Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu, Retires

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By Amin Kef (Ranger)

The Rt. Hon. Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu has retired as Speaker of the Sixth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone. He stated his intent to retire in a correspondence dated 15th April 2024 addressed to President Julius Maada Bio expressing his profound appreciation for the extraordinary privilege to serve as Speaker of Parliament and thanked the President for the support provided to him throughout his tenure.

According to him, he decided to retire on health/medical grounds and his decision is effective 30th April 2024.

The Rt. Hon. Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu served as Speaker of the Fifth Parliament of the Second Republic from 2018 to 2023 and in this Sixth Parliament since July 2023.

In response to his retirement letter, President Julius Maada Bio stated on Tuesday 16th April, 2024 that he has accepted Dr.Bundu’s retirement also expressing his appreciation and gratitude to him for his leadership in enhancing a strengthened and productive relationship within and outside Parliament.

“We certainly look forward to your continued support and wise counsel during your retirement,” President Bio expressed optimism.

Meanwhile, the President was informed by The Rt. Hon. Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu that until Parliament elects a new Speaker, he shall withdraw from its regular sittings, allowing the Deputy Speaker, the Rt. Hon. Segepoh Solomon Thomas, to preside over all sittings of Parliament, except when the President is present pursuant to Section 79(7) of the Constitution of Sierra Leone, 1991 (Act No.6 of 1991).

However, there is a School of Thought that has expressed the view that there were ongoing discussions and speculation in the media about plans to oust Dr Abass Bundu as Speaker prior to his decision to retire, an assertion that has not been confirmed by this medium.


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