Who is Going to Replace Sam Sumana?

Dr. Kaifala Marah
News filtering into this outlet suggests that His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma is poised to announce his Running Mate this month.  Contrary to earlier predictions of Dr. Morie Manyhe, Musa Tarawally etc., it looks like His Excellency is in to make a more attractive  choice.   

Some senior members of the ruling APC are said to be less-secretive  in informing their relatives that a decision has finally been reached to replace the incumbent Vice President, Alhaji Chief Sam Sumana. President Ernest Bai Koroma is now free to go ahead and choose his Running Mate for the November 17 Presidential elections. From all indications, it appears that the first-ever Chief Of Staff at State House, Dr. Kaifala Marah will emerge as President Ernest Bai Koroma’s Running Mate.

Dr. Kaifala Marah, just like former President Kabbah, has dual backgrounds. His parents hailed from Koinadugu District but he was born in Koidu City in the Kono District. He schooled in Kono before proceeding to Fourah Bay College, where, he graduated with a Honours degree. He did his Masters and Doctorate degrees at a prestigious University in the United States of America. After graduation, Dr. Kaifala Marah worked as a Budget Analyst at the State Senate of New York and as a Graduate Fellow at the Centre For International Development in New York, USA.

Before his appointment as Chief of Staff at State House in July 2010, Dr. Kaifala Marah worked as Adviser Public Expenditure Management at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

The people of Kono will always remember him for the astute leadership he exhibited when he served as Deputy Town Clerk at the Koidu New Sembehun Town Council. On many occasions, he served as Acting Town Clerk. He was also President of the Kono Students Union (KONSU).
Dr. Kaifala Marah became Chief of Staff at State House when President Ernest Bai Koroma decided to scrap the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. He is highly respected by Sierra Leone’s development partners.

Another ideal candidate  for the top job, Hon. Chernoh Bah popularly known as Chericoco is being highly favored by some influential members of the party but he seemed  overweighed by Dr. Marah’s enviable CV.

About Othman Sheriff 347 Articles
Born and raised in Kenema district, eastern Sierra Leone, Othman Sheriff began practicing journalism during his school days as a youthhood hobby. With a bachelor's degree in mass-media and communication, and a Master’s degree in development and peacebuilding, Sheriff is the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Critique Echo Newspaper. While tirelessly using journalism as a tool to place his country’s socioeconomic and political landscape under a magnifying glass, Sheriff is deeply involved in community development projects. Over the years, Sheriff has formulated and implemented billions of Leones worth of development projects with funds from Europe and USA. He is chiefly focused on community infrastructural development and economic resuscitation projects, fostering interethnic, interreligious and sociocultural cohesion among the young population in Kenema district. Sheriff is a member of many international peacebuilding initiatives including the United Religious Initiative (URI), International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), Intercultural Leaders Network and Youth Solidary Fund program of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC)

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  1. If politics is about numbers then Sam Sumana has the winning ticket for APC. No matter how Mara is dressed he will not get votes for APC as Sam Sumana would in kono. We will want our own indigenious Kono son. Fighting an election from opposition is not easy and we are all now calling our-selves APC because the party is in power and we want to push aside those who brought us to power. It will be an error of judgement and a moral indictment to see a different running mate. The election will be up for grabs by any of the two main party.

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