Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Cabinet Announcement: Zainab Bangura is new Foreign Minister

According to a very reliable source in Freetown, president Ernest Bai Koroma released Monday what appears to be an incomplete list of cabinet ministers to run the country for the next five years if there is no reshuffle.

All of the new appointees have never held cabinet positions and have clean backgrounds according to reports we are receiving.

At least two of them, the new Health minister, Dr. Soccoh Kabia, son of the late Bai Koblo Pathbana of Lunsar and Madam Ella Koblo Gulama of Moyamba and Mr. Saad,an engineer, are PMDC members. Saad is the new Works minister.

Zainab Bangura(pictured), the new Foreign minister, is a household name in Sierra Leone with a background in insurance and civil society activism. She was until recently a senior member of the UN mission in Liberia. Here is the list:

1. Minister of Finance and Economic Development: David Carew.

2. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: Zainab Bangura.

3. Attorney General and Minister of Justice: Abdul Serry Kamal.

4. Minister of Information and Broadcasting: Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo.

5. Minister of Mineral Resources: Alhaji Abubakarr Jallloh.

6. Minister of Health: Dr.Soccoh Kabia.

7. Minister of Agriculture: Dr. Sam Sesay.

8. Minister of Presidential and Public Affairs: Alhaji Alpha Kanu.

9. Minister of Works and Housing - John N. Saad.

10. Minister of Lands: Benjamin O.N. Davies.

More ministers will be named during the week.

Cabinet Announcement: Zainab Bangura is new Foreign Minister