On August 17, 2023, the Parliament of Sierra Leone granted unanimous approval to the Presidential nominees presented in the Fifth Report of the Committee on Appointments and Public Services.
Chaired by Hon. Mathew Sahr Nyuma, Majority Leader and Leader of Government Business, the committee conducted thorough interviews with the nominees, scrutinizing their educational background, tax obligations, and other criteria.
The approved nominees are set to assume crucial roles within the government, aiming to contribute to the nation’s progress:
Mr. Umaru Napoleon Koroma Esq. – Appointed as Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources.
Mr. Osman Ibrahim Kanu Esq. – Named Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
Mr. Moriba S. Kororma – Designated Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.
Mr. Edwin Foray Gondor – Elected as a Member of the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board.
Mr. Chernor Jalloh – Also chosen as a Member of the Anti-Corruption Commission Advisory Board.
Alhaji O. Aberdeen – Added to the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board.
Hon. Josephine Makieu – Selected as a Member of the Advisory Board for the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Dr. Joseph Gaima Lukulay Moiba – Designated as a Member of the Advisory Board for the Anti-Corruption Commission.
During the parliamentary session, various Members of Parliament shared their insights and offered commendations for the nominees. Hon. Saa Emerson Lamina, Deputy Majority Leader and Leader of Government Business 2, expressed gratitude to President Bio for appointing the nominees and emphasized their responsibility to support the Feed Salone Agenda, particularly by promoting agriculture. Lamina highlighted the achievements of President Bio’s administration in international forums due to the efforts of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The parliamentary discussion also addressed issues of diplomatic interference, with some MPs urging nominees to serve the nation diligently and independently. Concerns were raised regarding the pace of legal cases and the role of diplomats in the country’s politics.
In closing the debate, Hon. Mohamed Bangura, Acting Leader of the Opposition, discussed the rights of diplomats to engage in political discussions as per Article 41 of the Vienna Conventions. He emphasized the need to trust the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation regarding this matter.
In a show of support and recognition, the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu, conveyed his congratulations to the approved nominees and acknowledged their qualifications for their respective roles.