Umaru Napoleon Koroma, the Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, shed light on a significant constitutional review process in Sierra Leone.
Deputy Minister Koroma detailed the extensive efforts undertaken to reform the country’s constitution and encouraged the dissemination of accurate information regarding this critical initiative.
Koroma began by stating that the former administration of President Enerst Bai Koroma had assembled a diverse group of over 80 Sierra Leoneans from various backgrounds and the Law Reform Commission of Sierra Leone. Their collective mission was to review the existing 1991 constitution and provide recommendations for the creation of a new one.
Highlighting the thoroughness of the process, Mr. Napoleon revealed that the committee embarked on extensive consultations throughout Sierra Leone and sought inspiration from democratic constitutions from around the world. Their meticulous work culminated in a comprehensive report exceeding 680 pages, packed with recommendations aimed at enhancing Sierra Leone’s constitutional framework.
Moreover, Koroma emphasized that President Bio’s current administration has taken steps to implement one of the key recommendations originating from the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report. This underscores the importance of the ongoing constitutional review in addressing historical issues and promoting national reconciliation.
Deputy Minister Koroma clarified that despite some misconceptions, this constitutional review process is not a new development but rather a continuation of previous efforts to refine Sierra Leone’s governance structure. He encouraged individuals, including activists, to recognize the historical context of this initiative.