Councillor D.T. Akibo-Betts was unanimously re-elected Mayor of Freetown, the Sierra Leone capital, during the?
Councillor D.T. Akibo-Betts was unanimously re-elected Mayor of Freetown, the Sierra Leone capital, during the Council's annual meeting on Wednesday (April 14). In a speech to Council members following his election, the Mayor appealed to them to work hard "so that the City of Freetown will go from strength to strength".
SYNOPSIS: Freetown, Sierra Leone -- and Wednesday's (April 14) Mayoral elections. A unanimous vote was cast for the re-election of Councillor D.T. Akibo-Betts, the outgoing Mayor. His re-election was unopposed.
Following the election, the Mayor, councillors and guests gathered in the Mayor's Parlour for the robing ceremony, when he received his chain and badges of office.
The Mayor, who was cheered by his fellow-councillors when the results were announced, was nominated by Councillor O.L.A. Gordon, and seconded by Alderman Dyphu Din-Gabisi.
The Acting Town Clerk of Freetown, Mr Fergusson, was among the first to congratulate the Mayor on his re-election. Later, the alderman and councillors assured the Mayor of their co-operation during his term of office.
The Mayor, amid cheers and applause, thanked the aldermen and councillors for their confidence in him in electing him for the second time. He assured them he would not fail the ratepayers, and asked the Council for its support in his duties. "It is our duty to do our work well in order to please the rate-payers as they have given us the mandate to rule," he said. He appealed to the members to work hard so that Freetown would "grow from strength to strength".