Over The Outcome Of Their Election Petitions… APC Worried

 

By Thomas S. Kembay

The main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) has reported asked the judiciary about the whereabouts of their petitions filed against some Parliamentarians of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) after the 7th March, 2018 parliamentary elections.

The question comes following incidents of intimidations suffered by the party in the hands of the judiciary whenever the party dabbles into critical sensitive issues with the government.

Speaking to The Exclusive, one of the petitioners, Hon. Rollins Kamara explained that the APC had also filed election petitions against some MPs of the ruling SLPP but that they have never been heard since.

“We had also filed petitions against them over dual citizenship and other allegations but the judiciary is yet to sit on them,” fumed Hon. Rollins Kamara, noting that what was expected of the judiciary was to look into allegations brought before it for fair justice.

“What is good for the Goose is good for the Ganda,” said the APC law maker.

Hon. Kamara pointed out that most of the cases brought forward against them were based on allegations of electoral violence while few others were based on allegations of some of their members collecting monies from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

Elections, he said, have since been over and that both local and international observers as well as the National Electoral Commission (NEC) acclaimed the process to be peaceful and transparent.

He therefore wondered where the violence came, adding that violence was reported by their party after the SLPP was declared winner as their members, he alleged, were attacked in some parts of the country.

He emphasised that the constant distraction and intimidation faced are becoming alarming for which they also want to know about the status of their petitions matter before the court.

 

Sunbird Plantation On Fire

By Ayodele Deen-Cole

A senior official of the Sunbird Company formerly Addax Bio-energy Company, Alhaji B. Jalloh has disclosed that the company is currently facing very serious challenges in the hands of some locals around its operational areas engaged in burning their farms for subsequent cultivation.

According to him, the company is losing millions of dollars as a result of the said act by the locals in that part of Bombali District.

Other companies such as the defunct Africa Minerals Limited and London Mining, he said, had also suffered similar challenges from villagers. He therefore called on the government to come up with a policy that would protect the assets of companies operating in the country. He also called on authorities concerned to issue out a stern warning to the villagers.

Sunbird, he said, is one of the companies that are contributing to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and at the same time,  providing employment and skills training opportunities for the young people in that part of the country.

Currently, Mr. Jalloh said, the company is providing electricity supply to its host community and also intends to establish a sugar factory for export purposes, adding that the company has the capacity to embark on such project which is expected to provide up to ten thousand jobs for Sierra Leoneans.

Meanwhile, officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Foreign and Food have reportedly issued a stern warning to the villager regarding this disturbing act of theirs.