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Sierra Leone News: Salone MPs return from Pan African Parliament

The end of high-level gathering of African legislators in Kigali, Rwanda followed two weeks of deliberations on corruption and other topics. The historic Ordinary Session of the Fifth Pan-African Parliament (PAP) came to an end on 3rd November 2018 after two weeks of brainstorming by lawmakers from Africa including five MPs from Sierra Leone. The Sierra Leone delegation included Sengepoh Solomon Thomas (Deputy Speaker); Bashiru Silikie of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP); Rosemarie Bangura and Amadu Kanu of the All People’s Congress (APC) and Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella of the National Grand Coalition (NGC). Reports say before the summit of this Fifth Parliament, the five members of parliament were sworn-in as members of the Pan-African Parliament. The new delegation representing Sierra Leone participated fully in the summit on the topic: “Winning the Fight against Corruption – A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.” Each Sierra Leone MP was assigned to a standing committee including finance and public accounts, agriculture, youth empowerment, gender, and transport and energy. As a new member of the Transport and Energy Committee, Yumkella reportedly helped to prepare the work plan for the sub-committee on energy. Meanwhile, the NGC MP also led another delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna to deal with Nuclear Safeguards and bilateral support for nuclear medicine including diagnosis and radiotherapy for cancer treatment in Sierra Leone. The delegation to the Atomic agency included Morie Momoh, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Energy; Dandyson Thompson, Parliamentary Legal Counsel for the Ministry of Justice; John Jabati, Chief Radiation Officer Ministry of Energy; Agnes During, the Multilateral Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Dean Rogers, Clerk of Parliament.

By Mohamed J. Bah

Thursday November 08, 2018.

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