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SLPP Flagbearer Application Dr. Bu-Buakei JABBI (GRAND CHIEF PATRON, SLPP: Membership No. 0005)
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SLPP  Flagbearer  Application

Dr. Bu-Buakei  JABBI

(GRAND CHIEF PATRON, SLPP: Membership No. 0005)

LETTER OF DECLARATION OF INTENT

(As per Clauses 1 & 2 of the Rules and Regulations, 2010)


TO:
National Secretary-General, Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).

COPY: National Chairman, Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP).

FROM: Dr. Bu-Buakei JABBI, Grand Chief Patron, SLPP.

 

Dear National Secretary-General,

 

I hereby declare and do submit this declaration of my intention to contest for the position of the Flagbearer or Presidential Candidate of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) for the national Presidential Election in 2012.

 

In all the present circumstances of the national political situation in Sierra Leone, I assure the Party that my candidature will surely reap overall victory for it in the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2012.


Dr. Bu-Buakei  JABBI Our Next President?

Enclosed herewith are the following documents in respect of myself and my declaration of intent and application:

(a). Compliance and Declaration Form (Duly Signed)
(b). Profile and Curriculum Vitae (P&CV)
(b).  Statement of Flagbearer Fitness.

 

I wish the Party all success.

 

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Bu-Buakei JABBI.


PROFILE & CURRICULUM VITAE OF
Dr. Bu-Buakei  JABBI
(as at August 31, 2010)
(GRAND CHIEF PATRON, SLPP: Membership No. 0005)

A.   EXISTENTIAL DATA

(1).   BASIC DATA

A male Sierra Leonean, born 7th May 1945 at Gbonimbu Moama, Peje-Bongre Chiefdom, Kailahun District, of Kenei Buakei Jabbi (Father) and Mamei Hawa Kamara (Mother).  Happily married since 1973 and blessed with five (5) children of his own loins who are now aged between 40 and 20 as at 31st August 2010.  Also fully sponsoring a few other children or wards from the extended family at any one time over the years.

(2).  ADDRESSES & CONTACT

Business: Jia-Jina Chambers, 2 Siaka Stevens St. (1st Floor), Freetown.

Residence: 11A Gibbon Lane, Off Syke Street, Brookfields, Freetown.

E-mail: bujabbi@yahoo.com

Telephone: 076-606697

 

B.  EDUCATION & LITERACY

(1).  HISTORY

 

1948 – 51: At Gbonimbu Moama: Pre-school learning of Mende alphabet and basic scripting from his Father, a local Methodist catechist.

1951 – 56: Methodist Primary School, Manowa, Kailahun District.

1957 – 62: Government Secondary School, Kenema.  (Up to Form 5).

*Reputed to have obtained the best O-level result nationwide in 1962.

1962 – 64: Government Secondary School, Bo.  (Form 6).

*Won a special National Scholarship for his A-level result in 1964. 

*Also won a national prize for translating the National Anthem into the vernacular (Mende) in 1963.  

1964 – 65: University of Durham (at Fourah Bay College, Freetown).

Intermediate Year, B. A.(General).  Subjects: Language & Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy & Logic, History, Latin.

1965 – 68: University of Durham (at Fourah Bay College, Freetown).

B. A. (Honours English). Subjects: Literature/Linguistics Major), Philosophy /Ethics (Minor).

1969 – 70: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

M. A. Subjects: English Literature and American Studies.

1977 – 81: University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.

Ph. D. research studies in African Literature.

1979 – 81: University of Sheffield, UK.  LL. B (Hons) course.
1981 – 82: Council of Legal Education (CLE), London; Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, London: Training for the Utter Bar Degree. 

(2)  HIGHER QUALIFICATIONS

(a).  Has developed and maintained over the years a high level proficiency in reading and writing the Mende language and translating parts of the Bible into Mende.

(b).  Obtained university education and professional legal training from a number of British institutions: 

•  B. A(Hons. English) (Durham) (Upper 2nd Class) (June 1968)

•  M. A.(Sussex) (August 1970)

•  Ph. D. (Sheffield) (April1981)

•  LL. B (Hons) (Sheffield)( Lower 2nd Class) (June 1981).

•  Utter Bar & Barrister-at-Law (CLE, London) (September 1982).

 

C.EDUCATIONAL EMPLOYMENTS / ALMA MATER

(1).  PEDAGOGY

(a). Served severally as a secondary school teacher and University Lecturer of English and Literature in Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom over an intermittent period of 17 years (1968-1986):

• Muslim Congress Secondary School, Kissy, Freetown (1968-69).

• Department of English, Njala University College (NUC), University of Sierra Leone (1970-75).

• Commonwealth Visiting Lecturer, Department of Literature, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (1975-77).

• Department of English, Njala University College (NUC), University of Sierra Leone (1982-86).

(b). Was editor and contributor of poems and articles to journals produced at the Department of English, Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone: Editor of the following Journals:

Journal of English, (1973-75).    

New Journal of Approaches to Language Arts(N.J.A.L.A.), (1983-84).

 

(2).  ALMA MATER

 

(a). Has been a member of his secondary school alma mater organisations since leaving school: the Kenema Old Students Association (KOSA) for the Government Secondary School, Kenema and the Old Bo Boys Association (OBBA) for the Government Secondary School, Bo.      

(b).Was elected several times and served various tenures over the years as National President, Kenema Old Students Association (KOSA), the ex-pupils or  alma mater organisation of the Kenema Government Secondary School for 1983 – 90 and 2001 - 04.

