Sierra Leone Parliament phases out
It remains barely fifty-one days to the country’s general elections and the life and time of the Honorable House of Parliament faded out yesterday, giving rise to a breed of legislators.
It could be recalled that the defunct parliament spanned since 2007, with three major political parties sharing 112 seats, and 12 others for Paramount Chiefs, representing the 12 provincial districts of the country. The ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party had 58 seats while the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and minority People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) party, squabbled with the remaining 54 seats in the well of the honorable house.
Majority party leader of the house Hon. SBB Dumbuya told this press that this is the finest parliament the country has experienced in ages as it has achieved the highest contribution to national development.
Hon. Dumbuya pointed out that the absence of an effective legislative and regulatory framework had been an impediment and was identified by his party the APC when it was in opposition five years ago. He disclosed that Parliament recorded over 100 bills, regulations and conventions were enacted and ratified by the out-going parliament.
Complementing Hon. SBB Dumbuya, the minority leader of the house Hon. Emmanuel Tommy of SLPP applauded that the house had been very instrumental in transforming the country, and according to him his party deserves a pat on the back as they have been very active in raising serious national concerns and criticizing vehemently when the need arose.
The minority leader expressed gratitude to colleagues parliamentarians for healthy and friendly debates during their tenure and urged that the new crop of members would emulate the good example. He paid obeisance to the five members that lost their lives while in office and those that were accorded with other state functions.
Meanwhile outgoing parliamentarians will be heading back to their constituencies to seek the face of their people for a fresh mandate.
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