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Parliament takes INGOs to task

By Samuel J. Kargbo

The Parliamentary Special Select Committee has begun probing international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) for monies received for and on behalf of the people and government of Sierra Leone.

The INGOs which have so far faced the committee include CAFOD, TEARFUND, CRS, Care International, Coupi, SOS, Forut, Restless Development, World Vision, Save the Children International and ACDI.

Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Claude Kamanda, said they are not witch-hunting any INGO but for lawmakers to know how monies collected on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone, in the name of development, were being expended.

He said that as representatives of the people, they would want to see monies meant for the people being utilized in the right way, adding that a report of the probe would be laid in the chambers of the House for debate by members.

He informed representatives of the INGOs that they were to submit documents on financial expenditure for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 to the Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organisations by past Tuesday, and that action will be taken against defaulters.

In their response, TEARFUND country representative, Francis Wahome, said they are Christians and are passionate about the local church bringing justice and transforming lives, as well as overcoming global poverty.

He said the organization was established after the civil war and that they work in 40 countries, including Sierra Leone, adding that they fund EFSL, Scripture Union and New Harvest Ministry.

Acting Country Director of Care International, Younoussou Tangera, said the group started working in the country in 1971 and that their mission is to fight poverty, plus they work on issues of rights of women. He said they also fund local organizations.

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