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“THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONUNDRUM OF THE AGE OF RETIREMENT OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE”

“THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONUNDRUM OF THE AGE OF RETIREMENT OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE”

By Francis Ben Kaifala

Age has the advantage of wisdom and the disadvantage of tiredness. Both the consideration of the wisdom that age brings and the tiredness that it can lead to are often in the minds of Lawmakers when drafting requirement for positions. Thomas Paine (1737-1809) wrote thus:

“When in countries that are called civilized, we see age going to the workhouse and youth to the gallows, something must be wrong in the system of government”.

Sierra Leone’s constitutional review up in smoke – the people lose again

 

After three years of arduous work collecting, deliberating and collating views across the country for a new constitution, it looks like Sierra Leone may end up not having one – yet again. The government published its official response to the recommendations of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) in a White Paper dated 10th November 2017 and made short work of the 680 page recommendation-laden report of the 80 person committee.

Court Orders Government of Sierra Leone to Pay Former Vice President Remuneration and Entitlements

The Ecowas Court on Monday, 27th November 2017 ordered the government of the Republic of Sierra Leone to pay former vice president Alhaji Samuel Sam Sumana, all renumeration and entitlement since the day of his sacking to date.

The Ecowas Court of Justice presided over by Justice Hameye Foune Mahalmadane and three other judges ruled that the removal of Samuel Sam-Sumana as vice president of the Republic of Sierra Leone by the President on the 17th of March 2015, violates Article 7 of the African Charter on Human and People's Right.

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