Abass Bundu

Abass Chernor Bundu (born in Gbinti , Port Loko District ) is a Sierra Leonean politician, diplomat and educationist . [1] [2] He is currently the northern regional chairman of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP). [3] He is the older brother of Ibrahim Bundu , [4] who is the majority leader of the Sierra Leone Parliament .

From 1989 to 1993, Bundu was the executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States . Bundu was the head of several ministries in Sierra Leone, including Foreign Affairs and Agriculture. Progressive People’s Party (PPP) in the 1996 Sierra Leone presidential election, where it was defeated in the first round of voting after winning 2.9% of the votes. [2]

Born in a prominent Bundu family in the rural town of Gbinti , Port Loko District in the north of Sierra Leone, Bundu holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Laws from the Australian National University in Canberra , Australia and a PhD in Economics from the University Of Cambridge in England.

Early life

Abass Chernor Bundu was born in the rural town of Gbinti , Port Loko District in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. Bundu was born into a prominent Bundu Family who are off Temne and Fula descents. Abass Bundu Grew up in a deeply religious Muslim household and he, himself, is a devout Muslim.

Education

Bundu attended the St. Andrews Secondary School in Bo , the Methodist Boys’ High School in Freetown and the St. Edward’s Secondary School also in Freetown. While in secondary school, Bundu was a very brilliant student and he was highly admired by his fellow students and teachers.

Immediately after secondary school, Bundu left Sierra Leone as a youth and moved abroad to further his education. Bundu holds an Honors LL.B degree from the Australian National University (ANU), LL.M (Honors) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge . [5] He is also a Barrister-at-Law.

Career

Bundu’s numerous positions include Assistant Director of International Affairs and Consultant in Constitutional Law in the Commonwealth Secretariat in London from 1975-82; Executive Secretary of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from 1989 to 1993, the posts of Foreign Minister ( 1994 – 1995 ), Minister of Agriculture from 1982 to 1985; And Presidential candidate in the 1996 Presidential election in Sierra Leone. Bundu failed to garner much support in the election, gaining just under 30,000 votes or 2.9% of the national vote. He is an expert on West African affairs and a renowned expert on constitutional and international law. Bundu has written a critical analysis of the Civil War in Sierra Leone, Democracy by Force? [6]

Opposition to President Momoh

In 1991, Dr. Bundu strongly criticized President Joseph Saidu Momoh’s government because of clauses their party wished to add to Sierra Leone’s constitution. He was then forced to leave the All People’s Congress (APC). [7]

Dr. Bundu contested the 1996 elections as not democratically free and fair. [7]

Presidential campaign

In 1996, Bundu made his own political party and ran for president in Sierra Leone. His bid was unsuccessful. [7]

Alleged corruption and exoneration

In 1996 Bundu was prosecuted for alleged illegal sale of Sierra Leone passports under the immigration investment program. In October 2005 the Government of Sierra Leone dropped the prosecution and publicly exonerated Bundu [8] of any wrongdoing based on new evidence which, had it been available in 1996, would not have given rise to any prosecution.

External links

  • http://politicosl.com/2012/04/like-abass-bundu-like-lilian-lisk/
  • http://news.sl/drwebsite/publish/article_200523995.shtml
  • http://news.sl/drwebsite/exec/view.cgi?archive=2&num=1030&printer=1
  • Democracy by Force: A study of international military intervention in the conflict in Sierra Leone from 1991-2000 by Abass Bundu
  • http://news.sl/drwebsite/exec/view.cgi?archive=2&num=1123

References

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  2. ^ Jump up to:b [2]
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  5. Jump up^ Democracy by Force? ,Universal Publishers
  6. Jump up^ Amazon.com: Democracy by Force: A study of international military intervention in the conflict in Sierra Leone from 1991-2000: Abass Bundu: Books
  7. ^ Jump up to:c Abass Bundu Is A Good Man: Sierra Leone News
  8.  Hon Ibrahim Bundu in Sierra Leone Parliamentarian: Sierra Leone NewsJump up ^ Abass Bundu can not turn Gbinti to Green says

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