Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma is set to name the rest of his cabinet, including high ranking diplomats, and deputy ministers this week, as he settles down into his second-term of office with a fresh mandate from the people who voted in numbers to re-elect him this past November.
There has been a lot of scrambling for positions as the outgoing cabinet members jostle to retain their portfolios, whilst those aspiring for top ministerial jobs are pushing every political button they can lay their hands on to influence the Head of State’s pen as he prepares to release the list of new appointees.
It is highly rumoured that the cabinet will see fresh and young faces as the President taps into the diaspora for new and vibrant talent to usher in much needed impetus in the new government. As President Koroma has already clearly demonstrated, a few old faces will retain their jobs because of experience in order to help drive the new Agenda for Prosperity. But ministries that will inevitably be affected are Information and Broadcasting; Interior; Energy and Water Resources; Health and Sanitation; Education, Science and Technology; Youth, Employment and Sports; Marine Resources and Fisheries; Works, Housing and Infrastructural Development; Labour and Social Security; Mineral Resources; Lands, Country Planning & the Environment; along with Youth Employment and Sports.
Some of the Ministers have done extremely well and are expected to either retain their positions or rewarded with new ones. These include but not limited to Agriculture, Food Security and Forestry; Transport and Aviation; Political and Public Affairs; Trade and Industry; Defence; and Tourism and Cultural Affairs. Ambassadors, High Commissioners and top diplomats to the UK; USA; Brussels, Russia; the AU and a few other countries, are also expected to be recalled and replaced or moved to other assignments. The Head of State is also expected to announce new heads of state commissions and replace some top members of his close team of advisors and assistants at state house.
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