- Sierra Leone Parliament concludes debate on 2017
budget. Another charade by a compromised Parliament more
interested in what can be siphoned into individual
pockets as the rat proves us right again. He's off on
another junket on the peoples' resources.
The Parliamentary debate
on money that has been budgeted for spending next year
is now over and even as Sierra Leoneans wilt under the
hard and unrelenting rays of the APC sun, there's no
indication that the removal of the subsidy on fuel had
been factored into a budget speech that should become
effective next year, and not this year.
The website of
Parliament gave this insight into the debate, which in
effect will be a rubber stamped document by a Parliament
whose so-called Majority Leader, one RASSin Bundu had
always made it clear that Parliament would never go
against the wishes of his godfather, the rat. This man,
who feeds fat on the droppings from the rat was on
international display in New York contorting and
gyrating in dance moves that shamed the famous lantern
parade dancers of yore. And he was goaded on by an
urchin of an Information minister who has been defending
every and all unconstitutional moves imposed on the
suffering masses of Sierra Leone.
But back to the budget
and here's what a report from that once august body,
Parliament states -
"For his part on the ensuing debate, Hon. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said that the budget
is consistent with the policies and programmes of Government, whilst pointing to
the challenges the austerity measures had, on the implementation of the
Government’s development programmes. He described the budget as an “austerity
economic restructuring” aimed at tightening our fiscal
and monetary policies which is not peculiar to Sierra
Leone, noting without which the economy may run into
Hon. Francis A. Kai-Samba recalled nine years ago, the start of the Agenda for
Change, Agenda for Prosperity, Ebola and now Austerity, whilst citing the
current economic reality in the country that is affecting all, such as the hike
in fuel prices and other commodities. He furthered that the condition of roads
in Kenema District is deplorable, noting the recent grading on the Blama-Hangha
Road, excluding other major roads in the District. He called for equity in the
service delivery index for all, devoid of lobbying and begging.
Hon. Hassan Sesay on his part described the budget as an honest one, cognizant
of the current economic situation in the country. He recalled the economic boom
that had been gravely affected by a drop on the prices of ore and when ebola
struck, noting that
austerity is not peculiar to Sierra Leone. He emphasized that the endemic
leakages which the Government is trying to curb is neither the making of APC nor
should therefore not be used by any to score cheap political points. For him,
the budget is
a paradigm shift from extractives to agricultural productivity and called for
officials to travel on economy class to save funds for the development of the
Hon. Gladys Gbappy-Brima said, as representatives of the people to whom power
sovereignty belong, it behoves MPs to “speak” people instead of party,
describing it as an
act of “lawlessness”.
She recalled President Koroma’s speech where he pronounced
“elections are now over and it is now time for development”.
She said that both APC and
SLPP are in governance together and cautioned that the budget if not reviewed,
either make or unmake Government, as the people are grossly unhappy especially
hike in the prices of fuel and other goods and services in the country.
65% of funds allocated to MDAs are yet to be received for service delivery and
that for the
past six months; Paramount Chiefs have not been paid. She called for the
numerous commissions set up by Government which are not doing anything for
building, whilst saying that a situation where “Government is blaming the
incitement, amounts to failure in governance”.
In concluding the debate, Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Ibrahim Bundu,
BBC Media Action programme where the people of Kenema said that the deplorable
condition of their roads is a result of internal politics; therefore the
not be blamed.
He spoke on the importance of oversight and called for nationhood
collective sacrifice for the realization of the dreams and future of Sierra
applauded the sale of local produce at Masiaka and other places in the country,
blamed university graduates for not taking advantage of the four factors of
production, but rather inciting demonstrations and other forms of violence on
the social media.
The total amount
scheduled to be spent by the regime of the rat is over
four and half trillion leones -
Le 4,797,498,207,900 - (four trillion seven hundred and ninety
seven billion four hundred and ninety eight million two
hundred and seven thousand nine hundred Leones) shall be
and "is hereby granted to His Excellency the President for
and during the year two thousand and seventeen to be
applied and expended in the manner herein described and
for the several services set forth in the Schedule."
