By Pormasu Fatorma Korfai
For the first time in the political history of Sierra Leone, the Head Of State has grossly reshuffled his cabinet with a good number of gender equality. President Ernest Bai Koroma also reshuffled the administrative postings of the civil service.
Since his first cabinet in 2007, President Ernest Bai Koroma has appointed nine newcomers in the Ministries of Finance, Information, Sports, Local Government, Internal Affairs, Tourism, Gender, and Works and Infrastructure.
His most trusted ally since his days in opposition, Mr Alpha Kanu has been replaced as Information Minister by Mohamed Bangura who recently resigned from his own UDM party to join the ruling APC party. Mr Mohamed Bangura is a biological cousin of the President Ernest Bai Koroma.
There is a new head of the army and the Anti-Corruption Commission, while the former Chief Electoral Commissioner, Christiana Thorpe who twice declared him winner has been appointed as a Deputy Education Minister.
The former Defence Minister and Head of the Ebola Response Committee, Paolo Conteh now becomes the Internal Affairs Minister.
The controversial journalist, praise-singer, a potentially suspected concubine of the “World’s Best” and former SEA to the President Ernest Koroma, Dr Sylvia Blyden, has been appointed as a Minister. Many activists in the Social Media will be surprised seeing her on-off attacks on those who still oppose the corrupt regime she is continuously serving. “With more than five Facebook accounts with different names added to her cabinet post and her daily newspaper publication, Sylvia Blyden would not be able to do the people’s work “, a Facebook Blogger commented.
Ms. Nanette Thomas, the former Director of President Koroma’s failed Attitudinal and Behavioural Change (ABC) Programme was awarded the ministerial position of Political Affairs.
President Ernest Bai Koroma has finally compensated corruption, political praise-singings and loyalty. The current cabinet reshuffle has left out Southern and Eastern APC members in a limbo. The Northern and Western constituents of Sierra Leone have been compensated to keep the boot-licking unabated.
Some ungrateful SLPP opportunists and political prostitutes who had been cross-carpeting were finally sacked. They include;-Usu Boie Kamara; JB Dauda;Moijua Kaikai;Musa Tarawally.