JFK discusses justice development with Paramount Chiefs
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara over the weekend (Saturday 6th February 2016) had an interactive meeting with Paramount Chiefs from the north to discuss issues of justice development at Chiefdom level and map out strategies to ensure that quality justice prevail in their localities. The meeting, which also served as a social interaction between the Paramount Chiefs and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice was held in the conference room of Where Else Guest House, Makeni. (Photo: Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, addressing Paramount Chiefs)
Addressing 21 Paramount Chiefs, the Attorney General recalled when he was invited by his boss, His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to come from the international scene at the Special Court for Sierra Leone to serve as the country’s head of the Anti-Corruption Commission. “I am happy to receive another call from my boss to help in the justice system,” he said, of which he commended President Koroma for his good leadership in the country and for maintaining a good working relationship with Paramount Chiefs.
“H.E. wants us to understand your needs and help to address them,” he told the PCs, noting further that he will soon conduct a nationwide Justice Assessment tour, so as to address the so many challenges faced in the sector. “We don’t want the injustice that led to the rebel war to come again,” says JFK, noting further that he is planning to put in place a simple system like Municipal Courts that address petty matters and also have a alternative sentence system. “I will continue to reduce backlog cases and ensure that more Judges are appointed to reside in the regions,” he said.
The Statistician General, Mohamed King Koroma said the justice sector has gone through lots of challenges over the years. He revealed his institution has been enjoying a good working relationship with the judiciary. Very soon, he said Statisticians will be attached to the judiciary to capture the number of cases in each of the courts. He commended the Paramount Chiefs and their subjects for making the census a successful one, noting that provisional figures will be out by end of March, whilst the final census result is expected in December this year.
The Host Paramount Chief, PC Bai Sebora Kasanga II of Bombali Sebora Chiefdom, thanked the Attorney General for the initiative. “You have made lots of sacrifices that has made us proud of you,” he said, and concluded by assuring of support from Paramount Chiefs.
The meeting in Makeni is facilitated by a Community Based Organization, Common Goal Advocate, which comprise of young people from different professions. Stanley Bangura Junior, a member of the organization said they came together with the aim of fostering development in Makeni and the nation at large. He told his audience that it is an independent development centered organization that deals with issues like governance, poverty reduction etc.
Raymond Kamara who earlier spoke on the purpose of the meeting, said the appointment of the Attorney General has paved the way for a greater success.
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