Regional Cleansing in the Army & Judiciary…
SLPP to Forcefully Retire Supreme Court Judges, Military Officers From North-West
Very credible sources inside the Ministry of Defense and the Sierra Leone Judiciary have intimated Sierra Express Media that a good number of senior military officers and Judges specifically from the north and western regions will face forcefully retirement in the coming weeks by the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) government of the former junta leader, Brig. (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio (in photo).
This decision, according to our sources, is to allow the Paopa misdirection government to have absolute control of both the army and the judiciary in order to silence every opposition to whatever evil action or plan it might want to take against the citizens particularly members of the main opposition, All Peoples Congress (APC) Party.
According to our military sources, one Captain, two Majors, one Lt Colonel, three Colonels, four Brigadier Generals and one General from the north-west regions have been tipped for forcefully retirement by the SLPP government. This evil plan, our sources went on, will be executed during the already summoned Defense Council meeting, the highest decision making body in the military that comprises the President, Vice President, Minister of Defense, Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Commanders of RSLAF and their deputies and two other persons the president may appoint.
As for the judiciary, our sources reveal, the Chief Minister, Professor David Francis, is allegedly believed to have instructed the Chief Justice, Abdulai Charm, to unlawfully retire some of the Supreme Court Judges and other judges especially the north –westerners whom he thinks are not in support of his government’s excesses. This request, our sources went further, was flatly rejected by the Chief Justice because it is completely in contravention or violation of Section 137(2)(a) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone Act No. 6 which states that ‘’ Judges of the Superior Court of Judicature Can only vacate their office on attaining the age of 65 or the voluntarily retire’’. The constitution further states that judges hold office on good conduct and if they have not attained the age of 65 and have not misconducted themselves, there is no way they could be forced to leave their office.
Sadly, our sources went on, the decision of the Chief Justice to reject the request of the Chief Minister has landed him in trouble with the SLPP government who now has developed plans to forcefully remove both the Chief Justice and the others Supreme Court Judges and replace them with party loyalists.
Political commentators, analysts, ordinary citizens are therefore cautioning the SLPP government to desist from such evil plan because according to them, the Judiciary is the last banking to a totalitarian state and hence, the execution of such plan will finally tore the country apart.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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