Minority leader blasts colleagues for not attending parliamentary sittings
Freetown, June 4 (SLENA) – The Minority Leader of Parliament, Dr. Bernadette Lahai has informed the leadership of parliament that many MPs are not taking the work of parliament seriously whenever important bills are before the house for debate.
Dr. Lahai observed that MPs prefer to sit in the canteen, lounge and offices and ignore parliamentary sitting which she said is their main purpose of being in parliament, stressing that MPs should note that they are representing their people and they should work for their people and the government and not just to collect huge sums of money from government which she referred to dishonorable.
The minority leader admonished MPs to have value for money and work for what they have been elected for, noting that MPs have been advocating for better conditions of service which the government did and now they are not meeting the demand of government by serving the people who they represent in parliament.
Adding his voice, the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. SBB Dumbuya called on the Chief Whip of parliament to take action on matters connected to discipline and welfare of parliamentarians as it his responsibility.
He called on the leader of the house and government business to take serious action against absenteeism.
The Leader of the House, Hon Ibrahim Bundu promised to take action to address the situation, noting that standards are fallen.
Hon Bundu added that participation is very important in parliament and admonished his colleagues to be punctual in parliament and contribute to debates.
The minority leader earlier made these remarks while the Minister of Internal Affairs, JB Dauda was presenting the bill tilted the ‘Sierra Leone Correctional Service Act 2014’.
By Sulaiman Bah
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