In exactly two weeks from now on or around 17th March 2016, Justice Edmond Cowan, chairman of Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) will enter his 80th year of life. Law of Nature says octogenarians like Cowan will have brain cells no longer functioning at optimal levels and from the embarrassing inconsistencies in CRC draft, it is glaring to right-thinking men that formerly brilliant Justice Cowan of days gone by, is no longer enjoying brilliance. Debilitating effect of nature on organic matter inside Cowan’s cranial bones has taken toll on intellectual prowess of the man whom our President has entrusted to chair our sacred constitutional review process.
Look at Andrew Keili of Opposition SLPP now attacking this newspaper and twisting the facts of what was truthfully highlighted which is that Justice Cowan’s chaired CRC draft is shoddy. The draft is contradictory of not only views of citizens but even within its sections, it shamefully contradicts itself. I am sure Andrew Keili knows such contradictions are cause for concern so why the hypocrisy?
An octogenarian doing research or writing as a hobby is acceptable but an old retired judge chairing such a sensitive national assignment is proving to be a disastrous mistake on part of the President. So, if President Koroma is satisfied with the shameful, shoddy and haphazard "draft" spewed out on us or if Mr. President is satisfied with current set-up at CRC, some of us are bitter.
Continuing to allow an octogenarian to preside over a process that from all indications, might have been hijacked by Opposition elements trying to force their unpopular views on majority of citizens, is a recipe for chaos. Sierra Leone deserves better than charlatans hijacking our multi party democracy. If we cannot strengthen our multi party democracy, we should not dilute it. With hindsight, President Koroma made a grievous mistake with appointment of Justice Cowan. History will judge him harshly if some rectification is not done.
I am not hesitant to say this because even the most stringent seditious libel laws make allowance for citizens to tell a Head of State when he makes a mistake. Posterity will show that we urged President Koroma to take steps to prevent this Nation from descending into chaos that some of us are foreseeing with the kind of juvenile (senile?) recommendations emerging from CRC under guise of "aspirations of the people". Which people???? Which people are these who want to dilute potency of our multi-party democracy?
Most of those people presenting themselves as civil society activists or independent journalists, are rabid opposition SLPP supporters and we all know this inside this country. Why the hypocrisy for God’s sake? Who inside this country does not know what the Ibrahim Tommys, Saffa Abdulais and Andrew Lavalies represent? Why the hypocrisy of continuing to allow them present their views as non-partisan?
Finally, some of us do these strong public urgings for the records. History will show we stepped up and spoke out loudly. On Page 3 today is a forthright piece that has upset some but which deserves to be reproduced by popular demand. Let Posterity be the judge. More Anon...
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