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24th June 2018

SLPP Govt's War on Corruption Shatters as Maada Bio Appoints a Celebrated Thief!

By Abu Shaw in London (18/05/18)

President Julius Maada Bio's vision in waging war on corruption, poverty and indiscipline is in shambles after appointing a celebrated thief.

 

In the latest government appointments yesterday, President Bio appointed Mr. Momoh Bockarie Foh, the younger brother of the former APC Vice President Victor Foh, to a top government post at State House. (Photo: Swindler Momoh Foh given another opportunity by the SLPP to steal country's coffers).

There was hue and cry following Momoh's appointment because he is currently being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission ACC in Freetown for embezzling $3,000 US dollars last year. It was a meagre sum of money but the fact remains that he stole and it happened during the ousted corrupt APC government of President Ernest Koroma.

All started when the then Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs Mr. Momoh Bockarie Foh was arrested by the Anti Corruption Commission ACC last year for allegations of fraud involving 3,000 US dollars.

The then ministry's Chief Accountant Mariatu Harding was also picked up by ACC from her house for allegedly taking part in the disbursement and withdrawal of the $US 3,000 to thief man Momoh. Another high profile suspect retired Finance Clerk, one Mr. Abdul Gegbai, was on the run and his whereabouts was untraced then.

The Social Welfare Ministry headed by the former Minister Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden was the centre of attention when she took over the corrupt ridden ministry and all her efforts to eliminate or at least minimise corruption in the ministry had been met with stiff resistance from corrupt minded stakeholders. Eventually, the former corrupt President Koroma sacked her for standing against corruption. The rest is history, they say.

What made Mr. Momoh's shocking appointment yesterday bizarre and hilarious is the fact that his crime was recorded whilst the crime was being committed. And when the audio hits the social media last year, Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad were horrified. You could hear Momoh's desperate machinations in the audio appealing to someone to aid and abet him to swindle the $3000 US dollars. Disgusting to say the least.

That is why many Sierra Leoneans could not believe that President Bio, who as recently as the May 12 Inauguration in Freetown promised to curb corruption, has flipped flopped so early in governance by appointing a celebrated crook like Momoh Foh in his government. Below is the full list of other appointees in a press release yesterday:


OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, PRESS RELEASE


The general public is hereby informed that it has pleased His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio to announce the following appointments subject to the approval of Parliament where necessary:


Deputy Ministers


1. Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Patricia Nyanga Laverley;

2. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs Nimatulai Bah-Chang;

3. Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Robert Tamba Michael Chakanda;

4. Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abdulai Masiyambay Bangurah (Esq);

5. Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Lahai Lawrence Leema;

6. Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Emily Kadiatu Gogra (Nѐe Turay);

7. Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Anthony Augustine Sandi;

8. Deputy Minister of Energy, Dr. Eldred Tunde Taylor;

9. Deputy Minister of Information and Communication, Mr Solomon Jamiru (Esq);

10. Deputy Minister of Marine Resources, Mr. Ibrahim Turay;

11. Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Security, Mr. Lansana Mohamed Dumbuya;

12. Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Edward Hinga Sandy;

13. Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Haji-Kella;

14. Deputy Minister of Technical and Higher Education, Dr. Turad Senesie;

15. Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation, Mr. Sadiq Silla;

16. Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Reverend Abraham James Sesay-Jones;

17. Deputy Minister of Lands, Housing and the Environment, Mr. Rex Bhonapha;

18. Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Ms. Evelyn Daphne Blackie;

19. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr. Samking Koihinah Braima;

20. Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Philip Tetema Tondeneh;

21. Deputy Minister of Works and Public Assets, Mrs. Melrose Kargbo;

22. Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Mr. Lusine Kallon;

23. Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mr. William Illawim Kongkatee Robinson;

24. Deputy Minister of Sports, Mr Kai Lawrence Mbayo;

25. Deputy Minister Political and Public Affairs, Mr Amara Kallon;

26. Minister of State, Vice President Office, Mrs. Francess Piagie Alghali;


Other Appointments


1. State Chief of Protocol, Mrs Fatmata Edna Kargbo;

2. Presidential Adviser and Ambassador at Large, Mrs Konah Cecilia Koroma;

3. Presidential Adviser and Ambassador at Large Ambassador, Dr. Umaru Bundu Wurie;

4. Chief Innovation Officer, Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Moinina David Sengeh;

STATE HOUSE TOWER HILL FREETOWN 17th MAY 2018

TRIBUTE: ALPHA SHAW


1958 -1980

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