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Christian Alusine Kamara-Taylor

Christian Alusine Kamara-Taylor
5th Prime Minister of Sierra Leone
In office
July 8, 1975 – June 15, 1978
Preceded by Sorie Ibrahim Koroma
Succeeded by position abolished
Personal details
Born (1917-06-03)June 3, 1917
Kafanta, Kambia District, British Sierra Leone
Died August 15, 1985(1985-08-15) (aged 68)
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Nationality Sierra Leonean
Political party All People's Congress (APC),

Christian Alusine Kamara-Taylor (June 3, 1917 – August 15, 1985) Popular known as C.A. was a Sierra Leonean politician and one of the founding members of the All People's Congress (APC), along with Siaka Stevens and Sorie Ibrahim Koroma. He served as Sierra Leone's Minister of Finance from 1971 to 1975. He became Minister of Interior in 1975. After the introduction of a one party constitution in 1978, Mr. C.A. Kamara-Taylor became the Second Vice-President of Sierra Leone, and held that post until his death in 1985.

Early life

Christian Alusine Kamara-Taylor was born on June 3, 1917 in the small rural town of Kafanta, Tonko Limba Chiefdom, Kambia District in the Northern Province of British Sierra Leone to Limba parents. He attended the thlocal primary school in Kambia and the Methodist Boys High School in Freetown. He attended the Accountancy Business school in London, where he obtained a diploma in Business Management. He returned Sierra Leone and gained employment as a clerk for the Sierra Leone Development Company. He later joined the Sierra Leone Regiment, rising to the position of sergeant. He saw service in Burma during World War II, but left the army after the war. He then joined the United African Company, and became public relations officer and secretary to the general manager.

Politics

Kamara-Taylor became active in local politics and was one of the founding members of the A.P.C. He served as the first secretary-general of the party, a position he handled admirably for over fifteen years. He entered parliament in 1957. He contested the 1962 Sierra Leone general elections, and was elected a member of parliament from Kambia East Constituency. He retained his seat in the 1967 general elections and, after the return to civilian rule in 1968, was appointed Minister of Lands, Mines and Labour. Following a cabinet reshuffle in 1971, he was appointed Minister of Finance. He became Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in 1975. After the introduction of a one party constitution in 1978, Mr. C.A. Kamara-Taylor became Second Vice-President, and held that post until his death in 1985.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sorie Ibrahim Koroma
Prime Minister of Sierra Leone
1975–1978
Succeeded by
David J. Francis
(as Chief Minister)