Joseph Blackie, Public Relations Office, Civil Society in Bo District has called on Opposition Members of Parliament from the All People’s Congress (APC) party to put Sierra Leone first by going to parliament and represent their people.
Blackie stated that the main opposition APC decision to boycott parliamentary proceedings and withholding their participation in governance is not good for the country, adding that it was the people who voted them into power to represent them and it is expected that they do the needful.
According to Blackie, the opposition has a critical role to play in the governance of the country and if they have grievances against the 2023 election, they should seek redress in court.
He continued that the MPs should execute their duties without fear or favour while providing their oversight functions, adding that any member of committees in parliament who do not measure up to the expectations of the people should be changed by the speaker of Parliament.
He further stated that MPs should not take bribes while performing their oversight functions as parliament was on record for taking bribe, an allegation the speaker of Parliament had vehemently denied.
“It doesn’t mean when I am calling on APC members of Parliament to go to parliament, I belong to SLPP, but I just want to see MPs in parliament to make good laws and provide oversight functions”, he said, adding that ‘I don’t belong to any political party”.
According to a report, some residents of Bo who posed to be members of the APC said the leadership of the party should do the needful to ensure that the MPs returned in parliament.
The residents described Hon. Bangura and Hon Thompson to be real patriotic citizens who have put the country first instead of their party.