Office of the Attorney General notes the concerns expressed over the recent
press release from the Office of the President about the discontinuation of the
prosecution of the Faraba Banta PIU 5 and others, and wishes to inform the
general public that the said press release from the Office of the President
should only be regarded as conveying the Presidency’s support to a request by
the affected families in Faraba Banta to discontinue the criminal cases
resulting from the Faraba Banta Commission of Inquiry. The said request by the
affected families, which is not unusual in this jurisdiction, was properly
addressed to the Attorney General and was made through the Alkalo of the
The request is still under consideration by the Attorney General, and the Office of the President was only consulted for its views on the request in light of the fact that the Faraba Banta incident on 18 June 2018 was of such national tragedy and importance that it warranted the establishment by His Excellency, the President, of a Commission of Inquiry under Section 200 of the 1997 Constitution.
In this regard, the Office of the Attorney General affirms that the Office of the President did not, and has never attempted to, interfere with the exercise of this discretion, and therefore considers the recent press release from the Office of the President as an unfortunate choice of words.