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President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, has hit the ground running with the issuance of a presidential order aimed at cutting cost of government spending and injecting a sense of responsibility in the public sector.

An April 9, 2018 press release from the Office of the President issued four orders touching on civil service punctuality, the institution of a national day of cleaning, re-introduction of commercial activities on Sundays and a ban on hosting government programs at hotels.

All the orders according to the release were with immediate effect: Below is the full statement as issued and duly sent to us by our correspondent in Sierra Leone, Eric Kawa.

The president and vice president will conduct routine and unannounced checks at Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure implementation. Failure to report for work on time will lead to Disciplinary Action and Potential Summary Dismissal.

The Office of the President wishes to inform the general public that effective immediately

1. All Public Sector Workers and Government Ministers are required to be in Office at 8:30am till 4:45pm. The president and vice president will conduct routine and unannounced checks at Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure implementation. Failure to report for work on time will lead to Disciplinary Action and Potential Summary Dismissal.

2. A National Cleaning Day is declared for the 1st Saturday of each month from 7:00am _ 12:00 noon. The first national cleaning day scheduled by the Ministry of Health Affairs is Saturday, 5th May 2018.

3. Re-introduce Sunday Trading and Commercial Activities effective Sunday, 15th April 2018. Ythe public is notified that all businesses, trading a,d commercial enterprises and activities are now permitted to operate on Sundays ONLY between the periods of 12:00 noon to 5:00pm.

4. All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and other Public Sector Institutions are now required to HOST all Government-related workshops, seminars and conferences at MDAs / Public Sector Institution premises and NOT at hotels. The objective is to save cost and prevent wastage of scarce government resources.


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I have no particular problem with these orders. I would have done the cleaning in a different way but then again I wouldn't have won the election so who am I to speak.

These orders do however raise an interesting question around the limits of executive authority of the President. Do public sector workers have contracts of employment for instance? What if your contract says you must work 09:00hrs to 17:00hrs. Can the President change that with an executive order to make you do 08:30hrs to 16:45hrs? What about Sun trading laws? I like the change and it's not before time but it does sound like the kind of thing that Parliament should be approving rather coming as an executive order from my President?

Again, no problem with the orders, just interested in the precedent they set.
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Mr. President this is not NPRC III . As laudable as your intentions are about a clean environment, in a democracy citizens cannot be forced to volunteer their labour. If by general cleaning you intend to commandeer citizens to clean public areas a la NPRC 1 , you are wrong. You can levy taxes and raise money to get an effective ‘ keep the City Clean ‘ apparatus. If you choose to use real volunteers such as the army of unemployed youth , you must not impede the free movement of citizens who want to go about their lawful business and who do not obstruct your cleaning. Mandating a curfew so that cleaning can take place is undemocratic. It is even more engregious to ban regular commercial activities at certain times on Sunday particularly given that our country with more than 70 percent non Christian population will be made to wait during Christian worship hours . The end does not justify the means in a democracy. This is the beginning of dictatorship. Withdraw those two executive orders now before someone lodges a challenge in the courts . Lonta ka da Bai.
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Gahinteh, I don't get your point. It was EBK and APC who completely banned commercial activities on Sunday. Bio has just reversed that order.
Local Councils
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All those years Bio lived in the UK should have given him ideas about delegating responsibilities for street cleaning and waste management to the local authorities. Fund the local authorities with some grants and powers of revenue generation (business rates, council tax etc.) to do some of those jobs.
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@None I apologize for not have known such a ban was ever in effect. Nevertheless I believe it should be completely rescinded.
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@Gahinteh, what should be completely rescinded?
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The part of the Executive Orders that restricts commercial activities to particular times on Sunday noon to five.
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