Bio Warns “Anyone Who Fails To Comply Will Face The Full Force Of The Law”

 

By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has during the formal launching of the Commissions of Inquiry at the Peace Museum, former Special Court yard on Jumo Kenyatta Road warned all past government officials to comply with the Commissions of Inquiry when invited.

“I repeat, anyone who fails to comply with the Commissions will face the full force of the law,” said His Excellency while officially launching the Commission of Inquiry yesterday.

President Bio stated that the three presiding Judges for the three commissions have no stake in the country’s politics and therefore makes them bias-free and fair in their judgments.

He continued that the government will act on the findings of the Commissions, while maintaining, “this will be the last Commissions of Inquiry we will ever have in this country.”

His Excellency furthered that corruption is a threat to national development. “We must fight corruption head-on, citing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report which stated that corruption is one of the primary causes for the 11 years long civil war in the country.

President Bio intimated that corruption has survived because the political will to fight against the deadly plague was lacking, adding that the fight against corruption has for long time been a lip service with sham trials and backdoor processes and procedures.

His Excellency also maintained that he has empowered the no-nonsense Anti-Corruption Czar, Francis Ben Keilfala Esq. and his team to fully investigate all forms of corruption including those officials serving in his administration.

“I will weed out all those found wanton for corruption,” he said whilst maintaining further that the Commissions will look at governance, infrastructure, assets and lifestyle of senior public officials between 2007 and 2018.

The three judges of the Commission of Inquiry, Justice Biobele George Will, Justice Bankole Thompson and Justice William Annan Atuguba yesterday took and subscribed to the oath of office as Chairmen and sole commissioners of the three Commissions of Inquiry at State House before His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio, prior to the launching of the Commissions of Inquiry.