OGI Freetown condemns MPs
Residents in Freetown during an Open Government Initiative Forum have accused most of their parliamentarians and councilors of abandoning their communities and failing on their promises and obligations to the people of their various wards and constituencies.
Speaking during a dialogue forum organized by the Open Government Initiative OGI at the Miatta Conference Centre on Saturday, residents from various areas in Freetown said only Honorable Chernoh Bah and a few councilors had been meeting with their constituents on a regular basis.
Most of the residentâ€™s who made comments during the forum said they voted for the parliamentarians in the 2007 general elections to seek their interest, but observed that since then; most of their representatives had not been informing about their activities. The Freetown residents said most laws; especially the Goods and Services Tax [GST] were hurriedly enacted without proper consultations with them.
They said this had led to what they referred to as the indiscriminate increase in prices of basic goods and services, thus making life difficult for the ordinary people. Responding during the forum, some of the parliamentarians acknowledged their failure to hold regular meetings with their constituents and therefore promised to work with their councilors and ward committee members.
But Honorable Charles Kalawa of Constituency one hundred and eleven and Councilor Victor Lube denied the allegations saying they had been holding regular committee meetings with their constituents.
Earlier, the Acting Coordinator of the OGI Kadija Sesay highlighted the importance of the OGI which she said was initiated by President Koroma to promote democracy and strengthen the channels of communication between the government and the people.
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