The Second Session of Parliament began yesterday with the swearing in of two new Members of Parliament (MPs) Ajibola Manley- Spain of APC and Ansumana Jaia Kai-Kai of SLPP.
These two new MPs took the oath after winning the just concluded bye-elections in constituencies 87, Pujehun District and 106, Freetown Urban.
Hon Ajibola Manley Spain won in constituency 106 after the former MP Cecil Osho Williams died and in constituency 87, Hon Ansu Kai- Kai won after petitioning the PMDC MP who had been declared winner of the 2007 elections.
Cautioning the MPs, Hon Eric Jumu of SLPP congratulated the two new MPs and said of his party that they have increased their seat from 43 to 44.
He called on his party supporters to keep the faith.
The majority leader, Hon Edward Turay urged the MPs to work in the interest of the country and not for individuals.
He told Hon. Manly Spain that because he was a lawyer, his assistance to the Parliamentary Legislative Committee will be helpful whilst praising him to be somebody that is hard working and whom he had faith in at party level.
The Speaker, Hon Justice Nathaniel Abel Stronge also admonished and welcomed the two new MPs.
Hon Manly Spain is a lawyer and during the bye-elections, he polled 2,096 votes whilst Hon Ansu Kai-Kai is returning to Parliament for the third time, and polled 5,031 votes.
He was the majority party whip during the last Parliament.
As it is now, the Peoples’ Movement for Democratic Change which entered Parliament with 10 seats now has 9.
The SLPP who had 43 has now added one to it making 44 but the ruling APC still controls the majority with 59 seats.