• January 15, 2024

Clerk of Parliament and His Wife in Corruption Scandal

Clerk of Parliament and His Wife in Corruption Scandal
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This medium has received several sources that the Clark of Parliament and his wife have been in huge corruption scandal. According to our sources, the Clerk of Parliament, Hon. Paran Tarawally, and his wife, Abibatu Paran Tarawally are being investigated for alleged corruption and have both been put on bail by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Our investigations have also revealed that the wife of Hon. Paran Tarawally has agreed to pay back the money she received as salary since she was hired as a Human Resources Officer at Parliament and the Commission confirmed that they have recovered about ninety percent of the money from her so far as they continue with their investigations.

Abibatu Paran Tarawally who was allegedly recruited by her husband and she has never shown up for work according to reports raining this medium and receiving a gross salary of Le31, 735,839 (Old Leone) with medical, rent, and utility allowances.

The Parliamentary Commission earlier this month set up a Committee to investigate the sacking of over one hundred staff which sparked an outcry that led to information being leaked about the recruitment of the wife of the Clerk, Hon. Paran Tarawally.

According to a Public Notice that was issued by his Office on January 5th, 2024, the Clerk clarified the question of his wife being on the payroll of Parliament and requested a special committee be set up to separately look into the matter and report to the Parliamentary Commission.

Looking at the legal aspect of the above action by the Clark of Parliament, it is tantamount to conflict of interest as spelt out by the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008 as amended in 2022. In that act, section 45 subsection 1 and 2 state: Where a public body in which a public officer is a member, director, employee or is otherwise engaged proposes to deal with any company, partnership or other undertaking in which that public officer has a direct or indirect private or personal interest, that public officer shall forthwith disclose, in writing to that public body, the nature of such interest.

(2) Where a public officer or a relative or associate of such public officer has a personal interest in a decision to be taken by a public body, that public officer shall not vote or take part in any proceedings or process of that public body relating to such decision.

Subsection (3) talks about the penalties for any contravention to the above sections. It states:  “A public officer who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not less than thirty million Leones or to imprisonment for a term not less than 3 years or to both such fine and imprisonment.”

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