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Sierra Leone News: Ethical standards set for Chiefs

Madam Konomanyi Kabba and other members of the high table cheering as Amb. Dauda launches the CodeThe Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development in collaboration with the National Council of Paramount Chiefs and partners on Tuesday November 26, 2013 launched the Code of Ethics and Service Standards for chiefs in Sierra Leone.
The document outlines the acceptable standards of service, behaviours and integrity of chiefs to effectively discharge their roles and responsibilities in communities across Sierra Leone.
Speaking on behalf of the President, the Special Adviser to the President, Ambassador Dauda Kamara stated that Chiefdom governance and the institution of chieftaincy are vital pillars in state governance for which it is the challenge of government to ensure that the institution remains a noble and respectable one.
Ambassador Dauda stressed that the government expects the chiefs to provide sound leadership within their communities, promote peace and harmony and to ensure justice through conflict prevention and mediation which must be done within the context of respecting the rights and dignity of all including the vulnerable.
He disclosed that the government is putting modalities in place for Paramount Chiefs to be paid from the Consolidated Fund, and implored everyone to respect the Code of Ethics and Service Standards for Chiefs.
The Minister of Local Government & Rural Development, Finda Diana Konomanyi Kabba described the preparation of the Code of Ethics and Standards for Chiefs as a very important step towards enhancing the historic role of the country’s traditional leaders, especially in their role of maintaining law and order and peaceful co-existence of the people within their communities.
Madam Konomanyi Kabba maintained that the Code will play a strong role in improving the services provided by chiefs to their communities, especially in their informal justice role, noting that the success of the Code, depends on the integrity and good sense of the Chiefs to whom it applies.
She implored the support of all to ensure that the Chiefs abide by the Code through monitoring and evaluation.
The Chairman, Council of Paramount Chiefs, Charles Caulker confirmed that the Code of Ethics and Service Standards is their making, as they actively participated in its formulation through several consultative meetings.
Paramount Chief Caulker noted that most of the standards set in the Code are not new to them for which on behalf of the Chiefs, he  pledged commitment to support government in delivering high-quality services in community development, justice and security in accordance with standards focusing on accessibility, cost effectiveness, fairness and consistency, usefulness and making referrals were necessary.
By Keifa M. Jaward
Wednesday November 27, 2013

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