Monday, January 27, 2020

Pitiful Situation of Sierra Leoneans In 20 Months of Bio’s ‘Purposeless’ Direction

President Bio’s closest challenger Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara has dubbed the new direction government of the President Bio as “purposeless.”

Gateway Drama Unfolds At NATCOM…PARLIAMENT, BOARD, MINISTER, DG AT DAGGERS DRAWN

Sierra Leoneans may be eager to know what is the cause of the ongoing enigma at the National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM) that has prompted...

Procurement Chief Rescues Greedy Ruling SLPP

Wonders never end as the ruling Sierra Leone People Party is struggling to pay rent in one of its strongholds of Kenema....

As Reckless Spending, High Level Corruption Legitimized… Bio Becomes Chief Procurement Officer

As Reckless Spending, High Level Corruption Legitimized… Bio Becomes Chief Procurement Officer His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio Sierra Leoneans are fuming over the action of Parliament in passing the 2020 Financial Act with so many anomalies which bring to question the effectiveness of members of Parliament. The Finance Act, according to majority of Sierra Leoneans has among other things institutionalized reckless spending without any form of accountability at the level of the Presidency, legitimized high level corruption by giving the President the prerogative to award contracts on sole-sourcing on major contracts such as security-related goods, works and services. Sierra Leoneans slammed the action of their parliamentarians whom they say are serving their own personal interests rather than the interest of their constituencies. If the 2020 Finance Act received Presidential assent, President Bio will become the Chief Procurement Officer of all major contracts that are security related and that have to do with his office. It should be noted that the Office of the President is a very large one and it includes the Office of National Security (ONS) and the Ministry of Defense as the President is the commander in chief of the arm forces. That according to Section 56 Subsection 6 of the Sierra Leone Constitution, the President shall be responsible for such department of state including commission established under this constitution as he may determine. Apart from that there are other offices that are under the Office of the President and this law will make the President the Chief Procurement Officer of all those institutions. “In the Act section 46 of the 2016 Public Procurement Act is amended to make the President super human,” says Mohamed Kaisamba. “Notwithstanding, Sections 1 and 2, the President may grant approval for the use of sole-sourcing in respect of the procurement of sensitive security related goods, works and service for use of the President and Vice-President on a case by case basis,” the act stated in Subsection 3 of Section 40 of the Public Finance Act of 2020. It goes further to state that the imprest on travelling that has to do with the President, Vice President and the Speaker should not be enquired. “Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary contained in this Act or any other legislation there shall be a non-accountable imprest to provide for daily international travel expenses excluding purchase of ticket incurred by the President and Vice President,” Section 42 Subsection 5. According to subsection 6, the approval for such authorization of use of the non-accountable imprest referred to in subsection 5 shall be granted by the President. Approving the Finance Act, Parliament amended Section 42 Subsection 5 to include the Speaker of Parliament. A ruling party Member of Parliament in the Western Urban, Hon Ibrahim Tawa Conteh stated that Section 42 is not in the interest of Sierra Leoneans and it will be used against them in the 2023 elections.

Power Jam Power… Sam Sumana, Koroma Meet Again

Former Vice President, Alhaji Chief Samuel Sam Sumana and his former Boss, Ernest Bai Koroma have met at his Makeni resident for the second...

UN Calls For Meaningful Dialogue

Given the current state of affairs in the country, which has bred disagreement between the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and the main...

From Harvard To Oxford… President Bio Turns Public Lecturer

Sierra Leoneans are concern about the way and manner their president has been travelling despite claims by the government that they inherited a broken...

APC Shrinks …SLPP-58, APC-57

The High Court ruling on the petition cases of Members of Parliament of the All People’s Congress (APC) party has shrunk the number of...

BLACK LIES …Chief Minister’s GTT Report Rubbished

Like the technical audit report, the Government Transition Team (GTT) report done by the former UK  Professor turned Chief Minister in Sierra Leone, David...

I Am Still Active Says Former President Koroma

The Chairman and Leader of the main opposition, the All Peoples Congress (APC) party, who has been succeeded by President Bio, former president Koroma...

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