Welcome to Sierra Leone High Commision in Nairobi,Kenya

(+254)20 2189220

info@ke.slhc.gov.sl

P.O. Box 8242 00100

57 Gigiri Court off United Nations Crescent,

Nairobi, Kenya

Mon - Thur: 9 am - 5 pm

Friday: 9 am - 2pm

Weekends: CLOSED

Sierra Leone Government

Executive Branch

Legislative Branch

Judicial Branch

Constitution

International Organization Participation

1Head of State?

President Julius Maada BIO (since 4 April 2018); Vice President Mohamed Juldeh JALLOH (since 4 April 2018) ; note - the president is both Head of State and Head of Government

2Head of Government?

President Julius Maada BIO (since 4 April 2018); Vice President Mohamed Juldeh JALLOH (since 4 April 2018)

3Cabinet

Ministers of State appointed by the president, approved by Parliament; the cabinet is responsible to the president

  1. 1.  Chief Minister-Professor David John Francis
  2. 2.  Minister of Finance-Mr. Jacob Jusu Saffa
  3. 3.  Attorney-General and Minister of Justice-Dr Priscilla Schwartz
  4. 4.  Minister of Foreign Affairs-Mrs. Nabeela F. Tunis
  5. 5.  Deputy Minister of Defense-Col. (Rtd) Simeon N. Sheriff
  6. 6.  Minister of Agriculture and Forestry- Mr. Joseph J. Ndanema
  7. 7.  Minister of Energy-Alhaji Kanja Sesay
  8. 8.  Minister of Health and Sanitation-Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie
  9. 9.  Minister of Information and Communication-Mr. Mohamed Swaray
  10. 10.  Minister of Internal Affairs-Mr. Edward A. Soluku
  11. 11.  Minister of Labour and Social Security-Mr. Adekunle J. M. King
  12. 12.  Minister of Lands, Housing and Environment-Dr. Denis Sandy
  13. 13.  Minister of Local Government and Rural Development-Mr. Tamba Lamina
  14. 14.  Minister of Marine Resources-Mrs. Emma Kowa-Jalloh
  15. 15.  Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources-Hon. Foday Rado Yokie
  16. 16.  Minister of Planning and Economic Development-Dr. Francis Mustapha Kaikai
  17. 17.  Minister of Political and Public Affairs-Amb. Foday Yumkella
  18. 18.  Minister of Primary and Secondary Education-Mr. Alpha Osman Timbo
  19. 19.  Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs-Ms. Baindu Dassama
  20. 20.  Minister of Technical and Higher Education-Professor Aiah Gbakima
  21. 21.  Minister of Trade and Industry-Dr. Edward Hinga Sandy
  22. 22.  Minister of Transport and Aviation-Mr. Kabineh M. Kallon
  23. 23.  Minister of Tourism and Culture-Mrs. Memunatu B. Pratt
  24. 24.  Minister of Water Resources-Dr. Jonathan Tengbe
  25. 25.  Minister of Works and Public Assets-Mr. Peter Bayuku Conteh
  26. 26.  Minister of Youth Affairs-Mr. Mohamed Bangura
  27. 27.  Minister of Sports-Mr. Ibrahim Nyelenkeh

4 Flag Description

Three equal horizontal bands of light green (top), white, and light blue; green symbolizes agriculture, mountains, and natural resources, white represents unity and justice, and blue the sea and the natural harbor in Freetown

5National symbol(s)

Lion; national colors: green, white, blue

6National Holidays

Independence Day, 27th April (1961)
International Women’s Day, 8th March

1Country Name

Conventional long form: Republic of Sierra Leone Conventional short form: Sierra Leone Local long form: Republic of Sierra Leone Local short form: Sierra Leone Etymology: the Portuguese explorer Pedro de SINTRA named the country "Serra Leoa" (Lion Mountains) for the impressive mountains he saw while sailing the West African coast in 1462

2Government Type

Democracy Republic

3Capital?

Name: Freetown Geographic coordinates: 8 29 N, 13 14 W

4Administrative Divisions

4 provinces and 1 area*; Eastern, Northern, North Western, Southern, Western*

5Independence

27 April 1961 (from the UK)

6 Citizenship

Citizenship by birth: no Citizenship by descent only: at least one parent or grandparent must be a citizen of Sierra Leone Dual citizenship recognized: yes Residency requirement for naturalization: 5 years

Description

Unicameral Parliament (146 seats; 132 members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote and 14 seats filled in separate elections by non-partisan members of Parliament called "paramount chiefs;" members serve 5-year terms)

Elections

Last held on 7 March 2018 (next to be held in March 2023)

Legal system

Mixed legal system of English common law and customary law

Highest Courts

Superior Court of Judicature (consists of the Supreme Court - at the apex - with the chief justice and 4 other judges, the Court of Appeal with the chief justice and 7 other judges, and the High Court of Justice with the chief justice and 9 other judges); note – the Judicature has jurisdiction in all civil, criminal, and constitutional matters

Judge selection and term of office

Supreme Court chief justice and other judges of the Judicature appointed by the president on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission, a 7-member independent body of judges, presidential appointees, and the Commission chairman, and are subject to approval by Parliament; all Judicature judges serve until retirement at age 65

Subordinate Courts:

Magistrates' courts; District Appeals Court; local courts

History

Several previous; latest effective 1 October 1991 (2017)

Amendments

Proposed by Parliament; passage of amendments requires at least two-thirds majority vote of Parliament in two successive readings and assent by the president of the republic; passage of amendments affecting fundamental rights and freedoms and many other constitutional sections also requires approval in a referendum with participation of at least one-half of qualified voters and at least two-thirds of votes cast; amended several times, last in 2013 (2017)

Membership of International & Regional Organizations

ACP, AfDB, AU, C, ECOWAS, EITI (compliant country), FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO (pending member), ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO (correspondent), ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, MINUSMA, NAM, OIC, OPCW, UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNISFA, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO