Over the course of the past two years, the Campaign for Human Rights and Development International-CHRDI has focused on public accountability by holding public institutions accountable. ÇHRDI believes that Public Accountability is integral to a comprehensive approach to public management and public services.
We at CHRDI know that accountability and transparency are support systems for success in any society. We are equally aware that in a democratic society like Sierra Leone, accountability to the public by its elected representatives is vital because policies will not be made by officials with little or no connection to the public.
Our flagship campaign, the Accountability Campaign, successfully raised public awareness around the constituency development fund and the administration and operations of The Parliament of Sierra Leone and also implored citizens to ask their Parliamentarians to give account of their stewardship and all monies received for and on their behalf in 2012 to 2016. Today, members of Parliament are unanimous in their request for the constituency development fund to be dissolved.
The echoes of how successful our campaign was cannot be overemphasised and although we thank the new Parliament for their brave decision, we would like to remind them of their duty to ensure closure is brought to monies received by the previous Parliament and for which we believe, over 120 billion Leones, still needs to be accounted for.
We shall reiterate the call for a payback in kind based on the premises of our initial arguments as the following press release, one of which we published during our campaign, indicates :
August 8 2016 – PRESS RELEASE
PARLIAMENT MUST NOT FAIL TO ACCOUNT TO THE GENERAL POPULACE ON PARLIAMENTARY EXPENDITURE
Note: Campaign for Human Rights and Development International (CHRDI ) is a Rights based Public social-policy advocacy Organisation. We Draw attention to the responsibility of duty-bearers to uphold human rights, and seek to support rights-holders to claim their rights. CHRDI is in Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and accredited to many UN Agencies.
CHRDI-HUMAN RIGHTS and POLICY BRIEF