Members of opposition SLPP in parliament yesterday 21st October, 2010 unequivocally called on the All People’s Congress (APC) Party to commend the SLPP for the several developmental initiatives implemented by the previous government, while urging the APC to change their crude tactic of pretence that all is well for the poor people of Sierra Leone under their government. This was expressed in diverse ways by the SLPP MPs in their contribution to Thursday’s debate
Taking up a point in the debate, Hon. Frank Kposowa reiterated the willingness of the opposition to work with the APC government for better yields since the SLPP has stronger materials but the introduction of the policy of exclusion, they must not blame their failure on the SLPP. He said as opposition, their role is not to impede the administration from development but to work together for the promotion of national issues. We should be seen and treated as minority rather than discriminating against us,” he said, adding that the president is talking about reconciliation but not sighting examples.
On the energy sector that the APC MPs are using to sing their achievement, Hon Kposowa said the SLPP owed no apology for not prioritizing electricity in the country then since their government was busy fighting to end the civil war and commence the reconciliation process.
Hon. Emmah Kowa told the house that members of the ruling party are deliberately biased on the issues that are seriously affecting the electorate as they are rather busy defending the speech made by the president. She boldly drove the point to the house that the current government should recognize the efforts of the past as according to her government is all about continuity. “I applauded the effort of the president to introduce the free health care services, but the monitoring system needs to be improved for its sustainability,” Hon. Emmah echoed. She added that the president should empower the Oversight Committee on Health in parliament for the sustainability of the free health care delivery. She said as a member of the opposition she would always recognize the implementation of good policies that can benefit the people.
In her comments, she called on paramount chiefs to stop participating in politics and to retain their role as representatives of the people’s traditions in parliament. She referred to them as “our” traditional symbols that must not meddle in central or national politics through partisan means.
In defence of the presidential speech as he stood up to contribute, Hon. Nuru Deen Sankoh-Yillah of APC as usual ranted that the SLPP has failed the people of this country. He cited the establishment of the Youth Commission as an indication that President Koroma is ready and determined to transform Sierra Leone. Similar sentimental contributions were made by APC MPs in the ongoing debate with only defending the president’s speech rather that indicating how they can cushion out people’s deplorable state under their government.
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