On this – the eve of Jammeh’s final day in power, the world waits to see whether he will step down from office tomorrow in line with the country’s constitution and the democratic will of the majority of Gambians who voted against him last month.
Britain has announced the evacuation of its citizens from the Gambia and other European countries are doing the same, following Jammeh’s declaration of a state of emergency, which gives him powers to declare war.
I have never been a fan of President Yayah Jammeh and wouldn’t lose sleep over his fate. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) must however be warned that “regime change” is a serious business. Going in is the easy part. But getting out is an art.
The ‘pottery barn’ rule applies. The so-called pottery barn rule was General Colin Powell’s warning to President Gorge W. Bush as he went into Iraq: “You break it, you own it”. Time proved him right. The European powers, France and UK too, learnt that lesson in Libya.
Plans are currently underway for the establishment of a School of Clinical Sciences in Sierra Leone. Health Minister Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah tells the nation.
President Koroma in his wisdom made no mistake to appoint a medical professional in the Health Ministry that has the vision and initiative including all it takes in addressing the infrastructural and human resource gaps in building a resilient health system for a country coming from the ashes of war and the Ebola tragedy that left very many health professionals dead. Some of them specialized in their area of discipline.
Presidential and general elections in Sierra Leone are less than fifteen months away. Yet the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) is far from being ready to contest those elections, let alone position itself as a government in waiting, despite the popularity of the ruling All People’s Congress Party (APC) now at rock bottom.
Since its catastrophic defeat at the polls by the incumbent APC in 2012 and at almost every by-election held since then, the Sierra Leone People’s Party has fast become a shadow of its former self, torn by infighting, indiscipline and lack of strong leadership.
One side eschewed violence and in defence of the values of the party’s founding fathers vision of one country , inclusiveness , constitutionality and the rule of law. This side is the Alliance. It comprised of intending flag bearer aspirants who are concerned about the violence, lawlessness and dysfunctionality of the party.
President Koroma has made his first visit to Israel since becoming president in 2007, and in less than fifteen months before leaving office.
His visit to Israel is as symbolic as it is historic. But policy analysts are questioning why after just one month of returning from a working visit to China to strengthen economic, security, and bilateral relations with the Chinese, president Koroma has now headed to Israel in search of that which he has been promised by the Chinese – cash, security, investments, and technical expertise.
Sierra Leone’s economy is in dire straits, and the Koroma government is in need of cash to pay salaries and run public services. So, every little help from anywhere, would be welcomed.
A rowdy crowd of SLPP supporters in front of the main Law Courts in Freetown earlier this week. This crowd later became very violent and shots were fired injuring at least one person. Two factions, Paopa and AAA (aye, aye, aye) from the country’s main opposition party, the Sierra Leone People’s Party, were at each other’s throat, struggling for legitimacy and dominance. Police had to intervene to disperse them.
Leaders in the Sierra Leone People’s Party are running around with political fears, nervousness, and other domestic problems that have had the best of them to the point of not knowing where to turn for help.
Avid readers of the “One Drop” column may recall that my One Drop of 2 November 2016, titled “A Comedy Called SLPP: Season 1”, was provoked by my son Medsimed Kapr. He had asked me to buy him a comedy movie so that he could amuse himself. I had told him to wait any time the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) had an event he could, certainly, have some sort of comic relief from it. And when the SLPP called a press conference at their Wallace-Johnson Street headquarters in Freetown few days after my son had asked for a comedy movie, he had a good amusement from that press conference.
My fellow Sierra Leoneans and none Sierra Leoneans, please I would like you to join me in saying goodbye to 2016 and to thank my maker, God Almighty. Who is also the creator of both Heaven and Earth, particular for being my most qualified and perfect sailor throughout the year 2016-2017.
The fact is some of us who do believe that there is a true living God that does everything in this universe, we always like to thank him for whatever he does for us. Whether big or small. Therefore,even in good times and bad times we are always ready and willing to say thank you pa pa God, (Father God) especially for enabled us see another day or year with sound mind and sound health.
Therefore, according to His two Holy Books, the Bible and the Quran, he tells us to always put Him first in our daily activities and say thanks to him. Regardless of whatever circumstances that we may find ourselves. Whether good or bad, especially during the process of our being on earth.
