Sources at the Law Officer’s department in Freetown, Sierra Leone has confirmed that the three Commisions of Inquiry will commence on Tuesday 29th of January 2018.
Two of the three Judges (one from Nigeria, and the other from Ghana) are expected in Freetown later this week.
In his “Thank You” tour in Kono district on Friday, President Julius Maada Bio emphasized that nothing will stop his government from fully implementing the Commissions of Inquiry, stating that corrupt individuals have threatened to fight back so as to disrupt the entire process.
He observed that corruption has seriously disrupted development process in Sierra Leone and that the poor have been oppressed by selfish individuals for their personal gains.
He said the Commission of Inquiry will serve as a great relief to the people as monies that would be retrieved through the inquiry will be used for the general good. He said that anyone who tries to obstruct the mandate of the commissions would be severely dealt with.
President Bio dismissed opposition claim that the Commissions of Inquiry are a witch hunt. He said that the Commissions of Inquiry would recover stolen monies from those who served in the last administration of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma between 2007 and 2018.
The building hosting the Commissions of Inquiry has been refurnished and handed over to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
The Sierra Leonean Judge who is supposed to preside over one of the Commissions of Inquiry is currently residing in the United States of America, according to a senior official in the Law Officer’s Department.