Immediately after the Speaker, Justice Abel Stronge posed the question on whether the nominees, Dr. Kaifala Marah and Dr. Samura Kamara should be approved, Members of Parliament (MP) one after another, begged the new Finance Minister to expedite payment of their backlog salaries.
Hon. Hassan B. Sheriff of Port Loko District started the ball rolling.
He expressed dissatisfaction at the manner MPs are treated in respect of payment of their salaries on time.
He said that this is not in line with their status as representatives of the people, especially when they visit their constituents.
He tried to convince the new Minister to see reason and pay them in due time.
He maintained that the Christmas season would be very unpleasant, if the issue of their salaries is not speedily looked into.
Hon. Sheriff further extended his defense on the status of MPs by pleading with the newly- appointed Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Samura Kamara, to think of including ‘some’ of them (MPs) during trips overseas, when the need arises, as a way of adding to their status and knowledge.
Hon. Frank Kposowa of Bo District also spoke of their position and their salary issue, and outlined reasons for MPs to be given due consideration as people who matter in society.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sheku B. B. Dumbuya buttressed the need to pay them in time, and even pitied the new MPs, with the justification that they need money to visit their constituents on a “Thank you” tour.
Hon. Koedoyoma of SLPP said “we have seen Dr. Marah perform in areas he had been appointed before now and we are yet to see him in his new position”
Hon. S.B.B. Dumbuya said “Dr. Samura Kamara has been a serious-minded person throughout his life and I am convinced he will continue that in his new appointment.”
By Poindexter Sama