One of the reasons for the civil war in Sierra Leone was the one party dictatorial regime by the All Peoples Congress (APC), which resulted into a continued pattern of corruption and personal aggrandizement at the expense of needed public services, institutions, and infrastructure. Today, with support from IFAD and the World Bank, the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPPSL) and the Rural and Private Sector Development Projects (RPSDP) under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) the agricultural sector has become the country’s new engine of economic growth.
Since the early 70s when this once famous and lively Chiefdom was shocked with the news of the closure of the Iron Ore mining Company, DELCO, the township’s socio-economic potentials relapsed and became moribund with her people migrating for greener pastures, leaving it empty and ghostly.
The Author of the Misleading Report, Rona Peligan, in a regret mood
By Alpha Bedoh Kamara
While the country is coping and striving to overcome challenges left behind by an irrational decade old war caused by few individuals and their backers to perpetrate mayhem against the people of this nation, again comes this year, a report by the Human Rights Watch with support from the OGI, supposedly, intended to misinform the public against the operations of African Minerals Sierra Leone Ltd (AML).
The decade civil war in Sierra Leone and its attendant massive destruction dealt seriously on the socio-economic fabric of the country. During the war period, about 80% of the youth joined the Revolutionary United Front/Armed Forces Revolutionary Council rebellion and steadily participated in the heinous activities of the rebels. Some of these youth were forcefully conscripted and in most cases injected with narcotic drugs in order to carry out instructions of all violent forms against innocent civilians, thereby unleashing terror.
Against all odds Sierra Leone is making a staggered change from the doldrums of a decade civil war through peace, good governance and democratization to laying a true foundation for the country’s development. When Sierra Leone achieved Independence on 27th April 1961 the country was alive and kicking. The country was indeed a bustling community. The political landscape expressed in the political economic, social and cultural institutions were in full operation with little to complain about. Importantly, life was alright for the average citizen.
The Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) has decided to stage a peaceful protest against the verdict of the Supreme Court in the just concluded Constitutional matter between the former Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana and the State on Monday, 5th October, 2015, between 10 am to 4pm.
The National Commission for Democracy (NCD) and the Network Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (NMDHR) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the principles for cooperation, collaborative engagement and technical assistance between the two institutions at the conference hall of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Youyi Building in Freetown.
The PMDC recently held what it calls a "mini convention" in Maryland, USA.An impressive array of Sierra Leoneans were elected including writer and journalist Karamoh Kabba. PMDC enthusiasts also described it as "the most democratic mini convention ever held by Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora". Details:
In what may be viewed as a momentous political decision, the son of the leader of pro-government civil militia forces during the civil war in Sierra Leone Hinga Norman Junior (seen in photo on the left with the Vice President of Sierra Leone, Honourable Victor Foh in London recently) has declared his support for the ruling APC party led by Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.
Like the chorus from the popular calypso song – ‘feeling Hot Hot Hot’, Yumkella says that his new political mantra HOT, which stands for ‘Hope, Opportunity and Transformation’ are the three guiding principles that will underpin his manifesto policies for change in Sierra Leone.
One of the Presidential flag bearer aspirants of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Dr. Alhaji Kandeh Kolleh Yumkellah has on Monday, 24th August, 2015 met with the National Officers and general membership of the SLPP at the party’s headquarters on Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown. This was his first visit since he registered with the party.
The Leader and Chairman for the United Democratic Movement (UDM) Mohamed Bangura has called on the Leader and Chairman of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) Charles Francis Margai to behave like an elderly statesman.
The Chairman and Leader of Alliance Democratic Party, (ADP) Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray has in an exclusive interview with this medium disclosed that his party would contest all elections and that the upcoming bye-elections in the country is not an exception.
The Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) Military Tribunal presided over by the Judge Advocate, Otto During and other senior military officers has on Wednesday 5th August 2015 acquitted and discharged thirteen military officers who were charged on eight counts ranging from Conspiracy to Commit Munity, Incitement to mutiny, Failure to suppress mutiny and mutiny contrary to the Armed Forces Act of No.34 of 1961 as amended.
The Campaign for National Unity and the Technical Facilitation Team of the Sierra Leone People’s Party have at press conference called on the National Electoral Commission of the party to schedule a peace and reconciliation meeting for all aggrieved parties ahead of the party’s convention. This drive is to see party members enhance their ability and capability if they are to be successful in the forthcoming elections.
Augusta James Teima, National Chairman and Leader of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has yesterday, 5th August, 2015 been elected as the new Interim Chairman of the All Political Parties Association (APPA) at the Political Parties Registration Commission’s Headquarters in Freetown.
Following a press release issued by SLPP calling on government not to extend the state of public health emergency, the of government spokesman, Adulai Bayraytay has reacted to the press release describing it as misrepresentation. He made this statement at the Ministry of Information and Communications weekly Press Conference at Youyi Building in Freetown.
Sources in the United Kingdom has intimated AYV that the Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (KKY) UK tour saw thousands of Sierra Leoneans who turned out to meet the former official at a grand finale last Sunday, at the Bacon’s College Hall in South London.
The popular Freetown based legal luminary representing the elected former Vice President of Sierra Leon in the ongoing constitutional matter at the Supreme Court, Charles Margai has on Tuesday 21 July 2015, intimated his audience that, the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has no legal authority in the country’s national Constitution to relieve, Alhaji Chief Sam Samuel Sumana of his duties and functions as Vice President of Sierra Leone.
The leading Presidential flagbearer aspirant of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Rtd, Brig. Maada Bio faces yet another serious political threat with the expression of interest in the race by another presidential hopeful, Dr. Jonathan Bonapha Tengbe who is reportedly due in Sierra Leone this week.
The Promotion of Renewable Energy Services for Social Development in Sierra Leone (PRESSD-SL), a project funded by the European Union has been launched with the aim of contributing and supporting poverty alleviation through increased access to renewable, affordable and sustainable energy services for the rural population in Sierra Leone.
Your Excellencies, Colleague Telecom Executives, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen. It is my honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the Telecommunications regulator of the Republic of Sierra Leone, NATCOM, and to thank the ITU for standing by us especially during our trying times.