A Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) parliamentarian Mr Philip Tondoneh has expressed concern over the linking of the Ministry of Finance with that of Development under the recently announced appointment of cabinet ministers by President Ernest Koroma.
Mr Tondoneh said that though it is a little bit premature to make an assertive statement, because there is a parliamentary appointments Committee, the combination of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Development is a serious concern because these are two major Ministries and need a line of difference between the professionals.
“I would have loved those two Ministries to be separated so that there will be transparency and performance assessment as well as efficiency” he said.
Tondoneh took a jab also on the appointment of the Foreign Minister, saying “personally I don’t believe that Lady (Zainab Bangura) is competent to handle that post, somebody who is a Foreign Affairs person must know the issues, but let’s see what the Appointments Committee will come out with.”
The SLPP Member of Parliament also said that they will have to thoroughly scrutinize the appointees as to whether they have dual citizenship “we have to check also whether they are registered voters, these are our concerns we want to know their status.” he maintained
He however said that “I like and want the cabinet to be purely partisan, as of now, I do not see anything wrong with it”
The MP said that the idea of national inclusion is a donor driven ideology, “pointing out that that ideology affected his party (SLPP) as a lot of people who have joined the party were not loyal to the government and ended up sabotaging it.”