SLAJ President Kelvin Lewis and IMC Chairman, Ambassador Alie Kanu
According to legislation, it is the Independent Media Commission (IMC) which has the sole mandate and responsibility to regulate the media landscape in this country. The IMC must have a constituted Board and one its functioning committees is the Complaints Committee that particularly deals with complaints against media practitioners.
Hamid Taylor, husband, father of two and a PhD in economics, has been named as the new minister of Industrial Development. Hamid who works as a university lecturer at a popular university in New Jersey, doesn’t own a home and is neck deep in debt, eagerly assumes his new ministerial job. A year later, Hamid, who is now swimming in cash, is building a house up on one of the famous hilltops in Freetown. He also has a couple of girlfriends both of whom he’s rented homes for and is about to send one of them on maternity check-up in New York City. Every evening after work, Hamid could be found at one of the famous beachfront restaurants…
Hamid’s story (even though a fictitious character) epitomizes a common trend of corruption in Sierra Leone. His sudden accumulated wealth and flamboyant lifestyle represents a shameless and uncouth act committed with impunity by political appointees of all shades.
Traditionally Paramount Chiefs in Sierra Leone play an important role in maintaining law and order at chiefdom level, but they apparently need to go beyond that to ensure the efficient delivery of basic services such as health and sanitation, education, water and electricity supplies to their people.
This is one of the conclusions that necessitated the UK Aid funded SABI project which seeks to strengthen community-led accountability, increasing awareness of, and demand for, the delivery of basic services.
The hopes of Sierra Leoneans for a positive change in their lives were largely placed in the hands of Maada Bio and the SLPP when they surprisingly won the majority of votes during the presidential elections earlier this year and Maada Bio was sworn is as president in the early hours of April 5th, 2018. However, the enthusiasm of those expectations seem to have been dashed with the slow progression of activities from State House.