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Sunday, February 25, 2024

TWO RANKING MEMBERS OF THE US SENATE COMMITTEE SAY NO TRUST IN PRESIDENT BIO’S LEADERSHIP

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Two senior members of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations – Ranking Member James E. Risch and Chairman Christopher Coons, have written a damning letter to the Board of the US Millenium Challenge Corporation expressing their deep concern at the US government’s decision to even consider Sierra Leone’s eligibility for Compact Funding under the leadership of President Julius Maada Bio.

The letter clearly shows the deep distrust and contempt that members of the US Foreign Relations Committee now have for Maada Bio, who has proven time and again that he is unfit for the presidency of Sierra Leone with his appalling human rights record, disregard for democracy and civil liberty.

Warning against the MCC doing business with rogue leaders like Maada Bio – a retired military Junta leader who in 1992 unlawfully executed 29 citizens of Sierra Leone, and has since killed over 200 more since taking over power in 2018; the Senators said:

“Democracy faces serious challenges in Africa and around the globe. The recent surge in coups and contraction of the democratic spaces globally may have narrowed the pool of potential MCC partners but that does not mean the MCC should lower its standards.”

The MCC had earmarked a whopping $450 million for President Bio’s government, but this funding has been put on hold following the blatant rigging of general and presidential election results by President Bio and his hired Chief Electoral Commissioner in June 2023.

The main opposition APC and election observers are calling for the results of the elections to be published but President Bio and the electoral commission have refused. What have they got to hide, if not their callous disrespect for democracy. Source: thesierraleonetelegraph.com

Read the Senators’ letter here:

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