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Sierra Leone is politically stable – Delegation tells Parliament

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The Sierra Leonean  delegation to the Community Parliament, on Saturday, June 25, 2022 revealed to lawmakers that the political situation in the country is stable during a presentation made by the only female of the delegation Veronica.

According to her they look forward to the conduct of the 2023 Parliamentary and Presidential elections.

The ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party held its National Delegates Conference in December, 2021, and unanimously approved His Excellency Brigadier(Rtd.) Dr, Julius Maada Bio as the Party Leader and flag bearer for the 2023 presidential elections. 

On the 13th May, 2022, the main opposition – All People’s Congress (APC) constituted a 21-member Interim Transitional Governance Committee (ITGC) in pursuance of the High Court order delivered by Hon. Justice Adrian Fisher on 28th April, 2022, which ordered the APC National Executive Committee to dissolve and make way for an interim committee.

The committee has the mandate to conduct the forthcoming National Delegates Conference and to develop rules and regulations to govern all internal party elections leading to the conference, where the party is expected to elect its Leader and flag bearer for the 2023 presidential election.

On the 31st May, 2022, Statistics Sierra Leone released the provisional results of the 2021 Mid-Term Population and Housing Census (MTHPC) conducted in December 2021, which says that the population of Sierra Leone has increased from 7,092,113 in 2015 to 7,541,641 in 2021, of which 3,825, 378 (50.7%) are females and 3,716,263 (49.3%) are males.

The Political Party Registration Commission (PPRC), with support from the United Nation Development Program (UNDP), provided training on ‘Negotiation and Mediation’ and organized a “Dialogue Lunch”, which brought together leaders of Political Parties with representation in the House of Parliament to discuss and proffer solutions to national issues, to help bridge the gap between the leadership of parties and to foster political tolerance.

Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, Sierra Leone Parliament hosted the 52nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Regional Conference from the 3rd -9th June 2022, under the theme “the role of African Parliaments in building an inclusive society to counter growing insecurity in Africa” was deliberated, with the view to explore and share ideas and perspectives, on how to strengthen democracy in Africa.

For every year, the CPA Africa Region meets to reflect on the previous year’s initiative and discuss emerging issues alongside several side events like workshops, annual general and steering committee meetings.

The Speaker of the Sierra Leone Parliament Rtd. Hon. Abass Chernor Bundu, who has been newly elected as the Chairperson CPA Africa Region, welcomed to the Regional Conference almost 300 delegates from branches across the CPA Africa Region, from both national and sub-national Parliaments. Amongst issues discussed, were women youth and people with disabilities.

Hon Bah Chernor leader delegation

SECURITY SITUATION

Sierra Leone remains committed and vigilant in its fight against insecurity and has continued to enjoy a relative low crime rate.

The general security situation in the country remains peaceful and stable though there are pockets of internal security challenges which include drug abuse by youths; conflicts and violence between parties during bye-elections; conflicts between farmers and herders, disaffection and squabbles in mining and agricultural communities over corporate social responsibilities of multinational companies and land rights.

Government considers safe and sufficient food supply, a matter of national security and has prioritised food security as a key factor in building national resilience. Government is determined to pursue food security and in March, 2022, signed bilateral agreements in agriculture and fisheries with Vietnam.

To enhance public safety and security building, government has commissioned six Forward Patrol Bases for the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) border patrol duties, and is building four fire stations. Government has established the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) to respond faster to national emergencies and to recommend actions to mitigate such disasters.

There is no recent history of terrorism in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone continues to contribute to various UN peacekeeping missions. Political violence has declined significantly and occasional civil society or politically motivated protests have mostly remained peaceful. Incident of kidnapping are extremely rare.

HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) was established by an Act of Parliament following recommendations from the Lome Peace Agreement of 1999 and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report of 2004.

As a signatory to multiple human rights treaties, government seeks to provide access to justice for all. Laws have been introduced to address discrimination against women, girls, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

The Report on Sierra Leone Human Rights Record, put together by a multi-sectoral group, was presented at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

The report highlights the enormous efforts and steps taken by Sierra Leone to improve human rights. Government has pledged its commitment to addressing issues raised in the 2021 State of Human Rights Report presented by the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone.

She further told the House several reforms are ongoing and are expected to promote the human rights situation in the country. Government is combatting human trafficking and child marriage, the Judiciary and state institutions are undertaking reforms, access to justice has been expanded and correctional facilities are being decongested.

There is also no journalist in prison and that Sierra Leone has progressed impressively on the World Press Freedom Index, moving 29 places from its 75th place in 2021 to 46th in 2022. The 2022 report published by Reporters without Borders (Reporteurs Sans Frontiers, RSF) recognizes that Sierra Leone's media sector is pluralistic and generally independent and freedom of the press is guaranteed by law. After the repeal of the Seditious Libel Law, government has remained committed to deepening on-going reforms in the media to achieve long-term viability and sustainability.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ecowasnews.com/Abuja-Nigeria

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