The House of Parliament yesterday withdrew the proposed salary increase that was laid on Thursday 21 August as a statutory instrument whilst Hon Marie Jalloh referred to the process as embarrassing to the State.
The Deputy Majority leader, Hon Sheku Badara Bashiru Dumbuya who was acting as Majority leader when the Statutory Instrument was laid on the table of Parliament said that it created rancour at State House which led to the resignation of the Secretary to the President.
Explaining the reasons for removing the Statutory Instrument, Hon S.B.B Dumbuya who moved the motion started by informing Parliament that “We all know what happened since this particular statutory instrument was laid on the table of this House on August 21. You all should know and I am sure you do know the events that have unfolded since this happened, it came out very clearly by the response by no person than the President that he never knew about the document that was laid on the table here and that being the case the procedure was accordingly not being followed”.
In that case he went on “therefore the document purported to have been a statutory instrument which should have come in to force after the lapse of 21 days, should not have been of any effect and as we all know Honorable members, certain things contained in the statutory instrument do refer to the President in which case the President should have known about this document, he should have seen it and should have given his consent to everything contained therein and because this did not happen, therefore the correct procedure was not even being followed consequently it means in effect that the document is not and cannot be of any effect”.
He therefore moved that the “document be withdrawn since it was I that laid it on the table and realizing now that the correct procedure was not followed I am happy that it may be withdrawn”.
He reminded MPs that whenever a certain document was brought and laid in Parliament, the assumption is that everything involved with the document and in the documents should have been followed. Never has this happened he said as far as he was concerned as it was the very first time.
Seconding the motion, Hon Marie Jalloh of APC too explained that the statutory Instrument was sent to Parliament without the prior knowledge of the President for which she stated “it’s an embarrassment to the state and the President and looking at the transaction of certain document between Parliament and state House, I support the motion for the withdrawal of the instrument”.
There was no counter motion or debate on the issue. By Ishmael Bayoh