The Sierra Leone Parliament has set Monday, 21st March 2016 for the first set of Presidential nominees to be screened and interviewed.

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A Press release sent to the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation, also made available to Sierraloaded reads: “The Office of the clerk of Parliament wishes to inform the general public that the following Presidential nominees are scheduled to appear for interview before the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments and the Public Service in Committee Room One, Parliament Building on Monday 21st March, 2016 at 1:00pm.”

The Nominees scheduled for interview on Monday include:

1. Dr Sylvia Blyden
2. Mr Monfred M. Sesay
3. Mr Mohamed Bangura
4. Mr Bai Mahmoud Bangura
5. Ms. Nanette Thomas
6. Mr Ahmed Khanou

The Parliamentary committee is soliciting information from the general public to help determine the suitability of these candidates to hold such important offices of state.

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Recall that there have been controversies trailing the appointment of some ministers.  Chairman and Leader of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP), Mohamed Kamarainba Mansary, has condemned the appointment of erstwhile United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader, Mohamed Bangura to cabinet, describing the latter as a ‘black sheep’.

In a press release dated Monday, 14 March, 2016 Mansaray contended that the former UDM leader is not qualified to serve as minister because according to him, his appointment is unconstitutional.

“The action of President Koroma in appointing Mohamed Bangura is in total breach of section 56(2)(b) of Act No.6 of the 1991 constitution, having contested the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections,” the release stated.

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Section 56(2)(b) of the 1991 Constitution states that a person shall not be appointed a minister or deputy minister if he had contested and lost as a candidate in the general election immediately preceding his nomination.

According to the Parliament Press release, Members of the public who may have any information of relevance to the vetting process are encouraged to convey such information in writing or in person through the clerk of the Parliament or the Director of Committees.