By Amin Kef (Ranger)
Few weeks after securing his re-election as President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio, has appointed certain Sierra Leoneans, some forming part of his partial Cabinet, in the new administration or Government that will be in charge of State Governance during his second term as President of the nation.
Announcement of the President’s appointment was made public on Monday, 10th July, 2023, featuring new ministerial appointments in the announcement of the partial cabinet reflecting a commitment to gender diversity with 41 percent of the appointees being women.
One of President Bio’s key appointments is that which relates to Dr. David Moinina Sengeh, former Minister of Basic Education, who was appointed to the position of Chief Minister. Also, former Minister of Mines, Timothy Musa Kabba, has been assigned as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The following are the newly appointed Ministers are:
Dr. David Sengeh appointed as Chief Minister, Mohamed Lamin Tarawally as Attorney General & Minister of Justice, Sheku Ahmed Fatmandi Bangura as Minister of Finance, Timothy Musa Kabba: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation,
Dr. Ramatulaye Wurie (Haja) as Minister of Technical and Higher Education, Conrad Sackey as Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Ibrahim Alpha Sesay as Minister of Trade & Industry, Julius Mattai as Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources,
Manty Tarawalie as Minister of State, Office of the Vice President.
The President’s appointment also includes individuals for Deputy Ministerial positions, with notable appointments being :Jeneba Bangura as Deputy Minister 1, Ministry of Finance, Bockarie Kalokoh as Deputy Minister 2, Ministry of Finance, Francess Peagie Alghali as Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sarjoh Aziz Kamara: Deputy Minister, Ministry of Technical and Higher Education, Emily K. Kogra: Deputy Minister 1, Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Mamadu Massaquoi: Deputy Minister 2, Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Fatamata Wurie: Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry and Umaru Napoleon Koroma as Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources.
In addition to the ministerial appointments, other appointees were sent to key positions , including: Mathew Dingie: Financial Secretary, Yankuba Askia Bio as General-Manager of Sierra Leone Ports Authority, Judith Kosseh as Deputy Director-General, Sierra Leone Ports Authority, Brima Swarray as Commissioner-General, National Revenue Authority, Ann-Marie Harding as Deputy Commissioner-General 1, National Revenue Authority, Gerald Ganda: Deputy Commissioner-General 2, National Revenue Authority, Amara Brewah: Director-General, National Communications Authority, Mariama Koroma as Deputy Commissioner-General, National Communications Authority.
It is important to note that the aforementioned appointments are subject to parliamentary approval. Notably, the proposed cabinet includes new positions and potential reassignments of certain individuals.