After all, if every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hard-working white middle class and undeserving minorities, then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves - Barack Obama

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Spectator 007
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President Bio has reshuffled his cabinet. Please share your thoughts.
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Your first cabinet is usually the one you have to have to reward Party loyalists for their contributions to your campaign. Your second cabinet should be a true reflection of where you think the issues are and where you need to place the most talented members of your team.

So what does that tell us abe Alie Kabba? He was not part of the PaOPa true believers. He threw is weight in behind the President and was rewarded but this must hurt.
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Changes at the ministries of economic planning, trade and industry and at the privatization commission say to me the president has appreciated the need to focus on the economy.
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Interesting points .  But I believe that any president in Africa worth his salt must have the economy in mind before even spending his first day on the job.

What many folks may have forgotten is that  before the elections, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) requested the APC government to curtail subsiding petroleum and petroleum products in Salone.  The APC refused since they were scared that the escalating prices that would ensue would drive voters into the arms of the opposition.  This refusal of the APC coupled with the general mismanagement of the economy were the reasons why the IMF quit Salone before the elections.

Enter Bio.  Bio and his men appealed to the IMF to return to Salone.  The IMF promised to return on the condition that subsidies on petroleum and petroleum products be removed.  Bio agreed and bingo the price level in the economy started to rise.

Unlike developed economies like the United States where automatic stabilizers like unemployment benefits and public assistance payments can offset fluctuations in the economy without government intervention, Salone's endemic poverty means that folks have no choice but to weather out price level increases in the economy.

The rigid neo-liberal IMF conditionalities, ensures that there is hardly any short-term relief that governments can resort to.  And to add insult to injury, fiscal policy of any variant is subject to time lags.  In other words, it takes time for fiscal policy to have an impact on the economy.
Moi Tehun
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Alie Kabba refused to join the AAA which culminated to NGC. He was the first flag bearer candidate to throw his weight behind Bio's candidacy.
As campaign chairman, he together with the party leader Dr Harding ran a very good campaign to clinch victory for Bio during the first and second rounds.
As Foreign Minister many opined that he was doing a good job. Why demote him only those in the inner circle of the SLPP would know. But what is certain in politics, you don't change your winning team in your first term if you want to have a go at the presidency for a second time.
Ex president Koroma kept Victor Foh and his 2007 winning team closed to him until the 2012 election.
Time will tell whether the treatment of Alie Kabba and Prince Harding would not have an effect on Bio's second chance for another mandate.
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Moi Tehun,

We have to be careful not to read too much into the recent cabinet reshuffle.  A movement from the cabinet to the UN Permanent Representative position is not unprecedented in Sierra Leone's political history.  James Jonah was moved from a cabinet position to the UN Permanent Representative position under Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.

As we saw later, Jonah became a Senior Fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies of the City University of New York.  Jonah himself had stated later that he wanted to move back to New York where he had been a long term resident, working for the United Nations.

So, it may well be that Alie Kabbah, a longtime resident of the United States requested the move.  As for Prince Harding, I don't understand why you would insinuate that he has been treated wrongly.  Harding cannot be appointed a minister because he has dual citizenship.   But he has a job that is probably  more lucrative than a ministerial position.
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