Sierra Leone president announces major cabinet reshuffle

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Koroma has announced a major cabinet reshuffle on Monday with appointments of several new ministers.

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Koroma
Sierra Leone's President Ernest Koroma

The former Governor of Bank of Sierra Leone, Momodu Kargbo, has been named Minister of Finance and Economic Development, while the former minister, Karifalla Marah, has been appointed to head Bank of Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Koroma
Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Koroma
The president has filled the position of Minister of Works, which has been vacant for almost two years, with Kemoh Sesay, the former Minister of Presidential and Political Affairs.

The new Trade and Industry Minister is Capt. Momodu Patso, while the new Minister of Information and Communication is the former leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mohamed Bangura, who resigned about a year ago to join the ruling All People’s Congress party.

Former Local Government Minister, Diana Konomanyi, has been named to head the Ministry of Lands and Country Planning, while former presidential adviser, Dr. Sylvia Blyden, is now the new Social Welfare Minister.

Sidi Yaya Tunis is now the Tourism Minister whilst the former Deputy Tourism Minister, Ahmed Kanu, has been named Minister of Sports.

The president has also named Ade Macaulay chairman of the Anti-corruption Commission and Major General, John Milton, Chief of Defence Staff.

New diplomatic announcements were also made with the former Works Minister Alimamy P. Koroma named Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.

According to the state house release, all the appointments are subject to parliamentary approval.

The President retained Dr. Samura Kamara as the Foreign Minister; Ambassador Henry Macaulay as Energy Minister; Balogun Koroma as Minister of Transport and Aviation; Dr. Minkailu Bah as Minister of Education and Minkailu Mansaray, Minister of Mineral Resources. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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