(c). Was appointed and served as Public Orator on the occasion of the Alumni Awards Ceremony for the Kenema Old Students Association (KOSA) on 28th March 2001, composing and delivering biographical and achievement citations to five distinguished alumni being honoured for excellence in national public service and for dedication to their alma mater, the Government Secondary School, Kenema.  They included the then National Chief of Defence Staff, National Presidential Spokesman, & Chairman of the National Commission for Democracy and Human Rights, among others.

D.  POLITICAL ACTIVITY

POLITICAL PARTICIPATION

(1).  STUDENT POLITICS

(a). Was an intensely active nationwide participant in student union politics and press journalism during the undergraduate years:
•  Was an intense activist in students union politics and journalism, writing under the personality-identified pen-name, “Viiviiwai” (1964 – 68).
•  Helped organise a tertiary students demonstration on the streets of Freetown on 11th November 1965  against the unilateral declaration of independence by Ian Smith in Southern Rhodesia at the time; and was arrested with other demonstrators and detained for two days by the police in their mistaken belief that the demonstration concerned a High Court ruling against the Mayor of Freetown which was being delivered that day.
•  Was for two years Secretary-General of the newly founded National Union of Sierra Leone Students (NUSS), embracing all nine (9) institutions of tertiary education in Sierra Leone at the time (1966-68).
•  As an undergraduate student, actively monitored the wider national politics at the time, including the challenges of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), and took part in several student delegations to the latter during the 1965 - 67 national election fever. 

 

(2). STAFF POLITICS

(a). Was elected and served as President of Senior Staff Association (NUC), and Alternate National President, University Senior Staff Association (NUC & FBC), University of Sierra Leone (1984 – 86).

 

(3)   NATIONAL POLITICS

(a).  Has been an active participant in national politics, political journalism, and the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) since 1968, Member of Parliament for the Kailahun North-East Constituency for six (6) years during the one-party era (1986 – 1992), and Minister of Government from April 1987 to April 1992.

(b). Has at various times been subjected to unprovoked partisan political violence or vendetta, to preventive detention in prison or under house arrest by either a civilian or military government for a number of months or even years at a time, all without charge or trial or recompense,  for his sheer outspokenness, relative independence of mind, media operation, and political activity or aspiration in 1968, 1973, 1992, and from May 1994 to April 1996 inclusive.

Was last released from two (2) years of NPRC house detention by President  Kabbah on 6th April 1996.  (See Items D(3)(c) & (f) on the next page)  

(c).   1968 – 1975:  Press and Political Engagements. 

•       Upon leaving college in June 1968, became an active writer and editorial participant in the SLPP local tabloids, the People,  Express and Freedom (1968 – 69), beginning with the satirical article “‘Mende-phobia’: Don’t Fear the Mendes”, published in various SLPP tabloids on 6th August 1968.

•       5th November 1968: After violent attacks by APC thugs upon a Party meeting organised by the Freedom group, the first SLPP public meeting since the return to civilian rule in April 1968, which was held at Sewa Grounds near Victoria Park, he then proceeded to the Freedom press house at 4 Gloucester Street to write and print the news story for publication the next day; but he was besieged there by grenade–throwing soldiers who badly damaged the building, and he barely escaped disguised.

•       With APC thugs attacking and destroying SLPP newspaper premises and equipments at various places, he finally moved the Freedom newspaper printing to his own rented residence at 12 Free Street (with the permission of the SLPP stalwart and landlady Mama Makallay).  Several APC gun attacks also took place there, leading to the shooting dead on his door-steps of a young newspaper vendor Biareh Trye in 1969. 

•       Whilst pursuing the M. A. course in England (1969 – 70), still contributed several “letters” to the London-based journal  West Africa on the political situation back at home in Sierra Leone.

•       Upon return home in 1970, continued the intense press activity with the Freedom newspaper, at one time publishing the article “Soldiers in Politics” which greatly upset the APC government of the day, leading to their vandalising of the Freedom premises.

•       April 1973:  Led fellow-aspiring SLPP candidates in Kailahun District for nomination there in the 1973 parliamentary elections; but were swooped upon in a house by dozens of gun-carrying men clad in red, then brutalised and dumped in the Kailahun prison for weeks; and later whilst in transit, were shot at in a truck in Kenema Police Station (the bullets hitting mainly the now Hon. Moinina Conteh, MP).  Detained at Pademba Road Prison in Freetown, he was not released until just before naming his first son in July 1973 as “Sonnia-Magba”, meaning “hardened by suffering and detention”.

(d).   1986 – 92:  Parliamentary & Ministerial Positions        

•       Was elected and served as Member of Parliament for six (6) years for the Kailahun North-East Constituency until the suspension of Parliament by a military coup (1986 - 92).

•       Was appointed and served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, generally functioning and attending Cabinet many times as Acting Foreign Minister, from April 1987 to September 1991.

•       Whilst a Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1986 -92), was further appointed Chairman or member of various Public Commissions, Committees or Boards of Directors:
¨      As Chairman of a 5-man Committee of Inquiry into relations between the Freetown City Council and the United Indigenous Commercial and PettyTraders Association (Mar. – Dec. 1988), and presenting a 172-page Report by the Chairman entitled Traders and the City Council.  (See Item F 7 below).
¨      Appointed in May 1990 and continuously served as founding Chairman of the inter-ministerial and inter-agency committee, the National RefugeesCo-ordinating Committee (NRCC), including representatives of UN organs and various NGOs, to deal with the spill-over effects into Sierra Leone of the Liberian civil war which had started in December 1989.  A 26-page interim Report, Liberian Crisis Impaction in Sierra Leone, was prepared by the Chairman in August 1990. (See Item F 9 below).  In June 1991, as Chairman of the NRCC, led a Special Delegation of the Sierra Leone Government to Sierra Leonean refugees in the Republic of Guinea, following the invasion of eastern Sierra Leone by rebels from Liberia and the virtual outbreak of civil war in Sierra Leone itself. A 23-page Report by the Chairman, Report and Recommendations of Mission to Sierra Leonean Refugees  in Guinea,  was submitted in July 1991. (See Item F 11).

