President Bio is recovering in Lebanon after serious medical treatment

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 4 September 2020:

After leaving Sierra Leone last week for Lebanon on what State House in Freetown described in a statement as a ‘private visit’, more is now known about the true reason for president Bio’s trip to Lebanon.

Following last week’s unconfirmed report that the president is in Lebanon for COVID -19 treatment, medical experts have debunked that possibility, and are now saying that the president has undergone serious and complicated surgery at the American University Hospital in Beirut, and has come out of intensive care.

The government of Sierra Leone has remained firmly muted about president Bio’s health and his visit to Lebanon which according to the State House statement, ought to have lasted one week and should have ended yesterday.

But two days ago, the Consul of Sierra Leone in Lebanon – Mr Hashem Hashem, writing on the Lebanese News Agency website, issued the following statement:

“The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, will be discharged from the American University Hospital in Beirut this evening, after he underwent the necessary examinations under the supervision of former Minister, Professor. Dr. Mohammad Jawad Khalifeh, and he is in a good health condition. President Bio will stay at Beirut’s Eden Bay Hotel for a short recovery period and will pursue his personal visit to Lebanon before returning to Sierra Leone.”

Beirut’s Eden Bay Hotel (Photo) is one of the most luxurious and expensive hotels in the Middle East, costing thousands of dollars a night, prompting opposition supporters to accuse the president of hypocrisy and double standards, after Bio as an opposition leader had accused former president Ernest Bai Koroma of engaging in health tourism that is killing Sierra Leone’s health systems.

It is not certain when president Bio will return to Sierra Leone but in the meantime the vice president – Juldeh Jalloh is acting as president.

The secrecy surrounding president Bio’s visit to Lebanon is only compounding the public’s perception of the president’s lack of honesty, transparency, and openness, critics of the president are now saying.

4 Comments

  1. You know, nobody is wishing for a president to die while in office no matter what. But when one sees the level of selfishness towards the electorate,how they are left to die with no level of respect or even prayers as what we all are doing here now for a president, tells you how the problem of some African countries are far away from diminishing, even when we claim to be trying to make them go away.

    Particularly in Sierra Leone where integrity among many of us (the people) is to no avail.I wish the Lungi bridge project could be diverted to the construction of a modern day healthcare facility in somewhere around Mamama so that,our leaders and also other African leaders will be treated there whenever the need arises.But oh boy..the new direction is still sleeping.Let hope they woke up on time

    • Let all Sierra Leoneans put party politics aside and join together to carry out thorough investigation regarding president Bio’s sneaky trip to Lebanon. For the reason that Lebanon offered him free Lebanon air travel to Lebanon at a time when Lebanon economically is doing no better than Sierra Leone. There seems to be more to know about this subtle arranged trip of president Bio’s to Lebanon than we can comprehend. Let us continue to open our ears and noses wide, even to the ground so that we can hear and see more about this deep-sea secret that shrouded this trip. For Bio, I am afraid to say, is a sly fox, self-centered and so outright selfish. He is also thirsty for power.

  2. We are all wishing the President a speedy recovery, but is he really sick as all of us tend to believe? We need to be educated by State House. These politicians can be very tricky and sensible when they have to. There was time when Siaka Stevens said he was about to resign and retire. Delegations after delegations were organised to plead with him not to go anywhere. It was all a ploy and plot to test his popularity.

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