February 4, 2021
By Jariatu S. Jusu
According to rumours making the rounds in the House of Parliament, Sierra Leone People’s party controversial lawmaker Hon. Ibrahim Tawa Conteh of Constituency 132, maybe expelled from the House today (Thursday 4th February, 2021) if he fails to apologise for an alleged wrongdoing.
The controversial lawmaker had said in parliament during the a heated debate on the unbundling of the Sierra Leone Cable Limited that the leadership of parliament wanted to “arm- twist” him, thus he subsequently resigned as Chairman of the Transparency and Accountability committee.
His statement went into the nerves of the leadership of parliament which made them to call on Hon. Tawa to apologise, but he had refused or failed to do so since the incident happened last September.
Sources say that all efforts to get the controversial MP to apologise to parliament following an alleged act of misconduct as provided for in the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone and the House’s rules of procedure, had proven futile.
It could be recalled that on 21st October, 2020, four Member of Parliament were committed to the Parliamentary Committee on Privileges and Ethics headed by P. C Ali Badara Sheriff for investigation; pending approval by the House for complaints relating to intimidation and verbal abuse, indecent and derogatory text messages, unverified corruption allegation against Parliament on BBC Focus Africa and alleged arm-twisting by the Leadership of Parliament resulting to the resignation of Hon. Tawa.
The four MPs, Hon. Momoh Bockarie, Hon. Mohamed B. Shaw, Hon. Hindolo M. Gevao and Hon. Ibrahim Tawa Conteh were then presumed innocent until proven otherwise by the said Committee’s investigations and recommendations for adoption by the House.
After investigations, Hon. Hindolo Gevao and Ibrahim Conteh were suspended from all activities of parliamentary committees. Few weeks later, Hon. Gevao apologised and begged for mercy, whilst his colleague Hon. Tawa refused to follow suit.
Hon. Ibrahim Tawa Conteh was Chairman of the Transparency and Accountability Committee in Parliament before his suspension.
According to sources, even after the intervention of President Julius Maada Bio, to get the MP to apologise, the latter had refused.
The Committee’s report and recommendations states that Hon. Tawa will forfeit all privileges in the House for a month should he refuse to apologise. This recommendation will be tabled before the House today for approval and its implementation.
However, unconfirmed reports say the session will be used by Hon. Tawa’s party to recommend his expulsion from parliamentary activities.