Need for an Inclusive Cabinet
Equitable distribution of cabinet positions can foster national peace and unity and consequently strengthen our hard won democracy. Inversely, a biased sharing of cabinet posts can be a recipe for discontentment.
Therefore, as we anxiously await the official pronouncement of President Ernest Bai Koroma’s second cabinet, I am expecting ministers will be drawn from all regions and all facets of society so that we can boast of broad cabinet that will represent nationwide interest.
President Koroma’s critics condemn his outgoing cabinet as being regionally biased with a greater percentage of ministers appointed from one region.
President Koroma must now try to shame his critics by appointing an all regional and all sectional cabinet to enhance national peace and unity. His Excellency must give the disabled group at least one cabinet position to appease them. Some disabled people can be excellent cabinet ministers.
I believe a cabinet drawn from all regions and all sectors of this nation can save President Korma from being accused of bias and can make room for the involvement of all and sundry in national development.
When everybody participates meaningfully in governance, nobody for any failure and the feeling of marginalization will vanish.
It is more advisable to appoint cabinet ministers based on competence and not on the basis of compensation for party loyalty.
Although academic excellence is not everything about good governance as many academics have failed this nation, but it is also very advisable to appoint ministers who are academically strong enough to address any global forum and advocate for this republic.
It is my opinion that the appointment of academically handicapped cabinet ministers can reflect negatively on the globally- recognized academic reputation of our country.
By Joseph Milton Lebbie
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