Partners in Conflict Transformation Picord and Civil society activist have expressed concern over the draft chieftaincy bill of 2008.
One of the campaigners Lawyer Mohamed A.Bangura told the press in Kenema that the bill was not the wishes and affiliation of the people of this nation adding that the bill gave the government too much autonomy over the dues of paramount chiefs.
Lawyer Bangura disclosed that there are certain portions in the draft bill like the right given to the paramount chiefs to remove section chiefs, the power given to the provincial secretary to conduct the paramount chieftaincy election, and the removal of paramount chiefs by the central government which he says is wrong in any democratic society.
He says the draft bill also provide over whelming power to the central government to interfere into the administration of paramount chiefs adding that the removal of paramount chiefs should not be the business of the central government but the people who elected him or her into the office.
They know their paramount chiefs better than any other person because they live and do everything with them.
He maintained that as campaigners they are not against the draft bill but are keen to restore respectability to the throne of paramount chieftaincy in the country though they have to also ensure that the paramount chiefs are accountable to their people at all time.
Lawyer Bangura is appealing to all parliamentarians to carefully look at the draft bill before they may vote for it to become law. He called on all and sundry to put hands together to make sure that the correct thing is done in the interest of the nation.