From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, Kabala hosts MPs on political tolerance campaign
By Augustine Samba
Jul 6, 2010, 17:10

Koinadugu District headquarter town of Kabala past weekend played host to a across section of Members of Parliament from the various political parties on a campaign trail to promote peace, tolerance and democracy. The project is being sponsored by the International Parliamentary Union (IPU), and the two-day session which took place at the Kabala District Council Hall was a replication of similar outreach sessions previously conducted in Kailahun, Port Loko, Moyamba and Kono Districts.

Geared towards engaging political parties, local councils and community people, ‘Taking Parliament to the People’ aims at promoting the principles of non-violence in politics as well as to au fait community members with the activities of House of Parliament.

In attendance were various stakeholders comprising of paramount chiefs, councilors, ward committee chairpersons, civil society members and party activists from the various chiefdoms that make up the district.

In her address, the project’s kingpin, SLPP Hon. Alice M. Foya of Constituency 01 in the Kailahun District underscored IPU’s support to the Sierra Leone Parliament in capacitating the MPs to engage members of the public on parliamentary activities. "The goal of IPU is to work with parliaments around the world to enhance political tolerance and good governance", she informed.

The chairman of the programme, Hon. Kondeh Dauda of opposition SLPP stated that their move was to work together with stakeholders in moving the country forward by preaching peace and non-violence in politics.

Speaking on the activities of Parliament over the three-year period, Hon. Edward Soluku said they have passed many bills into laws, in addition to the signing of series of international agreements for the development of the country. "We also in addition to making laws monitor all government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for effective output", he proffered.

Other presentations on corruption, education, health and the role of women in development were made by various Members of Parliament.

Community people were also privileged to ask questions ranging from road construction, Agricultural support, the relationship between MPs and councilors and the way forward to enhance political tolerance in the district.

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