Abass Bundu

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Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu (born in Gbinti, Port Loko District, Sierra Leone) is a former politician and diplomat from Sierra Leone. Bundu was bon in the town of Gbinti, Port Loko District in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone to Fula and Temne parentage. He is a member of the prominent Temne-Fula Bundu Family originated from Port Loko District.

Career[edit]

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 1989–1993, the posts of Foreign Minister (19941995), Minister of Agriculture 1982-85; 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?[1]

Opposition to President Momoh[edit]

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).[2]

Dr. Bundu contested the 1996 elections as not democratically free and fair.[2]

Presidential campaign[edit]

In 1996, Bundu formed his own political party and ran for president in Sierra Leone. His bid was unsuccessful.[2]

Alleged corruption and exoneration[edit]

In 1996 Bundu was prosecuted for alleged illegal sale of Sierra Leone passports under the immigration investment programme. In October 2005 Government of Sierra Leone dropped the prosecution and publicly exonerated Bundu[3] of any wrongdoing based on new evidence which, had it been available in 1996, would not have given rise to any prosecution.

Education[edit]

Bundu attended St. Andrews Secondary School in Bo, Methodist Boys' High School in Freetown and St. Edward's Secondary School. He holds an Honours LL.B degree from the Australian National University (ANU),LL.M (Honours) and a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge.[4] He is also a Barrister-at-Law.

External references[edit]

Democracy by Force?: A study of international military intervention in the conflict in Sierra Leone from 1991-2000 by Abass Bundu

References[edit]

Preceded by
Momodu Munu
Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States
1989–1993
Succeeded by
Edouard Benjamin
Preceded by
Karefa Kargbo
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone
1994-1995
Succeeded by
Alusine Fofanah