Maada Bio sends troops to barricade Brookfields Hotel and teargas aggrieved lawyers cheated at SLBA elections from holding Extraordinary General Meeting

By Kabs Kanu

Thanks to the fact that the U.S Ambassador Bryan Hunt and other flip- flopping members of the international Community have gone rogue and given President Bio carte blanche to continue his oppressive rule after failing to give  Sierra Leoneans the electoral justice they promised them, Bio is getting worse every day now with his dictatorship.

And we did warn them. We told them that letting Maada Bio off the hook will make the illegal President wax worse and act more in impunity.

As it his illegal abolition of Jury Trial and the unlawful dismissal of the auditor General, Lara Taylor Pearce , during the past few days are not enough , President Bio today sent heavily armed troops to Brookfields Hotel in Freetown to barricade the whole facility and stop lawyers from holding their Extraordinary General Meeting.

Today, members of the bar headed for  Brookfields Hotel. This EGM was occasioned  by the last  EGM held in Kenema resulting in the SLPP government  blatantly rigging  the Sierra Leone Bar Association elections in favour of their party stooge, Mrs. Tuma Jabbie Gento Kamara .

According to the lawyers , this  marked ” a consistent pattern of rigging elections in Sierra Leone. ” Aggrieved lawyers scheduled this EGM  to possibly elect their own officials but according to them,  SLPP police officers had  vowed not to allow the proposed EGM to go as planned. And that was what happened today.

As seen in the video below, government troops barricaded Brookfields Hotel to stop the lawyers from meeting.

There was a bitter exchange of words between the lawyers and the troops and as at the time of reporting this story, the lawyers remained stranded outside , with files and documents in their hands.

One lawyer could be heard complaining that it is because of these repressive actions by the SLPP Government that investors are not coming to the country.

There were ugly scenes later as seen in the videos as the uncouth police manhandled some lawyers,  including Saidu Bangura, who tried to defy them and bulldoz their way inside. See this video:

The lawyers are however undeterred and are planning to meet by Zoom. Let us how Maada Bio can stop them. READ :

*Our Learned Colleagues*,
Please if you haven’t made it to New Brookfields Hotel for the Extraordinary General Meeting rescheduled for today at 2pm, please stay where you are.

There is heavy police presence here and they’re not allowing anyone to access the premises of the hotel.

We’re proceeding with the meeting virtually. We will share links in about 15 minutes from the stated start time.

*Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah*
*Wara Serry-Kamal*

Esteemed Colleagues,

On this important morning, allow me to take a moment to reflect on all that has happened over the past 3 months. Looking back, to April 11, 2024, I remember the promise and hope I was filled with when I declared my candidacy for the SLBA presidency and remember the joy and support I felt throughout my campaign for the Presidency . I reflect on the countless conversations we shared—each one brimming with passion, dedication and a determination to re-define and re-shape our Association and profession.

Our unity is our strength, and your support and conviction was the heartbeat of my campaign and that support and conviction and our collective will is what has kept me fighting and determined to stand up against injustice and the desecration of everything we hold sacrosanct as lawyers, by a few rogue individuals in Kenema.

We are at a crossroads, at a pivotal moment for the Sierra Leone Bar Association. This EGM isn’t just about righting a wrong ; it’s about re-charting the direction we will take to enhance our profession and elevate our impact on the justice system. We are advocates not only for our clients but also for each other, and for the standards of fairness and integrity that our society relies upon.

We are all committed to a Bar Association that embodies our highest ideals—where every member feels supported, where our collective voice is strong, and where our actions resonate throughout Sierra Leone. Our country is looking at us, and we must continue to be courageous. We must not allow our course to be changed and ourselves distracted. Let us peacefully assemble and conduct the business of the EGM. Let us not allow chaos or anyone to cast a shawdow on our EGM. Let us focus on task at hand, adopt our resolutions and nurture a culture that embraces all of our members in our SLBA.

Come to New Brookfield’s Hotel today at 2pm and join us in changing the course of history of the SLBA. Let us all embrace this opportunity to make a lasting impact—shoulder to shoulder, as colleagues and as friends.

Together, we will forge a future as formidable as our ideals.

Yours in service,


# Wedaefixyah


Dr. Samura Kamara draws new battle lines with SLPP by vowing to fight on to get electoral justice

Just when you think it is all over, another twist in the tail of drama.

