In a recent public notice, Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah (Mr.) and Wara Serry-Kamal (Ms.) of the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) has raised serious concerns about the legitimacy of its purportedly elected Board. Reports have surfaced indicating that individuals claiming to be members of this Board have conducted a courtesy visit to a state institution, a move which the SLBA has vehemently condemned.

They reiterated that no valid elections were held in Kenema, challenging the authenticity of the alleged Board members. In response to these developments, the Marrah and Wara has announced the requisition of an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to set a new date for their Annual General Meeting (AGM). This move is seen as a step towards restoring order and ensuring democratic processes within the association.

We categorically condemn those posing as the duly elected Board and urge all state institutions to refrain from endorsing this unlawful Board,” the notice declared. Marrah and Wara emphasized that recognizing this illegitimate SLBA Board undermines the integrity of the Association’s democratic processes and the principles of justice and fairness that the legal community upholds.

The public notice, signed by prominent SLBA members Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah and Wara Serry-Kamal, calls for the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and other governmental and non-governmental bodies to maintain their impartiality and support the rule of law. They stressed the importance of ensuring that the genuine voices of the Association’s members are respected and safeguarded.