Sierra Leone Parliament Saves Its Neck
The Sierra Leone House of Parliament has in what many have referred to as saving its neck, expunged the much talked about section 42 of Finance Act 2020 which had made way for a non-accountable oversea travelling imprest for the President, Vice President, and the Speaker of Parliament.
This comes following the public outcry and President Bio’s refusal to assent to Section 42 of The Finance Act of 2020 relating to a non-accountable imprest for the President, Vice President and the Speaker of Parliament regarding overseas traveling.
Over the last one month or so, there has been much debate in almost every corner of the country about the said section which many say was exploitative and hence does not have a place in a country where poverty continues to ravage majority of the citizens.
The initial approval of section 42 by the Sierra Leone House of Parliament was marred with a lot of controversies one of which saw the Clerk of Parliament and a member of Parliament of the ruling SLPP ‘exchanged blows’ in public.
However, following the refusal of the President to assent to the bill and the public outcry against the said act, a motion had been moved and voted on by the Parliament of Sierra Leone for expunging Section 42 of The Finance Act, 2020.
Therefore, the much talked about Section has been expunged; relative to the assent copy of the said Act which many say is a saving grace for Parliament.
The Finance Act is responsible for the imposition and alterations of taxes for servicing The Appropriation Act for the development of Sierra Leone.
The motion was moved and seconded respectively by Hon. Hindolo M. Gevao and Hon. Daniel B Koroma.
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