16th December 2018
Sierra Leone MPs Return as 2 Weeks of Pan African Parliament Meet in Rwanda Ends
By a press release (07/11/18)
The end of high-level gathering of African legislators in Kigali in Rwanda following two weeks of deliberations on Corruption and other topics.
The historic Ordinary Session of the Fifth Pan-African Parliament (PAP) came to an end on November 3, 2018 after two weeks of brainstorming by law makers from Africa including five MPs from Sierra Leone. (Photo: Sierra Leone MPs after induction in Rwanda, 2nd left is Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella).
The Sierra leone delegation included Sengepoh Solomon Thomas (Deputy Speaker); Bashiru Silikie of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP); Rosemarie Bangura and Amadu Kanu of the All Peoples Congress (APC) and Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella of the National Grand Coalition (NGC).
Reports say before the summit of this Fifth Parliament, the five members of parliament were sworn-in as members of the Pan-African Parliament. The new delegation representing the Republic of Sierra Leone participated fully in the summit on the topic: 'Winning the Fight against Corruption - A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation'.
Each Sierra Leone MP was assigned to a standing committee including finance and public accounts, agriculture, youth empowerment, gender, and transport and energy. (Photo: African MPs lined-up in Rwanda to discuss corruption etc).
As new member of the Transport and Energy Committee, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella reportedly helped to prepare the work plan for the sub-committee on energy.
Meanwhile, the NGC MP also led another delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna to deal with Nuclear Safeguards and bilateral support for nuclear medicine including diagnosis and radiotherapy for cancer treatment in Sierra Leone.
The delegation to the Atomic agency included Mr. Morie Momoh, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Energy; Lawyer Dandyson Thompson, Parliamentary Legal Counsel for the Ministry of Justice; Mr. John Jabati, Chief Radiation Officer Ministry of Energy; Ms. Agnes During, the Multilateral Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Dean Rogers, Clerk of Parliament.
The country paper on safeguards was presented by Mr. John Jabati, the closing plan of action by Ms. During and closing remarks by Dr. Yumkella. It is noteworthy that in 2013 as Director-General of UNIDO, Dr. Yumkella approached the IAEA for technical assistance to Sierra Leone for establishing a cancer treatment center. He is happy to lead this venture again following the failure of then Minister Miatta Kargbo to follow-up on his efforts.
As they return home, they will contend with the controversial proposals raised by the Parliamentary Welfare Committee to raise the salaries and benefits of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament as well as the Members of Parliament. All five MPs were not in the country when the said raises were approved by their colleagues in parliament.
The nation is watching to see if the new PAP delegation learnt anything from the two weeks sessions on corruption. The nation will soon know if the actions of this parliament will put Sierra Leone on a sustainable path.