April 18, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The substantive Executive Director of the Serra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) is set to resume duty after she was sent on an indefinite leave by the Board of Trustees in December 2017.
Dr. Sarah Finda Bendu was sent on leave after the Board of Trustees claimed that she had refused to go on leave since she assumed that position, a claim she vehemently denied.
During a press conference to announce Dr. Bendu’s indefinite leave, Board Chairman, Rev. Michael Samura, accused her of abuse of office, insubordination, incitement, mismanagement, inefficiency, corruption and misused of state funds meant for the development of the institution.
Also, former Minister of Transport and Aviation, Leonard Balogun Koroma, reportedly ordered security forces to forcefully remove her from office.
While on leave, her deputy, Memunatu Koroma, was appointed to act as executive director by the Board and Minister Koroma.
However, a press release from State House yesterday ordered that Dr. Bendu should resume duty with immediate effect and that the directive has the blessings of the president.
“By copy of this memorandum, the Minister of Transport and Aviation and the Chairman Board of Trustees, Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority are informed accordingly,” the release stated.