Rt. Hon. Sidie Mohamed Tunis is the immediate past Majority Leader in the Fifth Parliament of the second Republic of Sierra Leone and is a ranking member of the Sierra Leone delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament from 2018 to date.
He was born in Zimmi, Makpele Chiefdom, Pujehun District to Alhaji Mohamed Ahmed Tunis, a renowned and well sought-after Muslim cleric and Haja Massa Massaquoi, the daughter of a Paramount Chief. Hon. Tunis has in diverse ways, emulated his parent’s legacy and continues to provide humanitarian services while securing the equitable delivery of social services to his people. He is married with three children.
Rt. Hon. Sidie M. Tunis’ political career started in 1995 when he was elected Secretary General of the National Unity Party, a position he held for three years before the party was incorporated into the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP). He was first elected as Member of Parliament in 2002 under the SLPP government, led by President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, to represent an area in the Pujehun District which borders the Republic of Liberia. He has since then, been re-elected twice under the SLPP ticket and served from the opposition and ruling benches, for the area which is now referred to as Constituency 101.
In his Parliamentary stint which spans over 12 years, Rt. Hon. Sidie M. Tunis served as the main opposition Minority Whip (2012-2017), chaired the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Trade and Industry and conducted oversight on communications, infrastructure and extractive industry. The platforms afforded him an opportunity to expand his knowledge on a diverse range of national issues, enhancing his contribution to debates in national and international forums. His tenure as Minority Whip under the All Peoples Congress led government (2012-2018) increased his understanding of political dynamics as his unassuming but firm disposition helped escalate and secure consensus on issues of national interest. His contribution towards the enactment of Bills on national development including the Local Content Agency and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency Acts during that term was heralded.
In his just ended capacity as Majority Leader, Rt. Hon.Sidie M. Tunis continued to oversee the enactment of critical legislations such as Extractive Industries Revenue Act and the passage of the constitutional instruments for the establishment of the Commissions of Inquiry which aim to promote transparency and accountability, fair justice system and the rule of law. His role as Majority Leader in the Parliament which consists of 146 elected representatives from 4 political parties – including 3 independent members, further tested his leadership and mentorship skills.
Prior to his political / Parliamentary career, Rt. Hon. Tunis was an investment consultant and established a national utility and supplies company For-Tra Meyer, a subsidiary of a major company in Germany. He served as Member of the Board of Directors for the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (2008-2011) and the Guma Valley Water Company (1998-2002). In March 2020, he was elected Speaker of the 5th Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament, a position he he now occupies which gives him a four-year mandate.
Rt. Hon Tunis attended the Islamic Secondary School in Kenema District and graduated with a Bachelors in Chemistry from the Cuttington University, Liberia in 1989. He has certificates in Business Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Communications. He possesses strong interpersonal and communication skills and has demonstrated his ability to build and manage partnerships. His ability to plan, organize, propose innovations as a team player and builder as well as his flexibility to rapidly respond to emerging circumstances, has often produced excellencent results. He is a recipient of humanitarian and leadership awards in Sierra Leone. Significantly he has received accolades from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for his contribution towards genuine investment in developing economies, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for his remarkable contribution to Rural Connectivity and fair tariff system and the Global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives (EITI) for his contribution to transparency in the extractive industry. Rt. Hon. Tunis speaks and writes English very well and has taken on learning more about the Francophone culture in addition to his other hobbies of reading and youth mentorship through delivering inspirational / motivational talks to young people.