Ernest Bai Koroma
President (since 2007)
Date of Birth: 02/10/1953
Place of Birth: Makeni, Bombali District
Married to Sia Nyama, with two children.
Education: Fourah Bay College, BSc Economics, University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone, 1976.
Career: Teacher, St. Francis Secondary School, Makeni, 1976-78; Officer, Sierra Leone National Insurance Company, 1978-85; Officer, 1985-88, Managing Director, 1988-2002: Reliance Insurance Trust Corporation; Presidental Candidate, All People’s Congress, 2002; President of Sierra Leone, 2007 to date.
Commentary: Since being elected as president in 2007, Ernest Bai Koroma has been keen on pushing legal and business reforms, and making an example of corrupt officials. By March 2010 he sacked three ministers, pushed through a mining bill, set up performance contracts for ministers, commissioned a dam that is over 30 years late and unveiled the country's first health plan. Despite this he has been blasted by oppositionists for apparently favouring those from the north-west region in his appointments. Members of his family have secured high powered positions in the country, first cousin Edmund Koroma was put in to head the Finance Ministry. His elder sister, Admire Koroma, left the civil service to become a government contractor as soon as her brother became president. Whilst younger brother, Sylvanus Koroma, enjoys an overdraft facility for millions of dollars at the state-owned Sierra Leone Commercial Bank and is a main importer of rice.
After establishing a good relationship with Tony Blair during his time in office, Koroma received £36 million (US$71.53 mn.) in aid commitments from Gordon Brown after he became prime minister.
By comfortably beating the SLPP's Julius Maada Bio in the 17 November 2012 elections, Koroma has secured the presidential seat for another tenure.
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President Ernest Bai Koroma sacked his chief of staff Richard Konteh for alleged corruption over mining and timber deals on 9 June (AC Vol 54 No 4, Loyalty rewarded)...
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President Ernest Bai Koroma's loyalists in the governing All People's Congress are again clamouring for him to stand for a third term...
I want all Sierra Leoneans to note that those people have rights to hold and express opinions and I, Ernest Koroma, also have my rights and opinions which when the time comes for me to exercise them, I will do so...
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President Ernest Bai Koroma set up a Constitutional Review Committee in July but it is still unclear what pressing changes he believes the constitution requires...
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Nothing that President Ernest Bai Koroma has promised since coming to power in 2007 has excited as much hope as his pledges to improve the parlous state of the roads and energy supply...
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4% to President Ernest Bai Koroma’s 58...
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Two editors of the Independent Observer newspaper, Jonathan Leigh and Bai Bai Sesay, face a possible three years in gaol if convicted of seditious libel after a front-page article likened President Ernest Bai Koroma to a rat...
Ernest Bai Koroma, we want to extend our unreserved apology to the President and to state that we are extremely sorry for the discomfort, disrespect and agony the said publication may have caused His Excellency and family...
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Moreover, he has produced other documents that indicate that he has been working closely with the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma, has introduced foreign business executives to ministers, been active as a businessman in his own right and travelled all over the region unhindered...
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This latest subterfuge by President Ernest Bai Koroma's government raises the key question of why it has appeared so determined to protect Bah...
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Freetown is full of talk that President Ernest Bai Koroma's closest allies are plotting to amend the constitution to scrap presidential term limits...
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Newly elected President Ernest Bai Koroma paid an official visit to Burkina in September 2007, one of his first, even though it raised eyebrows in the region because of President Blaise Compaoré’s known links to Taylor and support for factions in the civil war...