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When President Becomes a Supervisor of Deliveries
By Sylvia O. Blyden
Jun 13, 2011, 12:06
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I was dismayed to read the article on Friday in which it has been made clear that President Koroma himself will now have to personally supervise the delivery of drugs to our hospitals. This is a serious indictment on our Civil Service and also on our Ministerial Cabinet; especially the Health Minister as it can be interpreted to mean a vote of no confidence in the Presidents foot soldiers if the President has to leave State House to start personally supervising the delivery of hospital drugs.

A recent song by a local musician about hardship in the country starts off by calling on Ministers & Aides to ensure they help the First Gentleman by easing the burdens he has to carry. At the time I had wondered what was the motive in blaming the foot soldiers and leaving the President out when it is the President who chooses his foot soldiers. However, with recent revelations, unless the Presidents political advisers were just trying to get him to score cheap political points with such a pronouncement, one cannot help but feel sorry for our President being lumped with such a sorry team.

So, I can only repeat the words of the musician and exclaim for presidential foot soldiers to give our President a break; especially the ones at the Health Ministry.... In the meantime, we are HOT on the heels of allegations of million dollars missing/delayed drugs scandal at the same Health Ministry involving a Procurement official who has since been recalled from leave despite the worrying Internal Auditors report. Please stay tuned for that.


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