The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) is in the habit of knocking itself out every now and again – a habit it has come to perfect, since losing the 2007 elections. But will it recover from yesterday’s bout with its own demon?
Yesterday’s resolution passed by a group of its National Executive Council (NEC) members, to suspend a number of their fellow executive officers, including the party chairman and leader – Chief Somano Kapen, has brought the party closer to the edge of disintegration.
When President Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh conceded defeat in the recently concluded democratic elections in The Gambia, the world breathed a collective sigh of relief.
But it was not the “jovial” and satirical manner in which he declared his acceptance of the result, in a widely publicised telephone conversation with President elect Adama Barrow that shocked the world.
It was the mere fact of the unthinkable; that he actually accepted the will of the people, leaving the political world in shock and awe.
Presidential Address delivered by His Excellency the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on the occasion of the State Opening of the Fifth Session of the Fourth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone.
MR. SPEAKER, MR. VICE PRESIDENT, MY LORD THE CHIEF JUSTICE, MINISTERS OF GOVERNMENT, HONOURABLE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, EXCELLENCIES, MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS, HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR OF FREETOWN, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:
On becoming President in 2007, I vowed to move this country forward, to transform its roads, improve electricity, invest more in education and health, and improve Sierra Leone’s reputation as a peace-loving, democratic and resilient nation.
One of the gentler techniques that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has used to stay in power for the last 22 years is sacking his staff members seemingly at random, before any of them could conspire against him. From cabinet ministers to diplomats to army chiefs, it wasn’t unusual to serve just months or even weeks in office before getting the bullet — hopefully in the metaphorical sense.
A Donald Trump presidency has grave implications for US relations with Africa. His meteoric political ascension ushers in an era of right-wing domestic extremism and international disregard.
Trump has exhibited an unabashed lack of interest in Africa. This is a continent where numerous countries play a key role in the US war on terrorism. Africa’s geopolitical importance also extends from its numerous natural resources, which are essential to global manufacturing industries. Other areas of import include its growing population, China’s broadening involvement, and rapid democratisation in many countries.
The Ghanaian presidential election and its results have been very fascinating for many obvious reasons. As an opposition party member, I had religiously followed the Ghana election especially events within the main opposition, New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the political journey of its presidential candidate (now President Elect), Nana Akufo-Addo.
Therefore, I will be writing two articles on the Ghana election focusing, in this first article, on a lesson SLPP must learn from NPP and the second article will focus on how Nana Akufo-Addo’s victory vindicates Rtd. Brigadier Bio. I will focus this article on the lesson SLPP must learn.
There is nothing in this world that does exist without advantages and disadvantages. But sometimes one can surpass the other. It could be the advantages or the disadvantages. Therefore, in many cases one cannot go without the other. For instance, the construction of a new International Airport in Sierra Leone has its own pros and cons. It’s a real fact that one cannot run away from.
“We rode over what they have called the longest bridge in the world, which is over 40 kilometers and these are all inspirational visits. They have inspired me to work very hard on seeing the commencement of the Mamamah project,” said president Koroma on his recent visit to China.
There you have it. A grand failure to learn to be pragmatic. An illustration of what I mean by money or fantasy projects on its own, neither solving problems nor creating a wealth-building nation.
Aren’t we all complicit in a destructive flight to drive the country to the abyss, by such irrational choices that we make?
Executive Chairman of African Peer Review Mechanism in Sierra Leone has presented comprehensive updates to board members of the Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa, at the AROVA 45 Annual Conference.
Professor Osman Gbla was speaking on the theme ‘non-profits philanthropy and Government, and policy and partnership in an era of change,’ at the event held between 17 -19 October 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Jersey Avenue, Washington in the United States of America.
As the results of the crucial constituency elections come flying in, amidst a thickening cloud of ‘camp-ish’ recriminations, the rhetoric keep rocketing high where goodwill should have taken firmer grip and served as a safe landing platform to cool down frayed and jangled emotions.
I see no ‘winner’ here. I see no ‘wise heads’ either. And not even the shadow of ‘senior statesmen’ – retired or rehired. What I see is a ready-to-shoot collection of running mouths and stand-still brains.