(NOTE:  Following the spread of civil war into Sierra Leone, this Committee was subsequently re-named in November 1991 as the National Rehabilitation   Committee (NARECOM) and in March 1992 as the National Committee for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Re-integration (NCRRR), all successively under the same previous Chairmanship, up until the military take-over of April 1992.  It also ultimately formed the basis for the parastatal agency, the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) in 1997 during the post-junta civilian government).
¨      Appointed on 2nd January 1987, continuously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the newly established company, the Sierra Leone  Telecommunications Company (SLNTC) (January 1987 - May 1992),  actively pursuing the expansion and improvement of the telecom industry in Sierra Leone and the ultimate merger of the SLNTC with the Sierra Leone External Telecommunications (SLET) as SIERRATEL.
¨      Appointed in March 1991 and continuously served as member representing the Eastern Region of Sierra Leone on the Peter L. Tucker National Constitutional Review Commission, whose Report ultimately led to the enactment of the current Constitution of Sierra Leone, Act No. 6 of 1991, coming into force on 1st October 1991.

 

•       Whilst Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister, Foreign Affairs (1986 – 92), was often appointed as Special Envoy of the President of Sierra Leone to various African Heads of State, or as leader of Sierra Leone Delegations or Keynote Speaker at international conferences:
¨      Led the Sierra Leone delegation to all the yearly second-sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in October to December for four (4) years running (1987 – 90).
¨      Led the Sierra Leone delegation to various Foreign Minister Conferences of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM): in Pyonyang, DPRK (1987); in Nicosia, Cyprus (1988); and in Harare, Zimbabwe (1989).
¨      Served as Special Envoy of HE the President of Sierra Leone to various African Heads of State: Algeria (October 1987); Morocco (October 1988); Nigeria (August 1991); Ghana (August 1991); and Guinea (Conakry) (September 1991).
¨      Appointed and served as Keynote Speaker at the Sierra Leone Parliamentary Seminar on “Population and Development Issues in Sierra Leone”, held in August 1990, delivering the 8-page Keynote Address, “Population Policy and Development in Sierra Leone”.  (See Item F 8 below).
¨      Appointed and served as Keynote Speaker at the International Round Table Conference of the World Federation of Democratic Youth and UNESCO in Budapest, Hungary, in September 1990, on the theme “World and Youth: changes in the East and West and Influences on the South”, delivering the 7-page Keynote Address, “East-West Relations and North-South Cooperation”. (See Item F 10).

 

•       Was appointed in September 1991 as a Minister of full Cabinet rank with responsibility for the portfolio of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and the Environment up until the military take-over of April 1992.

(e).   April 1992: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

Won the All-Africa Region candidacy for the position of Secretary of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) at the all-Africa interview held in Harare, Zimbabwe, in February 1992, pending a final  worldwide 4-Region interview to be held in London.  Attended the final interview in London in April 1992, with fairly excellent performance and indications of realistic prospects of being overall winner of the interview; but returned to Sierra Leone on 26th April 1992 to await the final result.   However, with a military coup taking place in Sierra Leone on 29th April 1992 and suspending Parliament, it was improbable for a citizen of a country without a standing Parliament to become Secretary of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).  Mother Africa thus lost the sterling opportunity of holding the crucial office of Secretary of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) for the first time.

(f).   1992 – 96: NPRC Junta Interregnum

•       The military seized power in Sierra Leone on 29th April 1992, arrested and detained all Ministers of Government, formed the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC), suspended Parliament and the Constitution, ruled until April 1996,  having set up commissions of inquiry into various ministries and White Papers issued on their Reports.

•       Under the auspices of the Sierra Leone Labour Congress, was appointed Chairman of sustained monthly panel discussions on the new Constitution of Sierra Leone and the military junta situation in the country at the time, all held at the United States Embassy (May 1993 to March 1994).

•       Judicially challenged in the Supreme Court in April 1994 orders made against him by the NPRC in a White Paper on the Report of the relevant Commission of Inquiry.  But he was soon arrested and detained in the Pademba Road Prison from May to September1994 inclusive and thereafter taken into continuous residential house arrest or detention until 6th April 1996, and all without charge or trial or recompense. 

•       Re-issued and further pursued in November 1994, whilst still under house arrest, the litigation commenced earlier, coupling it now with a fresh challenge to his detention and house arrest as a breach or contravention of his fundamental rights and freedoms under the Constitution.  But the Supreme Court, even as guardian of the Constitution ruled that it had “no jurisdiction” to adjudicate on the matters.

•       Made further applications to the Supreme Court in 1996 for declarations to the effect that it had the jurisdiction it had declined in respect of the 1994 applications above and that it also had a non-appellate jurisdiction or power of resipiscence under subsection 122(2) of the national Constitution to review and “depart from a previous decision [of its own] when it appears right so to do”.  But for four (4) years these motions were not called for hearing until the Applicant travelled out of the country in June 2000, when they were suddenly called up in his absence and promptly struck out without a hearing, instead of even being adjourned to at least one further date.

•       The National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC), appointed by the succeeding elected civilian Government to review the NPRC White Papers on its Commissions of Inquiry, concluded that the orders against him in the relevant White Paper ought to be nullified as the NURC “could find no justification whatever” for them.               

