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In Sierra Leone, Parliament Approves Paul Kamara, Others
By Augustine Samba
Dec 24, 2010, 15:04

The controversy as to whether or not veteran journalist Paul Kamara was eligible to become a cabinet minister, was yesterday Thursday 23rd December 2010 laid to rest, when the Sierra Leone Parliament unanimously approved him as Minister of Employment, Youth and Sports.

Paul Kamara was approved alongside other presidential nominees including Mr. John Melvin Coker as Board Chairman of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and Mr. Andrew A. Kamara as Board Chairman SALPOST.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment and Public Service, Hon. Sheku B.B. Dumbuya, who doubles as Majority Leader presented the presidential nominees in the well of Parliament through a motion that was seconded by Hon. Ibrahim Bundu, Parliamentary Chief Whip.

Hon. Dumbuya told Parliament that the nominees were interviewed by his committee on the 20th December 2010 under set criteria.

These criteria include educational background, track record, tax obligation, assets declaration and vision to work for the country.

Deputy speaker of Parliament, Hon Chukuma Johnson congratulated the approved nominees and wished them well in their new assignments.

Mr. Paul Kamara has expressed elation over the approval and promised to work in the interest of the country.

Paul Kamara and other presidential nominees were duly sworn-in yesterday at State House by President Ernest Bai Koroma.

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