Bio Spits Fire -APC Bribe MPs

 

President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio alleged in his thank-you visit to the Eastern Regional city of Kenema that officials in the former All People’s Congress (APC) Government tried to bribe Members of Parliament with a huge sum of money for them to block the passage of three constitutional instruments that legalized his New Direction Government’s Commissions of Inquiry.

Speaking to a multitude of Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) members, supporters and sympathizers at the agricultural show field at the Eastern Region headquarters of Kenema at the weekend, Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio alleged that officials in the former All People’s Congress (APC) Government tried to bribe Members of Parliament with a huge sum of money for them to block passage of the three constitutional instruments that legalize his New Direction Government’s Commissions of Inquiry.

President Bio thanked MPs who put the interest of the country first and refused to take the bribe in favour of voting for the three instruments to become law.

President Bio reiterated that the Commissions of inquiry are not a witch-hunt but a people’s hunt to recover all monies that were misappropriated by the former APC Government, which he referred to as the “people’s money.”

The President furthered that the aim of his Government is not to jail those involved in the misappropriation of the people’s money but to get them to pay back what they had misused, adding that when you jail people, you have to feed them. He furthered that once the Commissions of inquiry have passed through Parliament, his Government is now putting in place the required administrative processes to make it become functional.

It could be recalled that on Monday 22nd October, 2018, there was a marathon debate by the four political parties in Parliament on the merits and demerits of the government establishing a commission of inquiry.

The said Commissions of inquiry were recommendations of the Professor David J. Francis Governance Transition Team (GTT) report. Its brief is to look into the activities of 52 former government officials, including former President Ernest Bai Koroma, former Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh, the 2018 APC presidential candidate, Dr.  Samura Kamara, who also served as Governor of Bank of Sierra Leone and Ministers of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) and Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and other former government officials and their accomplices. The APC reportedly called the proposed Commissions of Inquiry a witch-hunt against their members that served in the former government, whilst erstwhile President Koroma dismissed the GTT report as specious.

The APC national Secretary General, Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh said since their party supports transparency and accountability in governance, they are not against the Commissions of inquiry though he insisted that it must not target APC officials specifically, adding that the rules of engagement involving its operation must be clearly spelt out with respect to the rule of law.

The APC scribe assured that their party officials in the last government would be ready to defend themselves, adding that the party will call on them wherever they are to face the Commissions of Inquiry.