 

(g).   1996 – 2010: Post-Junta Politics & Public Life.

•       Since 1996, and alongside his general legal practice, has continued active involvement in national politics and the affairs and activities of the SLPP.

•       Was appointed and continuously served as member of the governing Board of Directors of the Bank of Sierra Leone (1999 – 2002). 

•       Appointed and continuously served as member of the overall regulatory body of the mass media (electronic and press) in Sierra Leone, the Independent Media Commission (IMC) (2000 – 2004).

•       During the Lome Peace negotiations and in the immediate post-conflict situation in Sierra Leone, did occasionally serve as a resource person and contributor of papers at conferences and seminars:
¨      Appointed and served in May 1999 as member of a 7-man Think Tank Committee on Formulating the Lome Peace Accord, appointed by Government, and delivered a 6-page paper “Appointive and Political Options in the Peace Process”) as part of the Committee’s advice package to Government.  (See Item F 14 below).
¨      As legal consultant to the Sierra Leone delegation at the Commonwealth Regional Workshop (the African Chapter in the Commonwealth Agenda for Children) on “Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, held in Nairobi, Kenya, in June 2000, attended the Workshop and delivered a 7-page paper entitled “The War-Affected Children Factor: The Sierra Leone Encounter”.  (See Item F 15 below).
¨      Was invited by the Commission for the Consolidation of Peace (CCP) to anEvaluation Seminar, “LOME IS DEAD; LONG LIVE LOME”, held in Freetown (5 - 7 July 2000) on Progress in the Implementation of the Lome Peace Accord and Peace Process in Sierra Leone, delivered a 9-page paper, “The Lome Peace Accord:  Implementation Problems and Prospects”. (See Item F 16 below). 
¨      In performance of a consultancy on the constitutional implications of the peace process in Sierra Leone for the then pending 2002 General Elections, prepared and tendered the commissioned article, “Peace and the Pending Polls: The Bases of Options for Action” (2000).  (See Item F 17 below). 

•       Has been a Grand Chief Patron member of the SLPP from 1st May 2003 to 31st August 2010 (Membership No. 0005), and regularly fully paid up in that status and capacity at all times by monthly contributions of Le.50,000 until 31st December 2005 and of Le.100,000 since 1st January 2006; and intends to so continue in future.  Had been a Chief Patron from 1996 to 2003.

•       Often pays appreciable sums of money for various Party purposes:e.g. to help offset the outstanding 2005 Party Convention bank debt, to contribute towards the 2009 APC-rape victim members of the SLPP, towards funeral donations for deceased members, and other ventures and concerns of the Party.

•       Has been an active member of various ad hoc committees of the Party:
¨      the Constitutional Review Committees (1996 – 1997, 2006 – 2010), in each case helping to prepare a Draft Party Constitution for ratification;
¨      the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (2007 – 2009);
¨      Publicity Committee (2007);
¨      the Elders Council since 2004;
¨      Peace and Reconciliation Committee (2005-2007) which did a lot of campaign work in problematic areas towards the 2007 General elections, sometimes at the members’ personal expense;
¨      the new PRC since 2009. 
¨      He was Chairman of the Party’s internal Electoral Commission that conducted the National Executive elections at the 2009 Convention.

•       Even though unfairly deprived of the SLPP symbol for the 2007 general elections, yet he resisted all temptation and actual pressure to contest as an independent candidate in his home-based Constituency 8 in the Kailahun District and continued instead to actively organise campaigning for the SLPP presidential and parliamentary candidates there in order to ensure a very high poll; and, as it turned out, the constituency probably polled the highest votes nationwide for the SLPP presidential candidate.         

•       Was engaged by the SLPP National Executive as a member of the Party’s Constitutional Review Committee since 2006 and operated hyper-actively in that capacity with the personal primary objective of ensuring amendments that would make the 1995 Party Constitution holistically compliant with the national Constitution 1991, especially with the joint force and effect of such mandatory provisions as sections 35(4) and 76(1)(h) thereof, together with subsection 14(1) of the Political Parties Act.  Mission accomplished before the 2010 Annual Convention, submitted in part to the PPRC, and published in the Sierra Leone Gazette of 23rd July 2010.  

(1).  Call and Initial Years of Practice

(a). After the academic qualification with LL. B. (Hons) (June 1981), the Professional Utter Bar (September 1982), and call to the English bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (December 1982), he commenced legal practice in Sierra Leone in April 1983 with an initial year of pupillage.

(b). Carried on a busy private legal practice in a wide range of legal services throughout Sierra Leone from the Bo epicentre, including customary law and the  jurisdictions of chiefdom local courts (1983-86).

 

(2).   National Practice Since 1997                 

(a).  Following the return to civilian rule in 1996, re-engaged in an intensive private legal practice and jurisconsultancy since 1997, including civil, constitutional, conveyancing, criminal,  corporate, human rights, and other areas of legal practice and litigation.

(b). Made applications to the Supreme Court in 1996 for declarations in respect of the fundamental rights issues involving the NPRC since 1994; but it was botched by the Court itself in 2000 without a hearing. (See Item D(3)(f).

(c). Was Defence Counsel for several accused persons in three separate treason trials in 1998 to 1999 following the short military interregnum of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), and made several constitutional applications during the proceedings in respect thereof.

(d). Served as member of the Sierra Leone Bar Association’s Committee on Human Rights and Constitutionality (1999 – 2002).

(e). Was Legal Retainer and Adviser to the parastatal institution, Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority (SLRTA) (1999 – 2007).

(f). Was Legal Retainer and Adviser to the Mobil Dealers Association (private fuel retailers) (2001 – 04).

