From the Desk of:
Honourable Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Honourable Minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Children’s Affairs
Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone

15th June 2016

Hon. Ibrahim Sesay
The Clerk of Parliament
House of Parliament
Tower Hill, Freetown.

Dear Hon. Sesay


My attention has been drawn to a media interview purportedly granted by your honourable self in which you are quoted as saying it is “criminal” for a sitting Cabinet Minister to use the title Honourable in front of his/her name as well as it being “criminal” for a Cabinet Minister to have his/her official jeep fly the national flag.

If indeed those were your words, I will be very grateful if you could kindly cite me the exact law or legal statute that says a member of Cabinet exercising Executive Authority (as per Section 56 of 1991 Constitution and extended from Section 53 of same), cannot fly the national flag on official vehicles nor be described as Honourable Minister.

I have made this an Open Letter to be published in the media.

Whilst awaiting your possible education of my honourable self, allow me to here sign off as I deem fit to do.

Sincerely yours,
Hon. Dr. Sylvia O. Blyden
Honourable Minister.