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I Have No Problem With My Deputy----Freetown Mayor.

By  | 24 November 2005 at 03:00 | 526 views

"There is no problem between me and my deputy. Everything is fine although I believe a deputy should always assist his boss".

Those were the words of Freetown mayor Winstanley Johnson when he recently spoke with Vanguard editor Gibril Gbanabome Koroma. He was reacting to rumours that there is a serious rift between him and deputy mayor Foday Kalokoh.

The mayor, who was on a visit to the United States was also asked to list his achievements as mayor of the largest city and capital of Sierra Leone since his appointment sixteen months ago.

In his response he said he had secured five more trucks for garbage disposal and has started the fencing off of the Kissy garbage dump site, a huge dump site in the outskirts of the city.

"I have also eliminated all salary drawbacks and paid pension and terminal benefits for members of staff".

Mayor Winstanley Bankole Johnson added that there is now a better management structure at City Hall with extensive renovations to the William Wilberforce Hall(City Hall) itself thanks to the help of international donors. He disclosed Freetown will soon celebrate its 200th year anniversary with a lot of activities planned.

He also revealed that during his recent trip to the United States he has been able to secure twinning relationships and to re-invigorate existing ones between Freetown and some American cities. He mentioned the Franklyn township in New Jersey,Baltimore, Kansas and New Haven as some of these cities in addition to the city of Hull in Britain.He also created a relationship between the John Hopkins Medical School and the medical school at the university of Sierra Leone.

His Worship has returned to Sierra Leone.

Photo: Mayor Winstanley Johnson.