WE WOULD NOT BE INTIMIDATED BY THE SIERRA LEONE PARLIAMENT IN OUR ACCOUNTABILITY CAMPAIGN.
We are aware that some members of Parliament in Sierra Leone have reacted rather unprofessionally and inadequately to our press release dated, 26-07-2016, which accused Parliamentarians and officials of Parliament to have failed to properly account for over 120 billion Leones spent on Parliament by Government in the last five years.
We are also aware that in their feeble attempts to threaten our organisation for asking these questions, they have indicated their intent to use “contempt of Parliament” as provided for in the Constitution, to intimidate and silence us.
As a reputable and respected Human Rights, Social Policy Advocacy International Organisation that only cares for the welfare of the poor people of Sierra Leone who are being blatantly cheated by their representatives in Parliament, we consider this as outrageous, wicked and absolutely uncalled for.
We want the House to handle this issue responsibly through public disclosure and meaningful deliberations, not through intimidation, and threat of contempt of parliament.
Our parliament has to be accountable to the Sierra Leonean public.
Parliamentarians are servants of the people for whom they make laws.
They are not exempt from the laws they pass and Parliamentarians are reminded that they are not above the law but subject equally to the law in similar manner as their constituents.
Civil Society organisations and citizens should not feel threatened for asking parliament to be accountable to voters for expressing their opinions on issues of transparency and Accountability.
We want to assure the people of Sierra Leone that we shall continue to reiterate our call to ensure the effective implementation of existing anti-corruption legislation(s) in respect of parliamentarians and other government officials and no amount of intimidation from corrupt individual(s) in and out of Parliament would prevent us from doing that.
Note: Campaign for Human Rights and Development International (CHRDI) is a Rights based social-policy advocacy Organisation. We Draw attention to the responsibility of duty-bearers to uphold human rights, and seek to support rights-holders to claim their rights.
CHRDI is in Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and accredited to many UN Agencies.
Abdul M Fatoma
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