Members of the Civil Society organizations operating in the Kenema district have joined the customary law officer in the Eastern Region Lawrence Kenie Bockarie in appealing for access to primary justice in the region.
In a regular radio discussion program title ‘’How we dae?’’ at the Eastern Radio in Kenema city. The customary court supervisor in the Kenema district Lawrence Kenei Bockarie told his audience that it is natural that most people in the rural setting lack knowledge of where to go or what to do when their chiefdoms court refuse to grant them their right.
He said matters that are being challenged are not to be presided over by any Kangaroo court but to be sent to the constituted court.
Mr. Bockarie called on people to take their cases to the local court or magistrate courts where there is Justice and stipulated fine for every offence committed within the society.
Lawrence Bockarie appealed to the chiefdom authorities to have bye laws in their chiefdoms which the court chairmen would use as guidelines which they can use as a reference point especially when dealing with complex matters to avoid nurturing hatred and violence in their communities.
He stressed that because there are no stipulated fines and punishment instituted for offences committed at certain communities within their chiefdoms, the chiefdom court authorities levy heavy fines on the innocent people who lack adequate knowledge of the justice system in the country.
In his contribution the chairman Civil Society Movement (CSM) in the Eastern Region Augustine Sannoh underscored the importance of the local and the magistrate courts where he noted justice could be dispensed to the public accordingly.
Sannoh said people should go to the local court or the magistrate court for redress of their cases, instead of going to what he refers to as the numerous Kangaroo courts in our societies where he added most times people are denied justice.
The Regional Director of Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) Patrick Adu said that the chiefdoms court chairmen should have a change of attitude and approach in handling matters in their communities and avoid levying unnecessary fines on their subjects. This, Mr. Adu added is responsible for the mass exodus of young people abandoning their communities for urban areas out of malice to avoid irrelevant confusion with chiefdom authorities and their parents.