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Orange Money Defies Parliamentary Order

By Thomas Sankara

Orange  Money  Sierra Leone has refused  to adhere to an order issued  by the Parliamentary oversight Committee on Information and Communications.

It could be recalled that the  last week the Committee ordered that Orange Money  reintroduce the unilaterally slashed  6% commission from its Orange Money Agents.
The situation prompted complaint and  threats of strike action by the Agents which warranted the intervention of Parliament.

According to Orange Money Agents, the instructions of Parliament that Orange Money with immediate effect pay them 6% commission has  not been heeded by Orange Money.

This is an outright afront on the dignity of Parliament, consequently tantamount to Contempt of Parliament.

A ranking Parliamentary Information and Communications member said that Orange Money  is processing the order but can not tell when it will be given effect as ordered.

However, some  ordinary watchers in the public have on the other hand questioned the powers of Parliament to make such an order to a corporate institution that is not funded with public money.

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