25 February 2013

Sierra Leone: MPs Urged to Support 2013 Budget

All People's Congress (APC) Member of Parliament representing Constituency 53 in the Port Loko District Tuesday implored his colleagues to throw their support behind the proposed 2013 Appropriation Act which is before the house for approval.

Contributing to the debate on the 2013 budget, Hon. Hassan Sheriff stated that the document is national because, according to him, it was prepared to cater for the needs of the citizenry.

"The 2013 budget is a national document and therefore should be debated honestly because MDAs are misusing the allocations given to them. As members of parliament representing our people, we should give our support to the document," he urged.

The MP pointed out that there are so many malpractices and mismanagement going on in all the ministries, departments and agencies because they lack monitoring and supervisory procedures, adding that some [MDAs] fail to pay the revenues they collect into the consolidated revenue fund (CRS).

"Parliament has the power to monitor all MDAs. Internal auditors in the different MDAs are not performing their responsibilities well. This problem has caused lots of lapses and loopholes and efforts should be made in that direction to stop it," he noted.

According to the APC honourable, malpractices in MDAs are occurring on a daily basis, hence something should be done without delay to stop the ugly trend.

Hon. Sheriff urged the Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL), Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Law Reform Commission and MPs to support government budget and programmes.

On her part, Hon. Helen Kuyembeh of the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) implored MPs to put aside partisan issues and work assiduously for the betterment of the country and the people who elected them, while also urging the government to be very careful in its spending.

She noted that procurement management systems in the MDAs are not functioning properly.

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