Former flag bearer of the All Peoples Congress (APC) Dr Samura Kamara has called on the government to see reason to postpone the Mid-Term Census, Cybercrime Bill until further notice.
In a press statement he released over the weekend, Dr Samura Kamara reiterated his belief in the separation of powers in state governance. He said the constitution of the state defines and limits the power of government it creates. It, therefore, follows, as a natural and also logical result that the government exercise of any power not authorized by the constitution is an assumed power, and therefore illegal.
Dr Samura Kamara described the SLPP Cybercrime, Mid-Term Census, and Local Govt Policy illegal and said the opposition to these bills is enough for the government to see reason to suspend them and get them done properly.
“From 2018 to date, Sierra Leone is still going through pains regarding biases and the inability of state institutions to work independently for its citizens. The country has been circled around political sentiments, tribe, region and it has prompted government operations to be strangled, due to lack of administrative experience.”
As he is intending to run for the flag bearer of the party for the 2023 general elections, Dr Samura Kamara averred that there must be peace in the country and that government must listen to the people and political parties so that democracy will prevail and in turn there will be development. He said 13 political parties have come together to make their position known and these party members going to State House to give the President their petition letter were discountenanced and treated badly.
“This is not good for our democracy as it is sending a bad signal to the international community and even the people of Sierra Leone are being discouraged and afraid that their freedoms are being trampled upon.”
He said the executive arm of government needs 100 % independence which is why Ministers and other appointees will definitely work in line with his vision and manifesto pledges. The legislative arm will have its autonomy and it will work for the people and benefit the wider society, on the basis of enacting laws that will resonate with the wishes and aspirations of the citizenry. The judiciary holds a big stake in a government function.
Dr Samura Kamara averred that Ministries, Departments, and Agencies are established under the constitution of the state or by an act of parliament. These institutions, therefore, have no alternative, but to follow the due processes in executing their duties and responsibilities independently without executive orders or decree.
He appealed to the government to work towards peace so that the citizens will be able to live in peace. The former flag bearer noted that the President must look into all the problems especially the Bike Riders problem that has seen numerous of them killed through accidents when they are pursued. He said the police should revisit their plans so that they can regain their respect to the people of Sierra Leone.
“Peace is what the people need and the government must work with all groups, political parties, the CSOs and the people of Sierra Leone so that peace, tranquility and confidence will be with the people. AT/28/04/2021
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