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Konneh’s Plea for Continuance Granted

first_imgAfter over four hours of closed-door activities by Senators that lasted up to 1:00 p.m., and followed by almost two hours of proceedings, the Senate yesterday granted an appeal for continuance to Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, to enable him to have proper representation by his lawyer who, he told the lawmakers, was out of the country.Following an hour of heated arguments over the legality of Konneh’s plea, majority of the Senators agreed that in order for the witness (Konneh) to have his day before plenary with proper representation, it was legally imperative that sufficient time was given him to be adequately prepared through his lawyer for his reappearance.In his plea for continuance, Konneh stated thus: “Honorable Senators, I will like to respectfully inform the Senate that my choice of counsel is not in town, and I will prefer to appeal that you grant me continuance in this matter if at all my presence is needed today, thank you.”Asserting that every citizen of the country is entitled to legal counsel, Maryland County Senator J. Gbleh-Bo Brown, who proffered the motion for continuance, declared: “I will move that my fellow colleagues [consent] that the request by the Minister be granted, and that this Senate reconvene next Tuesday for the reappearance of the Minister along with his lawyer. And in the event he appears here without his lawyer, this body should take recourse to provide him the legal representation as required by the law.”Several Senators, as expected, among them the Chairman of Senate Committee on Judiciary, Varney G. Sherman, all requested an extended time of at least two weeks be granted to the witness for his lawyer to go through whatever paperwork he may need to do.In the vote that followed, however, 15 Senators agreed on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 for Minister Konneh and his lawyer to appear. There were five against, and two abstained.Konneh is facing contempt hearings before the Senate after that body took offense to the language of the content in a communication authored by Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs of Finance and Development Planning Ministry, Dr. James F. Kollie.Minister Konneh, who appeared before that body last Tuesday, agreed to take responsibility for the language of the letter, but refused to apologize for what the lawmakers described as “Constitutional Violation” in the Minister’s attempt to usurp their Legislative function.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Indian batsmen will fare better in Australia than in England: Shane Watson

first_imgThe Indian batting line-up have received a lot of flak for their poor show in England as the hosts clinched the five-match series with a 60-run victory in the fourth Test in Southampton. England bowled out India for 184 after setting a 245-run victory target and took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.A host of pundits have lambasted the Indian batsmen for failing against swing bowling, but former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson feels that they will fare much better against Australia when the they tour Down Under later this year.Save skipper Virat Kohli (544 runs in 4 Tests) and partially Cheteshwar Pujara, most of the Indian batsmen could not perform up to their potential.READ – Virat Kohli gutted as India lose Test series: We were not good enough”It is not easy to play swing bowling. Trust me when Australia travel to England for Ashes next year, it won’t be easy for them also. England is the only place where the ball swings that much primarily due to conditions. You just can’t land in England once every three years and be successful,” Watson told PTI during an interaction.However, the former all-rounder feels that India’s tour of Australia at the end of the year would be much better compared to England.”Look, if you check records, Indian batsmen of late have done well in Australia. Virat has scored loads of runs and I remember a fine century by (KL) Rahul at the SCG. Even Rahane scored a few runs,” Watson, who played 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is for his country, said.advertisementREAD – ‘Kohli sublime as batsman but not so hot as captain'”In Australia, the kookaburra will stop swinging after first 10 or may be 15 overs unlike Dukes which can swing all day. I don’t think bounce would be that much of a problem.”For Watson, it is a global phenomenon that teams are not travelling well and India shouldn’t be blamed for their performance.”I don’t think any international team is playing swing bowling well these days and that is reflective in the performance on overseas performance,” said Watson.READ – Pushed England to earn victories, did not lose easy: Kohli after series lossHowever, Indians, who have grown up playing on turners, have once again flopped against Moeen Ali like the series of 2014.India have also not negotiated Australia’s Nathan Lyon well but Watson feels that a quality spinner will always be a difficult proposition for any batsman.”Look at Shane Warne’s track record. He got wickets all around the world and knew how to bowl on Day 4 and 5 tracks. Ditto for Lyon or Moeen, who know how to make best use of fourth and fifth day track,” said Watson.READ- England win series vs India: Ben Stokes, Sam Curran savour special dayTalking about India’s tour of Australia that starts with limited-overs series in the last week of November, Watson said he is concerned about how Australia will score big first innings total in the absence of their banned skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner.”The biggest challenge for Australia will be to post big scores in the absence of Warner and Smith. These two were instrumental in Australia getting big scores. Like Tim Paine is a capable man of leading Australia. He has the requisite leadership qualities but I am more concerned about the batting than captaincy,” the 37-year-old said.READ – England’s lower order made all the difference: Kohli on series lossWatson named Usman Khawaja as one of the players who will have to play a big role for Australia.”Usman Khawaja is a phenomenal player and I believe now he will be given a long rope. I am hoping that he will do well and expect him to take a lot of responsibility. He has just scored a fine hundred against India A (in Bengaluru). Apart from Usman, I would love to see Shaun and Mitch Marsh do well against India,” he said.last_img read more