In their usual monthly press briefing the Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP) has lashed out on the government for appointing diplomats that have been embarrassing the country internationally.
The SLPP Chairman John Benjamin in his statement said his party and the entire country are very concerned and appalled at the glaring fact that the Diplomatic Missions abroad are in shambles, resulting from the growing inexcusable conduct of the country’s Heads of Foreign Missions nominated and appointed by no less a person than the President and approved by Parliament.
The statement recalls the immoral amorous and violent relationship between the Ambassador of China and one of his female wards which came into the open confrontation after it went disastrously wrong. Before this matter, the statement continued, the same Ambassador Abdul Karim Koroma (AKK) had earlier on had a fist fight with his Deputy in the Embassy after a disagreement over how funds are spent by the Embassy. After causing all these problems that was the time he was recalled.
In Russia also, the Ambassador has been recalled due to allegations of sexual harassment and multiple rape by one of his step sons. The issue has festered for months under his watchful eyes. Whilst he tried desperately to cover it up.
The Chairman said they have learnt that the Ambassador in question was declared Persona Non Grata by the Russian Government again with humiliating effect to our country, its people and the image of our budding democracy.
Also Mr Benjamin stated that in Brussels, the Ambassador who was the Bank Governor of the Junta government; Armed Forces Revolutionary Forces (AFRC) Dr. Christian Kargbo also representing, Netherlands and the European Union has become a fist fight champion after insulting and hitting one of his staff and in addition he hardly represents the nation at important conferences for example the 2009 Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute at the Hague.
“Despite several efforts to persuade him to attend he refused to do so under the guise of lack of funds. His absence and the fact that the seats designated to our nation’s delegation remained empty throughout the deliberations did not augur well with our international partners who thought that because of the laudable role Sierra Leone has played in international criminal justice issues”.
The statement also pointed out that in Liberia, the female envoy is equally violent and unruly and is fast becoming a tyrant outside the precincts of the Church as she is a Reverend. “She is brutalizing, bullying everybody on her way again to the chagrin of our desperate people. Her behavior was also replicated by the Deputy Ambassador in Guinea who is also alleged to have had a violent encounter with one of the Mission’s Secretaries”.
The conduct of the country’s envoys is a cause for concern since they impact directly on the image of our country abroad. Violence, immorality and corruption are the complete antithesis of diplomatic behavior.
The statement also reiterated that the current behavior of our diplomats abroad is an indictment on the Presidents’ judgment of character. His Excellency’s inability to earlier detect the traits of character displayed by our Diplomats before assigning them abroad is sympathetic of the Presidents’ inability to properly assess the state of our nation, his inability to diagnose problems in various sectors and his continued parochial approach to addressing critical national issues.
The SLPP Chairman concluded that a comprehensive review by Parliament of the Diplomatic appointments they had earlier approved for the President and future approvals must be thoroughly vetted, now that it is apparent that most of those previous appointments endorsed by them have approved not to have been well thought out.