By Sylvester Samba.
Members of the All Political Parties Association (APPA) have spoken with one voice by unanimously supporting the setting up of Commissions of Inquiry by President Julius Maada Bio’s led government.
Addressing the press at their Pademba Road office in Freetown on Monday 14th January, 2019 APPA members reiterated that registered political parties with APPA fully support the Commissions of Inquiry, bearing in mind they will be conducted in an imperial, objective, independent, fair, and transparent manner for the benefit of all citizens, irrespective of political party affiliations.
The Association has called on the Government of Sierra Leone to embark on public education, awareness and sensitization campaigns about the Commission of Inquiry to increase public trust and confidence and alleviate the fear that the exercise is not a “Witch-Hunt”.
They further explained that APPA joins the Inter-Religious Council and the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) in calling on the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Chief Justice and Chairman of the Rules of Court Committee to convene a meeting of the Rules of Court Committee for the purpose of carrying out its mandate under Section 145 and 150 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.
The Association also pleaded with President Julius Maada Bio to appoint a Chairman and Commissioners of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC). “The members of APPA envisage that the appointment of a Chairperson and Commissioners of PPRC will assist in building synergies and effective partnership with political parties as well as serve as a mechanism for regulating the conduct of political parties and conflict resolution between political parties, central government and the security sector”.