I should be with journalists up at the House of Parliament this morning in solidarity with them; not because I endorse what was published but because I believe they should not be left alone to face wrath of angry MPs. If na for beg, make we all go beg for them.
Indeed, I note the speed with which our honourable parliamentarians have summoned the journalists who allegedly impugned and defamed the Honourable House of honourable men and women. This is understandable as Constitution says no-one should de-fame Parliament.
The Constitution also says under Chapter II that Government (including Parliament) has sacred responsibility to protect vulnerable women, children and aged in Sierra Leone. On Page 9 today is a report on doctrine of “Responsibility to Protect” - covering U.N. member States.
However, last weekend at Aberdeen, had shocking scenes of brutal eviction and demolition of slum residences under pouring rains. I was in London watching the images through social media and I shed tears. HELPLESS Women and Little Girls stood in the streets holding up placards and begging for their homes to be spared as they had nowhere else to go and had received NO NOTICE. It all fell on deaf ears! There homes were bulldozed down and with no social services rendered; no food, no medicines, no assisted relocation. Nothing at all from social services! I understand women and kids are now sleeping under the moonlight! Shameful. So shameful on our national conscience!
Today, vulnerable women and children whom our Constitution says should get due protection, have been let down by a system that needs introspection. I submit that the same speed with which ‘errant’ journalists have been summoned is the same speed with which Parliament should summon pertinent members of Executive arm to explain just what happened at Aberdeen. This is what the Constitution mandates.
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