By Melvin Tejan Mansaray
Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs Karamoh Kabba on Thursday 8th October 2015 displayed ineptitude on Parliamentary Proceeding and Order of Business after he ignorantly took a seat when not asked to do so.
Karamoh Kabba was acting on his boss Hon. Kemoh Sesay’s capacity who, along with two other ministers were not in attendance, as they (Lawmakers), resumed sitting following a recess.
The Deputy Minister made these serious blunders in the full spectacle of not only MPs but in front of wide media coverage (TV and Radio) and the public when he weakly presented to Parliament the annual report of the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) report for the year 2013 and 2014.
Upon assuming his unallocated seat, MPs murmured over the Deputy Minister’s folly, when they told him in undertones, that he should not assume a seat until the Speaker of Parliament instructs him to do so. In his white flowing gown, Kabba went on with his blunderbuss audacity until the Speaker had to take notice and cautioned him accordingly.
Hon. SBB Dumbuya Speaker of Parliament said: “Minister, do not sit until you are told to do so.” Like an annoying kid, the Deputy Minister responded: “I’m sorry, Mr. Speaker.”
Although he went ahead in laying the paper, the Deputy Minister’s morale was in ridicule for the simple reason that as a statesman, he is expected to know the pros and cons of no less a place but Parliament particularly so when his boss , is being prided and revered as a former outstanding MP who is immerse in the rule books (1991 Constitution and the Parliamentary Standing Orders.)
Speaking on his behalf, the Speaker of Parliament told MPs that: “Hon. Members forgive him, he is a novice.”
The Deputy Minister however found himself helpless in the midst of officialdom and was left with no option but to bow his head in shame and hurriedly hush out of the precinct of Parliament Building Tower Hill.
This could be a lesson to other Ministers and their Deputies that ignorance of the laws in Parliament is no excuse for an embarrassment as commensurate to that of the eloquent and flamboyant Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs Karamoh Kabba.