Maada Bio tells residents to vote their conscience
February 27, 2018 By Mohamed Massaquooi
Presidential candidate of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has appealed to residents of Sahr Malen in the Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun District in southern Sierra Leone to be very meticulous in casting their vote in the forthcoming general elections, adding that the decision on March 7th would go a long way in the political history of Sierra Leone.
Retired Brigadier Maada Bio said it was dangerous and disheartening that the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) led administration was bent on sacking competent Sierra Leoneans from offices indiscriminately based on claim that they do not belong to the same tribe as the powers-that-be.
He said Sierra Leone needed a government that would work beyond tribal and regional lines, adding that an SLPP government under his leadership would give Sierra Leoneans opportunity -more especially those in government offices – to operate freely without unnecessary interference by government.
Bio further noted that the people of Sahr Malen have suffered as a result of bad governance, thus calling on them to cast their votes for the SLPP and in the interest of the country as a whole.
“It was you who asked me to contest for the presidency of Sierra Leone under the ticket of SLPP. I want to humbly present myself to you again as your servant. I have sacrificed over the years just to liberate you and to move this country forward. It is now left with you to perform your own part by electing me as your president. We are a better Sierra Leone – a better country that will be good for or children. I want you all to vote with your conscience because the decision we make in this election will go a long way in strengthening our democracy which we have fought for over the years,” he said.
“Pujehun is my home. I am always proud to be around you because I know this district like any other district in Sierra Leone. It has produced people who are now meaningfully contributing to the development of Sierra Leone. The APC chased out our brothers and sisters from government offices because they are Mende people or they come from the south-eastern part of the country. We have to stop tribalism and nepotism because it is not good for the development of our beloved country Sierra Leone,” he added
He noted that: “The public service and its core values, which underpin its professionalism, are critical to public interest and the advancement of state objectives. Citizens expect to receive high quality and professional public services that are directed, managed and delivered by civil servants. The Sierra Leone public/civil service has taken an undeserved battering for over four decades significantly diminishing its conditions of employment and leaving it ill-prepared to effectively perform its role in the state. The Government of Sierra Leone Public Sector Reform Unit in a 2009 civil service reform paper largely portrayed the service as grossly inefficient, obsessed with process rather than outcomes and resistant to innovation and change.”
According to him, the Sierra Leone Civil Service once prided itself as the best in British West Africa and that this was the status quo in the immediate post-independence era of the country. “The tangible products were the high quality of education, a functionally efficient judiciary and an economy that supported national growth and development,” he said..
“The New Direction will strengthen and modernise the Civil Service for effective and efficient service delivery. In the New Direction, the principal objective will be to restore the professionalism and efficiency of the civil service. Specifically, the SLPP government will: reinforce political commitment and provide strong leadership in the reform agenda, rationalise the structure of the public service with a view to having a clear political leadership and direction. Restructure the Human Resources Management (HRM) Office by creating the necessary departments that will be staffed by career Human Resources Officers with the right competencies and skills with a view to modernizing the civil service to face the challenges of the 21st century,” he concluded.