Dr. Christiana Thorpe is a Role Model to many upcoming young girls and young ladies. I must confess that when I was in college, she was one of my Role Models. However, with time, I have found out that she has a trait of arrogant insensitivity which smears her otherwise very wonderful character. This trait is why she has been running the National Electoral Commission (NEC) with little or no legal advisers at various points in time.
If Dr. Thorpe had good legal advisers, they would have told her she was way over her mandate with the gross illegality she, the Police and short-sighted politicians are trying to pass off on us. Their attempt to arbitrarily ban movement of vehicles on Elections Day is illegal, unwarranted, insensitive, arrogant and highly galling to us citizens.
Let us assume a pregnant woman goes into labour on Elections Day? Let us assume an old man gets a heart attack on Elections Day? Let us assume Cholera attacks a youth on Elections Day? If this nonsensical vehicle ban is allowed, what will happen to such citizens in a country where emergency services do not work and ambulances are luxuries? Especially as Police Spokesman, Al-Shek Kamara is already making open threats that the Police will be ďroughĒ with anyone who dares to use a vehicle on that day. Oh yeah? Na crase you crase!
I want to again tell Dr. Thorpe, Police IG Munu and those short-sighted political parties that we, the citizens of Sierra Leone, plan to RESIST their illegal ban. Let them go and read the National Constitution of 1991 (Section 29) and they will learn that ONLY the Head of State has executive powers to announce such a ban. As of now, President Koroma has not made such announcement and we think he is too astute a leader to even think of such abuse of his citizensí rights.
Hence, proposed vehicle ban of NEC/Police is null, void and of no legality. Na boff ban! Police IG and NEC chairperson do not have powers to unilaterally go against our sacred Constitutionís Section 18 which guarantees our right to free movement. As for political parties who ignorantly signed up to the nonsense, they better not get me started. The arrogance is gallingly inane! We will drive our vehicles next week Saturday because elections no to fet. If Police has hitherto unknown Ďintelligenceí that people plan use of vehicles to perpetuate violence, then please set up police checkpoints and we will subject our vehicles to being checked. As youthful supporters.
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