MPs Salaries Remain The Same


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Clerk of Parliament, Umaru Paran Tarawally has doing an interview with FM 98.1 stated that the salaries of Members of Parliament (MPs) still retains the same for this year.

He furthered that Parliament, at first, used to sit only on Tuesdays and Thursdays but that it now sits for two weeks per month to ensure the effectiveness of MPs.

Parliament, he disclosed, is introducing the public scrutiny of bill to create an opportunity for all Sierra Leoneans to make input on bills before they are enacted into  laws. On the issue of the Le69,000,000,000 (Sixty nine billion Leones) that was given to MPs to either build or rent an office spaces, he said, the buildings will not be solely owned by the MPs during and after their tenures of office but belong to their constituencies.

Umaru Tarawally averred that Parliament is not any a haste to pass any bill, adding that the finance bill lasted for two months before it was passed on an act.

The Parliamentary Service Commission, he said, has made three reforms – to fast-track the Speakers’ orders and provide security for MPs in Parliament, the Financial Reform and the Centre for Parliamentary Studies to help first-time MPs to know the rules of engagement while in Parliament.