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Parliament Trashes Section 42 from 2020 Finance Bill

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Parliament Trashes Section 42 from 2020 Finance Bill


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The decision by parliament to remove the section is as a result of public outcry on the said section and the refusal of the president to assent his signature on it, asking parliament to do the needful by amending it. The deadlock finally broke on the said issue after parliament removed the section that deals with the unaccountable imprest past weekend’s sitting. The issue has been on the spot light for weeks now and there was high anticipation from the public on the decision of parliament on the issue. The process did not even take more fifteen minutes to remove the said section after the chairman of the legislative committee in parliament proposed the motion by reading the comment made by the president for dissenting the said bill, this is in accordance withstanding order 58(6) and section 106(7&8) of the 1991 constitution that clearly states that if the president dissent a bill passed by parliament, it should be returned within 14 days for amendment.

While speaking to this medium, Hon. Lahai Marrah of constituency 042 in Falaba District, admitted parliament made a mistake and he was happy that the mistake has been corrected. He added that they acted as a responsible parliament by refusing the president’s recommendation for a ceiling to be tagged on the unaccountable imprest. He also revealed that the said section should not have even been part of a revenue generation bill making it an irony to include expenditure to revenue generation. In his own statement, Hon. Ibrahim Tawa Conteh of constituency 132 in the Western Area said he felt vindicated after the president refused to assent his signature and parliament expunging the controversial section.  He added that transparency and accountability start with government but giving an open cheque to president, vice president and speaker in terms of travelling is a recipe for chaos. He concluded that by stating that the parliament is working inline with the public by yielding to their cry. The Coalition for Change leader in parliament, Hon. Emerson Lamina from constituency 030 Kono district, submitted that the move by the house is a restoration of confidence in the house of parliament and that parliament will always work in the interest of the people by listening to them. 

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