By Prince C. Kamara
Former Chairman, Independent Media Commission (IMC), Ambassador Allieu Kanu has made a passionate appeal to President Julius Maada Bio and Finance Minister Jusu Jusu Saffa to look the plight of him and a number of his colleagues suffering due to unpaid benefits.
“I am making a passionate appeal to His Excellency President Rtd. Julius Maada Bio to please see how he can influence the payment of benefits due me as I am seriously suffering.”
Speaking in an exclusive interview with AYV at his Siaka Stevens Street office in Freetown, the former Ambassador to the United Nations and former IMC Chairman complained that, “when the IMC was dissolved in 2019, we were entitled to certain benefits. It took nearly a year for the government to pay 50% of this amount with a promise that the balance would be paid later. It is over a year now. I am appealing to the government that I am now unemployed and I would have expected those benefits to have been paid at least to sustain me and my family but up till now, nothing has happened.”
He went on to say: “So I am appealing to his Excellency the President to come in and also the Minister of Finance to come in and see how they can ameliorate the situation.”
Asked how many of them were in this situation, he replied: “We are not many left. It is only me and a few others according to the Accountant General’s Department. I don’t think we are more than ten.”
He went on to state that, “I served this country honestly and sincerely. I represented this country in many international fora and I was Ambassador for Legal Affairs. Most of the international conventions you are hearing about I represented Sierra Leone in drafting them. Even the United Nations Convention against Corruption; I represented Sierra Leone in the negotiations which led to the adoption of that declaration.”
Ambassador Kanu says he is currently working with International Law Institute and assisting with teaching new law students pro bono.
He maintains that he worked as a Civil Servant at the Establishment Secretary’s Office in the Ministry of Finance before he left for London to read law and that after his legal studies he practiced in London for about eleven years before he decided to enter the diplomatic service.
He laments that although he and some of his colleagues served this country honestly and sincerely, it is unfortunate that this loyalty to the state is not reflected so long as one is no longer in active service.”