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In Sierra Leone, Lands Minister indicts Parliamentarians
By Augustine Samba
May 29, 2009, 17:24
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The Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Dr. Dennis Sandy, Thursday 28th May 2009, reaffirmed his statement as reported in the Africa Champion Newspaper that some parliamentarians in the Western Area are involved in illegal land transactions. The minister said this while addressing a session at the House of Parliament.

"I am willing and ready to expose with evidence to substantiate my point that some parliamentarians in the Western Area are indeed involved in illegal land transactions, especially in transforming state lands into their personal use.

The statement however created serious contention among parliamentarians, most of whom felt belittled by the minister.

Hon. Mani Gbeti Predy of the All Peoples Congress (APC) representing the a constituency in the Western Area, expressed his anger at the minister for making such a statement, noting that it is unprecedented for a minister to even mention such a thing.

The Majority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Edward Turay, expressed dismay over the ministers statement, saying such a statement has the potential of undermining their status in society.

He therefore moved the motion in pursuance of section 93 of the 1991 Constitution that the minister produce all documents related to the illegal land transactions undertaken by Members of Parliament.

The motion was unanimously supported by parliament on both sides and was endorsed by the Speaker.

The minister was given an ample time to be able to put the evidences together.


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