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Presidential Nominees: First batch grilled

17 October 2007 at 14:25 | 1642 views

By Sorie Sudan Sesay, Freetown.

The first batch of Presidential nominees have
appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on
Appointments for approval.

First to appear before the Committee was the nominee
for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation,
Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura.

She came under fire when a committee member
asked her to to produce her voter I D card, which she reportedly did. The Vanguard learnt that she had driven from her base in Monrovia(where she was a UN official) to vote in Sierra Leone during the last elections.Zainab,until her nomination was Head of Civil Affairs UNMIL
in Liberia .

She also told the committee that if approved as a
Minister, she would turn her attention to countries
where Sierra Leone will stand to benefit financially,
adding that China has a lot to offer to Africa and
that Sierra Leone should exploit that opportunity
through South-South cooperation.

Second to appear before the committee yesterday was
the nominee for the Ministry of Finance and Economic
Development, David Carew, whose background is in accounting. He told the committee that if
his nomination was approved, he would pay more
attention to internal revenue collection rather than
depending heavily on donor support.

When squeezed on whether he is a politician, he
vehemently denied stating that he was nominated to
work for the state and not on the basis of being a
politician but a technocrat.

Popular veteran journalist Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo,
who was the nominee for the Information and
Communications Ministry also appeared before the
committee and among other things, he said, if
approved, he would ensure that the Sierra Leone
Broadcasting Service becomes a corporation adding that
his first task would be to bring professionalism
among media practitioners.

“As President of SLAJ, I held the view that the
criminal libel laws should be reviewed and I still
hold that view,” Kargbo said.
The second batch of nominees are expected to face
Parliament today.

Photo: Presidential nominee Zainab Bangura, left, with former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.