The government of Sierra Leone has engaged the services of Mercury Public Affairs, a New York based public strategy firm to mend its relationship with the United States Government.
Mercury announced on Tuesday that Sierra Leone government has reached out to them, and they are negotiating to represent the West African nation in a pact that is expected to include PR, government relations and outreach to US officials and media outlets.
Mercury prides itself as a high-stake public strategy firm providing results for the world’s most successful companies, leading advocacy groups, governments, political parties, NGOs, and prominent public and political figures.
The US State Department has raised concerns about “anomalies” in Sierra Leone’s June 24 election where President Julius Maada Bio was re-elected.
The department, in its statement from July 24, voiced its unease over accounts of threats, including those of a lethal nature, directed at local and international observers, civil society groups, and election commission members.
In a recent interview, US Ambassador to Sierra Leone, David Reimer also said that, “United States is concerned about irregularities in the result that were announced by ECSL, that include a big difference between the ECSL announced result and the parallel vote tabulations as well as inconsistencies that were analyzed by domestic and international observers.”
Reimer added that the US would review its government-to-government programs, including a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact grant worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Sierraloaded understands that the move by the government of the Sierra Leone to engage the United States government through a PR firm is unconnected to the hundreds of millions of dollars which is at risk should the country not respond to concerns raised about the elections.
In its statement, Mercury said that Six professionals are slated to represent Sierra Leone. The team includes former Congressman Toby Moffett, who previously co-headed Mayer Brown’s Africa sector; Bryan Lanza, ex-communications chief during the Trump Transition; and Eric Bloom, who once held the position of senior producer at CBS Evening News.