June 3, 2021

In the matter of the opinion of the ECOWAS Court of Justice that the Malian Transitional Council representatives can be sworn in at the ECOWAS Parliament, as the country moves on a transitional road reverting the country back to constitutional rule, leader of the Sierra Leone’s delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament, Chernor R. M. Bah has noted that as a community parliament they should not be supporting government that are not democratic to participate in a democratic system.

“I cannot challenge the decision of the Community Court of Justice, it is within their domain, but as an individual independently, I would not have gone that road, definitely we would be condoning things which we should not condone”.

He pointed out in an interview that, in the wake of the coup, elected MPs were removed from office, and their positions would now be occupied by selected individuals; “the very things we are complaining about”.

As to whether MPs elected before the coup should be brought back, he noted that for some of them, that was their thought, but they were told they cannot be brought back because the government under which they served was overthrown and Mali should not be represented until they return back to democratic governance.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com/Abuja