Sierra Leone: More condemnations trail VP's sack

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Condemnations have continued to trail last week's sack of Sierra Leone's Vice President (VP) Samuel Sam-Sumana by President Ernest Bai Koroma, which was the culmination of the long-drawn cold war between the two.

Civil society and other interest groups in the country have condemned the sack, calling on the President to immediately rescind his decision.

Also, the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has condemned the President for his ''illegal action'' and urged him to reverse it as he has no power under the constitution to sack his deputy

In the latest condemnation, the country's Bar Association has called for respect for the nation's constitution and for due process.

The association, at its general meeting on Friday, voted overwhelmingly against the decision by the President to sack Vice President Sam-Sumana without recourse to constitutional provision.

The association said the executive powers which the President was said to have used to sack his deputy were unconstitutional.

It resolved that ''the relieving or sacking of the Vice president and the appointment of another Vice President by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone is unconstitutional as no such powers are vested in the President or the executive arms of government”.

The Sierra Leone Labour Congress has also said it is not convinced with the reasons advanced by the President for sacking his deputy.

“Sierra Leone Labour Congress views that the reasons advanced for the removal of the Vice President do not conform to the provisions stipulated in the said constitution which is the Supreme law of our land,” the Congress said in a statement obtained by PANA in Freetown.

PANA reported that lawyers for the Vice President have approached the Supreme Court for an interpretation of the law relating to the sack of the Vice President.

Announcing the sack last week, President Koroma said Alhaji Sam-Sumana was no longer a member of a political party in Sierra Leone and therefore did not have the continuous requirement to hold office as Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
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22 march 2015 16:31:44

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