Why is VP Juldeh Jalloh undermining Bio’s Govt?

Sierra Leone’s Vice President, Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, should know that state institutions should be allowed to do their work independently. The justice sector in any country will encourage or discourage investment, based on the way and manner they operate. If they operate transparently and fairly, it will pave the way for investors and investments to flourish, but if they behaved otherwise, it will lead to serious investment challenges. Sierra Leone, as a nation, is struggling today because the justice system that should be there to dispense justice to all and sundry has been caught in the middle of so many challenges. Any country whose justice system is weak will never see the light of day. There is a line up of cases in the judiciary, for which the majority have been suffering in silence. Members of the public no longer trust or have faith in the justice system, as they now believe to seek redress through the media.

Past and successive governments have woefully failed to make the judiciary what it is expected. Injustice has eaten the fabric of our justice system to the extent that the justice we have been searching for is nowhere to be seen in Sierra Leone. The Department For International Development (DFID), a British funding agency, has been supporting the government of Sierra Leone to ensure there is justice for all. It will surprise readers and even our development partners to know that all the monies they have been spending to reform the justice sector have been of no use to us as a nation. Justice in Sierra Leone is like struggling to get a visa to go to either the United States of America or Britain. This is causing the nation serious economic loss, to the extent that even foreign investors have been complaining about the justice sector. Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray has spent close to two years in detention languishing at the Pademba Prison, but the Chief Justice is so comfortable with that amidst the cry for bail by his lawyers and relatives. Sierra Leone is a signatory to many international treaties and conventions, but little is being done to have those treaties and conventions being practicalized.

The Bio Government which came with a mantra of “New Direction” has done little or virtually nothing to change the narrative. The doors of media houses have been turned into churches or mosques for aggrieved people, whose rights have been violated. When you talk of the justice sector in any country, some institutions usually come to mind. The Police, Judiciary and the Prison. These three institutions in any country form part of the justice sector. In Sierra Leone, there is the blame game ideology by the three institutions against themselves. The Police will tell you their job is to investigate criminals, charge and prosecute them. The judiciary will tell you theirs is to dispense justice and the Prison will also tell you that they are there to maintain and protect prisoners. In all of these, you will see the police shifting blame to the judiciary as the cause or institution responsible for the failure of justice, whereas the judiciary will as well do the same. We are in a country where every institution uses the blame game strategy to score points against one another. I have been following the matter between Jaffa Zeighr and Leon Oil. That case has taken over a year and Jaffa is yet to get justice. The delay to deliver judgment on the matter has frustrated Jaffa to the extent that he is left with no option but to set himself alive. Reliable information is that the country’s Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, has been accused as the one playing “behind the scenes role”, depriving Jaffa of justice. The Presiding Judge, Justice Samuel Taylor, has not enjoyed peace. He is known to be one of the upright judges, but he has delayed in passing judgment on the matter. Jaffa is said to have bought petroleum products amounting to One point two billion Leones from Leon Oil, and has not been able to collect his supply.

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