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PMDC Registration: Margai Warns SLPP, Ready to Defend Golley

By  | 14 January 2006 at 06:24 | 685 views

The leader of the yet to be registered People’s Movement for Democratic Change(PMDC) lawyer Charles Margai has warned the ruling SLPP of "dire consequences" if it continues the foot- dragging over the registration of his party. In a letter addressed to the Secretary of the Political Parties Commssion, Margai submitted reasons why he thinks the government is delaying the registration of his party and expressed the wish that government does not do something that would disturb the peace.
Meanwhile information from Freetown states that Charles Margai has been retained by the Golley family to defend Omrie Golley who was recently arrested and accused of subversion.Margai has reportedly accepted his new assignment with enthusiasm. Watch this space for developments on the Golley issue. Read Margai’s letter on the PMDC below:

C.F. MARGAI & ASSOCIATES
BANTA CHAMBERS
40 Rawdon Street, Freetown / 23 Kissy Town Road, Bo.
Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Tel: 232-76-73-73-74/232-76-640-337/232-76-606059/229349
SOLICITORS
C.F. MARGAI ESQ.,
ARROW J. BOCKARIE ESQ.,
ROBERT B. KOWA ESQ.
OUR REF/S/RML/06
YOUR REF:
12th January, 2006
The Secretary,
Political Parties Registration Commission,
Siaka Stevens Street,
FREETOWN.
Dear Sir,
RE: REGISTRATION OF PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC
CHANGE (P.M.D.C.) AS A POLITICAL PARTY
The above Movement of which I am the interim leader is in the process of submitting an application to the Commission for registration as a political party.
Section 11(2)(C) of the political parties Act No. 3 of 2002 as amended, provides: that a political party wishing to be registered must have registered office in each of the provincial Headquarter Towns and in the Western Area owned or leased for at least five years.

In pursuance of the above, we presented to the Director of Surveys and Lands, Mr Jones, two copies of site plans which should accompany the lease agreement in respect of the office at Makeni in the Northern Province, for his signature as required by law. Mr Dauda Bangura at my request had discussions yesterday 11th instant with the Director of Surveys and Lands and the Minister, Dr Bobson Sesay. This was followed by a conversation between the
Director and myself, wherein I impressed upon him that time was of the essence. I was left in no doubt that between the Minister and the Director, there was connivance to drag their feet so as to delay the Registration process.

By reason of the above, I sent a letter to the Director this morning expressing my concern as well as intimating him of the process now being pursued. Considering the functions of the Commission as spelt out in section 6 with particular reference to subsection 1 of the aforesaid Act, I am constrained to refer this matter to you to ensure a level playing field in the political affairs of this nation and not to allow ill-intentioned individuals to derail the process with dire consequences.

It behoves all of us as Sierra Leoneans at this critical stage of our political history to avoid conflict situations either by words or deeds which may tend to inflame what is already a tense situation.
I look forward to your timely intervention to diffuse what seems to be an explosive situation.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Yours faithfully,
C.F. MARGAI
C.C. 1. THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR
2. THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER
3. THE GERMAN CHARGE-D’AFFAIRE
4. THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR
5. THE NIGERIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER
6. THE GHANAIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER
7. THE EUROPEAN UNION REPRESENTATIVE
8. THE U.N. SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE
9. SIERRA LEONE ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS
10. HON. ERNEST BAI KOROMA, (A.P.C)
11. HON. MOHAMED IDRISS, (P.L.P)
12. THE CHAIRMAN, (S.L.P.P)

Photo: Mr. Charles Margai

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