Campaign for Good Governance, a non governmental humanitarian organization has on Friday 3rd March held a stakeholders forum titled “The Power of Place”. The interactive forum which took place at the National Museum complex brought together bishop Humper, former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, representatives from civil society organizations, Special Court For Sierra Leone, National Human Rights Commission, National Commission of Monuments and Relics and human rights activists. In her opening statement the programme coordinator for CGG, Mrs Bernadette French said the forum is an initiative of the CGG to engage stakeholders in the process of reconciliation, forgiveness and peaceful coexistence in Sierra Leone. She further explained that the programme is a follow up from the TRC’s recommendation to support national historic structures in the implementation of the symbolic reparation programme.
The various representatives gave an update on their activities in relation to symbolic reparation and maintenance of the country’s historic sites and monuments. The chairman of the forum, Mr. John Caulker stated the importance of preserving our historic heritage as it will leave a legacy for our future generation. The chairman of the National Commission of Monuments and Relics, Mr.Charlie Hughes said the commission was established in 1947 to protect and conserve Sierra Leone’s historic assets.Mr. Hughes said that the law which regulates the seven man commission is as old as the commission itself. He however stated that they are working towards the review of the outdated Monument and Relics Act. The Outreach coordinator of symbolic reparation programme at NaCSA,Ibrahim Satti Kamara told stakeholders that the reparation programme will target fourty chiefdoms in the country for a start. The first symbolic reparation programme took place at Bumaru in the Kailahun district where the first gun shot which signals the start of the civil war was fired. Ibrahim Satti Kamara further explained that the ceremony started with a vigil and was followed by a symbolic reburial on the 23rd March, 2009.The Head of Legacy Section of Special Court and Head of Department, Peace and Conflict Studies, Fourah Bay College, Mrs. Memunatu Pratt assured partners of the court’s willingness to support the reparation programme.”