January 25, 2016 By Victoria Saffa
The Clerk of Parliament has vowed to investigate an alleged assault reported against a certain Major Lawrence Jabati of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Force, by Member of Parliament representing Constituency 109, Honourable Amadu Fofanah.
Honourable Ibrahim Sesay, while addressing a group of angry protesters from the MP’s constituency yesterday, at the entrance of the House, said the investigation would commence next week, immediately after parliament resumes, adding that he had already received a formal complaint from the lawmaker.
The head of administration at parliament noted that the complaint was not the first by a Member of Parliament, vowing to use the current case to address what seems like lack of restraint to attack lawmakers across the nation.
The Clerk of Parliament was accompanied by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Honourable Chernor Bah, Chairman of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Lands, Country Planning and Environment, Honourable Pateh Bah, as well as Chairman of the Defence Committee, to address the protesters.
Honourable Amadu Fofanah made a complaint of assault, allegedly committed by one Major Lawrence Jabati and a team of military personnel at Fergusson Street in Freetown, over a piece of land.
However, the Major has since denied the allegation, insisting he was only executing a court order as the owner of the disputed land.
But mebers of the community say the land is owned by the Freetown City Council and that they had leased it from council to develop.
Meanwhile, the Clerk of Parliament urged the protesters to be patient until the investigation is concluded.