P’ment approves NEC boss, 7 others


Some of the nominees waiting to be approved by the House

February 6, 2015 

Parliament yesterday (5th February) ratified the recommendations contained in the fifth report of the Committee on Appointments and the Public Service by approving eight presidential nominees to serve in various public offices.

The approved presidential nominees include: Mohamed N’fah Alie Conteh – Chief Electoral Commissioner and Chairman, NEC; Momoh Kemoh Konteh – Board Chairman, NATCOM; Hon. Justice Abdulai Sheik Fofanah – Justice of the Court of Appeal; Kekura Bangura – Justice of the High Court; Modupe Taylor-Pearce – Board Member, SLIEPA; Dr. Victor Massaquoi – Member, Board of Trustees, SLBC; Ing. Dr. Patrick Tarawally – Member, Board of Trustees, SLBC; and Ing. Crispin David Bamijoko Gray – Board Member, SALWACO.

In her contribution prior to ratifying the presidential nominees, Minority Leader, Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, said she was happy to contribute to the debate and described the nominees as competent Sierra Leoneans who would contribute to the country’s democracy and development aspirations.

Speaking on the justice system, she said the judiciary has the responsibility to reward and punish lawbreakers, and praised the recent development in that sector such as the gender-based courts which sit on Saturdays, free legal aid, fast-track commercial courts, and the filling of vacant positions in the judiciary recently.

She also spoke about NATCOM, SALWACO and the Chief Electoral Commissioner of NEC, whose political lineage she said was very difficult to be discerned. She described N’fah Alie Conteh as a man who has professionally and independently carried himself.

In his submission, the Majority Leader, Hon. Ibrahim Bundu, said: “I’m not going to praise the nominees but rather challenge them to succeed in the various offices to which they have been nominated for national development, as failure would not be entertained, especially for the NEC Chairman, as his predecessor had done well”.

He also challenged the judiciary to visibly look into unresolved and undocumented land disputes in the country that had resulted into the deaths of Sierra Leoneans. He rounded by imploring the nominees to succeed and not betray the confidence reposed in them by the President.

According to the necessary provisions in the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone, nominees duly approved by Parliament would subscribe to an oath by the President before they could assume their official duties.