After MPs amended and broaden the criteria for who can be elected Speaker of the House of Parliament, reports have filtered out of Parliament that the House Majority Leader is to be elected Speaker of Parliament. Once President Ernest Bai Koroma signs the bill it automatically becomes law which means, therefore, that the current Speaker of Parliament automatically loses his mandate to preside over Parliamentary debates.
Hon. S.B.B. Dumbuya (current House Majority Leader) will be elected as the sole candidate for the position of Speaker of Parliament. A lot of behind-the-scene lobbying has been going on since Tuesday November 19, 2013 when the bill was passed in Parliament.
Meanwhile, the Deputy House Leader, Hon. Ibrahim Bundu will step-in to fill the vacancy created by the elevation of S.B.B. Dumbuya by becoming the new House Majority Leader.
There is not much the opposition SLPP can do about the changes because they are driven by the majority party in Parliament, the APC party.
There are speculations that the current Speaker, Hon. Justice Abel Stronge might not wait for the bill to be assented by the President before he vacates his office in the House of Parliament.
The President is expected to sign the bill when he returns from the State of Kuwait today, State House sources have confirmed.