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.
The Kono descendants have called for a worldwide demonstration on the 23/04/16 at the offices of Tiffany & Co in London. According to information, Tiffany & Co is sharing a financial partnership with OCTEA; the sole owner of Koidu Holdings Ltd. Koidu holdings is known as the largest mining company in Sierra Leone. The District seems to literally subscribe to the James Bond series that “Diamonds are forever”. It is an undeniable fact that with the exception of a few selfish indigenes, diamonds have rather been a CURSE than a Blessing to its people. You cannot run away from the fact that the discovery of diamonds, since the 1930s in Kono District has not brought its own sunny side to the inhabitants. Try balancing what has been taken out of the land with what the land has received in return.
Take a look at Sierra Leone, a country that has been independent from colonial rule for the past 55 years, and classed as one of the poorest nations in the world – a country in 1961 with much promise, hope and the resource potential to become one of the best in Africa.
How and where did it all go so horribly wrong? Is it because of poor leadership – heads of state that cared less about democracy, good governance, civil liberty and the rule of law, rather than their own narrow self-interests?
Youth constitutes the greater majority of Sierra Leone's population and the labour force. Youth have suffered the worst injustice and neglect but any attempt to abandon them would be disastrous to the growth and development of the country. Despite efforts by authorities to rearrange their sufferings, youth have introduced a new form of engaging in violent activities: these days, youths form themselves into different groups they name as cliques that perpetrate violence in different communities. Names like Soso Blue, G-unit, CCC, MOB and the like are groups comprising hooligans who gang up to engage in all forms of violence. They carry machetes they refer to as 'chappers', and knives to stab one another.
For the past four years, if not longer, the main opposition party in Sierra Leone – the Sierra Leone People’s party (SLPP) has been tearing itself apart, as various factions within the party fight to take over its leadership.
This internecine war has led to costly and length court battles, prompting questions about the party’s ability to defeat the ruling APC at the polls in 2018, and their preparedness and seriousness to govern the country.
But as the bitter struggle for power moved from the party headquarters in Freetown to the court house, all sides have realised that, whilst preoccupied with destroying each other, president Koroma and his ruling party are busy carving up the country in advance of the 2018 elections.
In the greater scheme of things, when faced with the big picture as to what matters most to an opposition political party, petty constitutional squabbles about who makes the cup of tea and who drinks from which cup, pales into insignificance.
An opposition party must look and sound like a government in waiting. And if it cannot do just that, then its relevance to the people of Sierra Leone, 80% of whom are living in abject poverty – with no water and electricity, must be questioned.
Recent squabbles about who is a member of the party and who is not – and how long they have been a member before having the temerity to want to lead the party, is nothing but a village mentality that should have no place in a modern political institution.
Attempt by party bosses to bar members that are living and working abroad from contesting leadership elections, whilst accepting their hard earned cash, which keeps the party afloat, is nothing short of self-destructiveness.
The need for the country’s Party Political Registration Commission (PPRC) to step in as an arbitrator, to help resolve dispute about constitutional changes aimed at creating an apartheid system within the party, could easily and sensibly have been avoided, had the party bosses and their warring factions focused on what mattered most.
If I was a lexicographer (a person who compiles dictionaries) I would have inserted a new a name in the dictionary for a government which suffers from credibility deficit - All Peoples Congress. But maybe if I put a lexicography degree on my CV and I am facing a parliamentary committee I would have four ways to defend it courtesy of APC presidential nominees.
Sir Michael Albert was born on October 10, 1910, at Gbangbatoke in Banta Chiefdom (now Moyamba District) and went to St. Edward's Secondary School, Freetown.
He first worked as a nurse from 1931 to 1944, then proceeded to Britain to study law at the Inner Temple Inns of Court where he qualified as a lawyer in 1948 and returned to Sierra Leone and enrolled as a solicitor and advocate in the Supreme Court and later went into private practice.
The first phase of President Koroma’s Post-Ebola Recovery and Transition Programme will end March 31 followed by the second phase of 10-24 months which is expected to kick off in April 2016. By all indications, the 6-9 months recovery efforts have seen significant improvements in the key priority areas of health, education, social protection and private sector across all fourteen districts in the country.
