By Lansana Fofanah………………………………
The Chief Executive Officer of Campaign for Human Rights and Development International (CHRDI) Abdul Fatorma will be appearing before Members of Parliament today.
Mr. Fatorma was released on bail last week by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) after he was summoned by Parliament over an allegation of misappropriation of Constituency Development Funds (CDF) and donor funds by MPs in a period of five years.
Recently, Parliament has come under heavy criticism from civil society organisations and the public as they see the detention of Mr. Fatorma as a clamp down on good governance and accountability.
According to Parliamentarians, the press release which was issued last year by CHRDI seriously undermines and ridicules MPs.
Therefore, the House is urging the CHRDI boss to substantiate and prove what he asserted so that the public will know the truth.
It could be recalled between July and August 2016, CHRDI released press releases alleging that MPs had received the sum of one hundred and twenty billion Leones from donor funds and CDF, and those monies have not been judiciously utilized. In reacting to that allegation, the Chief Whip of Parliament, Hon. Claude D. M. Kamanda said that for the period of seven years, Parliament has only received forty seven billion Leones which is far less than what was reported by Mr. Fatorma.
Mr. Fatorma is expected to appear before the House with evidence to support his allegations, according to sources close to Parliament.