Self-delusion is bad – but collective self-delusion is truly the ultimate. (Photo: Selling the presidency to the highest bidder?)
It is clear that the government of Sierra Leone cannot be trusted to exhibit or stand with integrity. But whether the abnormal, modish and immoral scoundrels in the legislative and executive arms of government, who are promiscuously focused on fevered partiality, at the expense of the sea of troubles that their political corruption and ethical lapses will cause the nation, like it or not, 2018 elections will hold.
Freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and accountability still continue to be challenges for human rights in Sierra Leone. There seems to be no end in violations and abuses. And today there is little prospect for improving human rights situation in Sierra Leone.
It is true that the ban on Sunday trading played an integral role during the fight against the Ebola virus. But it is high time the calling of traders taken into consideration.
In an interview with some traders in Kenema, they clearly told this medium that the Sunday ban happened to be a serious burden on them as most of them could not afford to shop a day ahead, while adding that even those who had the money to do so, did not have the necessary storage facilities to store their perishable food items.
(This article was written after the author after the recent death of some of the author’s college mates, Messrs Crispin Grey and Ernest Cummings in Feetown and Momodu Jawandor in Liberia , in the context of all the other deaths involving Messrs Sylvanus Labor, Reginald Pobee, Felix Rizk, Max Katta, Alfred Kirby Kanu, Alfred Fawundu, Hindolo Trye, Kanji Daramy, Emmanuel Campbell , Jesse James and others ) .
After the recent deaths of members of our 1970s brigade at FBC —Reginald Pobee, Ernest Cummings and Crispin Gray, among hordes that have left us –I think it is high time we the surviving members began thinking about writing books to have on record the memorable time we had up Mount Olympus.
A leaked audio tape doing the rounds on social media is very disturbing. A lady is heard tearfully admonishing her aunt for her to help her take a love rival to a juju man who should inflict very serious abdominal pains on the rival for three days after which she must die.
We had enough of our bitter experience from 1991-2002 Foday Sankoh and others brutal civil war in the country. Therefore, the country's peace and stability must be a top priority. Because we need no more war. Also because of what is currently happening in the world, especially in the Middle-East, Europe, particularly London, America and Africa, especially in Congo, Nigeria, Somalia South-Sudan etc. there should be NO chance taking in terms of the country’s safety and stability. Particularly against those who think and feel that they can only achieve power by inciting violence or war situation at the expense of the gullible general public and the poor students in the country.
Sierra Leoneans should congratulate themselves and celebrate even if it’s just for a day, out of the 365 days in 2017. Why?
Our nation, in recent times, has been unfairly known for infamy rather than her fame. Blood diamonds rather than the 706 carat recently discovered, making us the country that has produced two great diamonds amongst the best ten in history. We are amongst the best religious tolerance nations in the world.
John Baimba Sesay By late 2001, the Anti Corruption Commission arrested then Sierra Leone’s transport and communications minister, together with his wife, “for involvement in illegal diamond mining” in Kenema district. Large quantum of illicit diamonds had been found in their possession, according to a BBC report at the time.
As the world celebrates World Water Day today, it is important for us in Sierra Leone to reflect on those activities which may have adverse impact on this life sustaining resource in. Despite being a public worker, I wrote this piece as my personal view on a very important issue confronting our beloved country, and that is the issue of environmental protection for sustainable water and sanitation.
He started as a ball boy at age 5, retrieving and supplying balls for players and officials at the Hill Station Tennis Courts, whether during training sessions or at local tournaments. Ball boys and girls are key auxiliaries in sports such as football, cricket, tennis, baseball, and basketball as their activities help to speed up play by reducing the amount of inactive time.
Fourah Bay College, West Africa’s oldest University, located on Mount Aureol is not just an institution on a hill top, but sub-Saharan Africa’s first University Institution founded some 188 years ago in Freetown, thanks to the benefaction of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) whose philanthropic initiative saw the emergence of the first University Institution that placed Black Africa in the educational map of the world.
