The hullabaloo over the proposed increment of salaries of Members of Parliament and other benefits have seen accusation and counter- accusations amongst officials of government and members of parliament.
SLPP Member of Parliament in the Lumley axis, Hon Tawa Conteh has eloquently exposed the Finance Minister Jacob Jusu Saffa on a local radio station as the one responsible for the proposal showing huge increment of MPs salaries that is being circulated on social media which in his words is fake.
The SLPP MP revealed that what they proposed and agreed with the Finance Minister was for Le 2 Million to be added to their already 12 Million Leones salaries.
He maintained that the proposal on social media which according to him is from the Minister of Finance has nothing to do with them as members of Parliament.
He exposed that the Finance Minister lied in his budget where he stated that the budget of parliament has been increased from 12 Billion Leones to 14 Billion Leones.
“14 Billion was the same money that was presented in last year’s budget to Parliament by the then Finance Minister, Momodu Kargbo. There is no increment whatsoever,” the MP said.
He said that the money that was appropriated to parliament is for parliamentary services and not for them as members of parliament.
He revealed that the leaderships of all the political parties in parliaments are receiving 30 Millions as salaries plus a quarterly 20 Million Leones and other fringe benefits.
He described the action of the Finance Minister JJ Saffa to propose the establishment of a Procurement Directorate as one that is grossly undermining the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA), noting that; they as parliament will not endorse such.
He said that they will be listening to their people and as such they are going to harmonize the salary structure across the board.