The appointed Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, Dr Samura Kamara, is facing tough time to be approved by members of parliament.
Parliament has on two occasions deferred the approval of the new Bank Governor, stating that the SLPP raised constitutional concerns about the appointment and the removal of the former Governor, Dr James D. Rogers.
When the new appointed Governor faced the Committee on Appointments and Public Service on November 9, the three SLPP MPs: Hon Momoh Pujeh, Eric Jumu and Bintu Myers that were present were conspicuously absent to interview him. No reason was given for that and it was not known whether it was their start of disapproval of the appointment.
Again on Tuesday 20 when over 20 nominees were approved by parliament that of the new Bank Governor was deferred to yesterday which was then deferred to next Tuesday.
The controversy surrounding the approval of the Bank Governor was not made known but it was realized that negotiations were ongoing with the SLPP for a compromise to avoid division in his approval.
The SLPP has reacted to the sacking of the former Bank Governor as unconstitutional. They quoted the Bank Act 2000 section 15(3) which states that, “subject to this Act, the governor shall not be removed from office before the expiration of the term of his appointment unless a resolution is passed by parliament supported by two thirds of all its members recommending his removal from office”.
The APC majority leader in parliament, Hon Edward Turay, told Awoko they were negotiating and could not discuss or disclose what it entailed. “In fact the Governor is not in town,” he said.
The deputy majority leader, Hon S.B.B Dumbuya, also agreed that there were controversies which he did not explain but said it had to do with legalities.
“The SLPP raised some controversy and since we have started in harmony as a parliament and we want to continue with that, but we have the majority which we will use to approve him smoothly,” he noted.
The PMDC leader, Hon Thomas Mansaray, could not explain the legalities raised by the SLPP as he said since he was elected he had not been served a constitution which would have enabled him to study the legalities raised.
No comments were given by SLPP MPs.