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Solicitor General says Constitutional Review is mandatory & has always been in the works

Amidst a wide range of concerns surrounding Sierra Leone’s constitutional review journey,the Solicitor General Robert Kowa Esq. while giving updates on the process at the government’s weekly press conference, organized by the Ministry of information and Civic Education, explained that the review of Sierra Leone’s constitution was always in the works especially after the signing of the Lome peace accord in 1999 and as recommended in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.

Solicitor Kowa stated that it is in that spirit that President Julius Maada Bio established a Constitutional review committee which brought out the white paper report in December 2021.

Speaking on the importance of the review, he noted that this will emancipate Sierra Leone from plethora of constitutional abnormalities and ambiguities which have the propensity for mayhem if not tackled now through the present constitutional review process.

He furthered that, though the review process is still ongoing, bold steps have been taken in recent times, with the enactment of laws that rectifies most concerns in the 1991 constitution of Sierra Leone, such as the abolition of the death penalty and the expulsion of the criminal libel law and many more legislations, which critics described as very bad laws that have impeded Sierra Leone’s growth in democracy.

The committee set up is expected to conclusively meet at the end of September to comprehensively compile and present a revised constitution for Sierra Leone to review by authorities concerned.


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