Sierra Leone: It’s almost 1:00pm in the city of Freetown, where everything is free within the confines of the law. Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan were converging at their respective places of worships when government press release started making the rounds on social media informing of a new government reshuffle.
It contains names of 14 Sierra Leonean citizens of which, 14.3 percent are women, and 85.7 percent men. The public was interested in knowing the new plyers and the old kids on the block especially after the government had spent three years at the helm of governance. The public was shocked with the changes at the top of government’s supervising officer, the former Chief Minister, Professor David Francis, who is now minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
“This reshuffle by President Bio does not seem to have a pattern of business as usual” because, there are new players coming into office, whiles the few surviving Ministers are either relegated, or upgraded, whiles others were completely deleted from the system,” Ibrahim Karim Kamara, a senior Sierra Leone citizen confessed.
According to Kamara, the reshuffle portrays a semblance of fixing a system by mending the wounds, and bringing to play those that are connected and can relate more with the common man on the streets. He noted, “the all-powerful former chief minister, Professor David Francis, who many considered untouchable, has paved the way for Jacob Jusu Saffa, of the ‘Bread en butter fame,’ to serve as the new Chief Minister, is the signal of a step other ministers should watch.
President Julius Maada Bio’s, 14-man reshuffled list has seven new comers including Musa Kpaka, PhD candidate in Political Economics at the London School of Economics, as deputy minister of Agriculture one, Theresa T. Dick, graduate from Njala University with Bsc Agriculture General, and Master’s in Agriculture Extension and Rural Development from Northwest A and F University, as deputy minister of Agriculture two, Sarjoh Aziz Kamara, a Civil Affairs Officer at the United Nations Mission in Liberia, as deputy minister of Technical and Higher Education, Hindowa Boakai Bindi as deputy of Gender and Children’s Affairs, Rupert Davies, an International Affairs Professional, as Sierra Leone High Commissioner to Nigeria. Fanday Turay, is coming with his 12 years diplomatic experience to serve as Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, and Ambassador Solomon Gembeh as Member of Board of Directors of National Telecommunications Commission.
Major changes took place reflecting a top to bottom appointment for some whiles a bottom to top appointment approach was used to elevates few including, the Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa, who was in the past three years and still in-charge of disbursing monies to ministries, departments and agencies. He was promoted as chief minister, in-charge of all the MDA’s.
The then Chief Minister Professor David Francis, who was in-charge of all the MDA’s is now assigned to the ministry of Foreign Affairs, directly answerable to Jacob Jusu Saffa, the new Chief Minister and acting Minister of Finance. Mamadi Gobeh-Kamara was swapped with Solomon Jamiru as deputy ministers from Information and Communication to Foreign Affairs and International cooperation vice versa.
Sheku Fantamadi Bangura, takes over the National COVID-19 Emergency Response Centre as chairman, while Ambassador Alie Kabba was sent as Sierra Leone Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt, and was replaced with Fanday Turay as Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations.
The earlier sacked Joseph Sannoh at NATCOM, was replaced by Ambassador Solomon Gebeh. MK/02/05/2021
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