By Jariatu S. Bangura
Speaker of Parliament,Dr. Abass C. Bundu, has cautioned Members of Parliament, who are in the habit of attending parliamentary sittings late to desist from such act and consider themselves as role models.
For the past four and half years of the fifth parliament, the Speaker and his deputy have been issuing stern warnings to MPs for attending sittings late, and as well absenting themselves, but all have fallen on deaf ears.
Speaker Bundu said late start of proceedings has become a norm and urged that MPs should be in parliament early to start sittings at 10:00.
“We should consider ourselves as role models for the rest of mankind in this part of the world. I will continue to commend all those who are prompt almost all the time and at the end of this parliament, you will take to your constituency special medals of commendation and I will be by your side when you present them to your people. And for those that are perpetual late comers, I will also give out a special medal for lateness,” he stated.
It could be recalled that sometimes in 2020, the deputy leader of the All People’s Congress, Hon. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo asked the Speaker to put structures in place that will address promptness and the attendance of lawmakers.
Chief whips of different political parties, independent MPs and Paramount Chiefs were charged with the responsibility of taking records of members who were always absent and late for every session, but that’s seems not to address the issue.