AYV News, September 11, 2023
Chief Minister, Dr David Moinina Sengeh, has engaged the legislative, judiciary and executive arms of government as part of his role to ensure collaboration among the three arms of government for effective service delivery, especially in achieving the President’s ‘Big Five’ agenda on public sector and justice reform.
The meeting brought together institutional heads from the three arms of government to discuss issues of effective collaboration in the areas of the public sector and the justice reform system.
The Chief Minister’s meeting was part of the government’s commitment to ensure major reforms happened in the public sector and justice system, in line with goal four of the Big Five agenda: public sector and justice reform. The event is an ongoing planning engagement the Chief Minister has started with institutional heads to ensure that the laws are not in conflict with the national constitution.
Dr Sengeh thanked the heads of Parliament, the Chief Justice, the Attorney General and the governance experts for taking their time to attend the meeting. He said the engagement would serve as a roadmap for institutions to collaborate in areas of effective service delivery, especially in achieving goal four of the government’s ‘Big Five agenda on public sector and justice reform.
“Under the President’s Big Five Agenda, number four is public sector and justice reform. For us as a nation to have justice reform, we need collaboration from the Legislative-Parliament, the Judiciary-Chief Justice, and the Executive-Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
“My role here is to coordinate and make sure this collaboration works effectively in ensuring I drive that public sector and justice reform. Many things need to happen to ensure we achieve those goals. Among them, the primary one is that of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965.
“Like the Criminal Libel Law of 1965, both laws have been there for decades. So what we are trying to do here is to ensure that we reform this law. Therefore, this meeting is a continuation of that engagement as institutional heads to make sure that the law is not in conflict with the constitution by making sure, as a government, we plan and push for the people,” he confirmed.