In order to foster effective governance and drive the nation closer to achieving President’s Bio’s ‘Big Five’ agenda on public sector and justice reform, the Chief Minister, Dr. David Moinina Sengeh, convened a crucial meeting on the 8th September, 2023 with the Legislative, Judicial and Executive arms of the Government.
The meeting, which brought together esteemed leaders from the three branches of Government, focused on enhancing collaboration in key areas, particularly within the realms of the public sector and the justice system.
This proactive engagement is part of the Government’s unwavering commitment to usher in substantial reforms in these domains, aligning perfectly with the fourth goal of the ‘Big Five’ agenda: public sector and justice reform.
During the session, Dr. Sengeh expressed his gratitude to the heads of Parliament, the Chief Justice, the Attorney General, and governance experts for their dedicated participation. He emphasized that this collaboration would serve as a roadmap for institutions to work harmoniously in order to provide more efficient public services, particularly in the pursuit of goal number four, which centers on public sector and justice reform.
Under the President’s ‘Big Five Agenda,’ the fourth goal focuses on public sector and justice reform as a critical component. Dr. Sengeh underscored the necessity of cooperation between the Legislative-Parliament, the Judiciary-Chief Justice, and the Executive-Attorney General and Minister of Justice to realize those ambitious reform goals.
In his role as Chief Minister, Dr. Sengeh is taking the lead in coordinating and ensuring the effective functioning of the collaborative effort, which is integral to the success of the public sector and justice reform initiative. Key among the reforms discussed was the modernization of the long-standing Criminal Procedure Act of 1965.
Highlighting the significance of reforming archaic laws, Dr. Sengeh likened the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965 to the recently abolished Criminal Libel Law of 1965, both of which have been in existence for decades. He emphasized that the meeting was a continuation of the ongoing dialogue among institutional heads, aimed at ensuring that these laws are brought in line with the national constitution. The Government is committed to meticulous planning and concerted efforts to drive reforms that benefit the people of Sierra Leone.
In summary, Sierra Leone’s Chief Minister, Dr. David Moinina Sengeh, has embarked on a mission to foster collaboration among the three arms of Government, with a particular focus on public sector and justice reform. This landmark meeting signifies a pivotal step forward in the pursuit of the President’s ‘Big Five’ agenda and reaffirms the Government’s commitment to ensuring that laws are harmonized with the national constitution for the betterment of the nation’s citizens.