Lawyer Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbi has on Monday March 14, 2011 filed documents at the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone challenging H.E. President Koromaís method of setting up a Commission of Inquiry into the activities of the [erstwhile] Paramount Chief of Biriwa Chiefdom in Bombali District, P.C. Dr. Alpha Madseray Sheriff II.
According to Jabbiís Originating Notice of Motion filed on behalf of Dr. Sheriff, President Koroma used the Provinces Act of 1960 to set up the Inquiry, contrary to the implications of Subsection 72(4) of the current Constitution of Sierra Leone and contrary to Section 19 of the subsequent 2009 Chieftaincy Act.
The 2009 Chieftaincy Act totally repealed the Ďout-datedí section of Sierra Leone Laws (Sub Section 25(1) of the Provinces Act of 1960) under which President Koroma allegedly erroneously set up the Commission of Inquiry.
In summary, Bubuakei Jabbi wants the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone to declare that President Koromaís action of appending his signature to the Government Notice No. 166 of 19th May 2009, was a contravention of our National Constitution that President Koroma swore to uphold on the day he was made President and Fountain of Honour. The said Government Notice No. 166 of 19th¬†May 2009 was published on 25th¬†June 2009 in a government gazette.
As a result of such alleged constitutional contravention by our National Fountain of Honour, Dr. Jabbi wants all actions stemming out of such constitutional contravention to be declared as null and void including the purported de-throning of the Paramount Chief.
It is a fact that constitutionally, President Koroma cannot be sued in any court of Sierra Leone. Therefore, the Principal Legal Adviser to the President, the Attorney-General and Justice Minister was sued in his stead alongside the Local Government Minister and the Elections Commission which latter, Jabbi is seeking an injuction to block them from conducting elections for a new Paramount Chief for Biriwa.
The elections to vote in a new P.C. for Biriwa has already been slated for 3rd June 2011 and Jabbi wants an injunction on these elections until the final determination and conclusion of the matter he has taken to the Supreme Court.
In subsequent editions, we will bring more in-depth coverage of this topical matter of alleged Presidential Constitutional Violation alongside exclusive interview with the Plaintiff himself, Dr. Madseray Sherrif II.
Dr. Sheriff, according to competent sources, was last weekend rudely arrested in the presence of international visitors inside Bombali and disgracefully transported in the middle of the night from Makeni to Freetown where, upon arrival at 3a.m. in the morning, he was then locked up in a stinking police cell. His crime is that he is allegedly refusing to hand over the symbol of authority of the Chiefdom (ie: the Staff) saying he was removed by President Koroma in an unconstitutional manner.
Dr. Sheriff also claims that vicious tribal comments were made against his person by the arresting police officers before they flung him into the police cell. Awareness Times is investigating that allegation and many others. Stay tuned right here.