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Reactions as President Bio Reappoints Yusuf Keketuma Sandy as Press Secretary

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Sallu Kamuskay
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President Julius Maada Bio has reappointed Yusuf Keketuma Sandy as his press secretary, a move that has sparked mixed reactions from the public and the media.

Sandy, who has been serving as the presidential spokesman since 2018, was among the 16 presidential appointees who were sworn in  at State House.

Some supporters of the president have praised the decision, saying that Sandy has been doing a good job in communicating the government’s policies and achievements are you to the people. They also commended his professionalism, integrity and loyalty to the president.

Issa said on Facebook

“Am One man that have been admiring you and I will always be there to love and admire you sir.

Congratulations sir on your new appointment.This is a clear manifestation that you have been working so hard in that office before you were transferred at the Ministry of Information and civic education as a deputy minister.Congratulations once again sir.”

Yanks said

“Bra u welcome back. Yanda na u fit dae. Your presence was felt that’s your absence has caused alarm. Don’t hesitate to contact if you need any help.”

However, some critics have expressed dissatisfaction with the reappointment, accusing Sandy of being biased, arrogant and unresponsive to the media and the public. They also claimed that he has failed to address the challenges facing the country, such as the high cost of living, the poor state of the economy and the human rights violations.

Some journalists have also expressed concern over the reappointment, saying that Sandy has not been cooperative or respectful to the media. They alleged that he has often ignored or dismissed their questions, or given vague or misleading answers. They also said that he has not been transparent or accountable in providing information to the public.

Resting to the appoint, Keketuma Sandy said

“I am incredibly honored and privileged to accept the reappointment as Press Secretary by His Excellency the President. Under his visionary leadership, Sierra Leone is embarking on a promising journey towards progress and prosperity.

I am fully committed to utilizing my skills and expertise in support of the President’s mission to diligently serve the people, drive development, and cultivate a legacy of peace and unity in Sierra Leone.

Recognizing the significant responsibility that accompanies this role as Press Secretary, I pledge to execute my duties with unwavering integrity, professionalism, and efficiency.

During my tenure as Deputy Minister of Information and Civic Education, I had the opportunity to actively contribute to the policy landscape and facilitate a restructuring of the government’s information architecture. I extend my deepest gratitude to my esteemed colleague, brother and friend, Minister Chernor Bah for the invaluable bond we shared and the remarkable memories we created. I would also like to express my appreciation to our dedicated team at MoICE for their unwavering support and commitment to public service. Their contributions are immeasurable and I am forever grateful.

I eagerly anticipate the continuation of my collaborative efforts with journalists, media organizations, social media bloggers, and my esteemed colleagues at the Presidency. Together, we will work tirelessly to fulfill the President’s vision and deliver impactful communication that serves the best interests of the nation.

With heartfelt gratitude and renewed enthusiasm, I embark on this journey once again, confident in our collective ability to achieve great things for Sierra Leone under the guidance of our exceptional leader.”

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean communication strategist, fixer, blogger, youth organiser, event manager, spokesperson, and public relations expert. His work has been regularly referenced and published by national and international media and public policy institutions. Sallu Kamuskay was a child during the brutal war in Sierra Leone. Growing up in the midst of conflict, Sallu witnessed unimaginable abuse of children and gross violations of human rights. The horrors he witnessed during the Civil War had a terrible impact on him at a very tender age. But despite the shock of the war, Sallu never lost hope. He started on a journey of recovery, studying, and working for a better future. At age 15, Sallu entered into the world of activism and advocacy. Sallu Kamuskay was the Vice President of the Young Leaders Organisation, a member of the National Youth Council. The Young Leaders is one of the oldest youth-led organisations in West Africa. 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