government has little or no respect for the constitutionally elected council representatives for the fact that the government has blatantly refused to swear them in in order to start the work for which they were elected.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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