Cabinet Secretariat in Sierra Leone is the main engine driving policies and ensuring they are implemented as discussed by whosoever are sitting President and Cabinet Ministers. Current President, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma was re-elected with unprecedented very high percentages in many swing areas because many people BELIEVED in what he presented to them as a Manifesto to move the country forward into prosperity.
However, over eight hundred thousand other citizens REJECTED Koroma and his APC and went on to vote for SLPP manifesto because they preferred SLPP. These citizens numbering hundreds of thousands, did not disappear after the elections. They are still around with contempt for Koroma’s Manifesto.
This is why it is of utmost importance that only those civil servants who believe in the manifesto of the ruling APC, should be assigned to Cabinet Secretariat or to Strategy & Policy Unit (SPU) of the Presidency. Confidence in APC Manifesto is motivational recipe to ensure a loyal push of APC’s policies.
Disloyal civil servants can be sent to man any other Department but it is risky for Cabinet Secretariat to have those who ‘might’ have nothing but SCORN for APC; it is a disaster. It will result in policies that are un-workable and make APC Manifesto unrealisable no matter good intentions of President.
I cannot emphasise this particular point any stronger than this because I like putting my thoughts down for Posterity to judge us all. An SPU and/or a Cabinet Secretariat manned by some who might not believe in APC manifesto are components in a slow-moving train heading for inevitable wreckage.
Don’t tell me civil servants have taken Oath in front of Secretary to President or Secretary to Cabinet when some of these same civil servants had already taken bloodier and even more fearsome, more deadlier sacred oaths in their traditional secret society bushes. Oath pass Oath oh - Oath pass Oath!!!
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