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Chris Na Case
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IF THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT IS BEEN DELIBERATED IN A COMMITTEE IN PARLIAMENT OR ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, THEN IT BEGS THE QUESTION, WHO IS SEEKING THE INTEREST OF THE POOR AND VULNERABLE AND WHO'S INTEREST DO MPs SERVE?

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KL
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Oh come on now give them a break! If you are going to seek your own interest, do it legally. More power to the politicians the poor and vulnerable are now blessed with free education.
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kamara
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KL

May be our corrupt politicians will stop stealing if they have  good salaries. God only knows.
If the NRA officials were able to steal $5 billion , just imagine what the ministers stole. Increase in salaries is our last hope. I am sure a cost benefit analysis was prepared. The cost of the funds looted by APC officials versus the increased salaries.
kamara
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Just a correction. NRA officials embezzled 5 billion leones not dollars.
Spectator 007
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What do MPs, clerk, speaker and deputy speaker currently make per annum? What of their benefits?
KL
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KL

May be our corrupt politicians will stop stealing if they have  good salaries. God only knows.
If the NRA officials were able to steal $5 billion , just imagine what the ministers stole. Increase in salaries is our last hope. I am sure a cost benefit analysis was prepared. The cost of the funds looted by APC officials versus the increased salaries.

OrKama, you just can't have it both way. At first you are not sure whether salary increases will stop politicians from their thieving habits. Then you came back and said "Increase in salaries is our last hope". And when that is not enough, you compared "The cost of the funds looted by APC officials versus the increased salaries."  If only you are not being biased, common sense should remind you that NO INCREASE IN SALARY IS ENOUGH TO STOP POLITICIANS FROM WANTING MORE. Be careful what you wish for!

Letter Of Protest
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02.11.2018

From: Claudia Anthony
Goderich
Western Area Rural

To: Members of Parliament
Tower Hill
Freetown

Dear Honourable Members of the Second Session of the Fourth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone,

Subject: A citizen’s advice on your proposed 300% increment on parliamentarians’ salary, etc.

I am extremely concerned and dismayed to learn about the 300 percent increase Members of Parliament are recommending they should receive.

As at 2017, every parliamentarian received Le 16 million as salary. There is the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) which provided Le 62 million annually to every Member of Parliament. This gives an additional Le 5, 167, 000 monthly; so at the end of the day, your monthly take-home is Le 21, 167, 000. And, as you know, here’s how you come about the Le 5, 167, 000 I just mentioned: Le 62 million CDF annually divided by 12 calendar months.

Now, almost on a daily basis, the President, Julius Maada Bio and his entire administration, complain about budget deficit and a run-down economy. So can you kindly inform me, where you expect this 300 percent rise to come from?

You go cap-in-hand across the world due to the pitiable state of the country’s economy, and at the same time, expect tax payers and the state, to foot your bills for what one of your colleagues pertinently illustrated on radio this morning: Honourable Mohamed Bangura from Constituency 066 in the Karene District on November 2, 2018, described on Radio Democracy that part of the increase you are demanding would be used by you to contribute to constituents’: “pul na do, mared, kraj bɛrin …” By this, Honourable Bangura made it clear that you would utilise some of the money to make donations to babies’ naming ceremonies, weddings, funerals, … in your various constituencies.
Why don’t you use your personal money for it rather than demand tax payers and the state pay for it? This is going too low: it falls short of any of your three main functions, namely: representing the electorate, making laws, and overseeing the government through hearings and inquiries.

Besides, your constituents are waiting on you to facilitate a process, whereby their current earnings will enable them – as it does not do so now – access the basics in life. Instead of negotiating terms for an improved life for them, you decided to put yourselves first. I want to believe that was not why your constituents elected you. How then can they afford the things you promised on your election campaign?

On this note, I am herewith recommending to the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone to set up an independent body similar to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. Based at Westminster, it standardizes MPs’ salaries, expenses, sets rules that support compliance, amongst other things.

Yours sincerely,
Claudia Anthony (citizen and resident of the Republic of Sierra Leone)

Copies:

Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh
Vice President
State Avenue
Freetown

Professor David J. Francis
Chief Minister
State House
State Avenue
Freetown

kamara
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KL,

You are right , I am not sure increased salaries will stop them from stealing. In most advanced  democracies, an increase in salaries and a living wage has cut down on  corruption overall. That does not say that corruption does not exist in western democracies. New jersey where I live is one of the most corrupt states in the US.

May be an increase in Salaries may stop our corrupt politicians from stealing . It is only my hope and wish.

As I said an analysis  should be prepared comparing the costs of the proposed increase in benefits and pay to the government politicians over 2013 -2018 compared to the funds looted by government officials for the same period.

Which do you think would be higher ?, the costs of the increases or the stolen funds?
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