Speaker Accused of Corrupting Rules in Sierra Leone’s Parliament
Honorable Abdul Karim Kamara of Kambia District has said that the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Abass Bundu is dramatically corrupting the rules in parliament. Speaking in the well of Parliament on Thursday 27th June, this year, Hon. Kamara added that such action is unfair and has the potential to raise its ugly face in Parliament.
He said during the last sitting, the Speaker ruled that all outgoing committee persons, should hand over all respected reports to the incoming committee within a week, but on the contrary he said that Hon. Ngevao who placed an order as Chairman of the Human Rights Committee in Parliament is a party to corrupt Parliament in the above-mentioned accusation.
The Speaker of Parliament expressed his disappointment over such allegation and affirmed that his patience will soon come to the point where he will start to take action on such matter.
However, report says the situation erupted when the Leader of the opposition, Hon Chernor Bah first declared that he did not perceive the appointment of the selected committee as legal adding that the legal procedure was given a blind eye.
He also said that in such appointments, the Whip from all the parties should first retire and report their findings back to the house before the appointments are approved, but such was not followed.
However, because of the matter raised from the Standing Order forty six of Parliamentary proceedings, the Speaker allowed for a vote to be taken wherein the main Opposition Party MPs rejected on the basis to be on secret who insisted that all MPs who are for or against the matter raised by the Opposition, to rise and be counted. However, the Leader of the Coalition for Change party in Parliament, Honorable Emerson Lamina ended by saying that parliament should always learn to dialogue and make political agreement in ensuring that there is a swift development in the country.
By Amira Tatayea Bangura
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