The incumbent Ombudsman of the republic of Sierra Leone, Melron C. Nicol- Wilson has said that he is not aware of the appointment of a new Ombudsman as he still occupies the position as the country’s Ombudsman.
It would be recalled that legal luminary, Melron Nicol-Wilson was constitutionally appointed by former President, Dr. .Ernest Bai Koroma on the 20th March 2017 to be the country’s new Ombudsman, replacing Justice Edmond Cowan, the Constitutional Review Committee Chairman.
Melron Nicol-Wilson was unanimously approved by the House of Parliament to serve as Ombudsman, on Tuesday 11th April 2017.
The Office of Ombudsman is a very important entity as it is charged with the responsibility of dealing with any administrative issue in which public officials are involved as long as those matters are not before any Court of Law.
However, President Rt. Brig Julius Maada Bio had on Monday 27th August 2018 appointed Loius Anita Kawa to “act” as the Ombudsman of the Republic of Sierra Leone. This spiked widespread rumours that the former Ombudsman might have been sacked.
Meanwhile, Barrister Melton has took to Social media to debunk the widespread rumours.
“I am currently on leave.
“I am not aware of any decision by Government to relieve me of my Constitutional and Statutory duties as Ombudsman of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
“Very much looking forward to returning soon and to continue with my work as Ombudsman until advised otherwise.”, he wrote on his Facebook page.
It is unclear whether or not the new appointment by the President was meant to be in “acting capacity” since the holder of the office is on leave.