The political situation continued to worsen in the Country following the contentious elections in 1996. A coup attempt failed after which the Government declared a state of emergency. Using the powers of under the state of emergency a large number of people were arrested and detained.
In this context, the Church leaders appealed to the Government to ensure that the state of emergency was not used for political ends. They called for speedy trials of the accused to ensure that justice was done instead of prolonged detentions. They decried torture as a means of extracting evidence from suspects. They called for justice to be dispensed with regard to natural justice