The Speaker of Parliament, Justice Nathaniel Abel Stronge has told Members of Parliament (MPs) that he was going to investigate the vehicle proposal for MPs.
The Speaker was reacting to a concern raised by Hon Legacy Sankoh of the PMDC when he reported to the House the constraints faced by some MPs in the area of mobility. Hon Sankoh reported that some MPs ride on bikes to work and explained a scenario where he said he saw along Kissy road a Member of Parliament riding on a bike and was nearly hit by another bike.
Some other MPs especially those from the provinces have expressed to this Press the serious constraints they face in coming for Parliamentary sittings and how because of vehicle constraints, most have been absenting themselves from work.
Considering the constraints faced by MPs, a proposal had been made for each of them to be allocated with a vehicle. At a point in time, it was announced to MPs by Hon Suffian Kargbo to be around after Parliamentary proceedings to assess the quality of some vehicles proposed for MPs.
Three 4-Runner vehicles were driven to the car park of Parliament to be viewed by MPs. The vehicles were from Lister Car Center and Hon Frank Kposowa of SLPP told this reporter that each of the vehicles were worth $14,000 00 (Fourteen thousand dollars).
Finance, Development and Economic Planning Minister, David Carew had earlier told Parliament when he was summoned to explain the conditions of service of MPs that, he was approached by Hon Ibrahim Sorie for vehicles for each MP worth $45,000.00.
Hon Legacy Sankoh made reference to the popular talks around ‘bar nya fakei’ do not fake us as he said on two occasions he was told the vehicles were on the high seas and later had already arrived. It was against this backdrop that the speaker told MPs he was going to intervene in the vehicle proposal for MPs. By Ishmael Bayoh