(g). Elected by the Sierra Leone Bar Association to serve as member of the General Legal Council (GLC) (2001 – 2003), the overall regulatory body for the legal profession in Sierra Leone, in pursuance of the provisions of the Legal Practitioners Act 2000.

(h). As Counsel for the Paramount Chief of Biriwa Chiefdom at the Commission of Inquiry into the Chief’s conduct (2009 – 2010), he effectively exposed the Commission as being null and void by submitting that it had been set up by the President in breach and contravention of sections 72(4) and 171(15) of the national Constitution, taken together with sections 20(1) and 32 of the Chieftaincy Act 2009 and sections 2(3), 13(1) & (2), 20 and 21 of the Interpretation Act 1971; and so as an unlawful Government interference with and into the system and functioning of Paramount Chieftaincy, although the Commission still chose to continue operating until complete execution of its terms of reference.

 

(3).  International Law Practice/Consultancy

(a). Was Lead Defence Counsel for 1st Accused (Samuel Hinga Norman) before the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2004 – 2007) in the international criminal law trials of the Civil Defence Force CDF) kamajor leaders who had helped to a speed up the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone to an end.

(b).  August – December 2009: Won a keenly contested short-term national consultancy contract with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Directorate on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) of Sierra Leone, Consultancy No. 2009/09/002, with the following terms of reference: “The consultancy involves a thorough review, analysis, compilation and presentation of a concise report on the assessment of existing legal and regulatory provisions as well as institutional capabilities to control SALWs proliferation at the national level; identify where a national legislation conforms or fails to meet the standards of the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition and Other Related Materials (2006) and other international small arms agreements; highlight best practices and identify important areas for strengthening legislation nationally and harmonizing legislation regionally; and make recommendations for future implementation in the field of SALWs.”

In execution or performance of the consultancy, a 20-page Final Report was submitted and warmly accepted in December 2009, entitled “Review  of Existing Legal and Institutional Regulatory Framework for Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control and Regulation in Sierra Leone”.

(4).  Electoral, Party & Media Litigations

(a).  Has on several occasions acted as Counsel, alone or with other colleagues, for the SLPP or its members in matters of a political nature or origin in order to defend them or otherwise pursue fair-play and justice to their benefit.

(b)  In 2005 – 2006, was Counsel for Samuel Hinga Norman in applying twice to the Supreme Court seeking declarations and injunctions concerning the election of the SLPP Flagbearer for the 2007 Presidential election, the objective being to ensure the Party’s consistent compliance with the joint force and effect of relevant mandatory provisions of the national Constitution 1991, especially sections 35(4) and 76(1)(h) thereof and 14(1) of the Political Parties Act, taken together.

(c).  September 2007: Mid-way in the announcement of polling station ballots by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) following the Presidential run-off election in September 2007, and as Counsel for the SLPP, filed an injunction application in the High Court for suspension of announcements until the irregularities discovered in the counting and release of results were cleared; but the application was botched up by top level indecision-cum-intrigue within the Party itself.

(d).  In 2007 – 2010, as Counsel for the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP),  successively pursued in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court (but so far inconclusively), judicial review of the legality or otherwise of the conduct, performance and decisions of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and its Chairperson in the run-off Presidential election of September 2007, especially their invalidation of all votes cast at 477 polling stations, a matter that has since stood for over a year now merely pending for substantive hearing in the Supreme Court, with the ruling on an already fully argued preliminary jurisdictional point being itself still outstanding since early July 2009.

e).  In 2008, as Defence Counsel in three electoral petitions brought by the APC against the only three SLPP Members of Parliament elected from the Northern Province at the 2007 elections, he successfully defeated all three petitions in both the High Court and Court of Appeal, and the three MPs are still in Parliament today.

(f).  2009 – 2010:  As Counsel for the SLPP, is at present pursuing an appeal in the High Court against the Independent Media Commission’s “banning” of the SLPP’s Unity Radio in July 2009 even after violent and highly destructive attacks upon it by APC hoodlums and its unlawful suspension by the Acting President in March 2009.  Final legal submissions were made in July 2010.

(F).  PUBLICATIONS:  LITERARY, POLITICAL, LEGAL, ETC.

(a).Literature Study Guides (Mimeo) (Njala University College)

1. Chinua Achebe: “Things Fall Apart”, 1973 (76 pp.)

2. West African Poems: Texts and Analyses, 1975 (75 pp.)

3O-Level African Poems: Texts, Notes, Analyses, Questions, 1985

         (54 pp.)

4.   African Poems for Study: An Anthology , ed. 1985 (54 pp.)

 

(b).   Political/Legal.

5. “Sierra Leone’s New Republic”, Parts 1 & 2, sub nom. “From a Correspondent” (12 pp.); in Legon Observer (Ghana), 18th June and 16th July 1971.

6.    “Amending the Constitution of Sierra Leone 1978”, (11 pp); in New Shaft newspaper (1987)(Freetown), 6/02, 13/03, 4/04 & 14/05, all in 1987.

7.   Traders and the City Council, December 1988, 172 pp. (See Item D (3)(d) above)

 8.  “Population Policy and Development in Sierra Leone”; in Population and Development Issues in Sierra Leone, 1990, eds. Dr. A. N. D. Koroma and Dr. Arthur Abraham (Freetown), pp. 9 – 16. (See Item D (3)(d) above).

9.  Liberian Crisis Impaction in Sierra Leone, 1990 (Freetown). (See Item D (3)(d)). 

10.   “East-West Relations and North-South Cooperation”, 1990 (See Item D (3)(d))                 

11.   Report and Recommendations of Mission to Sierra Leonean Refugees in Guinea 1991 (Freetown).  (See Item D (3)(d) above).

