MPs Meet Tomorrow

 

The 132 ordinary Members of Parliament and 14 Paramount Chief Members of Parliament that make up the new House of Legislation are reportedly invited by the Clerk of Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Sesay to a very important meeting tomorrow Tuesday 17th April, 2018.

According to report, the purpose of the meeting which starts at 10:00a.m. in Committee Room No. 1 is to commence preliminary parliamentary procedures before the start of the First Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone on Thursday 19th April, 2018.

The composition of the new Parliament, report states, will be made up largely of new faces, given that the two major political parties – the ruling  Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) – turned down most of their former parliamentarians for party symbols in favor of new candidates.

The two oldest political parties will be joined in Parliament by four lawmakers from the National Grand Coalition (NGC) who won their seats in the Kambia district, eight from the Coalition for Change (C4C) who won their seats in Kono district, and three independents – two from Kailahun district and one from Pujehun district respectively.

With neither the ruling SLPP nor the opposition APC having the ninety-four (94) seats required to form an absolute majority, many people have asserted that the new Parliament will serve better as an effective checks and balances instrument against the excesses of the executive arm of government.

Political pundits have also argued that because compromises will be needed by the government in order to enable it pass bills into law, debates on issues and matters affecting the state and its people will be more critical and nationalistic to the advantage of the citizenry who yearn for good governance and proper public financial management that will make the government better able to deliver the goods and services that will lead to an improved quality of life for all and sundry.