Bio To Appoint 10

 

It has been hinted in party circles that His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio would sooner or later make ten strategic appointments in consonance with the wind of change as witnessed by the political, administrative and managerial changes he has effected in the state machinery since he assumed office on 4th April, 2018.

According to report, the aforesaid appointments would be made in sensitive positions the President is banking on to effectively deliver on the campaign promises his ‘New Direction’ and the SLPP made to the electorate during the March, 2018 national elections.

In furtherance of the national development goals outlined in the recently released mid-term National Development Plan, reports state that leadership changes are expected during the course of time in certain strategic state institutions, including the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), Legal Aid Board (LAB), leadership of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), National Correctional Service (NCS) whose Director retired end of February, 2019, National Fire Force (NFF), Statistics Sierra Leone (Stats SL) among others.

While he has been praised for good management of the SLP since his appointment as Inspector General by erstwhile President Ernest Bai Koroma, Dr. Richard Moigbe has almost reportedly reached the national retirement age of sixty years and would retire anytime this year.

In order to up the credibility and integrity of the SLP with the citizenry and other nationals residing in the country, reports are that the President is well determined to have a new leadership in the SLP that will renew onslaught on lawlessness and indiscipline in the nook and cranny of the country that seemed to have lately been on the increase. Dr. Moigbe is close to reaching retirement age and this has necessitated the appointment of a new Inspector General in the SLP.

Muted to also be up for replacement is the Director General of the Legal Aid Board, Madam Fatmata Carlton Claire-Hanciles, who commands both national and international recognition and praises for the excellent work she has been doing in bringing justice to thousands of impoverished citizens nationwide. But whether she would survive the ‘New Direction’ purge is anybody’s guess.

The Chief Electoral Commissioner and National Returning Officer of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Mohamed N’fa Alie Conteh and his three Regional Commissioners in the North, East and West, Macksood Gibril Sesay, Stephen Aiah Mattia and Miatta French are also reported to be under serious consideration for replacement by the President, given the alleged controversy that surrounds the Commission for its handling of the Ward 196 Local Council bye-election that was conducted in the Tonko Limba Chiefdom that culminated in the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) and the National Grand Coalition (NGC) not only party calling for his resignation, but to also boycott any election conducted by NEC under the leadership of N’fa Alie.

Given the history of what the SLPP in opposition went through at the hands of the former Chief Electoral Commissioner, Christiana Thorpe in both the 2007 and 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections that were won by the APC, it is however uncertain whether President Bio would yield to pressure from the opposition to replace N’fa Alie or to retain him to conduct the 2023 national elections. Intimations are that the Regional Commissioner East, Aiah Mattia would be appointed as the next Chief Electoral Commissioner and national Returning Officer, while the fate of the Regional Commissioners North and West, Macksood Sesay and Miatta French is doubtful.

The Director of National Correctional Service, Sampha Bilo Kamara has formally retired after he had served the institution for many decades, though his successor has not yet been nominated by the President. It is expected that anytime from now, the President would nominate his successor.

The Chief Commander of the National Fire Force (NFF), Kamanda Bongay, who also has served that institution for many years, is reported to have reached retirement age, as is his Deputy. Whether both of them will continue to be retained in service by the New Direction is also uncertain.

With Statistics Sierra Leone (Stats SL) central to the rolling out and collection of feedback on the new National Development Plan, Statistician General, Professor Usman Sankoh too has an uncertain future under the New Direction which generally has replaced appointees of the former government with young, dynamic, highly educated SLPP loyalists.