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Feuding ministers sacked!

…But Kamarainba blames President’s Koroma’s bad choice of ministers

March 9, 2016 By Joseph S. Margai

The Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs and his deputy have been sacked by President Ernest Bai Koroma, according to a press release from State House, read on Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) Monday, 7 March.

The sacking of Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai and Mustapha Bai Atila could not be unconnected to an audio that went viral over the weekend, which captures a noisy scene in the office of the former, punctuated by foul-mouthed words by especially the deputy.

The sacked deputy was particularly heard using unprintable invectives against his senior colleague, who he accused of being an opposition supporter, a rapist and cocaine user, among a litany of tirades he was heard uttering.

The disgraceful altercation between the two men also left the office of the sacked minister ransacked, with broken chairs and tables, showing a chaotic scene as the two brawled. The incident has left many Sierra Leoneans aghast that men assigned to supervise women’s and children’s issues could disgrace themselves and the government publicly.

According to Standard Times newspaper of Monday, 7 March, 2015, the disgraceful scene by the two government officials leaves a lot to be said about their incompetence, corruption and selfishness.

“They enjoyed trading insults and accusations of tribalism, womanizing, and sexual harassment in their offices,” the popular newspaper stated.

In the audio, the sacked deputy minister, Mustapha Bai Atila, who is visually impaired, could be heard accusing Alhaji Kaikai of not being an APC member, as according to him, he was not contributing a dime to the ruling party. He also accused his former boss of abusing his mother and marginalising him in the running of the ministry.

“You are a traitor in the All Peoples Congress party. Moijueh has been harassing women working at the ministry and young girls on the street, bringing them into his office to have sex,” said the sacked deputy minister who is known for his petulant outbursts.

Speaking on SLBC ‘The Podium’ on Monday afternoon, Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, chairman of the opposition Alliance Democratic Movement (ADM) called for the minister and his deputy to be sued for malicious damage of government property.

“The reckless behaviour of some of the ministers and deputies has been accepted by the president. When I will be elected President of Sierra Leone come 2018, my decision to select and appoint ministers should reflect on me as a President,” he said.

He said the president should be in a better position to talk to his ministers and deputies about issues affecting them in their respective ministries, adding that if that is done, the President would have noticed schisms between his ministers.

 “If am the President, I should have done a background research about any person that I might want to appoint to responsible positions in the country,” he said.

Mr. Mansaray had called on the president to sack both Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai and Mustapha Bai Atila following the bitter exchange between the two men, hours before the president finally took action.

Meanwhile, many Sierra Leoneans have expressed concern about the president’s silence over similar altercations between his ministers in the past, which had gone unpunished. They cite as example public spat between former Minister of Defence and the Minister of Sports, Alfred Palo Conteh and Paul Kamara respectively.