The three main political parties in the country, the Sierra Leone People’s Party, All People’s Congress, and the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change with the lesser parties, have signed a Freedom of Information communiqué, according to the Co-ordinator of the Freedom of Information Coalition, Sierra Leone Lyndon Evans-Baines Johnson.
In the communiqué, the would-be parliamentarians of these parties “Pledged to pass the FOI Bill when they get to parliament, and, to collaborate with other parties in parliament to work for an FOI law.”
Lyndon-Baines Johnson stated that they have taken a step further in their fight for a law on freedom of information law in the country by “targeting members of the different political parties, who have been given symbols in Makeni and Port Loko to contest the forth coming august elections.”
The above he said took place at a workshop in Makeni and Port Loko.
Underscoring the importance of the bill, Lyndon-Baines Johnson told the would-be parliamentarians that “As would-be parliamentarians, it is best that the FOI message be spread to you and get converts,” adding, “To change a man, start with his grand parents.”
The coordinator told the 40 participants including 28 would-be parliamentarians that a “freedom of information law will help create transparency, accountability, good governance and political development in Sierra Leone.”
The FOI law he said is an antidote to corruption.
He further explained that an FOI law will dispel secrecy and create an open system.”
Mr. Ben Kamara, who represented PC Kassanga told the participants that “information is the back bone to development.”
Similar programs he said are scheduled for Moyamba, Kabala and Kambia parliamentary election contenders.