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Sierra Leone's Attorney General Frank Kargboís Ignorance Shocks Media
By Mohamed Kamara
Feb 24, 2011, 17:30
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There was shock and consternation in the Sierra Leone media world yesterday when a letter from the Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Hon. Frank Kargbo hit various newsrooms. The letter, which exposed the Ministerís ignorance of a full understanding of both the Public Order Act of 1965 and the current National Multi-party Constitution of Sierra Leone, brought reminiscence of earlier Sierra Leonean dictatorships of Siaka Stevens APC and the NPRC Military Junta.


The letter, which was addressed to Chairperson of the Independent Media Commission (IMC), Madam Bernadette Cole is on Page 10 of todayís edition. It speaks for itself and has been frankly described by legal minds yesterday as ďa total embarrassment to the Office of Attorney-General and Minister of JusticeĒ.


Many of those who have been following the life-story of Frank Kargbo, yesterday opined that though he is now serving in a democratic setting, he still seems to be stuck in the unfortunate mode of previous Sierra Leonean dictatorship regimes; one of which he served as Minister of Justice & Attorney General.


Others have seriously blamed the unfortunate letter from Kargbo as haven been inspired by ďsanctimoniousĒ comments of SLAJ President over SLBC; to wit: that journalists writing about the color of underwear of male politicians will, in the words of Mr. Umaru Fofana, ďaffect the stability of the countryĒ.


This latter school of thought believes that Frank Kargbo was only emboldened to write such a scandalous and reprehensible letter because of the unfortunate and ill-thought-out words of Umaru Fofana who has since been described as a ďhypocriteĒ by many disappointed journalists.


Republic of Sierra Leone

                                            Attorney-General and Minister of Justice

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                                            Ministry of Justice

                                            Guma Building

                                            Lamina Sankoh Street

                                            Freetown, Sierra Leone

 

 

Phone: 227444

 

22 February, 2011

 

The Chairperson

Independent Media Commission (IMC)

Kissy House

Siaka Stevens Street

Freetown

 

Attn: Mrs. Bernadette Cole

 

Dear Madam

 

ďWhatís the Colour of the APC Leaderís Underwear?Ē -

Awareness Times Newspaper Publication of 17th February 2011

 

Further to our (Kargbo/Cole) telephone conversation of 17th February 2011, I now write to formally file complaint against the Awareness Times Newspaper and its publisher and author of the above captioned article, Ms Sylvia Olayinka Blyden.

 

Ms. Blyden, for upwards of three (3) years, has persistently and on no justifiable grounds taken upon herself to continually abuse and ridicule the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. This is done through derogatory and disrespectful articles and caricatures in her publications both in the Awareness Times Newspaper and associated websites. In the instant case (copy of article hereto attached), she maliciously ascribes and insinuates conduct not befitting of a Head of State to the President, knowing the same to be false.

 

I deduce from her said conduct an intention to create disaffection of the President by his subjects, the citizens and residents of Sierra Leone. No public interest can be served by such behaviour, which will no longer be tolerated.


Accordingly, whilst we explore the several avenues for redress available to Government including under the Public Order Act (No.46) 1965, I shall be obliged if the IMC would treat this complaint with utmost seriousness and urgency and bring appropriate sanctions at the disposal of the Commission to bear.

Thanking you in anticipation of your cooperation.

 

 

Yours faithfully

Franklyn Bai Kargbo

Attorney General and Minister of Justice 


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