Bio To Drop Final Bombshell


In furtherance of appointing officials to help him implement his ‘New Direction’ manifesto, President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio is reportedly determined to drop his final appointment bombshell that could surprise many.

A change of guards in political offices is normal and acceptable in all democracies. In the United States of America (USA), the United Kingdom (UK) Britain, France and other democracies, for instance, when someone assumes the office as a President, they bring into their administration professional and technical personnel who would be willing to implement governmental policies for the good of their people.

In the case of President Maada Bio, the personnel change, as usual, started with the nominations of his cabinet ministers and other key positions in Government. Even so, the President is expected to nominate deputy ministers and according to State House sources, not all deputy ministerial positions would be announced.

The rationale behind the withholding of some deputy ministerial positions, according to State House sources, is that when a minister is away, the Permanent Secretary of that ministry would have the mandate to act on behalf of the minister and report directly to the Office of the Chief Minister.

The President is also reportedly expected to nominate personnel of the Sierra Leone diplomatic missions abroad, including ambassadors and press attachés, to replace personnel appointed by the erstwhile government, who were relieved of their duties since 30th April, 2018.

State House sources hinted that the President Bio would appoint a very few press attachés while the Sierra Leone Embassies abroad would be expected to disseminate information on their activities to the Government Information Service (GIS) for onward dissemination to the Sierra Leonean publics.

According to report, many changes are not expected in the leadership and management of government agencies because the President is very mindful of not making unnecessary changes.

An aide to the President said the remaining appointments by the President would be strictly guided by the dictates of inclusive governance, gender balance and the promotion of youths.