Nepotism and Discrimination Stink of President Maada Bio’s Government
Nepotism, the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs, has been the recent scandal on the government of President Julius Maada Bio of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
This follows a leak letter from the cabinet Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Abraham Sesay-Jones dated 6th August 2018, introducing the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) East Urban District Chairman in the Freetown, Gbondo Margai and his team to business owners in the capital, demanding that business owners cooperate with the SLPP executives fully on the issue of job opportunities and social corporate responsibilities.
In a sharp and unprecedented move, the SLPP East Urban District Chairman has in a letter ordered the all companies to “put on hold all scholarship awards and the payment of all corporate social responsibility allowances.”
Under the letterhead of the Party of which President Bio was elected into governance, the SLPP East Urban District Chairman in the capital Freetown further threatens owners of business by saying: “I hope all managing directors should treat this information with the importance it deserves to avoid embarrassment.”
Meanwhile, this information has so far been treated with so much of dissatisfaction by Sierra Leoneans both home and abroad. Many on social media have lashed out on the fact that a Party Chairman can issue such dangerous and discriminatory executive orders as the dysfunctional move that has the possibility of shying away investor from investing into the country.
A senior business executive owner, who claimed anonymity when talking to DE MIRROR NEWSPAPER said that the move by the SLPP Chairman is completely embarrassing to the business community, and urged the Presidency to take serious actions against both the SLPP’s Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry as well as the Chairman East Urban District Gbondo Margai, as according to him most business owners don’t like working in situations that are extremely political. He said, the awarding of scholarships and the creating of job opportunities are the responsibility of business owners, and should not be influenced by any politician as that will only benefit party supporters.