By Alfred Koroma
Members of Parliament have expressed anger over the use of their names by criminals to extort money from the innocent public.
The MPs have denied having any business with people using their names to collect money from any member of the public.
“Members of Parliament are not beggars!’’ the Deputy Speaker, Hon Sengehpoh Thomas exhorted in the Well of Parliament.
He said the conduct of collecting money from the public in the name of MPs has become notorious, saying that despite advising the public against such fraudsters, the conduct has not stopped.
“Criminals use the names or particulars of the members of Parliament to extort money from innocent citizens. This is happening all over the place.Members of parliament don’t call anybody to extort money. Pleased be warned,” he said.
The Deputy Speaker said day-in day-out, people go to parliament to ask questions regarding the issue, emphasizing that Parliament has no business in calling anybody to send money for members of parliament.
Hon. Bashiru Silikie, Deputy Leader of Government Business hit on the same concern. He said it was no longer a secret that people are extorting money from the public on behalf of MPs.
“They have phone numbers through which they text people in the name of MPs to request for money,” the Deputy Leader Said.
Parliament as the law making body of government has the constitutional mandate to approve presidential appointees before they are given legitimacy to serve in public offices. But there is a growing rumour that MPs are in the habit of collecting money from presidential appointees before executing their constitutional mandates to approve them.
The legislative House has also been subjected to consistent corruption allegations. Sitting MPs have even publicly spoken it – alleging corruption exist in the country’s Honorable House.