Are Musa and the mayor sacred cows in this land?
Sacked deputy government spokesman, Sylvester Swarray powered a shot between his legs yesterday on 98.1’s good morning radio talk show when he said he was not certain that the white paper recommendations are authentic enough to have indicted Musa Tarawally for being violent.
He said as far as he knows, Musa Tarawally is quite the opposite of what he is now made to be. His presuppositions are that the credibility of the Shears Moses report on politically orchestrated violence in the country in which Musa Tarawally is named, is shallow minded.
This provides two segments to the argument within the government circles. One side of it is saying that the Commission of Inquiry which has powers of a credibility’s worth to that of the supreme court of the land, commissioned by no less a person than the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma spent fruitless effort in concluding that Musa Tarawally and others are violent men – in simple and clear language sentences.
The other side in the same view of the government is saying that the Shears Moses Commission of Inquiry did well to establish that Musa Tarawally, Yete Yete, Leather Boot and others are kingpins of violence in the land.
The government is standing in a difficult situation at the moment in putting into force the recommendations of the Shears Moses report as their core members are now being indicted. When the Shears Moses report recommended that the individuals found culpable should be fired and banned from holding public offices for the next five years in the country the government is saying they have no such powers to do so on the Mayor who is standing trial in the court of the land for financial impropriety, mismanagement and corruption on a popular excuse that the man is handling an elective position for which he cannot be impeachment.
A similar thing counts on Musa Tarawally who is Minister of Internal Affairs. He occupies an appointed titled position as Minister of Internal Affairs for which he can simply be relieved of his duties following the Shears Moses recommendations, but the man is still around like a sacred nymph.
All efforts to defend state criminals are uncanny as they deserve nothing than to face justice in its fullest course.
We saw a similar situation happening when Hon Foday Rado Yokie of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party was found wanting he was whisked into court and subsequently sentenced to the Pademba Road maximum prisons in Freetown.
What we are saying at Sierra Express is that what is good for the goose should be good for the gander. Justice should not be dispensed with sentiments. We demand that the president goes by the recommendations of the report and implements them to the letter.
We were heartened the other day hearing IB Kargbo saying that their government is hesitant of the laws of the land and that they cannot jump into hasty decisions to penalize the above named until they are certain that the laws of the land makes provisions for such. That to us sounds ridiculous. In the first place the Commission of Inquiry is like the supreme court of the land. Or let us even say it is not a court but the persons constituted in that committee, the Emmanuel Ekundayo Constance Shears Moses Esq., Brigadier (Rtd) Mustapha Kahuta Dumbuya, Mr. William Jessie Siaffa and Mr. Haroun Alrashid Bah are more legally minded than Kortor IB Kargbo, with all due respect. We want to believe that these people went through the legal ramifications and examined thoroughly the provisions as contained in the law books of the land to reach at their recommendations.
From what we have realized it seems that the president is too weary in making a decision on this badge of defaulters who would earn him nothing in turn but a sheer bad name.
Between the state and these people who is more sacred to protect Mr. President?
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