Over cabinet portfolios… Ministers go jittery in Sierra Leone
After threats of pPrliamentary boycott by 42 Members of Parliament of the main opposition, Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) all 124 elected members of Parliament finally took the Oath of Office in a glamorous swearing-in ceremony in the well of parliament, Friday 7 December 2012.
The election of Speaker of the House also took place in accordance with the provisions of the 1991 Sierra Leone Constitution, which saw Hon. Abel Nathaniel Strong being re-elected as Speaker of the House and Hon. Chenor Bah taking the seat of Deputy Speaker of the House.
Impeccable State House sources have intimated to this press that President Ernest Bai Koroma will announce his Cabinet for his second term in office on Friday 14 December, 2012.
It has been reliably learnt that while the President is busy with the tedious and meticulous task of appointing his new Cabinet, serving Ministers have become very jittery over their reappointment and are said to be exploiting every opportunity, including endless movements in and out of State House making frantic moves to lobby the President but to no avail.
It is noteworthy that when Parliament was closing down for 17 November polls, the re-elected Speaker of the House, Hon. Abel Strong bid farewell to members that would not be fortunate to be re-elected. This has inevitably come to past and now it is the turn for non-performing ministers to lose their jobs in like manner.
Rumours are also making the rounds that few MPs are likely to be appointed into Cabinet positions and that the expected Cabinet will be composed of more women and youthful players.
Meanwhile State House information desk maintains sealed lips over Cabinet appointments whilst discarding shadow and imaginary Cabinet lists.
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