The National Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party Jacob Jusu Saffa has reacted strongly after the Supreme Court ruled against his party in the case of Bu-buakei Jabbi Vs SLPP.
Speaking to Awoko Mr Saffa said “It is extremely disappointing and very regrettable that this is the type of judiciary Sierra Leone has.” He went on “this same judiciary has two cases one of the cases they have is our appeal to the Supreme Court for the invalidation of the 477 polling stations at the 2007 presidential elections, today the Supreme Court has not said anything about that case. We also have a case again at the High Court relating to the illegal banning of our radio station, the Supreme Court has done nothing so far about this.”
Mr Saffa went on to explain that “The case we had in court was a submission by Bu-buakei Jabbi that we have contravened portions of our constitution. Our arguments were very simple that the Supreme Court lacks the jurisdiction, these are matters that should be administratively handled by the PPRC, then we also argued that he did not have the locus standi, these were in the preliminary objections which we filed. Unfortunately the Supreme Court went against its own ruling in 2005, a similar case like that happened in the case of Norman and Banya, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the defendant at that time, 5 years down the line nothing circumstantially has changed, nothing significantly has changed, the same Supreme Court is going against its own ruling again. I mean it’s really regrettable that is the type of Supreme Court that keeps swimming from left to right like a pendulum, it’s regrettable, its really regrettable. I really believe we are not safe in the hands of the current judiciary in Sierra Leone and that’s going to be very paramount in our agenda by the time we come back in 2012.”
“We know for sure that its politically motivated, I can be brave to say this particular Supreme Court they are politically biased they are creating the type of situation hoping that they can put us in chaos so that we can destabilize, we can’t get organised for the 2012 elections but believe you me we’ll go ahead. That’s why we advised our lawyers to inform them that they are going to stay away from participating in the matter henceforth.”
Questioned the ruling has affected his party, the SLPP National Secretary General said “Well generally we expect that it will demoralise some members here and there but that is our assignment to sensitize them so that we can keep their morale up, but we are considering very active political actions henceforth, because we know the judiciary is really not here to protect our interest and we are worried and these are the people who may cause chaos in this country in the years to come, I am worried I am substantially worried I am considerably worried.”