12.   “Re-visiting the 1991 Constitution”, 9 articles in various newspapers in Freetown: Unity Now, Daily Mail, and Nation (1993 – 94)

 13..   “Autonomic Judicial Review: Powers in Search of Identity and Assertion”, 13pp, in Journal of African Law, vol. 43(1999), pp. 99 – 111.

14.  “Appointive and Political Options in the Peace Process”, 1999 (See Item D (3)(g)).

15. “The War-Affected Children Factor:  The Sierra Leone Encounter”, 2000 (See Item D (3)(g) above).

16. “The Lome Peace Accord:  Implementation Problems and Prospects”, 2000. (See Item D (3)(g) above).

17. “Peace and Pending Polls:  The Bases of Options for Action”, 2000; in Unity newspaper (Freetown). (See Item D (3)(g) above).

(c).   Essays of Literary Criticism

18.    “Fire and Transition in Things Fall Apart” (15 pp.); pp. 22 – 36 in Obsidian: Black Literature in Review (New York), 1.3(1975.  Also in Critical Perspectives on Chinua Achebe, 1978, eds. C. L. Innes & B. Lindfors, Three Continents Press, Washington DC.

19.   “O-Level Literature Unseens (WAEC)” (14pp), with Proposed Syllabus and Specimen Question Papers; in Sierra Leone Journal of Education, 11.1(1976), 46 - 59.

20. “The Form of Discovery in (Soyinka’s) Brother Jero”, pp. 26 – 33,in Obsidian: Black Literature in Review (New York), 2.3 (1976).                           

21.   “Review of Wole Soyinka’s Myth, Literature and the African World  (London, CUP, 1976)”, 2 pp; in Lore and Languages (Sheffield), 2.7 (1977), pp. 50 – 51.

22.   “Review of David Cook’s African Literature: A Critical View (London: Longman, 1977)”, pp. 65 – 69; in Research in African Literatures (Austin, Texas, USA), 10 (1979).                                                     

23.   “Soyinka, Myth, and African Writing”, pp. 65 – 69; in Obsidian: Black Literature in Review (New York), 3.2 (1977).

24.   “Influence and Originality in African Writing”, pp. 106 – 125; in African Literature Today (Heinemann, London), 10 (1979).  Also in Obsidian: Black Literature in Review (New York), 6.1 & 2 (1980), pp. 7 – 23.

25.   “Conrad’s Influence on Betrayal in A Grain of Wheat”, (34 pp.); in Research in African Literatures (Austin), 11(1980), pp. 50 – 83.

26.    “Myth and Ritual in Arrow of God”, pp. 130 – 148 in African Literature Today (Heinemann, London), 11 (1980).

27.   “Mythopoeic Sensibility in The Interpreters”, pp. 43 – 74 in Obsidian: Black Literature in Review (New York), 5.2 & 3 (1981).

28.   “The Structure of Symbolism in A Grain of Wheat”, pp. 210 – 242 in Research in African Literatures (Austin), 16.2 (1985).

29.   “Milieu and the Criticism of African Literature”, pp. 34 – 50 in New Journal of Approaches to Language Arts (Njala, NUC), 7 (1985), pp. 34 – 50. 

 

SIGNED.……………………………….

Dr. Bu-Buakei  JABBI

 

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SLPP  Flagbearer  Application

Dr. Bu-Buakei  JABBI


(GRAND CHIEF PATRON, SLPP: Membership No. 0005)

 

I.   Introduction


1.  The Rules and Regulations of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) for the election of its Presidential candidate for the national Presidential elections of 2012 stipulate the submission of prescribed documents and compliance with certain basic criteria by an Aspirant/Applicant.  They include a sealed letter of declaration of intent, a profile of the Aspirant’s life and history of membership of the Party, and a statement of his/her Flagbearer fitness and contribution to the Party. 

2.  There is a relative overlapping of requirements and of elements or items from one prescribed document to the others.  Two separate documents, one entitled Profile & Curriculum Vitae (as at 31st August 2010) and the present Statement of Flagbearer Fitness, are submitted together with my Letter of Declaration of Intent dated 31st August 2010.

 

II.   Political Base

3.      By virtue of the history of my place of birth or origin, my general upbringing and education, my professional life and preoccupations, and the incidental residential particulars severally and successively relating to them over the years, my political base may be said to embrace the entire geographical area traced by these engagements and incidents of life over my lifespan up to the present time.  This covers mainly the Eastern and Southern Regions and the Northern Region and Western Area as well.

 

a).   Birth, Upbringing and Education

(See Item B, pages 1 – 2 of Profile & Curriculum Vitae (P&CV))

4.      I was born at Gbonimbu Moama, Peje-Bongre Chiefdom, Kailahun District, in the Eastern Region of Sierra Leone, on 7th May 1945, of my parents Kenei Buakei Jabbi (Father) and Mamei Hawa Kamara (Mother), who respectively passed away in September 1986 and February 2010.  The first ten years of my life were spent entirely in the Kailahun District, during which my father, a local Methodist Church Leader, ensured both my pre-school learning of the Mende alphabet and basic scripting from himself (1948-51) and my primary school education at the Methodist Primary School, Manowa, in the Peje-Bongre Chiefdom (1951 – 56).  He also ensured my inculcation of the native culture and traditions and my initiation into the male secret society before my entry into secondary school.

5.     My secondary school education took place from 1957 to 1964.  Firstly, in the Government Secondary School in Kenema, Eastern Region (1957 – 62), where I obtained Division One in the General Certificate of Education in 1962, which was reputedly the best O-level result nationwide at the time.  Secondly, my sixth form education was at the Government Secondary School in Bo, Southern Region (1962 – 64), when I obtained a Special National Scholarship for my GCE A-Level result in 1964.  I also won a national prize in 1963 for translating the National Anthem into the vernacular (Mende).