It is the wording of
the document that makes worrying and very scary reading
- surrendering all this amount for use by the rat. This
means that the rat as overall spending thief can
interfere into the expenses and budgets of all
ministries and entities provided for and which by
extension means that the entire budget of the whole
country is a slush fund for the rat.
That is why after the
announcement of the recent so-called austerity measures,
he and his cabal have been flying all over the air
spaces of the world, not caring a cent about the effects
of their lavish spending on the people. Now he goes to
China and his unrepentant media goons describe it as a
strategic visit, whatever that means.
A close look at the
figures in this budget,
that should become operational as from January 1, 2017
should raise more than a few eyebrows.
There's a so-called
ministry of political affairs, the functions of which is
murky. What does this ministry do for the national good
and what is the justification for this allocation? Ministry of Political and Public Affairs 1,845,358,900.
There is another murky
one - Office of the Chief of Staff 5 ,889,505,000 and of
course the double spending Office of the Secretary to the President 1 5,045,759,600.
Not to be left out in
the cold we have this - Office of the Vice President 10,840,916,400
aimed at making notorious Vouchergate exponent and his
illegally appointed Vice President happy.
The amounts spent on
Sierra Leone's missions abroad are equally baffling.
During the Siaka
Stevens era, when things were getting a bit untenable,
he ensured that all missions that the country could do
without were closed down thus saving the country all the
foreign exchange that were been expended on the upkeep
of the missions.
In the case of the rat,
he goes for more missions to satisfy the needs of his
partners in fleecing the country rather than building
bridges that would make Sierra Leone relevant in
diplomatic, strategic and developmental moves. Take a
close look at these -
Embassy, Libya 7 52,723,500.
What is this mission
doing in a country that is wracked by lawlessness and
What are they doing
with the tax payers money?
Have they justified
their presence on the ground - a presence that could
have been entrusted to key countries and allies who can
afford to maintain a mission in Libya or is it the
continuing homage to a Sierra Leonean citizen long gone
from the scene - one Colonel Khaddafi?
Embassy, Dakarr 8 47,704,800
- We still find it difficult to understand why a mission
in the established countries in West African cannot take
care of the affairs in Senegal.
Is it that the Dakar
mission in just one more outlet for the rat to launder
money and property?
Embassy, Dubai 5 23,900,000
- why this mission?
It is speculated that
the rat has business and other real estate interests and
has therefore established this mission to oversee his
investments and that it has nothing to do with the
Then there is Embassy, Seoul 4 45,398,500.
Only he and his mission
head one-time RUF spokesman Omrie Golley know what is to
be derived from wasting the tax payers money on this
unnecessary outpost in a country that has been
implicated in the stealing of fish from our waters.
Embassy, Kuwait 9 08,501,700.
What this mission objective is would perhaps become
public knowledge when the light is finally shone on the
activities of the rat. One fine day.
Sierra Leoneans would
be surprised to learn that the failed Attitudinal and Behavioural Change Programme
has a budget of 8 18,642,500 and what puts the icing on
the corruption money for the boys campaign of ruin and
desolation of the country's finances is this -
Government Spokesman 3 72,130,500.
Now you understand why
Bayraytay is quick to jump to the defence of his boss.
He has a separate spending budget of his own even though
he can be supported by that of the office of the rat
headed by Osho Coker.
One very interesting
and scary budget line is this -
Central Intelligence & Security Unit 5 ,239,701,600.
Who heads this unit and
why was it set up?
Is this the unit that
imports and operates software that allows the rat and
his operatives to infiltrate mobile and telephone lines,
intercept and interfere with internet messages and
What is the
relationship between this and that of Office of National Security 7 ,086,486,500?
As the anti-people
activities of the rat and his cabal get exposed on a
daily basis, we would call on all those who care for the
welfare of the people of Sierra Leone to garner all the
evidence they can on the illegal and criminal activities
of the rat for a possible trial for crimes against the