Despite reaching the retirement age, the Statistician General, Mohamed King Koroma has refused to go on retirement.
SALONE TIMES learnt that Mohamed King Koroma has been refusing to go on retirement since June 2015 rather he has been lobbying politicians and other government officials to have his tenure extended for a third term contrary to the 2002 Statistics Sierra Leone Act.
It could be recalled that Mohamed King Koroma was promoted to the rank of Statistician General in 2012 and he was due to retire in 2015 according to law, but because of the Census his contract was extended for one year.
Documents revealed that his extended contract expired on 30 June 2016.
However, the June 30 extension was but the second and final extension of his contract, but as we go to press, it is reported that he has had unending moments knocking doors of the high and mighty, manipulating his way for another extension.
It was expected that King Koroma should have bowed out of office thus giving way to other competent Sierra Leoneans take over the administration of Statistics, an institution over the years rocked with chains of scandals during reigns of Koroma, who is allegedly lobbying and influencing the powers for more extension.
Responding to the allegations, the Statistician General, Mohamed King Koroma agreed that his term will end on the 30 June this year but that the decision to stay or not is in the hands of the President and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.
“I have retired two years ago but the government decided to extend my tenure because of the national census. I am prepared to go,” the Statistician General maintained.