Commission Of Inquiry Lacks Credence
The Constitutional instrument dated on the 1st Day of August, 2018 setting up a Commission of Inquiry to look into sundry activities of the past APC led government will serve as precedent if treated with utmost fairness, but unfortunately the praise singing Inquiry has been designed to punish those past government functionaries who are not favored by the Bio led government. (Photo: President Julius Maada Bio)
The concerns raised by many legal minded Sierra Leoneans is the fact that emphasis should be laid on the rule of evidence, which this government wants to flush away, but equate the status of the inquiry to that of a High Court for their Commission of Inquiry. Another bone of contention highlighted by some legal luminaries clearly depicts that instead of the court to set the rules, the government decided to set the rules all by themselves and that they must also note that, the last Cabinet Ministers, Heads of MDAs must be brought before the intended biased inquiry because they also served President Koroma in his first 90 days in office.
The common Sierra Leoneans are now pinpointing on strong grounds that if certain names like Dr. Dennis Sandi, Mr. Peter Bayuku Conteh, Mr. Musa Tarawally, Mr. Sahr Jusu, Dr. Mathew Dingy are not mentioned in that intended Commission of Inquiry, it would be considered as a mere witch hunt of the past functionaries under the leadership of Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. They reiterated that it would also be referred to as “The Junta Commission of Inquiry”.
A senior Legal Luminary quoted the 1991 Constitution “The Commission shall not be bound by rules of evidence in civil or criminal proceedings”. Meaning rules of evidence are rules of evidence.
By: Allieu Lamin Kamara
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