The police force in Sierra Leone should not dismiss the persistent and continuing violence and murders, alleged to have been perpetrated by supporters of the 2012 failed presidential candidate of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), who is now also intending to contest the 2018 presidential candidacy, as a mere intra-party matter.
They should treat this as a threat to the rule of law in Sierra Leone, with wider ramification for individual freedom of liberty as enshrined in both our national and the SLPP’s constitutions, as well as for peace in the entire country.
Alie Kabba will formally declare his candidacy for the opposition SLPP presidential flagbearership on Saturday, 28th May, 2016, in the south-eastern city of Kenema.
His formal declaration will come well in advance of the party national convention, where delegates from across Sierra Leone, will elect the party’s presidential candidate for the country’s 2018 general and presidential elections.
During the 3rd monthly meeting of the Temne Association of Australia (TAA) on the 15th of May 2016, many issues were discussed, including how to support their members, especially in a time of need, how to protection their organisation from enemies of peace, progress and development. Also on how to promotion it by members. They also discussed about the progress and development of their association, especially in New South Wales (NSW) and Sierra Leone. However, you may be interested to know that the organisation's membership is growing day by day with dynamic and ambitious young Temne men and women.
When Mohamed Bouazizi, a street peddler from Sidi Bouaziz, set himself on fire after a dispute with local authorities on the 17 December 2010, little did we know that it will spiral into a major regional political upheaval to seismic proportions. Like a pack of cards, regimes like those in Egypt and Libya collapsed under the weight of unprecedented protests. The watchword from the political corridors in the West was “regime change”; a convenient synonym for the birth of Democracy in the Middle East. It is now half a decade since that fateful day, but the timeline hardly makes good reading for the prophets of Democracy.
The 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries across West Africa, Europe, and the United States. Sierra Leone is among the predominant three nations affected, alongside Guinea and Liberia. (Photo: Poverty in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown).
As of 14 December 2014, there have been 8,356 cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone, with 2,417 deaths. However, little focus has been paid to the deterioration of healthcare in these already fragile West African states.
Visiting and holding high-level meetings in three cities in two weeks – Kigali and Nairobi in East Africa and Cape Town in Southern Africa, a cascade of appreciative and sustained applause followed one of Sierra Leone’s most recognized and globally respected citizens – Kandeh Yumkella.
The reason for his global popularity may be simple: His vision for Africa and oratorical prowess. His audience believes that among the many voices sharing their vision for Africa or the direction the continent should take, none is more engaging, compelling and realistic than the 56-year old presidential flag-bearer candidate of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party.
Last week, president Koroma’s APC government in partnership with the British Department for International Development (DFID), launched an ambitious programme, aimed at providing electricity to every household in Sierra Leone by 2025, to boost the economy, maintain vital public services such as healthcare, and reduce dependency on aid.
This announcement is part of the UK Energy Africa campaign, which it says would help African countries reach a global development goal agreed by U.N. member states to ensure access to energy for all by 2030.
Sierra Leone is the first country to sign a compact with DFID to commence this solar power for all programme, which according to the government of Sierra Leone will target 149 chiefdoms within the next 18 months, and deliver electricity to 1 million people by 2020.
Less than a day after British prime minister David Cameron referred to Nigeria as a “fantastically corrupt” country, president Buhari of Nigeria has hit back, calling for the UK to repatriate all stolen assets and wealth hidden by corrupt Nigerians in UK institutions.
As the people of Sierra Leone try to understand the reasons for the country’s poverty and poor ranking in every global performance index, the word ‘Munku’ is now being associated with, and used to describe not only the president himself, but his entire government leadership.
In Sierra Leone – one of the poorest countries in the world, and with one of the lowest rates of literacy, the word ‘Munku’ is defined as someone who lacks intelligence.
It is high time Sierra Leoneans reflect deeply on some of the challenges facing the country, especially after last week’s presidential order, banning all peaceful protests within the vicinity of State House – the people’s House in the capital Freetown. Aristotle Onassis once said: “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
There is a saying that ‘when a wheelbarrow is empty, it makes more noise than a vuvuzela’. This goes for the APC funded media publishers, who parade themselves as journalists and minister plenipotentiaries, at the expense of the poor tax payers of Sierra Leone.
They see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil of their corrupt paymasters at State House in Freetown; not even when their compatriots are dropping dead like flies, because of poverty and disease.
Labour’s Sadiq Khan has vowed to do all in his power to make London “better”, as he was sworn in as the new mayor. The much-criticised campaign questioned Mr Khan’s alleged links to extremists. Mr Khan said he was disappointed by the “negative and divisive” nature of Mr Goldsmith’s mayoral campaign, which focused on Mr Khan’s alleged links to Islamic extremists.
Whoever has the ears of the President, should please tell him that the dividends of democracy in Sierra Leone, have not reached the door of the common man.
That their hearts ache, because the trust they had in today being the tomorrow, which they thought about yesterday, has been crushed in the unfolding drama of our realities.
Tell him that those institutions that should form the bedrock of our expected change, have suffered utter neglect and even total destruction, and can no longer be the driver of any change in Sierra Leone.
That there is need for deep introspection, because everybody want the prophesied change, but are looking up and wondering why those calling them to follow, are maintaining the state of affairs that has elevated the politics of subservience and fiefdom to criminal level.
Several opposition political activists were arrested and sent to the notorious Mafanta prison where they languished until death.
Many others were declared insane and never saw their loved ones again, whilst a few of those who felt trapped in their own homes – too scared to come out, felt they had no choice but to surrender. They then joined the ranks of the ruling APC.
I read someone referring to president Koroma, who, in a thinly disguised indignation, called agitators that are against the growing socio-economic plight of the people – irritants, as the great footballer Pele.
How sad, because in the desperate scramble for image laundering, political praise-singers often fail to appreciate the semantics of their imagery.
You are obliged to listen to the protests and demands of Sierra Leoneans who elected you democratically to represent them, especially in obvious cases when the protests and demands are relevantly appropriate.
Now, compare the democracy you practice to the international pillars of a veritable democracy: Accepting majority rule; guaranteeing and respecting minority rights; following due process of law; ensure free and fair elections; respecting equality before the law; respecting the sovereignty of the people; guaranteeing of basic human rights; respect for Constitutional limits on government; promote social, economic, and political pluralism; accept that government is based upon consent of the governed; respecting and upholding the values of tolerance, pragmatism, cooperation, and compromise.
As the Sierra Leone People Party (SLPP) is bracing up to form an Alliance, four aspirants, Alie Kabba, Francis Lahai, Munda Rogers and John Oponjo Benjamin, have asserted that Alpha Osman Timbo is the right man to lead the party in 2018.
They arrived at this conclusion when making statements at the official declaration of Mr. Timbo’s intention in his home town at Rokulan, Northern Sierra Leone on Saturday 30 April 2016.
The deliberate failure of the central government to pay attention to the issues affecting the Bonthe Sherbro Island has left it to be isolated and forgotten in the country. (Photo: Remains of Paterson Zochonis (P.Z). Can Monuments and relics Commission preserve this?)
At the moment things are no longer at ease for the Island and her inhabitants except if the Good Samaritan could emerge and breathe a relief on them.