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NGC Supports Repeal of Public Order Act

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The National Grand Coalition (NGC) Party is in high support of the Repeal of the 1965 Public Order Act.

This was according to the Party’s Parliamentary Leader, Hon. Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (KKY) who was speaking at the debate on the Public Order Act in the Well of Parliament yesterday Thursday, 16th July, 2020.

He said: “On behalf of the NGC, I wish to state our full support for the repeal of the 1965 Public Order Act which is before us. We commend the former Ministers of Information who all made efforts for over two decades to repeal the public order act, including Dr. Julius Spencer, Hon. I.B. Kargbo, and Hon. Mohamed Bangura. We also commend the former and current presidents of SLAJ for their diligence and persistence. It is always a good time to do the right thing, so we congratulate the current minister of information and the government for their strong political will in taking the final steps for the repeal process”.

However, the NGC chief said the public needs safeguards to protect hard earned reputations of citizens of the country, adding; “many of us have been victims of false publications and articles in newspapers.”

He said character assassination is tantamount to reputational terrorism and that they want to see these safeguards in the new IMC Act whilst at the same time guaranteeing free expression.

Finally Hon. Yumkella stated that some colleagues have referred to this government as “talk-and-do” since the repeal of this Act was one of the manifesto promises.

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