By Momodou Justice Darboe
Two protocol officers at the foreign affairs ministry have been sent packing for failing to return to their duty stations, The Standard can reveal.
The officials, Saikou Sanneh and Ousman Touray, were given their marching orders recently after they failed to honour a request by the Public Service Commission through the foreign ministry to return to their place of work, Saikou Ceesay, Communications Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to The Standard.
He would not say whether their decision not come has anything to do with the so-far unresolved diplomatic passport scandal.
“Touray left for the U.S before the scandal and Saikou left upon receiving a tip-off that he is being sought for some questioning,” the foreign affairs spokesperson revealed.
“They were written to by the foreign affairs ministry as part of administrative procedures and charge letters were also written to them to return in a 14-day deadline,” Ceesay stated.
He said the dismissal of the protocol officers is part of the ministry’s efforts in streamlining its human resource base as well as government’s broader reform process.
Meanwhile reports have it that another foreign affairs ministry staff, Ebrima Sanneh, has been arrested, questioned and released on bail on suspicion of involvement in the diplomatic scandal. He is currently interdicted.