Women in Governance : The case of Kumba Alice Momoh, Sierra Leone’s Deputy Envoy to China

Promoting women and gender related issues has been a core value, in the Government of Sierra Leone, under the presidency of Dr Ernest Bai Koroma.

 

This has been manifested through the appointment of women into positions of national trust, thus making them an integral part in the day to day administration of the state. For instance, the National Revenue Authority is headed by Haja Kallah-Kamara, who has been making serious impact in generating revenue for the smooth operations of Government and for the country’s development plan. Under her leadership, the revenue generation efforts have tripled as compared to how it used to happen prior to 2007.

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The Ministries of Health and Sanitation and Local Government are headed by women, Miatta Kargbo and Diana Konomani respectively. Sierra Leone’s current’s Chief Justice, Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh, is a woman of substance, as it is with Sarah Bendu at SLRTA. Rasie Kargbo is current and first female State Chief of Protocol and was also first Director-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation.

 

 

At the diplomatic front, women continue to a make great impact. In Senegal is Madam Khadijatu Bassir as Ambassador, Sadiata Sesay as Deputy Envoy to The Gambia and until recently, Madam Mrs. Marie Jilo Barnett was Ambassador to Liberia. Also, it was from a ministerial position that Dr. Zainab Hawa Bangura was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. She was Sierra Leone’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister. She was to later become Minister of Health and Sanitation before bagging her current international assignment at the UN.

 

 

Today, Dr. Zainab Hawa Bangura is making Sierra Leone proud, given her outstanding performance at the United Nations and the world at large. China is a strategic country being the world’s second largest economy. It is a major player in international politics, international economy and world diplomacy.

 

Sierra Leone has a Mission in Beijing-China, with accreditation to several other nations in the Southeast Asia Pacific. The current Ambassador to China is Victor Bockarie Foh, who until his appointment to such position about a year ago, was Party Secretary for the Governing All People’s congress party in Sierra Leone. During the month of March, it pleased His Excellency, President Ernest Bai Koroma to appoint Madam Kumba Alice Momoh as Sierra Leone’s Deputy Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, with accreditation to several other countries in the Southeast Asia Pacific.

 

 

Arriving for duty during the month of May, 2014, her first call was for collaborative teamwork so as to enable the Mission achieves its goals in China and the countries it is accredited to. With an exhibitedpassion for success, she spoke of how “our being here should ensure we add value by attracting investors who will be committed to deliver purposeful businesses that will benefit the people of Sierra Leone”.

 

What a great and encouraging beginning!! A retired School Business Manager from Mitchell Brook Primary School, in the North West of London under Brent Council with services to the school spanning for 26 years, her role had been to co-ordinate human resources, health & safety issues, facility management, full control of the school budget, procurement of goods and services to facilitate and enhanced teaching and learning.

 

 

Madam Momoh had been a member of the Senior Leadership Team which makes strategy plans and changes for the smooth running of the school. Her strong analytical skill on peoples’ behaviour is an asset that has earned her great support in her job.

 

 

Having read in various colleges and universities like the National College of School Leadership/Institute of Administrative Management, UK; the Middlesex University, and the Open University Kumba Alice Momoh is a product of the prestigious St Joseph’s Convent Secondary School, Makeni. Kumba Alice Momoh comes in with a wealth of experience in the field of administration and management. By 1971/72, she was with the National Electoral Commission, Sierra Leone and between 1974/76 workedat the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Services as Producer – Regional Programmes. Between 1987 and 1991, she was School Secretary and Clerical Assistant at the Bridge Junior Primary School, Bridge Road, London. By 1991/92, she was School Business Manager, School Bursar and School Secretary, Mitchell Brook Primary School, North West London. On the political front, Madam Kumba Alice Momoh is a strong member of the governing All people’s congress party, Sierra Leone. She was a matter of fact, APC vice Chair and Chairlady from 2007 until she was appointed Deputy Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.

 

 

John Baimba Sesay Press/Information Attaché

 

Sierra Leone Embassy People’s Republic of China

 

johnnra27@gmail.com

 

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