19th February 2018
SLPP Wants Police Chief to Resign in Aftermath of Leema’s Detention!
By a press release (16/11/17)
Main opposition SLPP party has called for the resignation of the Inspection General of Police for injustices against party officials.
Very recently, the SLPP National Publicity Secretary was arrested, detained and even refused bail for a civil offence brought by some workers at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation SLBC. (Photo: SLPP leader Julius Maada Bio). Below is the press release from the SLPP party:
SLPP CALLS ON INSPECTOR GENERAL TO STEP DOWN
(November 13, 2017. Freetown)
The SLPP is profoundly astounded by statements made by the Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) Mr. Francis Munu, on the “Gud Mornin Salone” programme aired on Radio Democracy 98.1 FM, Monday, November 13, 2017, in which he referred to the leadership and general membership of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) as “idlers”.
The description by the Inspector General of Police of the decision by the SLPP to accompany our National Publicity Secretary to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as "idle activity" was not only extremely discourteous but it also put the office of the Inspector General of Police into disrepute. The office of the Inspector General of Police ought to be apolitical and any public statement by the holder of that office should be responsibly devoid of demeaning the leadership and general membership of any political party.
We need not remind the Inspector General of Police that it is the duty of a responsible Political Party to accord solidarity to its National Officer especially in a circumstance where the allegations levied against him are politically motivated. Therefore, the repeated disparaging comment by the Inspector General of Police referring to such show of solidarity as "idle activity" was reckless and impetuous. If the Inspector General, Mr Francis Munu can call our leadership and general membership as “idlers” on national radio, what is stopping him from giving private instructions to his officers to run riot on our members at the slightest impulse?
Also, with the current police investigation into the recent attacks on our Party headquarters and members by OSD officers, we do not have confidence in the leadership of Mr Francis Munu that the investigation will hold to account all those OSD officers who fired tear gas canisters at our party headquarters resulting in damage to our building and severe injuries of our members.
We have always insisted that as the Political Party which has invested more than any other to bring peace and stability to this nation, we can settle for nothing less than an independent, impartial and professional Police Force that will command the respect and support of all the players as we approach the March 2018 elections. The reckless outburst of I.G. Munu does not repose much confidence in the SLPP that the Sierra Leone Police under his leadership can be independent, impartial or professional in this election climate.
We therefore call on Mr. Francis Munu to step down from the position of Inspector General effective immediately. The decision by the SLPP calling for the Inspector General to step down is to give the Sierra Leone Police the opportunity to regain public trust and confidence in the discharge of their responsibility with a new leadership. The general public and the international community should be in no doubt that as the main opposition party our resolve is unwavering until Mr Francis Munu steps down from the position of Inspector General of Police.
SLPP National Secretary General
THE INJUSTICE BEHIND LEEMA's UNLAWFUL DETENTION
By Pastor Mohamed Sesay
The National Publicity Secretary of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party, Retired Lieutenant Lahai Lawrence Leema, was incarcerated last night inside the inhumane and stinking cells of the Criminal Investigations Department HQ at Pademba Road on the basis of an allegation or allegations levelled.
If anythig, his detention was more a matter of some body or some people trying to show who is boss here rather than dispensing justice. And flexing muscles because one is in authority to do so not only undermines democracy but doubly undermines the rule of law itself which the so called boss is supposedly trying to protect.
The offence(s) which Leema may be alleged to have committed must definitely be misdemeanors as different from felonies which are more serious. This then makes them bailable offences which never deserve incarceration.
The arrest and detention of the innocent Leema sprang from his invited appearance at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation studio at New England in the west end of Freetown.
The government controlled broadcasting house had unprofessionally invited a man called Franklyn Rogers who had recently defected from the SLPP to the ruling All Peoples Congress party going with some bitterness which he bore against the party he was leaving for reasons best known to himself.
Before Rogers left the SLPP, he was known to have been seething and whining for any small thing blaming his never ending problems on the SLPP. It happens also that Rogers and the man sent to the country by the SLPP, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, hailed from the same Tihun town in the Sogbini Chiefdom, Bonthe District , south of Sierra Leone. In those small towns where everybody knows everybody, there are always comparing and contrasting of descendants of the towns.
And whereas Brig. Bio was excelling and always the talk of the town, Rogers, despite living abroad, is known in the town as a crawler not even able to meet his own personal needs with him not even owning a car and having to be riding pillion always behind an okada rider any time he goes to the town.
In contrast to his town mate, Brig. Bio who is hailed very highly whenever he turns up at Tihun with even women spreading their clothes for him to walk on, Rogers is a nobody even at times turning up at the dead of night on the few occasions he goes to see his mother, and leaving before the fowls crow for town people not to see him and not embarrass him by making requests to him which he will never be able to deliver as things are always perennially hard for him.
Rogers has always been an unknown even at Tihun until when he bogusly tried to contest the SLPP flag bearer election even though he knew he didn't have money but just so that the people of Tihun will hear the news and begin to think that he has at last found something worthwhile to do so that the stigma of a loser will be wiped off.
Rogers badly wanted the flagship of the SLPP so that Tihun will accord him some respect. But finding out that this was not to be, he decided to walk out on the SLPP and planned how he will take his revenge on the man, Brig. Bio, who was always upstaging him since they were kids.
He walked into that SLBC studio last week purposely to malign his town rival, Brig. Bio. Sitting there looking sheepish and staring most of the time, he explained about a supposed attack on his family's house at Tihun.
Much of what he said in that studio were untruths even to the disgusts of the two presenters, Hawa and Sana, who so doubted his baseless allegations that they had to call the National Publicity Secretary of the SLPP, Leema, to respond.
Without doubt, Leema did go to the corporation's office at New England from where these concocted allegations have sprung. The police know pretty well that their concocted allegations are bailable offences to which Leema deserved to be released on bail.
Raw injustice showed yesterday by the police by refusing bail on alleged misdemeanors. This country deserves more than this because at this age of civilization it must be rising up against unjust acts. Sierra Leone must grow up but if not it shall forever sit under the clouds of the dark ages while the rest of the world move on.