Head of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation which visited Freetown from 15-29 March, 2016 to conduct the fifth review under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF), John Wakeman-Linn, has stated that Sierra Leone’s economic momentum was building again, while GDP was expected to grow by 4.3 percent this year from a contraction of 21 percent in 2015.
“Sierra Leone’s economy is recovering from the twin shocks of the Ebola virus epidemic and the halt in iron-ore mining. Economic momentum was building again, and GDP was expected to grow by 4.3 percent this year from a contraction of 21 percent in 2015.The improvement reflects the pick-up in economic activities following the end of Ebola, and the resumption of iron ore mining early this year. Inflation remained stable at 8.5 percent in 2015, but a small up-tick is expected in 2016 due to the depreciation of the Leone,” he said, after the visit, which also included the 2016 Article IV consultation discussions.
The much anticipated National Housing and Population Census provisional report is out to the public, ten years down the line since Sierra Leone held its last census. This exercise is regarded as defining moment for a country in need of development, so there is every need for the exercise to be treated seriously. The issue that has stood out is the recent press released from the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party describing the census figures as "substantially flawed, inaccurate and unreliable which according to many indicate something different want to happening.
But according to the Deputy Publicity Secretary of the APC who was quick to defend his party stating that they will not be worried if SLPP boycotts the 2018 elections but to many people especially the poor are worried because if SLPP one of the oldest political party in the West Africa sub-region boycott a national elections of such nature show that Sierra Leone as nation is far from practicing good democracy.
The Panama corruption money laundering scandal making the world headlines today, would not have been complete, without mentioning Sierra Leone. What a surprise.
When the Wiki leaks documents were released many years ago, few expected Sierra Leone to be mentioned, let alone have its own dedicated chapter on cocaine trafficking, among the volumes of some of the most spectacular political and economic misdemeanours ever reported.
But then this is Sierra Leone, always rising to the occasion and flying the flag high, when it comes to topping the global index for all the wrong reasons: corruption, poor governance, and poverty.
Thanks to those running the country, whose culpability and profound lack of interest in due diligence and investor fiduciary responsibility, encourages corruption which is depriving millions of Sierra Leoneans of a decent standard of living.
This year’s World Water Day, on March 22, provides an opportunity to highlight what in many countries has become a grim reality: The availability of fresh water is increasingly a defining strategic factor in regional and global affairs. Unless water resources are managed with extraordinary care, the consequences could be devastating.
Last year, the United Nations World Water Development Report once again highlighted how the growing gap between supply and demand could create conflict. The World Economic Forum has ranked water crises as the most worrying global threat, more dangerous than terrorist attacks or financial meltdowns, and more likely to occur than the use of weapons of mass destruction. And research by the Strategic Foresight Group has shown the importance of wise management: Countries engaged in the joint stewardship of water resources are exceedingly unlikely to go to war.
This major event is a catalyst for ideas focused on farm mechanisation as key a driver for growth in African agriculture,” says Thierry Lhotte, Massey Ferguson Vice President Marketing, Europe/Africa/Middle East (EAME). “With up to 100 machines on show, this will be the biggest spectacle of MF farm machinery and agricultural services staged in Africa for many years. Our emphasis is firmly on the new generation of farmers, farm workers and agribusinesses and their vital role in advancing the future of African farming. We have planned a really dynamic and thought-provoking experience with plenty to inform, inspire and entertain our guests.”
Ebola survivors remain grateful for the support of Pink Cross Sierra Leone, and pray that they continue to help them especially with livelihood support. According to Abdul Kamara the coordinator for the Sierra Leone Ebola Association, Pink Cross Sierra Leone and partners have given them hope for a new beginning in addition to the Psychosocial counselling, sanitation and hygiene support.
Despite some success by Africa in achieving much of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), improved maternal heath has proved the hardest to deliver. The fifth development goal sought to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015. Despite modest improvements in some areas, Africa falls short of the set targets. The continent still has the highest number of maternal deaths in the world. In 2013, for example, of the total 289,000 maternal deaths reported worldwide, 62% of these occurred in Africa, according to the World Health Organisation. This is about 800 women dying each day due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth.