Bank Governor tenders resignation!
March 1, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Impeccable sources at State House have disclosed to Concord Times that current Governor of the Central Bank of Sierra Leone has tendered his letter of resignation to the Office of the President.
Dr. Kaifala Marah’s resignation is the second of what many had envisaged would be a long list of withdrawals from the administration of President Ernest Bai Koroma, with just a year left to complete his second and final term in office.
Just on Monday, a release from State House confirmed the resignation of Special Adviser to the President, Alhaji Alpha Khanu, who had declared himself ‘apprentice’ to President Koroma and by extension heir apparent.
According to the sources who preferred anonymity, two more cabinet ministers have also tendered their resignation but are awaiting the approval of the president before it would be made public.
The expected resignations from the current administration are undoubtedly as a result of a constitutional provision that public officers who receive salaries from the Consolidated Revenue Fund should resign their post twelve months before contesting for any elective office.
More than 21 individuals have reportedly shown interest to contest for the standard bearer position of the ruling APC, with Dr. Marah undoubtedly one of those who have been busy campaigning around the country.
Dr. Marrah started his political career as State House Chief of Staff and Senior Economic Advisor to President Ernest Bai Koroma from 2010 until his appointment as Finance Minister in 2012. His stay though in the Finance Ministry was short-lived as he was swapped with his predecessor as Bank Governor, a move many political analysts said was a demotion.
Dr. Marah holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Law from Fourah Bay College, a master’s degree in Public Policy from State University of New York, and a doctorate degree in political finance from the University of Hull.
He first served as Deputy Town Clerk at the Koidu-New Sembehun City Council and later as Budget Analyst at the New York State Senate.
He was Public Expenditure Management Adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, before he was appointed as Chief of Staff to President Ernest Bai Koroma.
His family originally hailed from Koinadugu District in Northern Sierra Leone. He is a Muslim and a member of the Kuranko ethnic group.
Few weeks ago, youths of Makeni, which is the home of President Koroma, organised a roadshow in support of Dr. Marah’s presidency, a development that may have encouraged him the more to tender a letter of resignation.
In an interview with Dr. Marah at his traditional home of Samiaya Bendugu, he told Concord Times that he is a moderate person who always ensured that the right things are done.
He said the crowd in Makeni clearly endorsed services he has rendered to the government and people of Sierra Leone over the past years.