From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Controversy Over Leather Boot
By Our Reporters
Jun 18, 2012, 12:46

One of the police officers sent for professional training as a Close Protection Guard to His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is involved in another controversy. This time, it concerns whether or not he has been sacked from the police. Local tabloids have reported that in line with the Shears-Moses report, Leather Boot has been dismissed from the force and is no longer working as a Presidential Bodyguard.

However, in a telephone interview with the Awareness Times, Leather Boot is stating otherwise insisting that he still was working as a close protection guard to the President.


Leatherboot, who was once a Deputy Minister in the Tejan Kabbah led SLPP Government following the Lome Peace Accord, and who also served within the NPRC as a Close Protection Guard and within the AFRC as a Government functionary said “I am still at the helm of security with regards President Koroma. I have never been kicked out of State House, I am still there serving my normal duties as a senior close protection officer to President Koroma”.

 

However, other credible sources within senior police hierarchy and also within the corridors of State House inform this newspaper that Leather Boot has definitely been “dismissed” from the police.


Interestingly, for Idrissa Leather Boot Kamara, he insists otherwise and challenges thus: "if any newspaper or person knows I have been sacked, let them publish the termination letter or the letter informing me I have been kicked out of State House".

 

“The President I am serving is a man of high integrity.

He has all the right to hire and fire at his will but for all I know, he has never hired someone without an appointment letter, nor has he ever fired someone without a service termination letter,” said Mr. Kamara.


Citizens who are in awe over the developments say State House or Police Headquarters might have to make a public statement of clarification on this saga.



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