President Ernest Bai Koroma has followed through with his conviction that government officials must not participate actively in politics, as he pointed out during his first speech from the throne in Parliament.
The first victims were Kanja Sesay and Justin Bangura who were removed from NaCSA apparently because the two featured prominently in the race for the running mate position in the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP)
The other victims are now High Commissioner Alie Bangura of Ghana who was also at the forefront of the SLPP election campaign. He will soon be replaced by Osman Yansaneh who was the Secretary to the Late President Joseph Saidu Momoh
The other is Ambassador Sulaiman Tejan Jalloh who recently left the UK post and took over office in the United States. He was also actively involved in the SLPP elections campaign. He will now be replaced by Bockarie Stevens.
Ambassador Fode Dabor who is accredited to the Europen Union was also seen as the key figure mobilizing his colleague Ambassadors. He will now be replaced by Dr Christian Kargbo who was a central bank official in the AFRC junta.
Sahr Johnnie Ambassador to China has also been replaced by Alhaji Abdul Karim Koroma who was Education Minister under Siaka Stevens.
Other sackings include Chief Somano Kappen as Chairman of Lotto replaced by Aiah Songu M’briwa. Also the Managing Director of Lotto Alhaji Ibrahim K. Cole who is the SLPP Western Area Chairman has been sacked.
Mohamed Sandy who is the SLPP Chairman of the Eastern Region and who works as Director of Financial Resources in the Ministry of Health has also been sacked.
Ombudsman Francis Gabbidon who featured as the Chief Electoral Commissioner during the 2002 SLPP convention in Bo and again in the 2006 SLPP convention in Makeni has also been sacked
It is clear that the sackings are a systematic cleaning of the stables by the NEW APC under President Ernest Bai Koroma