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Sierra Leone News: Con. 130 MP, Timbo, faces constituents 

Constituents of Mafengbeh, a slum settlement on the coastline behind Collegiate School were granted an opportunity on Saturday 24th November 2018, to voice their concerns to Hon. Osman Timbo, MP from Constituency 130 which covers: Murray Town, Cockle Bay and Collegiate, and some parts of Cockerill and Aberdeen. Hon. Timbo met with resident of Mafengbeh to gain first hand information about their challenges and concerns and also to update them about what has been happening in Parliament.  The MP said MPs will not receive the Le63 million for Constituency Development Funds. He said they would still receive money for offices. He said Le60 million has been given to him already for the office space. He said the constituency needs clean drinking water, toilets, better roads, jobs and micro-credit facilities, and so on. He said, “I want to be transparent with the money. If development does not reach your community know that the resources are being used for development in other areas.” Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) Program Officer, Amasara Jalloh, said the program was facilitated to bridge the feedback loop between the Members of Parliament and their constituents, “because we observed that in the last parliament there was a huge gulf between the constituents and their representatives.” Once elected, many MPs rarely visit their constituents and often forget about election campaign promises. He added that sometimes the MPs are afraid to come to their communities. He explained “We started with pilot constitutes which are constituency 130, 127 and 110.” “We decided to start town hall meetings, community dialogues with the MPs and their constituencies so that they would be able to dialogue and the MP would understand some of their concerns and also inform them about what he has been doing for the constituencies.” Amasara said, “We are not here to micro manage him. We just do the preparation and the necessary groundwork.”

OG/26/11/18

By Ophaniel Gooding

Tuesday November 27, 2018.

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