Commissions Of Inquiry… Margai Throws Bombshell


Renowned constitutional lawyer and National Leader of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Charles Francis Margai has waded into the three Commissions of Inquiry brouhaha with an opinion that has once more ignited the debate about the constitutional instruments setting up the Commissions.

Speaking in his capacity as a political leader, Lawyer Charles Francis Margai commented that the three constitutional instruments are flawed despite they went through parliamentary confirmation. He alluded to Section 150 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone which, he alleged, was flagrantly disregarded by the drafters of the three constitutional instruments.

The controversial legal luminary, who was the first approved Attorney General and Minister of Justice in the Bio administration but was controversially sacked for an unexplained reason, opined that if what he sees as glaring errors in the three constitutional instruments are not rectified, the Commissions would be an exercise in futility and a waste of time and taxpayers’ money.

Lawyer Margai furthered that the scope of the Commissions should be stretched to cover from 2002 to 2018, which would include officials of the late former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah led SLPP Government that worked with him in his second term in office, adding that vote controllers and contractors should be included in the list of subjects for investigation by the Commissions.

Mr. Margai called on President Julius Maada Bio to stop making prejudgment of the matter, especially the statement he made in Kono during his thank-you tour of the district. “It is wrong and unfortunate for the President to be prejudging the outcome of the Commissions of Inquiry,” he said, adding that the President is regulated by statute and risks impeachment for his saying those who have stolen money should come with it. “He has no such authority to make such statement. Leave the commission to do its work and come out with its recommendations,” he advised President Bio, adding that the President is not Sierra Leone nor is he the government and called on his Attorney General to advise him to say little on what Mr. Margai said the President knows little about.

He reiterated that the investigations should not exempt anybody in the present administration that served in the former. “The law is no respecter of persons,” he said. Mr. Margai called for the commissions to have the support of all of us because, according to him, “we believe it will be free, fair and transparent.”

Commenting on the integrity and uprightness of one of the judges with whom, he said, he worked with at the Law Officers Department in the 1970s, Justice Bankole Thompson is a man of repute, “a no-nonsense man, nobody dictates to him. His investigation will be fair, transparent and credible.”