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APC MP insults Kanikay residents

February 10, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

The ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) Member of Parliament representing Constituency 103 in the east of Freetown last Friday (February 5) insulted her constituents, especially those living in the Kanikay community, after the latter questioned her handling of Ebola funds.

Hon. Rosaline Smith was apparently not pleased with the fact that residents of the slum community have been raising the red-flag with regards the way and manner she is handling funds provided by Freetown Terminal Limited and Sierra Leone Cement Company (LEOCEM) to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease in her constituency.

Some members in the community had accused the APC lawmaker of not fully accounting for money given to her by the management of LEOCEM for the fight against the Ebola virus in the constituency.

Clearly exasperated by the allegations, Hon. Smith was heard referring to the people of Kanikay as very stupid because according to her, they have allowed people who should know better to tell them things that are not correct.

“The people of Kanikay are very stupid. They are allowing people to tell them things that are not correct about funds provided to fight Ebola in our constituency,” she said in front of other parliamentarians during a visit to the Freetown Terminal Limited office last Friday (February 5).

According to her, funds provided by LEOCEM were meant specifically for those within the Kanikay Community while that provided by Freetown Terminal Limited was for residents in the Hill Side of her constituency.

However, a presentation by an FTL official during the visit by members of the Committees on Transportation and Aviation, Environment and Labour, indicated Le50million was provided by the company to Hon. Smith for the Ebola fight instead of Le40million which had been reported.

Reacting to Hon. Smith’s comment, David Kargbo, a Kanikay resident said the statement was unfortunate, adding that the female lawmaker would always not entertain questions from constituents of how Ebola funds are being expended.

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