The Honourable Member of Parliament for Constituency 062 and 2018 Presidential Candidate for National Grand Coalition party, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella has spoken after he won the case of his dual citizenship at the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone.
In the Judgement pronounced on Friday 3rd September, 2021, the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone dismissed the case and confirmed that Kandeh Yumkella was eligible to contest in the Sierra Leone parliamentary and presidential elections 2018.
This is what he said;
I give praise to the Almighty for his grace in making sure that my personal quest to open up the political space for Sierra Leoneans in general, and our citizens in the diaspora, has received a resounding endorsement by the Supreme Court judges of the Republic.
I commend them for their courage and vision. Today’s landmark judgment by our highest court will benefit over a quarter million Sierra Leoneans living in the diaspora and their descendants.
As I have stated before, though the judiciary does not make laws, the Judgement by the Supreme Court constitutes a law which the parliament can now reinforce and complement by passing the omnibus bill we submitted to guarantee greater inclusivity and equity for women and the youth in national suferage and governance.
I call on the government and NEC in particular, to ensure diaspora voting also becomes a reality in 2022 and 2023. Leh we put Salone Fos.
I wish to thank my gallant legal team for their professionalism and efficacy in presenting our case. Deep gratitude to our many legal friends who weighed in on the side justice. To all my family, friends and well-wishers, thanks to you for believing in me and standing by me. God bless Salone.
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