Review Executive Order -Red Cross Insists

 

The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) has called on the Government of Sierra Leone to review Executive Order No. 1 to enable them clear their 40ft container at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay and respond to any crisis that my occur.

According to the SLRCS Communication Officer, Abu Bakarr Tarawalie, their operations have been negatively impacted by the Executive Order No. 1 that cancelled duty waivers on imported consignments not covered by the Vienna Convention. He said the 2012 SLRCS Act gives them duty waives right and tax exemption on their imported consignments for their operations in responding to crisis such as donating to disaster victims.

“As I speak, we have a 40ft container accumulating demurrage at the quay,” said Mr. Tarawalie, noting that after several engagements with government and stakeholders to enable them clear the 40ft container which did not yield any fruit, they are now bringing it to public knowledge that in a situation where there is crisis, the SLRCS would not be able to participate in the response process because of the Executive Order No. 1.

The Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL), he said, was obligated to establish the SLRCS as it is signatory to the Geneva Convention Treaty and also a member of the International Conference of the Red Cross.

One of government’s commitments in the Treaty, he said, was to establish and support a National Red Cross Society but however lamented that since its inception in 2012, the SLRCS has never received a dime as subvention from the Government of Sierra Leone despite they are entitled to it as stipulated by the 2012 SLRCS Act.

The non-disbursement of subvention by government, according to Mr. Tarawallie, has been used by their International partners as a parameter to measure the level of interaction and acceptance of the Red Cross legal status and auxiliary status to the Government of Sierra Leone.