Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has sacked all political appointees at the country’s foreign missions including ambassadors and information attachés.

Umaru Fofona reports that he has also retired all those in public service who’ve attained the age of 60, except those under special employment approved by parliament.

In what some have described as plugging the holes in the management of the country’s finances, he’s issued an executive order on expenditure control.

There’s a moratorium on the purchase of vehicles until a new Fleet Management Policy is established, and no telephone, internet or fuel bills will be honored for civil servants until a new benefit policy is put in place. All overseas travels including ticket costs must now be within approved budgets of the departments or ministries.

All contracts with the state – existing and in future – must be paid in the local currency, with all new contacts having to be cleared by the finance ministry. And all revenues collected by the country’s diplomatic missions overseas must be paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund with immediate effect.