“WHO FOOLS WHO?” seems suspiciously play in minds of Sierra Leoneans who now examine recent state house disgrace, the result of which has warranted the sacking of Denis Vandi as secretary to president Bio.
It was an embarrassment far reaching seeing a whole secretary to the president putting out a press statement saying one thing and later came out with another incredibly conflicting.
Anyway, New Age team of investigators have roped President Bio, his self styled Chief Minister, Professor David Francis for such a monumental blunder.
That both President Bio and Chief Minister David Francis were jointly with other senior state house staff in a meeting, where incidentally the issue for the suspension of Sierra Leone’s financial acts 2016, 2017 and 2018 was barefacedly discussed.
Of course, it was after that meeting that Bio ordered his secretary put out a statement on the discussed financial acts, but when later it was discovered that such was not only illegal, but somewhat treasonable to alter an act of Parliament by mere proclamation, that the now sacked secretary to the President was scapegotized, ridiculed and unfortunately sacked just like that.
“No secretary to the President in his right sense will work without instruction. The Presidency has to take responsibility for the mess and not put on the neck of an inferior worker the likes of Denis Vandy,” a political scientist who asked for his name not to be mentioned said.
It is true Denis Vandi shamefacedly and woefully had taken blame for the mess, but has not singlehandedly done so?
Or was the issue discussed from within ranks of the presidency, with, of course, a unanimous resolution of putting out a press statement agreed upon by all?
English poet John Keats once said: “axioms in philosophy are not axioms until are proved upon our pulses; we read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author,” meaning, however, that president Bio’s Chief Minister who claims to have had administrative experience, if not a bookish professor though, needs equally be given a kick on the back…to make way for a better and experienced manager take over such a vital and desirable office for positive performance.
A recent press release from Office of the President as signed by the sacked secretary to president, Vandi sadly has seen him meaninglessly taken responsibility for a blunder he independently did not do.
The release, no doubt, claimed the secretary to President wrongly ascribed a directive to the President regarding the suspension of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Financial Acts.
“I erred in that Memorandum by ascribing to His Excellency the President that he made such a direction,” Vandi stated in the put out press release.
He further accepted that he lied that President Bio gave such a direction knowing that section 110 (1) of Act No. 6 of 1991 clearly states: “No taxation shall be imposed or altered otherwise than by or under the authority of an Act of Parliament.”
That “during the meeting, His Excellency the President expressed serious concern about the impact of any taxation on the ordinary people and therefore ONLY suspended discussions on the matter pending further consultation with Ministry of Finance and Development Partners.”
This past Monday, Vandi awkwardly, and on behalf of Office of the President, informed the business community and the general public that all relevant laws relating to revenue collection remain valid until so amended by an Act of Parliament.
He (Vandi) begged the business community and the general public for any inconvenience his miscommunication might have caused.