Abass Bundu

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Abass Chernor Bundu
Speaker of the Parliament of Sierra Leone
Assumed office
April 26, 2018
President Julius Maada Bio
Preceded by Sheku Badara Bashiru Dumbuya
Northern Regional Chairman of the Sierra Leone People's Party
Assumed office
2013
Leader of the Progressive People's Party (PPP)
In office
1996–1996
Sierra Leone Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
1994–1995
Preceded by Karefa Kargbo
Succeeded by Alusine Fofanah
Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States
In office
1989–1993
Preceded by Momodu Munu
Succeeded by Edouard Benjamin
Personal details
Born Abass Chernoh Bundu
Gbinti, Port Loko District, British Sierra Leone
Nationality Sierra Leonean
Political party Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
Residence Freetown, Sierra Leone,
Alma mater Australian National University, University of Cambridge
Profession Economist, attorney
Religion Islam

Abass Chernor Bundu (born in Gbinti, Port Loko District) is a Sierra Leonean politician, diplomat, and the current Speaker of the House of Parliament of Sierra Leone, in office since April 25, 2018 [5] .[1][2] Bundu was elected speaker by receiving 70 votes in Parliament. The main opposition the All People's Congress, which won the most seats in Parliament, boycotted the election process in protest and did not nominate a candidate for speaker [6][7][8]. Bundu is a very close ally and personal friend of Sierra Leone"s president Julius Maada Bio

Bundu is currently the northern regional chairman of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). He is one of the most senior and one of the most influential members of the ruling Sierra Leone People's Party [3]

Bundu is the older brother of Ibrahim Bundu,a member of the opposition All People's Congress[4] who is the former majority leader of the House of 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. He was the presidential candidate of the now defunct Progressive People's Party (PPP) in the 1996 Sierra Leone presidential election, where he was defeated in the first round of voting after winning 2.9% of the votes.[2]

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

Early life[edit]

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 of Fula and Temne descents. Abass Bundu grew up in a deeply religious Muslim household and he, himself, is a devout Muslim.

Education[edit]

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. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Australian National University and both a Master of Laws and a PhD in International Law from the University of Cambridge, England.[5] He is also a Barrister-at-Law.

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?[6]

Opposition to President Momoh[edit]

In 1991, Dr. Bundu strongly criticised 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[edit]

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

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[8] of any wrongdoing based on new evidence which, had it been available in 1996, would not have given rise to any prosecution.

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Political offices
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