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President Koroma re-appoints Ambassador Munu as Sierra Leone’s top diplomat in Saudi

President Koroma re-appoints Ambassador Munu as Sierra Leone’s top diplomat in Saudi

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been re-appointed by His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma after a successful two-year tenure in office.  (Photo: Ambassador Wusu Munu in the midst of his counterparts)

In a letter signed by the Secretary to the President, Mr. E.B. Osho Coker, Ambassador Wusu B. Munu was informed thus: “I am pleased to inform you that His Excellency the President has graciously approved the renewal of your appointment for a second tour of duty.”

His tenure marked good multi-lateral, technical and donor assistance from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Republic of Sierra Leone. Also, the cordial and warm relationship between the two countries remains strong and enduring since his appointment in 2008.

Reacting to the re-appointment, Ambassador Munu said: “I am pleased that the President has renewed his confidence in me and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Sierra Leone in this part of the world.”

The Ambassador pledged to work hard and ensure that the welfare of Sierra Leoneans living in Saudi Arabia continues to exercise his mind in all his dealings with Saudi authorities.

 H.EWusu Munu, who is also Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) has also positioned Sierra Leone in the Gulf States and the Middle East as a preferred investment destination.

His re-appointment did not come as a surprise to many people because of his frantic efforts in promoting the President’s Agenda for Change in this part of the world.

Since the word ‘wartorn’ has been one the major reasons for investors and tourists turning their backs on Sierra Leone, Ambassador Munu has always emphasized that Sierra Leone has moved away from the status of war-torn to a country that now focuses on development and investment.

“The 2009 annual analysis of the ease of doing business report rated Sierra Leone upward in terms of performance in West Africa while she stood at 15 in Africa as a whole,” the Ambassador told some of his counterparts recently. Ambassador Munu and his embassy staff  performed impressively well during the last 2010 Hajj season in which hundreds of Sierra Leoneans received valuable support from the Saudi authorities.

The embassy was also instrumental in providing a support mechanism to Sierra Leonean pilgrims who arrived at the Prince Mohamed Bin Abdul Aziz and King Abdul Aziz International airports in Medinah and Jeddah respectively during the 2009 and 2010 Hajj seasons. The news about the Ambassador’s re-appointment was greeted by embassy staff and Sierra Leonean residents in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with joy and appreciation

In a telephone interview last night, a renowned Sierra Leone banker based in Saudi Arabia’s commercial city, Jeddah, Mr. Nabie Musa Turay – who is the Manager of Sub Saharan Africa and BADEA Scheme at the Islamic Development Bank said that Ambassador Munu has exhibited the highest sense of honesty, incorruptibility and integrity since his appointment in 2008.

“He is articulate and does not mince his words. He has transformed the image of Sierra Leone in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States as one of the best places to doing business in Africa. He has also built a solid reputation of diplomatic excellence in the Kingdom,” Mr. Nabie Musa re-iterated.

For his part, President of the Sierra Leone Nationals Union in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Uthman Kargbo said, Ambassador Munu has built an exceptional legacy of representing the diplomatic interest of Sierra Leone.

Alhaji M.B. Jalloh, Information Attache, Sierra Leone Embassy, Saudi Arabia

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