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Sierra Leone News: Civil society position on AGA implementation

If the implementation of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) by State leaders is to be achieved, the role of the civil society organizations (CSOs) must be recognized. In Sierra Leone, CSOs from across the country under the leadership of Action Aid Sierra Leone will present a position paper to the House of Parliament on the implementation of the AGA. The African Governance Architecture is a Charter adopted from the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) as a road map that set out international standards on good governance and democracy on the Continent. It is inspired by the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) that expresses the AU’s determination to ‘promote and protect human and people’s rights, consolidate democratic institutions and culture and as well ensure good governance and the rule of law.’ The Governance adviser at Action Aid Sierra Leone, Aminata Kelly Lamin, said the civil society mobilization for the implementation of AGA is geared towards enabling citizens to be aware of the already agreed principles by the AU so that they would be in the position to demand for the implementation of the principles in the charter as well as ensuring they are in the position of demanding for their governance to be aligned to the principles outlined in the charter. Lamin said the Charter is one that seeks to promote democracy, good governance, rule of law, human and people’s rights on the African continent stressing that, it also looks into democratic rule and constitutional changes of power through free, fair and transparent elections in Africa and representative systems of governance on the continent. Alimamy Betty Sesay from Bombali district said since the Charter was adopted on 30 January 2007 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by the African Union, it came into force on 15 February 2012, there are not much been done in the area of ratification and implementation which, according to her, urged them to mobilize around government for implementation. Since it came into effect in 2015 to date 31 African member states have ratified the Charter which mandate stems from the Decision of the 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government held in July 2010 for putting in place a ‘Pan-African Architecture on Governance.’ Augusta A.O. Ademokula is the AGA Project Implementation Officer. She outlined that with funding support from European Commission through Action Aid, they were able to produce a simplified version of the ACDEG. She went on to reveal that the simplified version of the charter contains a preamble with 11 chapter and 53 articles that captures definitions, objectives and principles, Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Culture of Democracy and Peace, Democratic institutions, and other relevant articles. Ademokula said they are almost completing a position paper that would be presented to the House of Parliament reminding them of the full implementation of the Charter stressing that implementation of the Charter will add to the country democratic, good governance and rule of law credentials. She assured all of ensuring the popularization of the charter at community level by their members across the country.

MK/8/1/19

By Mohamed Kabba

Twitter; @chikakabba

Wednesday January 09, 2019.

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