A journalist, James Kajue (J.B Roy) working for the African Champion Newspaper was yesterday arraigned before the well of Parliament for clarity.
The Newspaper he is working for was summoned by Parliament after an MP, Yapo Conteh raised concern about a statement reported by the African Champion that the Lands Minister, Dr. Denis Sandy claimed that MPs were involved in the sale of lands.
When J.B Roy represented his paper yesterday morning, he was detained at the security post until he was needed by the Speaker. He was made to face the Speaker where he was asked whether he had eaten as according to the Speaker, he appeared sick in his eyes. J.B answered that over 70% of Sierra Leoneans lived on a dollar a day.
The speaker told him to answer yes or no as he was trying to avoid casualty.
The MP that moved the motion for the Newspaper to face Parliament raised the issue but failed at that moment to produce the said copy of the newspaper.
The Speaker told him that documentary evidence was to be produced to carry on with the matter.
The issue was that, the African Champion Newspaper reported a statement from the new lands minister alleging that MPs were involved in the sale of lands.
What the newspaper did was to report what the minister said. But concerns were raised among journalists at the press gallery why Parliament did not invite the lands minister who made the statement at a press conference, rather than to embarrass the innocent journalist?
The Journalist was however told to re-appear on the 28th. However, a transcript of the minister’s statement from UN Radio has also been presented to Parliament.
Also yesterday the Majority leader of parliament, Edward Turay laid on the table the lease agreement between the government of Sierra Leone and the African Railway and Port services (SL) Limited and also the agreement between government of Sierra Leone and African Minerals Limited.