The Minority Leader of the House of Parliament Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai has brought it to the notice of the designated Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mabinty Daramy that the present situation of their former colleagues (MPs) has become “bad off” as they keep running behind the Finance Ministry for their gratuity.
Hon. Lahai said that for the past days, their former colleagues have been moving from one corridor of the Finance Ministry to the other, soliciting the payment of their gratuities, which they have worked so hard for.
She observed in a general term saying, “this is money that is due us. We should not be running after the Finance Ministry for us to be given, gratuity (it) is not something somebody (we) should beg for or run after” she querried.
The SLPP MP revealed that the homes of some of their former colleagues are in chagrin; and at the moment, only their gratuities and pension could salvage their situation.
She noted in an empathetic tone “most of them need to take care of their domestic needs, and you know what that would mean for a former MP.”
Hon. Lahai urged the Deputy Minister to prevail on her colleagues to see reason to expedite the payment of their colleagues’ gratuities.
Mabinty Daramy said that they would look into the concerns of the MPs as soon as they resume office.
It could be remembered that during the scrutiny of the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah, and even to the day of his approval in the Well of Parliament, every member of the House who spoke belaboured the issue of their salary backlog, and urged the Minister to fast-track payment of their salaries.
The Minister then assured that he was going to see how that could be actualized. But this press is yet to learn whether that has been made possible.
By Poindexter Sama