For Seeking Aslylum Sierra Leone Vice President Sacked

Vice President of Sierra Leone has been sacked for going to hide in a foreign embassy.

  • Published:
play Sierra Leone's Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Sierra Leone's Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana has been sacked for seeking political asylum in a foreign embassy, the president's office has said.

President Ernest Bai Koroma had dismissed him because he had "abandoned" his duties, it added.

On Saturday, Mr Sam-Sumana said he had asked for asylum in the US because his life was in danger.

It is unclear whether the constitution gives the president the power to dismiss his deputy.

The BBC's Umaru Fofana in the capital, Freetown, says there is no doubt that Mr Koroma's decision is controversial.

Out of hiding

Some people believe that the vice-president can be removed only through a parliamentary impeachment, but Mr Koroma said he had the "constitutional authority" to dismiss him.

The governing All People's Congress had earlier expelled Mr Sam-Sumana after accusing him of fuelling violence, and trying to form a breakaway party in his home district of Kono. He denied the allegations.

The dispute between Mr Koroma and Mr Sam-Sumana has raised fears about the future stability of Sierra Leone.

The West African state has been badly affected by the Ebola outbreak in the region, and is still battling to recover from a civil war which ended in 2002.

Government troops surrounded Mr Sam-Sumana's home in Freetown on Saturday.

He came out of hiding on Monday, telling journalists at his home: "I am safe. We are all safe."

The US State Department said on Sunday it was in contact with Sierra Leone's authorities in an attempt to resolve the crisis.

Last month, Mr Sam-Sumana said he was putting himself in quarantine for 21 days after one of his bodyguards died of the Ebola virus.

He was the country's first senior government figure to subject himself to a voluntary quarantine.

Source: BBC

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Watch Fufu is killing Africans - Pastor Mensa Otabilbullet
2 Instant Justice Nana Oye Lithur condemns mob justice on lady stripped...bullet
3 Assault OccupyGhana demands justice for lady stripped naked in Kumasibullet
4 In Tamale Nigerian girl gang raped and killedbullet
5 Independence Celebration Ghana @ 60 cloth out; sells at GH¢240bullet
6 New Government Blakofe is deputy CEO for GTDCbullet
7 Nana Addo Gov't Debrah-Karikari appointed Secretary to Cabinetbullet
8 Video Soldier detained for leaking Flagstaff House...bullet
9 In The Central Region Teachers responsible for...bullet
10 Drill Ship Saga I'll make sure Asiedu Nketia goes to...bullet

Top Videos

1 Health Alert Fufu is killing Africans - Mensah Otabilbullet
2 Video Police officer attacked at Flagstaff Housebullet
3 Marine Drive Project Time's up, but residents refuse to relocatebullet
4 Meet "The Beast" President Obama's Cadillac that's more tank than carbullet
5 Obinim What happen'd when we fact checked Obinim's Bible knowledgebullet
6 Vitiligo Enam Honya - is challenging what you think about beautybullet
7 Kwame Nkrumah Interchange Water leaks from hole in wall at...bullet
8 Video Taxi driver terrified after an encounter with a ghostbullet
9 In Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s 70 year-old aide marries...bullet
10 Watch Kumchacha delivers Counselor Lutterodt from 'demons'bullet

News