ECOWAS Court quashes removal of former Sierra Leonean VP
Published On : 2017-11-27 23:38:50
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The ECOWAS COURT says the removal of Samuel Sam Samuna as Vice President of Sierra Leone is wrong.
The former Sierra Leonean Vice President was sacked by President Ernest Bai Koroma after he sought asylum at the US Embassy in Freetown for fear of his life.
The former Sierra Leonean VP was forced to seek asylum after disagreements with the ruling party that led to his expulsion amid accusations of fuelling violence, and trying to form a breakaway party in his home district of Kono.
Samuel Sam-Samuna dragged the Sierra Leonean government to the ECOWAS Court for what his lawyers Femi Falana and Dr. Raymond Atuguba said was his unconstitutional removal.
According to reports the constitution only allows the Vice President to be removed through a parliamentary impeachment.
Delivering its verdict Monday, the ECOWAS Court held that the removal of H.E. Sam Sumana from office was wrongful because it violated his right to appeal the decision.
The Court said the nature of his removal violated his right to Natural Justice and to a fair hearing. It further held that his right to participate in politics has been violated.
The court has therefore ordered Sierra Leone to pay H. E. Sam Sumana all his salaries, emoluments, perquisites among others from the date of his removal to date.
The Court has however dismissed other reliefs sought by Sam Sumana because they have either lapsed or are predicated on the domestic laws of Sierra Leone.
The Court said its decision on the other reliefs the applicant sought was to avoid chaos in the Country.
The ECOWAS Court also awarded costs to the Applicant, H. E. Sam Sumana, to be calculated by its Registry.
The Court had earlier dismissed an objection raised by Sierra Leone challenging its jurisdiction on the case.
Lawyers for H.E. Sam-Sumana, Femi Falana and Dr. Raymond Atuguba, argued that the Protocol establishing the ECOWAS Court as amended (Articles 9(4) and 10(d)) is clear on the matter and Sierra Leone is a signatory to that and related Protocols.

By: Sena Nombo/ 

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