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Mr Charles Tom Kamanda
Director General - Ministry of Defence


Mr. Charles Tom Kamanda was born on the 10th November 1966 at the United Brethren in Christ (UBC) Hospital Mattru Jong, Bonthe District.


He attained his primary school education at the United Brethren in Christ (UBC) School Mattru Jong 1972-79. He proceeded to the Bo Government Secondary School (The Bo School) from one through six where he obtained his ordinary level and advanced level certificates (1979-1987). He taught for a year at the Bonthe Secondary School, Bonthe (1987- 1988). He then proceeded to Fourah Bay College (1988) - (1992) and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree General Division Two. His areas of study included Law-Constitutional, Criminal and Torts, Modern History, Linguistics and Philosophy. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Sector Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). Areas of Study include Politics and Public Sector Management, Public Policy Analysis and Development, Strategic Planning & Management, Decentralization & Local Government, Entrepreneurship & Public Enterprise Management, Programme & Project Management, Information and Communications Technology, Performance Management, Ethics & Professionalism, Applied Research & Quantitative Methods, Public Sector Economics and Finance, International Economics and Finance, Diplomacy & Negotiation, Conflict Management and Post Conflict Management . He has also attended series of courses whilst in the service including; the lessons for Senior Public Managers from smart practices in public management at the Schulich Executive Education Centre, York University, Ontario, Canada, Top Level Leadership Seminar, Dblearing UK, Principles in Defence Procurement and contracting at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monetery, California USA, United Nations Civilian Staff Officer Course, Swedint-Sweden. Managing Defence in a Democracy at the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, Shrivenham, Swindon, UK to name but a few.


Mr. Kamanda was recruited as Administrative Officer Cadet, in the Sierra Leone Civil Service on 21st May 1993. His first postings was the Ministry of Transport and Communication as Assistant Secretary in charge of matters relating to Road Transportation (1993- 1998). He was later posted to Ministry of Trade and Industry in 1998 where he had a brief spell before posted to the Ministry of Defence in 1998 on to 2007. For the eight years at Ministry of Defence he held series of posts including Acting as Director General in 1999 when the substantive Director General went on course in UK; Director of Staff & Administration, Director of Procurement, Director of Policy and later Deputy Secretary Policy and Procurement. There after he was posted as Deputy Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (2008), the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (2009).

Mr. Kamanda after acquiring various skills & competences in the Sierra Leone Civil Service later proceeded to UNDP on secondment as Programme Manager, Public Sector Reform. Whilst on secondment he continued to work closely with the leadership of the Public Service as his portfolio included the Public Service Commission, the Human Resource Management Office, the Cabinet Secretariat, the strategy and policy unit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation and the Office of Diaspora Affairs (2011- 2013).
Mr. Kamanda was called back from secondment to serve as Permanent Secretary of the then newly created Ministry of Water Resources as its first Permanent Secretary. He provided leadership, administrative & negotiation skills to not only set up the new Ministry but render same functionally effective.
There after Mr. Kamanda toured the Ministry of Sports as its Permanent Secretary (2014-2016) Ministry of Labour and Social Security (2016-2018) and now posted to the Ministry of Defence as Director General.

Family Mr. Kamanda is separated with two children (a son and daughter).

HOBBIES Mr. Kamanda's hobbies include reading, listening to music, basket ball and swimming
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