President Bio Appoints Opposition Politicians As Special Advisers

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has appointed, Alpha Kanu, a former member of the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) and Julius Spencer of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) as Presidential Special advisers.

While Kanu was appointed as the Strategic Adviser – Social Mobilization and Food Security at the Office of the Interim National Coordinator, COVID-19 Response; Spencer was made a Strategic Adviser on Public Health Information at the Office of the Interim National Coordinator, COVID-19 Response.

In a letter dated 7 May, 2020 and signed by the Julius Sandy, the Secretary to the President, President Bio congratulated both appointees and wished them success in their appointment. It further stated that the appointment takes effect from the date they report to duty.

This development comes in wake of rising tension and violent incidents across Sierra Leone especially in the North which has led to many deaths.

Although it is not yet clear if both politicians would accept the appointment, political spectators have described the move by the President as a strategic effort to calm the political tension around the country.

Until his appointment, Alpha Kanu was a former Presidential aspirant for the All People’s Party (APC). He also served in various capacities – as a Presidential adviser and as a Minister – under the former President Ernest Bai Koroma led APC Government and was also National Publicity Secretary of the party.

On the other hand, Julius Spencer was a prominent Journalist and former Information Minister in the SLPP Government of the late President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. He was among the top members of the party who decamed with Kandeh Yumkella to form the National Grand Coalition (NGC) in the wake of the 2018 Presidential elections in Sierra Leone.

“With his wealth of experience in the media, Julius Spencer will provide advice on public health information to the COVID-19 team and work with the coordinator.”, a State House official told Sierraloaded.

Commenting on the development, Segun Bockaire, a political analyst and student of Fourah Bay College described the appointment as a clear demonstration of President Bio’s desire to lead a unified and cohesive nation.

In his words, “The appointment by the two high profile politicians from the two main political parties show that President Bio believes in government of national inclusion and fostering a culture of working together in the interest of Sierra Leone.”

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  • Michael Momodu | 2020-05-14 05:13:19
    he did not need to consult no body. He has his free will to accept or decline, so forget about consultation. He knows politics more than any other person in the APC except Victor foe. So that was his free will ok.
  • Hammadi Baba | 2020-05-13 20:01:19
    Our President is a political draught player. He knows when to call the King home.
  • Hassan Turay | 2020-05-12 19:19:51
    Point of correction he is still a member of the All people's Congress Party he consult with the party executive before taken the position country first.
  • Dumbs Moses | 2020-05-12 17:01:07
    Oh my God very happy to hear this!!! Gooodddd I am very happy for our president!! Inclusive governance!!!! I am an APC supporter,but this decision taken by our president makes me feel so happy. I am peaceful Sierra Leonean and I want to see a peaceful atmosphere in this country. Thanks you sir!! Continue to do this, we can see peace raining in the country.
  • Murray S Bangura | 2020-05-12 14:44:44
    Long overdue to bring in better heads in the advisery role.(Better Late than Never)
  • Kilyobas Kamang | 2020-05-12 05:37:41
    CONGRATULATIONS Mr. President for such large heartedness... God bless you for uplifting standard of service over partisanship
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