From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Justice Should Be Blind
By Frank Talk by Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Feb 17, 2010, 17:30

If there was ever a strong and convincing reason for post-war Sierra Leone to have a National Police Force and a National Justice system whose integrity and impartiality is trusted by all the populace, it was the events of last weekend in Tongo Diamond Fields.

What has come out very clearly is that the Mende dominated SLPP bastion areas no longer feel safe during elections conducted under the eyes of the Temne and Limba dominated Police Leadership and so they now seek to protect and avenge for themselves seeing Mendes might seem to have little access to justice.

On our center pages today are photos of brutalities perpetuated against prominent opposition SLPP figures at Gendema in March 2009 allegedly with connivance of the police. Uptil today, those photographed SLPP victims are yet to get justice.

Civil society must let the Police and the Justice System know that any selective politicising of their sacred tasks will take this country back to war. Surely, we do not want to go back to war? So, can someone help me to please tell the Police and Justice System to provide justice for all regardless of their partisan colours? Please do not look at green or red. Justice must be blind. Thank you very much!

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