6.  The periods 1964-68, 1969-70 and 1977-81 covered my acquisition of university higher education, obtaining an honours degree in English and Philosophy (B. A (Durham)(Upper 2nd Class)) from Fourah Bay College and M. A. in English and American Literatures from the University of Sussex in Brighton in the United Kingdom in 1970.  And then after a spell of lecturing in English and Literature in Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone (1970-75) and the University of Sheffield in England (1975-77), I proceeded to pursue research studies in African Literature for the Ph.D (1977-81) and legal studies towards the LL.B(Hons) (1979-81) at the University of Sheffield (both of which degrees were respectively conferred in April and June 1981) and professional training in law at the Council of Legal Education & the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London (1981-82), obtaining the Utter Bar and being called to the English bar in September 1982.

7.  Upon return home to Sierra Leone in September 1982, I continued lecturing at the Njala University College in Korie Chiefdom, Moyamba District up until 1986, during which time I also established and carried on a busy private legal practice in a wide range of legal services throughout Sierra Leone from the Bo epicentre (1983 – 86), including customary law and the jurisdictions of chiefdom local courts.

8.  In all the foregoing processes, I lived, studied and/or worked in the Kailahun, Kenema and Bo Districts (1945 – 64), in Freetown in the Western Area (1964 – 69, 1986 – 2010), and in the Bo and Moyamba Districts (1970 – 1975, 1982 – 86), outreaching into the Pujehun, Kono, Bonthe, Bombali and Port Loko Districts with my legal practice (1982 – 86), with a fairly intense involvement in students union, national and SLPP party politics in the areas of my residence and neighbourhood.

 

b).   Political Activity & Governance

(See Items C and D, pages 2 – 8 of P&CV )

9.  I was a fairly active participant in student union politics and press journalism during the undergraduate years, writing under the personality-identified pen-name of “Viiviiwai” (1964 – 68).  I was elected and served for two years as Secretary-General of the then newly founded National Union of Sierra Leone Students (NUSS), which embraced all the nine (9) institutions of tertiary education in Sierra Leone at the time (1966 – 68).  As a student, I also actively monitored the wider national and party politics of the time, and took part in  student delegations to the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) during the 1965 - 67 national election fever.  

 10.  Whilst serving as a lecturer in the University of Sierra Leone, I was elected & served as President of Senior Staff Association (NUC) & Alternate National President of the University Senior Staff Association (NUC & FBC), University of Sierra Leone (1984 – 86).

I have also always been a member of my secondary school alma mater organisations, the Kenema Old Students Association (KOSA) for the Government Secondary School, Kenema and the Old Bo Boys Association (OBBA) for the Government Secondary School, Bo.  And I have been elected several times and served various tenures over the years as National President of KOSA for 1983 – 90 and 2001 - 04.

11. I was also a member of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) since 1968 and an active participant in national politics and political journalism since then. I attempted but was brutally prevented by APC violence from being nominated as an SLPP candidate for Parliament in 1973.  But later on I successfully became a Member of Parliament for the Kailahun North-East Constituency for six (6) years during the one-party era (1986 – 1992) and a Minister of Government from April 1987 to April 1992.  And during this period, I was from time to time appointed and served as Chairman or member of various public commissions, committees or Boards of Directors; or as Special Envoy of the President of Sierra Leone to various African Heads of State, or leader of delegations to conferences.

12. I was appointed in March 1991 and continuously served as member representing the Eastern Region of Sierra Leone on the Peter L. Tucker National Constitutional Review Committee, whose Report ultimately led to the enactment of the current Constitution of Sierra Leone, Act No. 6 of 1991, coming into force on 1st October 1991.

13.  I had a real prospect of being appointed to the position of Secretary of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) after winning the All-Africa Region interview held in Harare, Zimbabwe, in February 1992 and attending the final world-wide 4-Region interview in London in April 1992.  But upon returning to Sierra Leone on 26th April 1992 to await the final result, a military coup took place on 29th April 1992 and suspended Parliament, thereby dashing that prospect down.

14. Under the auspices of the Sierra Leone Labour Congress, I was appointed Chairman of sustained monthly panel discussions from May 1993 to March 1994 on the new Constitution of Sierra Leone and the military junta situation in the country at the time, all held at the United States Embassy.

15. In April 1994, I judicially challenged in the Supreme Court orders made against me by the NPRC in a White Paper on the Report of the relevant Commission of Inquiry; but I was soon arrested and detained in the Pademba Road Prison from May to September1994 inclusive and thereafter into continuous residential house arrest or detention until 6th April 1996.  Notwithstanding that, whilst still under house arrest, I re-issued in November 1994 the litigation commenced earlier, coupling it now with a fresh challenge to my detention and house arrest as a breach or contravention of my fundamental rights and freedoms under the Constitution.  But the Supreme Court, even as guardian of the Constitution, ruled that it had “no jurisdiction” to adjudicate on the matters.  In the end, however, the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC), appointed by the succeeding elected civilian Government to review the NPRC White Papers, concluded that the orders made against me in the relevant White Paper ought to be nullified as it “could find no justification whatever” for them.

