The new Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Akie Sawyer has taken oath of office Friday May 11, 2018 in a ceremony spearheaded by Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh. The Vice President implores Her Worship the Mayor to carry out her functions as enshrined in Section 11(3) of the Local Government Act of 2004.
Madam Sawyer’s swearing in ceremony along with other Council Mayors was stalled following a stalemate in Parliament between the main opposition, All People’s Congress and the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party over petitions of some members of parliament and the acrimony spanned for number of days leading to a walk-out protest by the former in parliament.
The ceremonial taking of oath ceremony was to be led by the minister of Local Government but delays in constituting the relevant parliamentary committee on appointment that was to vet the nominees led to the delay. She was elated after the swearing in ceremony as she pledged to work with the Maada Bio led government to give a serious face of development to the Freetown Municipal Council. Mayor Sawyer started with pronouncing the immediate enforcement of the council bye-laws on dirt aiming to ensure that the city maintains a clean bin of health. Yvonne was the brain in the post Ebola recovery program. She has served her country in various other capacities. a well wisher Sei states, « Your services to this country since the end of the war, and during the most trying times of this nation’s history (the Ebola) makes us celebrate you everyday because selfless Sierra Leoneans like you should be celebrated at all times across the isle.
The City Mayor was part of the state opening of parliament and in her traditional regalia she is going to be a part of the inaugural ceremony of President Julius Maada Bio.
“In 4 years time, I hope we’ll be sitting together looking back at the journey and rejoicing at how different our city has become. I’m sworn in now – I’m going to hit the road running.” Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown.