MPs In Trouble

By Ayodele Deen-Cole

The low performance of some Members of Parliament is now a serious concern of members of their various Constituencies. Presently, most supporters and members of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) Party and the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) are angry with their legislative representatives because they are not being able to initiate serious social and economic projects or they have failed to be accountable to the people, even though each MP receives around sixty million Leones (Le60m) as Constituency Development Fund.

At a recent accountability conference organised by the Public Financial Management Sector at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, a good number of civil society activists called on the two leading political parties – APC and SLPP to replace their low performing MPs because they are causing untold suffering on the lives of the ordinary man.

According to one civil society activist, Isha Bangura, the present MPs are only in Parliament but not properly and adequately representing the people who voted them. As a resident and stakeholder in Constituency 97, Madam Isha Bangura said the MPs hardly hold public meetings to discuss salient issues about the community, but instead, hand picks some people and invite them to their homes and give them a little sum of money. She added that most Constituencies lack basic facilities like schools, public toilets and the likes.

According to the Executive Director of Center for Human Rights and Democracy, Abdul Fatorma, political parties must award symbols to  people with integrity to represent their Constituencies, adding that  most of them end up under-representing their people. He also advised that none-performing MPs be replace in the forthcoming parliamentary election.