16. Since 1996, and alongside my general legal practice, I have continued active involvement in national politics and the affairs and activities of the SLPP.  After being a Chief Patron member of the SLPP from 1996 to 2003, I then became a Grand Chief Patron member from 1st May 2003 up until 31st August 2010 (Membership No. 0005), and regularly fully paid up in that status and capacity by monthly contributions of Le.50,000 up to 31st December 2005 and of Le.100,000 since 1st January 2006; and I do intend to so continue.  I often pay appreciable sums of money for various Party purposes: e.g. helping offset the outstanding 2005 Party Convention bank debt, contributing towards the 2009 APC-rape victim women of the SLPP, towards funeral donations for deceased members, and other ventures and concerns of the Party.

17.  I have also been a long-standing active member of various ad hoc committees of the Party: e. g. the Constitutional Review Committee (1996-1997, 2006 – 2010), in each case helping to prepare a Draft Party Constitution for ratification; Peace and Reconciliation Committee (2005-2007, 2009-2010), the first one doing a lot of campaign work in problematic areas towards the 2007 general elections, sometimes at the members’ personal expense; the inconclusive Truth & Reconciliation Committee (2007-2009); the Publicity Committee (2007-2009); the Elders Council since 2004; the Legal Advisers Team; and others. I was also Chairman of the Party’s internal Electoral Commission that conducted the National Executive elections at the 2009 Convention.

18.  During the pre-2007 election period, I also personally rendered over one hundred million leones (Le.100,000,000) worth of development assistance to various towns, institutions, and women and youth groups in the four chiefdoms of Constituency 8 in Kailahun District, e.g. putting up a big public community barrie in Mamboma Jowu, giving tens of bundles of zinc and building materials to various villages for reconstruction of public structures, donations for religious feasts and ceremonies, etc.

19.  Even though I did not win the SLPP symbol for my home-based Constituency 8 towards the 2007 parliamentary elections, yet I resisted all temptation and pressure to contest as an independent candidate and continued instead to actively organise campaigning for the SLPP presidential and parliamentary candidates there in order to ensure their success.  And, as it turned out, the constituency probably polled the highest votes nationwide for the SLPP presidential candidate.  

 

20.  Apart from direct political involvement, I also performed other public services over this period.  I played various roles in the Lome Peace process around 1999 to 2002, including delivering conference and consultancy papers within and outside Sierra Leone (See Item D (3)(g) of P&CV).  I also continuously served as member of the governing Board of Directors of the Bank of Sierra Leone (1999 – 2002) and of the overall regulatory body of the mass media in Sierra Leone, the Independent Media Commission (IMC) (2000 – 2004). 

 

b).Electoral, Party, & Media Litigation(See Item E, Pages 8-10 of P&CV)

21.  In addition to my general legal practice and consultancies, I have on several occasions acted as Counsel, alone or with other colleagues, for the SLPP or its members in matters of a political nature or origin in order to defend them, protect their rights or interests, or otherwise pursue fair-play and justice to their benefit. Members, groups, sub-committees and even executive members have also on occasion consulted me or otherwise sought my assistance as a lawyer in respect of party and other political issues.

22.  I was Lead Defence Counsel for the 1st Accused (Samuel Hinga Norman) before the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2004 – 2007) in the international criminal law trials of the Civil Defence Force (CDF) kamajor leaders who had helped speed up to an end the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone by 2002.

23.  In 2005 – 2006, I was Counsel for Samuel Hinga Norman in applying twice to the Supreme Court seeking declarations and injunctions concerning the election for the 2007 Presidential election, the objective being to ensure the Party’s consistent compliance with the joint force and effect of relevant mandatory provisions of the national Constitution 1991, especially sections 35(4) and 76(1)(h) thereof and 14(1) of the Political Parties Act, taken together.

24.  Mid-way in the announcement of polling station ballots by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) following the Presidential run-off election in September 2007, and as Counsel for the SLPP, I prepared and filed an injunction application in the High Court for suspension of announcements until the irregularities discovered in the counting and release of results were       cleared; but the application was botched up by seeming indecision within the Party itself.

25.  As sole Counsel for the SLPP, I have since 2007 been successively pursuing in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court (but so far inconclusively), judicial review of the legality or otherwise of the conduct, performance and decisions of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and its Chairperson in the run-off Presidential election of September 2007, especially their invalidation of all votes cast at 477 polling stations, a matter that has since stood for over a year now merely pending for substantive hearing in the Supreme Court, with the ruling on an already fully argued preliminary jurisdictional point being itself still outstanding since early July 2009.

26.  In 2008, as sole Defence Counsel in three election petitions brought by the APC against the only three SLPP Members of Parliament elected from the Northern Province at the 2007 elections, I successfully defeated all three election petitions in both the High Court and Court of Appeal, and the three MPs are still safely in Parliament today.

27.  As Counsel for the SLPP, I am at present pursuing an appeal in the High Court against the Independent Media Commission’s “banning” of the SLPP’s Unity Radio in July 2009 even after violent and highly destructive attacks upon it by APC hoodlums and its unlawful suspension by the Acting President in March 2009.  My final legal submissions were made in July 2010, and judgment is being awaited.

 

III.   Conclusion

28.    The foregoing demonstrates some forty (40) years or so of my continuous active participation in the affairs and activities of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), with a respectful part of it in general national politics and governance.  This has included active involvement and leadership roles in student politics, intense and sometimes risky political journalism, some six (6) years of direct parliamentary representation and ministerial tenure in governance, a wealth of experience and expertise in national democratic constitutionalism, and in international affairs and relations. 

29.    Above all, an altogether clean and perfect public life and image render me as a leadership specimen that will appeal to the national public and international community alike, and against whom not even the other side of the national political divide can raise any issue (whether spurious or otherwise) that may dent or impair the efforts and prospects of the Party under my candidature for the Presidency.

 

SIGNED.……………………………….

Dr. Bu-Buakei  JABBI


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