10 APC MPs Set For Appeals Court

By Ayodele Deen-Cole

Lawyers representing ten former Members of Parliament of the main Opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party are currently mounting pressure on the judiciary to call up their petition case before the Appeals Court of the land.

The petition matters were filed before the Appeals Court last year after the Freetown High Court ruling against their election victories, replacing them with other Members of Parliament, mostly from the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).

However, in spite of the timelines of the petition, the judiciary is yet to announce a date for the hearing of those matters. In a recent correspondence sent to the judiciary one of the lawyers representing the former MPs, Africanus Sesay called on the Chief Justice to convey the Appeals Court so that their clients will be able to seek justice.

He reminded the court that since the last verdict was passed by the High Court, their clients have come under immense pressure from most of their constituents, who are calling for their reinstatement in Parliament as they are the ones they voted for.

Lawyer Africanus Sesay also reminded the court that justice delay is justice denied, adding that the new MPs are currently working and receiving salaries, despite not been voted for to take the seat of Parliament. The learned lawyer also wrote that there is a timeline for the validity of such petition, adding that they want to work within that period.

In their response to this issue, the Communication Officer at the Judiciary, Moses Kargbo said that they acknowledge receipt of such petition but that the Chief Justice (C.J) is now working to convey the Appeals Court for hearing the said matters.

According to him, the Appeals Court is not an ordinary court, as it constitutes several High Court judges to sit on it. He urged the lawyers and party members to be patient as, according to him, their matter would be heard independently and fairly.