The flagbearer and leader of the opposition All People’s Congress ( APC ) , Dr. Samura Kamara, told the country  yesterday in a nation – wide address that the Tripartite Committee is not over yet and he is going to continue fighting for electoral justice.  READ THE FULL ADDRESS



Distinguished APC supporters
My Fellow Sierra Leoneans

It is with profound gratitude and deep appreciation that I speak to you today on the Report of the Tripartite Committee. First and foremost, I wish to thank each one of you for your unwavering patience and steadfast support during the period of the Tripartite Committee’s work. Your resilience and commitment for national peace, unity and security as we pursue our cause have been nothing short of inspirational.

Let us remind ourselves as to what led to the formation of the Tripartite Committee. This committee was born out of a necessity by both the APC and the SLPP government, supported by our international partners, to restore faith in our electoral processes and to ensure that the WILL of the people is upheld in the most transparent and credible manner possible.

On June 24, 2023, Sierra Leone held its multi-tier elections, which included presidential, parliamentary, mayoral and local council elections. The Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL) declared incumbent President Julius Maada Bio as the winner with 56.1% of the vote. However, this announcement was met with significant resistance and allegations of irregularities from the opposition, the All Peoples Congress (APC) party, and local and international election observers.

The APC, along with several observers, raised serious concerns about the electoral process, before, during and after the elections. These included a widely condemned mid-term census, the introduction of the District Block Proportional Representation system with limited consultation, the high threshold that restricted smaller parties’ participation, and issues with the voter register. Operational challenges such as the poor quality of voter identification cards and delayed delivery of ballot boxes further exacerbated the situation. Allegations of bias and partisanship within the ECSL cast a shadow over its integrity and impartiality not only to conduct the elections but also to announce the election results.

These issues led to a heightened state of tension and mistrust between the ruling SLPP government and the opposition APC. To address this political impasse, a three-day mediated dialogue was organized from October 16 to 18, 2023. This dialogue was facilitated by esteemed bodies including the African Union, ECOWAS, the Commonwealth, and the Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion (ICPNC).

Through these efforts, the “Agreement for National Unity” was signed between the Government of Sierra Leone and the APC. A key outcome of this agreement was the establishment of the Cross-Party Committee on Electoral Systems and Management Bodies Review, known as the Tripartite Committee.

This committee was tasked with a vital mission: to review and examine the electoral systems, structures, and processes of the 2023 elections and previous electoral cycles. Its mandate included assessing the legal framework, operational capacity of the ECSL, and proposing reforms to enhance transparency and credibility in future elections. The Committee was co-chaired by the Government, APC and the development partners and was composed of seven members each from the government and the APC. It’s deliberations also included engagements with representatives from civil society organizations, other critical state institutions and a wide spectrum of stakeholders across the country, thereby ensuring a comprehensive and inclusive approach to its work.

This was an immense undertaking; one that required meticulous attention to detail, and a collaborative spirit. The committee was given a timeframe within which to complete these tasks, and despite the complexity and breadth of the issues at hand, significant progress was made and on another momentous day, on July 1, 2024, the committee presented its Report, including an outline framework of implementation of its findings and recommendations.

I would like at this stage, to extend my deepest thanks to the APC team, ably led by Dr. Kaifala Marah. The team comprised Dr Richard Konteh, Hon Amb Alimamy Petito Koroma, Lawyer Boniface Sidikie Kamara, Mr. David Fornah, Mdm. Bernadette Kargbo, and Mr. Prince Tholley. Their dedication and hard work have been instrumental in our efforts. Working alongside them was another group of dedicated individuals known as the Technical Committee, led by Dr. Sam Sesay. Their expertise and commitment were invaluable in navigating through the various operational, legal, and electoral issues. Through determined negotiation and collaboration, both the SLPP and APC teams successfully agreed on 80 crucial points. This is a testament to what can be achieved when we come together in the spirit of unity and purpose.

Fellow Sierra Leoneans

In any group endeavor, differences in opinion, approach, and results are inevitable. This diversity is reflected in the Tripartite Committee’s Report, which comprises two divergent perspectives: one submitted by the APC representatives and the other by the SLPP representatives.

As stated on page 53 of the Report, the APC holds that statistical inconsistencies call into question the results declared by the ECSL and demands a re-run of the 2023 elections, to be facilitated by the ECOWAS Commission, and the immediate resignation of the personnel of electoral management bodies. The government on the other hand, maintains that the results as declared by the ECSL are valid. These divergent positions are fully articulated in the respective analyses annexed to the Tripartite Report.

