The two remaining Members of Parliament (MP), Dr Brima Kamanda of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and P.C Brima Sidi Kebbie, were yesterday sworn in to add to the 122 members of parliament.
The two MPs were absent for the state opening of parliament.
Explaining to Awoko the reasons for their absence, Hon Dr Brima Kamanda explained that, “I am a member of the ECOWAS parliament and after the elections I went to attend the second ordinary member of the ECOWAS parliament in Abuja and whilst there I was nominated to attend the international parliamentary union in Switzerland”.
Dr Kamanda, who represents constituency 15 in Kenema district, when asked how he felt to be in the opposition he said, “that is democracy at work and one should accept the principles of assent and to also to be prepared to accept the principle of decent. Yes the people of the country have decided, we now sit on the opposition bench and we are part of governance”
He said despite being in the opposition he was going to discharge his parliamentary debates in the interest of the country. “If the government brings motions that are in the interest of the country, we will support them and if we believe they are not in the interest of the country, we will oppose them,” he noted.
In the acts of governance, he continued, the opposition was part of the system and should be given consideration as they provide the checks and balances.
Hon P.C Kebbie of Samale, Pujehun district, also said he was a member of the ECOWAS parliament representing the paramount chiefs and was also not around when the results of the run-off elections were declared.
He said he was in Nigeria to attend the ECOWAS parliament and after the sittings he stayed behind to attend a workshop.
He said he felt good returning to parliament and would continue to serve his subjects.