Friday July 14, 2022
The Liberian Senate has clarified that at “no point in time” did members of the Senate receive US$30,000.00 each for Legislative Engagement in the 2022 Budget.
The clarification comes amidst rife speculations in the public that each member of the Legislature has received US$30,000.00 to facilitate what they called Legislative Engagements in their various constituencies.
The Clarification was made in the Senate Plenary by the Chairman and Co Chairman of the Senate Statutory Committee on Ways, Means Finance and Budget, Bomi and Bong County Senators Morris Saytumah and Prince Moye respectively.
According to the technicians of the budget there was strict mandate from the Senate Plenary not to have any budget line for said amount in the current budget and as such it was never allotted in the Senate budget for any Legislative engagement.
In another development, the Senate has cited the Authorities of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning as well as the Liberia Revenue Authority to appear before a “Committee of the Whole” next Monday for Public Hearing on the draft recast budget currently before the Senate for concurrence.
They will appear to give clarification on several unanswered questions raised by Senators in the current recast budget.