By Uzman Unis Bah
The Council of Tribal Heads in the Western Area on January 3rd converged at the Ministry of Information and Communication to endorse the commencement of the commissions of inquiry. The Western Area Tribal Heads gave their unreserved support during a meeting with the Minister of Information and Communications at the Ministry’s conference hall, Youyi Building, Freetown.
Welcoming the Western Area Tribal Heads, the Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Rahman Swarray underscored the significant role of tribal authorities in enhancing good governance and development.
The Minister noted that ‘The People’s Commission’ of Inquiry which is a key manifesto promise of His Excellency the President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio, to combat corruption, bring accountability in governance and foster economic growth for the people of Sierra Leone is expected to commence public hearings January 2019.
Mr. Swarray disclosed that the Commission of Inquiry is not targeting a political party, a tribe or a region. He called on the tribal heads to collectively reject those who seek to divide their communities, and support the Commission of Inquiry to send a clear message to the world that Sierra Leoneans are all united in the fight against corruption and to restore democratic accountability.
The Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Solomon Jamiru, esq. in his brief remarks, established that the tests of legality, and/or legitimacy have been satisfied, and also explained the importance and benefits of the commission of inquiry.
He also highlighted some of the tremendous strides taken by government which have attracted local and international admiration.
The tribal Heads (Chiefs) in their individual statements pledged their unreserved solidarity with the commission. The chiefs committed themselves to cascading the information about the importance of the commission of inquiry to their subjects.
Embellishing the statements of Minister and his deputy, the Outreach coordinator, Abubakarr Joe Sesay, said the fight against corruption is a worthwhile fight, it is the only way to rebuild and sustain our damaged economy, a handiwork of corruption, perpetuated by the past regime.
Late 2018, three constitutional instruments were passed into law by Parliament, and the subsequent issuance of the certificate to the Executive (the government) for the establishment of the Commissions of Inquiry, having satisfied the provisions of the law.