Koroma Receives CRC Report But…

It was yesterday confirmed that President Korma has heartedly received final report on the drafting of the Sierra Leone 1991 Constitution from The Constitutional Review Committee (CRC).

At his State House office, Justice Edmund Cowan gloriously but respectfully handed over the report to President hoping it will be actioned in soonest possible time.

Secretary to the President, Osho Coker said the CRC was established on 30th July by President Koroma for a review of the current constitution of Sierra Leone, to obviously make amends that will benefit society.

According the state house communication unit, the ceremony was described as not only a milestone in the journey to achieving modern constitutionalism, but one of a momentous occasion in the sense that it took place within the relics of colonialism, signifying a poignant reminder of the enormous strides the country has made in the area of democracy and good governance since independence.

Preceding the compilation of the report, the CRC undertook civic education and consultation with the people to give them the opportunity to make contributions to the process.

His statement, President Koroma said that mandate of the CRC is to provide the direction and scope within which the review process should take place.

That his mandate to the committee was that they should carry out the process in a fair, open, transparent and participatory manner.

The objective, he said, is to protect the nation Sierra Leone from repression, war and to make society’s laws align to aspirations defining what are middle income countries and donor nations.

We must care for our baby- the CRC, he said.

He thanked the United Nations Development Programme, the European Union and the Department for International Development for their supports to the process.

Justice Edmond Cowan, chairman CRC said the committee was given the responsibilities to review the constitution, taking into consideration emerging issues, ambiguity of laws, democratic gains, the TRC Report and the Peter Tucker Report.

“We made consultations with stakeholders countrywide and that the views of the people are contained in the report.

Other speakers include the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara who said the submission of the report marked another age in the democratic process of Sierra Leone as the country steps forward in engaging her people in the decisions that directly affect their welfare.

But whether elections date will be soon announced as promised or may be in the months come is yet an unanswered question.

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