I listened to Palo Conteh, the Minister of Internal Affairs, shooting from the hips in an interview in which he was literarily telling the world, with all the glee of a grim reaper, to go to hell; as Sierra Leone will soon hasten the despatch of anyone sentenced to death for drawing blood from another person.
Fair enough, on the face of it, he has a good point that the law is still very much in our statutes. But I’m not sure that killing is the answer. I am not sure that the increasing wave of dastardly acts, is a reason to go down that barbaric road with all pomp and pageantry, when the nation, its people and its resources are being systematically dismembered to the distrustful swagger and mocking actions and words of national undertakers who don the garb of statesmen and leaders?
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I listened to Palo Conteh, the Minister of Internal Affairs, shooting from the hips in an interview in which he was literally telling the world, with all the glee of a grim reaper, to go to hell, because his government will soon hasten the dispatch of anyone sentenced to death for drawing blood from another person.
Fair enough, on the face of it, he has a good point that the law is still very much in our statutes. But I’m not sure that state killing is the answer.
Mr. Paul Abu Contehrecently returned home to raise the profile of Social Work in Sierra Leone. He is a MastersDegree holder in Social Work and International Development and currently serves as lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Social Work- Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. Conteh isalso Program Manger of an NGO called Global Connection Partnership Network. He talks to Social Workers Sierra Leone (SWSL) on his experience and why he thinks social work education is important to the development of the country.
SWSL: Can you tell us briefly about yourself?
Conteh:I am Paul AbuConteh, was born in the early 90s. For me social work started since I was a boy,because I grew up with my parents who encouraged me to be involved with community service. My mother happens to be a professional counselor and my father was a theologian. So the idea of socia work- helping people and commitment to community development - has a big part of my DNA.
This month of September is very important as it marks the beginning of THE COUNT DOWN TO THE FEBRUARY 2018 NATIONAL ELECTIONS - Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council, and the National Referendum on the "to be Constitution of Sierra Leone".
The Constitution of Sierra Leone is the FOUNTAIN from which all other LAWS flow.
Launching the CRC on 30th July, 2013, President Ernest Bai Koroma stated "this (the CRC) is a Committee constituted from people of every Region, Political Affiliation, and Socio-economic Group, to perform a sacred task".
Introduction The recent “revenge” shooting deaths of largely white police officers by Black gunmen in response to the spate of White police officers killings of Black men over the past few years have open wide America’s festering racial wound. While there have been even more horrid “racial murders” in the past, the recent tit-for-tat slayings put America in a very precarious situation. If this is not a timely clarion call for a concerted action to fight the canker of racial hatred, one wonders what else is. That all this should be unfolding under the guard of the first Black president in us history is so ironic and tragic.
Young people in Kabala have shown remorse, regretting the unseemly incident in the last weeks when they went on rampage in the District Headquarter Town, burning down public property and a fracas that resulted in some deaths by shooting. In a packed meeting at the Council Offices on Saturday 27th August 2016, Youth Chairman of Kasongo Youth Council and vice Chair of Koinadugu District Youth Council made a passionate pleas for clemency on behalf of all young people in the District and particularly so for the District Youth Executive, some of whose members have fled the District to avoid criminal investigation and prosecution.
As I used to say, not because I am currently living in a relatively peaceful country with my family, therefore, I should forget about the wellbeing of my brothers and sisters’ Sierra Leoneans in the country. In view of that as a true and honest concerned Sierra Leonean living thousands of miles away from my small but rich country call Sierra Leone, I am always concerned about its peace, security, progress and development.
Inspector General of Police Francis Alieu Munu held a high level meeting with the National Youth Council to discuss pertinent issues on youth engagement, community participation and the need for young people to develop themselves in readiness for leadership for the future. In speaking at a closed door meeting with some members of the Executive of the National Youth Council, The Police boss admonished them to be law abiding citizens, cautioned them that when someone gets convicted of a criminal offence, that puts the future of that person in jeopardy as the prospect for public elective office, high public positions and even Presidential appointments would be denied them. He demonstrated this to the youth leaders by saying that even the prospect of visas to travel will be denied because of a criminal record. A crime is a crime, even the lowest of crimes are all criminal and any contravention in the law that results in a police and criminal record puts your future at risk, the IG advised.
No law abiding person should condone the use of violence in any shape or form. There can be no justification of violence or riots in our community. This brings to mind the senseless loss of lives during the recent riots in the Kabala Townships. Reports have it that a proposed Youth village for Kabala was diverted to some other area in Sierra Leone.