Yes, this diversity and other very important contentious issues, including ensuring the transparency and credibility of electoral processes, addressing the legal framework governing elections, and accountability and improving the operational efficiency of the ECSL, remain unresolved. These are currently at the top of our priority list, and we are working diligently with our international development partners to resolve them expeditiously.

Fellow Sierra Leoneans

We have consistently demonstrated our belief in the tenets of democracy, and in every democratic election, it is vital that as voters, we understand how our votes are counted and who, among all the candidates, received the highest number of votes, based on a transparent and fair counting process.

Unfortunately, this fundamental right has been denied to us, as voters by the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (ECSL). The ECSL has failed to provide transparency in how the votes were tallied. One of their excuses is that they are not required by the Constitution of Sierra Leone to be transparent in this regard. Another excuse is that the Results Reconciliation Forms (RRFs) are classified information. This lack of transparency is deeply troubling.

Moreover, the ECSL has been unable to produce any credible evidence of the numbers they assigned to all candidates in the elections. Equally alarming is the fact that the SLPP party, which was declared the winner, has also failed to provide any credible evidence to support the votes they were assigned. It is indeed strange that both the elections management body and the party declared as winners cannot produce tangible evidence to support their claims. This coincidence is too significant to ignore.

Furthermore, the APC provided evidence in the form of verifiable Results Reconciliation Forms (RRFs) from 70.2% of polling stations nationwide, signed by ECSL officials, party agents and observers, showing that Dr. Samura Kamara had a commanding lead with 57.15% of the votes, making it impossible for the SLPP candidate to win at the first ballot.

The APC has also been able to demonstrate the gross inconsistencies and mathematical impossibilities in ECSL’s partial 60% and final 100% announced presidential results. It is noteworthy that this only confirmed reports and skepticism by local and international elections observers.

Considering these findings, one of our key recommendations is for a rerun of the elections to be conducted by ECOWAS immediately. This step is essential to restoring the faith of the people in our electoral process and ensuring that the true will of the Sierra Leonean people is reflected in the results.

The integrity of our electoral process is the bedrock of our democracy. The voters of Sierra Leone deserve to know that their votes are counted accurately and transparently. The ECSL’s refusal to provide this transparency undermines the very foundation of our democratic system.

Our voters must have faith in the electoral process, and it is the duty of the ECSL to ensure this faith is upheld. The failure to produce the RRFs and the subsequent excuses offered are unacceptable. We must demand accountability and transparency in our elections to maintain the trust of the people.

Let us stand together in our demand for a transparent and fair electoral process. Let us continue to support the principles of democracy and ensure that the will of the people is respected and accurately reflected in the election results.

The APC party leadership and I have been, for the past twelve months, totally immersed in the struggle for electoral justice, the fight to protect your votes. This has been a very difficult battle to save our democracy. At the same time, we have had to navigate the rough seas of doubters, misinformers, disinformers and distractors, and I can assure you that it has not been easy but also not insurmountable.

In spite of all those troubles, it is my firm conviction that our country must now depart from the “old normal”, which is, the business-as-usual style of politics. There can be no progress, no democracy where the people are ignored and deprived of their right to choose. This is the desired politics for the people. In light of what we see happening in many parts of the world, it will be insane for us, political leaders, civil society and international partners, to disregard the people’s demand for electoral justice in Sierra Leone. The sore that was opened in June 2023 cannot be healed unless it is cleaned.

What happened in Sierra Leone in June 2023 is a precedent, a very bad precedent, which, if not corrected, will be a template for future political parties to copy. In this regard, those who think that the same ECSL that conducted the disastrous 2023 elections will miraculously change and conduct a clean, credible and transparent election in 2028 are certainly dreaming. New laws will not change old, bad habits. Therefore, if the current ECSL leadership and personnel are not held accountable for the mismanagement of elections in 2023, they will surely be emboldened, and will close their ranks in order to deal the final blow on democracy in Salone.

Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
I have chosen to address you through this medium and not through a press conference because the memories of the days following the 2023 elections are still fresh in my mind. We lost nurse Mahawa and White boy, when State security forces shot at APC supporters, who had gathered at our headquarters in anticipation of the announcement of ECSL results. May their souls and the souls of all those who lost their lives at the hands of security forces in that election rest in perfect peace

My people
I may have my faults, but one thing I have been very careful to avoid, is to allow my ambition for power to put the lives of my innocent supporters at risk. For some people, this may appear as a weakness, but I am convinced that it is a measure of respect for the dignity of human life. At the same time, many have accused me unjustly of selling out the right of the people. Both actions are not and will never ever be my way of life. My personal choice remains to avoid these acts and remain, as always throughout my fulfilled professional career, a trusted servant of the people and country. Where I come from, honesty, reliability and integrity are compelling and demonstrated priorities. I do not believe in using the bullet or money to win power simply because I don’t know how to do that, and even if I have the power to do so, I certainly will not.
What are the next steps?
To my fellow comrades of the APC, I say that at this point, the battle for electoral justice must now be owned by all levels of leadership in the APC, from ward to constituency, from district to region, and from Samura Kamara to the party leadership. This is not a time for recrimination. It’s a time to look at the cumulative turn of events that have brought us to where we are as of now. We cannot continue to be enablers of such massive electoral fraud. If we do not unite to save democracy now, trust me, we will lose the soul of our party forever. As a party we need to demonstrate a willingness to defend the rights of our people.
The national party leadership has been very active to bring us to where we are today. It is now the responsibility of the party to unite around the continued fight for electoral justice.
The international community, Civil Society Organizations, the media, religious leaders, and traditional heads may be diplomatic but cannot be neutral, in terms of upholding the truth and ensuring that the right thing is done in the interest of the citizens of this country. They have been in many ways an integral part of this journey, providing strategic technical, advisory and financial support. They must continue to bear responsibility likewise for any fundamental slippages, going forward, in our urge for freedom and democracy. Together, we must all stand for electoral truth and justice.

Whatever it takes, the mandate of the people should take precedence over the convenience of a political party or personal political ambition. The implementation phase of the recommendations in the Tripartite Committee’s Report, soon to follow, cannot and must not ignore addressing the inconclusive matter of the election results. Emphasis on electoral management, legal and institutional reforms, though important going forward, can never ever cure the electoral wrongs of 2023 elections, and that is why, as a people’s party, the APC will continue to demand a re-run. This recommendation by the APC for a rerun of the elections is the only way legitimacy can return to Government, and democracy rescued.

There has been a huge gap between what the electorates are seeking and what we are giving them as politicians. Going to the 2023 elections, the people were increasingly angered by the high cost of living, the collapse of our currency, high taxation, high cost of electricity, transportation and food items, public institutions wrecked by unprecedented politicization and state capture, stagnating economic growth, and diminishing opportunities for employment and better livelihoods. It was against this background of untold hardship that they came out in huge numbers against all odds to vote for CHANGE of political party and leadership, which, was denied. The ECSL’s election results make stark reading. The APC and I will continue to honour the trust you place in us, and I, personally, will continue to appreciate and honour your trust and strength in me.
It is not over until it is over! It is not done and dusted!

The contentious issues are not just important; they are crucial for the integrity and future of our democratic process. We are fully committed to resolving them in a manner that upholds the principles of transparency, fairness, and accountability that our people deserve.

I want to emphasize that the dialogue continues, and we are not relenting in our pursuit of justice and truth. Building and strengthening democracy is a life-time journey. We must continue talking to each other and moving together. Let us all think of our legacy in a Sierra Leone that is in post-conflict and democratic transition. The APC is steadfast in ensuring that every vote is counted accurately and transparently, and that the will of the Sierra Leonean people is respected. Our commitment to democracy and the rule of law remains unwavering. Let us not be swayed by doubts or misinformation. The journey to resolving these issues is ongoing, and we are making significant progress.

Understandably, public attention and interest, have been focused on the conclusions and report of the Tripartite Committee. However, it should not be forgotten that there are other important aspects of the Agreement for National Unity, which still remain unaddressed or unconcluded. These include, among others, the release of political prisoners, the removal of politically motivated court cases, the safe return of persons in exile for political reasons, and setting up a mechanism for sustainable inter-party dialogue. The spirit of the Agreement is also meant to put an end to the targeted harassment and intimidation of the opposition, directly or indirectly.

Your support and patience are invaluable as we navigate this complex and vital process.

I urge you all to continue to stay peaceful, united and hopeful. Together, we will continue to push for a resolution that reflects the true voice of the people and a shared prosperous future.

We serve a Just God. He, and only He, can fight our battles.

I thank you
God bless our beloved Sierra Leone.

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