EIGHTEEN presidential elections were scheduled in Africa this year. Thus far, 10 incumbents have secured their re-election, six new presidents have been elected into office, one election has been postponed and one national election (in Guinea) still has to be conducted before the end of 2016.
A review of the electoral events this year highlights the manipulation, intimidation and contestation that mar democratisation processes in the continent.
With a date announced for the 2018 general elections, a platform has been provided for parties to officially start the process of ensuring victory at the end. This can be a herculean task for the next one year, politically speaking.
Where there had been political mudslinging and infighting for close to a decade, behind-the scene smokescreen peace process had to be initiated even if for the pleasure of supporters and other stakeholders. Well, can such moves be a clear ruse? Only time will tell!
Sierra Leone, the motherland has had its share of tragedy in recent years.It suffered an eleven years internecine war and lately an Ebola epidemic that has today resulted in an unprecedented economic hardship that has further deepened poverty and unleash anger against a failed vision.
We are in this current state of penury because of an uninterrupted nine years of mismanagement of state resources, a complete lack of foresight and vision to diversify a mineral dependent economy and the absence of a genuine and sustained fight against the scourge of corruption that continues to deter our progress and cloud our dream.
The current Syrian quagmire which has spilled over to Europe in the form of the refugee crisis gives grounds for a review of relationships between the power brokers, the “Western” alliance of the US and Western Europe regarding the kind of support, engagement, neutrality, opposition and wars with the rest of the world. The west has highlighted political and economic principles as a major factor in engaging with the rest of the world,
Sometimes even one will want to sit down and keep quiet to watch how the political climate or weather in Sierra Leone is moving, especially between the two most powerful political parties, APC and the SLPP in the country. But because of certain issues that some ghost writers normally bring to the public domain will trigger one’s mind to take up his or her type writer or laptop to put his or her thoughts together on such issue/s.
As usual few days ago, I listened to a video clip in the internet. In it, I heard a voice of a lady or woman called herself Zainab distressfully calling Sierra Leoneans all over the world. Particularlythe supporters of President Koroma and his APC government to keenly listen to her for what she is going to tell President Ernest Bai Koroma and if possible to keep the video clip for reference.
President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has said in Kenema that “Life nor get spare part” and that the Ebola outbreak is an eye-opener to the improvement of the country’s health care delivery system.
Addressing his audience at the commissioning of the rehabilitated/expanded Pediatric Ward and new hospital and District Medical Stores at the Government Hospital in Kenema on Sunday February 5, 2017, President Koroma reiterated his government continued commitment to roll out strategies that would improve the health sector in collaboration with health development partners.
The last week in world politics can be phenomenal; it normally heralds true reflections of your past deeds, legacies and the loss of some your closest people in your political career. For most presidents, they tend to apologize to those that they might have offended and mend fences and for others, their minds and consciences will continue to fight for the wrongs they have done. Though I did not watch the US inauguration, I was told it was smooth, somber, reflective and democratic whereas the African political landscape in the The Gambia was chaotic, undemocratic and full of angst. As Barack Obama boarded the US helicopter for his peaceful retirement and the emergence of Donald Trump, I feel for the continent of Africa and The Gambia in particular. It appears democracy in the motherland is still a far fetched dream for some rulers and countries. Whereas Barack Obama will be spending the rest of his life in the United States and around the world in a dignified and respectable manner, most of our African Leaders tend to spend the rest of their lives in exile.
New Year to me, it is a time to look back at both what we have done throughout the twelve (12) months and also the renewing of resolutions or covenants with God. That is for those whobelieve that there is a supernatural being that takes care of every individual human being on earth. Although to those who depend on their satanic knowledge that always fail them, when a believer asks his or her God for His divine intervention, especially in a difficult time, they considered that individual or government as weakness. That is why such people are always on one another's throats in fighting for supremacy or in superiority conflict.