The veracity of this story could not be confirmed. However, the thrust of this article is not about how true this was. It is about the misuse of arbitrary power of our police force to use lethal force (pardon the pun) at the slightest ripple of disturbance in our community. There have been several incidents reported about police brutality or their penchant to be trigger happy, with reckless abandon in our communities.
When national discourse deliberately uses soft words to hide hard crimes or impunity, then you know that as a society, you are up the proverbial creek with no paddle.
This is what manifests as corruption and the evolution of a country of hustlers per excellence.
Right now, our politics is constitutionally immoral and unbelievably depressing, simply because some of the utterances emanating from our leaders and supposed guardians of our moral values and the sentries of social justice, only confirm that what we have in place is indeed a leadership of the most unprincipled and the very worst among us.
By Dr. Hassan B. Sisay, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Chico, USA.
Have you ever noticed how quick some people are willing to defend African cultures and traditions no matter how bizarre and antithetical they may appear to basic human decency?
Cultural advocates often engage in endless arguments filled with a wide range of rhetorical dexterity aimed at justifying hideous customs. These advocates tend to be male. They are often cavalier about the detrimental effects of some of the customs and are quick to shut off critics with indignant justifications.
With his vast experience in the financial sector for a very long time now, the Minister of Finance, Momodu Kargbo, has disclosed that they are planning to start swinging the Country’s budget from one of consumption to that of production. This disclosure was made during an exclusive interview with Awoko following a meeting with the Chinese Vice President, Li Yuanchao, and an in-depth discussion with Gao Hucheng, Chinese Commerce Minister, on how best Sierra Leone’s projects submitted could become reality in the interest of both parties, particular the Water and Airport projects that are vital. Minister Kargbo together with other African Ministers during the Coordinators’ meeting on the implementation of the follow-up actions at the Johannesburg Summit on the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), were given the opportunity to share and exchange ideas on how best they could benefit from the US$60 billion grant loan, pledged by President Xi Jinping in December 2015 in South Africa.
Geoff R. Berridge is Emeritus Professor of International Politics, University of Leicester. He is highly rated as the most prolific contemporary writer on diplomacy. Berridge has authored numerous books on diplomacy, including Diplomacy: Theory And Practice. In the said book, he saw diplomacy as essentially a political activity “well resourced and skilful, a major ingredient of power.” The chief purpose of diplomacy, he argued in this book, “is to enable states to secure the objectives of their foreign policies without resort to force, propaganda, or law.”
Today we are launching a new column called Service to Nation in which we will recognize Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad who have been selflessly serving their country without expecting or receiving anything in return. People who have been working to change things for the better in Sierra Leone purely out of love for their country.
The main objective of the series is to serve as encouragement and inspiration for Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad to find ways to help or give back to their country. It’s almost a cliché to say nobody can truly develop or make Sierra Leone a better place except Sierra Leoneans themselves.
Dr. Jonathan Bonopha Tengbe, one of Sierra Leone’s main opposition SLPP’s aspiring candidates for the presidency at the 2018 elections, took America by storm after landing in New York on Friday, 15th July, 2016, from Qatar where he currently works.
Tengbe was in the USA to meet his supporters and the general membership of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in North America, whom according to his spokesman – “were yearning to meet and interact with the dynamic and astute civil engineer, who wants to lead the SLPP to the 2018 general and presidential elections, if elected as the party’s presidential candidate”.
Sierra Leone has been classed as one of the top 50 most peaceful nations in the world, in the latest Global Peace Index report, with Denmark, Austria, Portugal, and New Zealand topping the list, whilst Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Iraq trail at the bottom for obvious reasons – war and civil conflict.
But with the continuing, deepening culture of violence against women, many in Sierra Leone would be perplexed by the report, ranking Sierra Leone as the 5th most peaceful in Africa and 43rd globally out of 162 countries.
She stood patiently on Beach Road in Aberdeen, in front of The Family Kingdom Resort, West of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. The Family Kingdom Resort is one of the most popular hotels and resorts located along the beach area in Freetown. It is closer to the Radisson BluMamy Yoko Hotel, Bintumani Hotel and other popular hotels and resorts in the same location.
Kate (not her real name), a commercial sex worker (prostitute) stands for over thirty minutes in the street, ignoring the bright headlights and blaring ofcar horns as she patiently waits for a ‘catch’ ( as they would refer to their clients), apparently her first for the night.She makes signals and moves at any man that walks pass her.