In a press release from the party secretariat, the main opposition All People’s Congress has stated that the party will stand with their persons of interest indicted by the Commissions of Inquiry to take further legal action against the commission’s findings and recommendations that the government white paper has said will be implemented to the letter.
One of the indicted persons of interest, Dr Richard Konteh has said that the persons of interests that include him will file appeals at the Appeals Court challenging what he called unjust.
He said they will go as far as the ECOWAS Court of Human Rights to establish that the ruling government had malice aforethought in seeking to demonize APC persons of interest, having called them thieves even before the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry.
APC in the press release maintained that they are not against holding public officials accountable, but that the process must be legal and have laid down operational rules and regulations, as clearly prescribed in the 1991 Constitution, which they said, the Commission of Inquiry did not have and did not follow. They added that even though they filed a motion in the Supreme Court asking for interpretation of the law on the setting up of a Commission of Inquiry, they were rebuffed by the Chief Justice and that to date, the Supreme Court has not sat on their motion.
As such, APC categorically stated that they do not recognize both the commission’s findings and recommendations and the government white paper.
Meanwhile, the SLPP National Publicity Secretary, Lahai Lawrence Leema, has maintained that the commissions were legally and legitimately established and that their findings expressed fairness and justice to all persons of interest as they were aired publicly.
He pointed out that the government white paper’s recommendation to act on the the commission’s recommendations would go a long way in minimizing the incidence of grand corruption in public life.