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22nd July 2018

Galaxy of Leaders and Celebrities Fly in to Witness Presidential Inauguration Today

By a press release (12/05/18)

The former President Ernest Bai Koroma will handover the Staff to President Julius Maada Bio in today's inauguration at the National Stadium.


Sources close to former President Koroma have confirmed that he will be attending the Inauguration Ceremony of his successor President Julius Maada Bio, during which Koroma will do the symbolic transfer of power by handing over the ceremonial staff to Bio. The inauguration is slated to hold at the National Stadium on 12th May 2018. (Photo: President Bio receives former President Koroma at State House).

The absence of former President Koroma from Parliament on May 10th 2018 for the maiden address of President Bio to Parliament had gotten tongues wagging with some speculating that Koroma may decide to not attend the Inauguration as well. However, sources can authoritatively confirm that neither the new Speaker of Parliament Dr. Abass Bundu nor the new Clerk of Parliament Mr. Paran Tarawallie, extended an invitation to former President Koroma, to witness the auspicious event of Parliament hosting current President Julius Maada Bio to deliver his maiden State of the Nation address.

However, in a strange and suspicious development, photos were released to the media showing an empty seat with the name tag of the former President as if he had been indeed invited. This was swiftly debunked by many who confirmed that as far as they knew, the former President never received an invitation to be in Parliament.

It has been an embarrassment for the ruling SLPP when the public learnt the former President was never invited but the name tag was displayed to the public out of a hidden motive to create malicious propaganda by ruling SLPP operatives. This is not the first time for SLPP stalwarts to deploy false propaganda against Ex-President Koroma.

Faced with that embarrassment when the public realized the former president was never invited, some sources close to SLPP corridors of power tried to allege on social media that on the day before yesterday's event, a messenger was sent who had dropped off an Invitation Card to the security personnel at the checkpoint in front of the residence. Under normal circumstances, that is not the way to invite a former Head of State. It is not clear why, if indeed an invitation was sent, due protocol was not followed by those at the helm of Parliament.

Meanwhile, First Lady of Sierra Leone Mrs. Fatima Bio has informed the public through her media engagements, that a galaxy of Heads of State and presidential delegations will attend the event which she is reported to have taken the lead in planning. (Photo: Fatima inspecting the Stadium yesterday).

First Lady Fatima also intimated that famous African musicians, actors and actresses will be honouring her husband by flying into Sierra Leone to mark the Inauguration events. She is herself an award-winning international movie actress and she has promised Sierra Leoneans that the entire Inauguration will be executed to perfection.
Meanwhile, many African leaders including the Liberian President George Manneh Oppong Weah will grace the inauguration ceremony at the Siaka Stevens National Stadium in Freetown today.

Courtesy: Awareness Times Newspaper Sierra Leone


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