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In Sierra Leone, SDI Director Charges MPs on Corruption
By Momoja Lappia
Jul 20, 2010, 17:08
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The Executive Director of Society for Democratic Initiatives, Mr. Emmanuel Saffa Abdulia Esq. last Thursday 15th July 2010 expressed that certain parliamentarians were involved in pervasive corrupt practices. He brought this charge on parliamentarians while delivering a lecture at the Mamba Point Hotel, Wilberforce in Freetown on the theme Procedures and processes Leading to the Enactment of a statute in an orientation meeting on the minimum 30% quota for womens participation in governance and decision making processes. He advised that if women were opting for 30% representation they must select a vibrant MP like Hon. Elizabeth Lavalie to steer their affairs


From past experiences the fire brand civil activist divulged that some parliamentarians are on record for demanding exorbitant sums of money from Non-Governmental Organizations in order for their legislative processes to go though parliament. He said even when such bills are of national developmental initiative, parliamentarians most times send them to the back burner until their palms are greased. This he said is grossly responsible for the snail pace of trend in national development.


This was questioned by participants who asked why affected NGOs had often failed to bring such to the knowledge of the Anti-Corruption Commission as according to them parliamentarians should be role models in executing their duties.


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