Hon Paran Tarawally, clerk of Parliament told NEW AGE that Parliament will issue a certificate of clearance to the constitutional instruments on the proposed commissions of inquiry today Thursday 23 August 2018.
He stated that he is an administrator and not a politician and that he is going by the parliamentary procedures.
Tarawally explained that, according to parliamentary procedures, the speaker is the one that should say that a notice of motion should proceed and that from what he has received, the speaker has not countenanced the notice of motion of the opposition concerning the instruments
He said that the reason the speaker did not countenance such was that the wrong Standing Order was referenced by the opposition members of Parliament which was SO 18 instead of SO 25.
On August 3, the Deputy Minister of Justice Abdulai Bangura laid two separate constitutional instruments number 64 and 65 in the well of parliament for the establishment of two separate commissions of inquiry on the Koroma led government.
Head of the single largest party in Parliament (APC) Hon Chernoh Maju Bah explained that the APC is not against any commission of inquiry and that all they want is for it to be within the confines of the law.
He described the speaker’s advice for the instrument not to be debated as completely out of place and that if the clerk goes ahead with issuing a certificate, then the commissions of inquiry will be illegal.
He explained that the only institution the constitution gives the power to make law is a parliament and if the commission of inquiry will not be bound by the high court rules, then the rules that will be used should be debated by parliament.
Leader of National Grand Coalition in Parliament Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella also raised number of issues concerning the commissions of inquiry.
Among the issues the NGC Leader raised are- for the commissions of inquiry to include vote controllers of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and for the commissions to be fair.
‘’To prevent abuse of human rights and freedoms, the tenure of the Commissions cannot be open- ended. They must be time bound and able to complete their work within one year to ensure that the current Executive Branch does not use it to go after those who will challenge their future excesses,” the NGC Leader maintained.
Leader of Coalition 4 Change (C4C), Hon. Emerson Lamina said that they are in for the commissions of inquiry as long as they are within the confines of the law.
In the year 2000, the APC took Parliament to court in the matter between the All People Congress, Abdul Serry Kamal et el and the Speaker of Parliament, Adhoc Committee of Parliament et el in which the Appeals Court ruled in favour of the All People Congress and others.
It is believed that similar situation may arise, if the clerk issues the certificate of clearance today.