Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States , H.E. Bockarie Stevens, has confirmed that President Ernest Bai Koroma is presently indisposed and will not be able to visit Washington DC this week.
It must be recalled that, since Saturday , rumours had been circulating around the U.S . that the presidential trip to the United Nations General Assembly was in doubt due to an ankle sprain sustained by the President while playing his usual favorite sports, squash. Yesterday morning , the rumours spread to the social media , especially FACEBOOK. Since then, telephones of ambassadors , diplomats and other Sierra Leonean diplomats have been ringing off the hook. Because rumour and panic-mongers thrive during such situations and are wont to spread false, damaging and disruptive rumours that are destructive to the interest of the nation , it was necessary for a higher government official to clear the air and protect the vital interests of the country.
PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA : ANKLE SPRAIN
All programs and meetings scheduled for President Koroma remain unchanged and it is reported from Freetown that the Minister of Information and Communications, Hon. Alpha Kanu and the Special Executive Assistant to President Koroma, Dr. Sylvia Blyden will be arriving in Washington DC this evening to take part in the meetings that the President was scheduled to attend.
We will keep you posted.