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Sierra Leone News: I’ll support a debate on the Commission of Inquiry documents – Clerk of Parliament

The Clerk of Parliament, Honourable Paran Umar Tarawally, has assured members of the public that he will support a debate on the two Constitutional Instruments on the proposed Commission of Inquiry. The Clerk who was on the AYV Sunday program said the debate will educate the public about the importance of setting up the Commissions of Inquiry.
Hon. Paran maintained as the Administrative head of Parliament he is bound to enforce and uphold the ruling of the Speaker. He said the Speaker, on Thursday 2 August 2018, ruled against the Notice of Motion raised by Hon. Daniel Brima Koroma for the Instruments to be debated.
He said he expected Hon. Daniel B. Koroma to have approached the Speaker before thinking about going to Court. Parliament he pointed out is an independent institution that regulates itself as stated in the Standing Orders.
Hon. Paran accepted a Notice of Motion from Hon. Brima through his office Secretary on 3 August 2018, but upon presenting it to the Speaker he was reminded by the Speaker of his ruling on the matter.
He assured Hon. Koroma that if he (Hon. Koroma) decides to approach the Speaker to discuss the issue for the debate of the two instruments he will join him in trying to reach a peaceful conclusion of the matter.
Talking about the 21-day expiration date for a document laid before the House, he maintained that there is no clear laid down rules stating when counting time starts, whether it should run during recess or not.
He assured that he is yet to issue the certificate authenticating the maturity of the two instruments, adding that it is the Speaker that has the mandate to give him the instruction to do such.
According to Hon. Daniel B. Koroma, “The APC have no intention of frustrating the operations of the Commission of Inquiry for as long as the relevant constitutional provisions are met,” he assured, stating the reason he and his colleagues want the two Instruments to be debated is for members of the public to get proper understanding about the process. He added “My party is not against the fight against corruption.”
It could be recalled that on Thursday August 2018 Hon. Daniel B. Koroma called the Speakers attention citing Standing Order 18(8) and Section 170 sub-section 7 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone of his intention to file a Notice of Motion for the two instruments to be debated.
The Speaker, Hon. Chernor Abass Bundu, ruled against the Honourable stating that he cited the wrong Standing Order in referencing his submission.
After the ruling, Hon. Brima, on Friday 3 August 2018, filed the Notice of Motion under S.O 18 (8), 25 (2) and Section 170 (7) of the 1991 Constitution, which he duly signed and filed at the office of the
Clerk to let Parliament debate the said Constitutional Instruments.
On Thursday 22nd August 2018, the Clerk of Parliament, on Radio Democracy, said the two instruments were properly laid before the House and the 21-day period ended on Friday 23rd August 2018 for them to become laws.
Following up, the Secretary General of the All People’s Congress (APC) Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh issued a press release dated 22nd August outlining their concerns and intention to seek interpretation at the Supreme Court.
By Alhaji Manika Kamara
Tuesday August 28, 2018.

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