The Speaker of the House, Hon. S.B.B. Dumbuya has called on Members of Parliament to abide by the start time of 10:00 a.m. According to the Speaker, “I am not unaware of the present situation and the circumstances attendant on it. This may well explain perhaps why sittings are delayed.” He appealed to Members to keep to traditional time.
He pleaded with MPS to be more responsible. He explained that they do not go for recess simply because “we could not”.
Speaking on the issue, Hon. Ansumana Kaikai stated that when he was the Chief-Whip of Parliament he used to appeal to Members of Parliament to be present by 10:00 a.m. He said, when proceedings have started, if the MP is not interested, he/she can then quietly take leave.
He suggested the Chief-Whip and his Deputy to stop announcing the time when sittings begin which serves as an embarrassment to the House.
According to the Chief-Whip, Hon. Claude Kamanda, MP’s coming to Parliament late sometimes is not deliberate. According to procedures, the Order Paper, which carries the activities of the day, should be made available to them 72-hours before the day of sitting. He said MP’s received the Order Paper for Tuesday 12 September 2017, late Monday evening.
The Chief-Whip said MP’s are tired with so many things pertaining to the responsibilities which has prevented them from going for a recess which they should be on as at now, but they decided to continue so that they can complete their task for the closing of the House.
By Alhaji M. Kamara
Wednesday September 13, 2017.