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In Sierra Leone, APC Big Guns Marginalize Deputy Health Minister
By Our Investigative Team
Jan 7, 2010, 15:18
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The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mohamed Daudis Koroma, continue to suffer marginalization in the hands of senior members of the All Peoples Congress (APC) government, despite the new blood the youthful and dynamic Deputy Minister has succeeded in introducing in the Ministry, our investigative team has unearthed.


Prior to the appointment of Mohamed Koroma, the Health and Sanitation Ministry was widely perceived as the most corrupt Ministry in the country.


Several citizens have expressed dissatisfaction that some ill-motivated government officials are bent on undermining the tireless efforts of the Deputy Minister in re-branding the Ministry.


It is no secret that Mohamed Koroma has severally been victimized and sidelined in the Ministry, especially after the sacking of the former Minister, who is yet to be replaced, with the Vice President serving as Supervisor.


Latest of the blatant show of sidelining the Deputy Minister, much to the dissatisfaction of the citizenry, was recorded in the evening of yesterday Wednesday 6
th January 2010, during the dinner organized by the Health Ministry in honour of the twenty nine (29) medical doctors from Saudi Arabia.


The name of the Deputy Minister was no where to be found in the programme agenda, and as a result, the programme ended without a statement by Mohamed Koroma.


Several guests were unhappy with this occurrence, especially when the Arab Doctors had earlier lauded the role of the Deputy Minister in making their mission to the country a success. 


A source close to the Office of the Vice President told the Awareness Times that the Deputy Minister was excluded from making a statement on grounds that certain senior government officials consider his inclusion as out of protocol since the Vice President, who supervises the Health Ministry was present and was expected to make a statement.


Why are the names of the Permanent Secretary, E.B. Kamara, and the Chief Medical Officer, Sidique Daoh, feature in the agenda, and their political head is not featured?, a civil servant who attended the programme queried.


Several guests also raised concerns over the delay in appointing a Health Minister, whilst advising the Vice President to maintain his supervisory role in the Ministry, rather than allowing himself to be seen as the substantive minister.


The Awareness Times has also learnt that the hardworking Deputy Minister became a target of especially senior workers of the Health Ministry from the very first day he was transferred to that Ministry, as a result of his role in maintaining zero tolerance to corruption.


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