Parliament is not omnipotent; we can make mistakes – Speaker of Parliament

The Speaker of Parliament, Honourable Abass Bundu admitted the ratification of the 2020 Finance Act by Parliament was a mistake, which can be rectified by MPs. “Parliament is not omnipotent; we can make mistakes; we are all humans and when we do make mistakes we should take appropriate measures to remedy those mistakes,” he admitted. The Speaker made the statement following a notice of motion that was given by Honourable Daniel Koroma of Constituency 46 in Koinadugu District and the Leader of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) party in Parliament, Honourable Kandeh Yumkella that the house reviews Section (42) Subsections (5) and (6) of the recently approved 2020 Finance Act. Hon. Bundu said passing the 2020 Finance Act has left the reputation of the country’s law making house in ruins. Hon. Bundu admonished the MPs that in doing what they want to do to save the Parliament’s shrunken image, they must follow the law in the constitution and the Standing Orders to the letter. The move by Hon. Daniel Koroma and the Leader of the NGC party Hon. Kandeh Yumkella, came after the social and mainstream media were recently submerged by a deluge of incessant bashing from the public. The public’s disagreement with the country’s law making house has been occasioned by the passing recently into law of the 2020 Finance Bill, which provides for the imposition and alteration of taxes, and for other related matters for the coming financial year. Section (42) Subsection (5) and (6) of this entitles the President, Vice President and the Speaker of Parliament to a “non-accountable imprest” for their oversea travels, which only the President has the power to authorize. The act does not specify any fixed amount as imprest for the President neither his Vice nor the Speaker of Parliament. What this law means is that the President would not be under any spell to account for what he expends during his numerous oversea trips save for his flight tickets.

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