As Recalled Ambassadors, Others Get Stranded… Bio To Name New Appointees 

 

Sources at State House have informed The Exclusive that His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio in his continued restructuring of the public service will soon announce the names of ambassadors, their deputies and press attaches.

It could be recalled that in early May, a Presidential Order revoked the appointment of all politically appointed diplomats in the country’s embassies abroad. State House sources said that the President’s action should not be seen as vendetta against the former party that was in power. Rather, the action was taken with a view to placing the country’s foreign based diplomats at the forefront of the thrust to strengthen and broaden bilateral and multilateral relationships with other countries in achieving the government’s ‘New Direction’ development policy.

In repositioning the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry to act as the voice of the nation abroad, sources said President Bio’s new international diplomats will have the appropriate academic education and work experience.

“President Bio will name people who he believes will play a vital role in attracting financial and technical support from the countries that they are posted to,” one source said.

In a recent interview on Radio Democracy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba said his focus will be on structuring the ministry to serve as a pivot for leveraging the international support necessary for advancing the country’s development agenda in the areas of infrastructure, education, health, environment, corruption, migration, human and drug trafficking, terrorism, money laundering.

Meanwhile, other reports reaching this press indicate that the diplomats affected by the presidential order revoking their appointments are moaning that they are now stranded in foreign countries and have still not yet received their salaries for the month of May.

All of the affected diplomats are appealing to the government to fast track the payment of their May salaries, end of service benefits and speedy repatriation.