It is easy to celebrate winners and scorn losers. This is politics and in this game, everybody wins. A famous political figure in England describes his removal from office as an opportunity for him to spend some valuable and quality time with his family. The question would easily be asked of those who have lost office in the recent reshuffle in Sierra Leone whether they see themselves being more family conscious at this time of their recall from active duty.
As the general public struggles to come to terms with the rationale behind the unceremonial sacking of the former Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai, the shock of the further campaign of calumny launched against him and staff of Radio Democracy FM98.1 was more severe.
Is changing the constitution and staying in power beyond term limits a show of love for one’s country or just a way of ignoring the voice of the very people that catapulted you to power?
In a speech to the African Union last year in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, US President Barack Hussein Obama had this to say:
“I am in my second term. It has been an extraordinary privilege for me to serve as president of the United States. I cannot imagine a greater honor or a more interesting job. I love my work, but under the constitution I cannot run again. I can’t run again. I actually think I am a really good president. I think if I run I will win, but I can’t.
It pains to respond to a letter authored by ‘innocent’ lawyers deceived by a client desperate to score points. I pity the lawyers at Betts and Berewa Chambers who could not resist the urge to write a libelous letter to a reputable media institution after being mislead by a senior public official. How pathetic that the lawyers seem to be in a rush to hit at the Editor of the Newspaper as evident in the strong and malicious language used in the letter coupled with grammatically errors, or should I say Latin?
By: Musa Conteh, Information Officer, Cabinet Secretariat.
The United Arab Emirates hosted an international community of government authorities, academic institutions, private sector officials and international organizations from around the world to explore the future of governments at the WorldGovernmentSummit (4th edition) from 8-10 February, 2016;in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.
Over 100 journalists from 44 African countries on March 4 2016 convened in Elmina, Ghana, to tackle issues in the fisheries sector. They witnessed how sustainable fishery management can reduce extreme poverty, build climate resilient communities, and foster strong economies. Together, journalists decided to harness the power of the media to support sustainable fisheries.
West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or We Are Examinations Criminals (WAEC)?
Which of the above is more genuinely applicable in today’s National Office of Sierra Leone?
Anthony Kamara Sr of Winnipeg Canada examines the performance of our WAEC National Office in Freetown in the last forty years and makes his recommendation.
Fourah Bay College became affiliated to Durham University in England in 1876, and from that year the new College started presenting students for British university degrees.
The University of Cambridge, the second oldest University in the English-speaking world and one of three British universities considered as parent universities for Fourah Bay College, was again the choice of the Church Missionaries Society (CMS) for the conduct of secondary school examinations for both the Junior and Senior Cambridge school exams for students in Sierra Leone and the rest of Anglophone West Africa.
For 76 long years(1876-1952) West African students wrote these two exams including the Senior Cantab for university entry.
The Foundation of Islamic Information Sierra Leone; a notable religious organization that is responsible for the sanitizations and convergence of communal relations with Quranic memorization competition, workshops, seminars, civic and Islamic education has on 29th February, 2016 organized a press briefing at the Harry Yansaneh Hall, 56 Campbell Street, to inform members of the press about their upcoming 3rd National Quranic Memorization Competition on the 26th June, 2016 at the Miatta Conference Hall with the theme ‘Allah raises some in status by means of this book and He lowers some by means of it” (Saheen Muslims, 817).
Eight months ago – June 2015, the parliament of Sierra Leone published the long awaited parliamentary committee report into the stolen $14 million Ebola funds, uncovered by an investigation conducted by the country’s Auditor General.
Though the committee report was described by many Sierra Leoneans as a State House cover-up, yet its recommendations called for millions of dollars to be paid back to the State by those held accountable by the Auditor General for the missing funds.
Sierra Leone’s pastors and imams are playing a big role in denying the poor of clean drinking water. How?
They are turning a blind eye, or, pretending to be deaf, or, hardly preaching about real life issues in their churches and mosques concerning clean drinking water, or, the destruction of the SOURCE of clean drinking water in Freetown.
About a week ago, I was on the local Star television’s Press Review programme. They have been attracted to me because of a recent investigative article by me on unhygienic water being sold in sachets by commercial water companies in Freetown.
The debate as to whether foreign aid is good or bad, or whether it works or not, is as old as the humanitarian gesture itself, and is set to continue, as long as there are donors willing to give and recipients happily ready to receive. (Photo: Kroo Bay, Freetown, Sierra Leone).
In Africa, many economists and political activists have long argued that aid is bad for the continent, as it drives down innovation and discourages the incentive for hard work and independence.
Perhaps the most argued case against foreign aid is that it encourages corruption in high places, that is today responsible for the abject poverty and suffering that many poor people in Africa are facing.
But many protagonists of foreign aid believe that without it, Africa will be far worse off than it is today – economically, politically and socially. Its impact on the continent they say, far outweighs its negative unintended consequences.
Writing in the academic journal – ‘theconversation.com’, three academics – Channing Arndt, Finn Tarp, and Sam Jones, argue that “development aid works over time, but must adapt to 21st-century needs.”
Inhabitants of Masongbo Limba community have demonstrated willingness to collaborate with the Commission to wipe corruption out of their community. This commitment was made at an outreach meeting the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) organized on Wednesday 27th January 2016 at the Masongbo Communication Centre, Masongbo Limba village, Mabamba Section, Safroko Limba Chiefdom, Bombali District.
It was reported in a local tabloid last Friday that there is a grand conspiracy to disenfranchise the two leading flag-bearer aspirants of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio and the former Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella. According to the report that was attributed to anonymous ‘credible sources’, a clause has been inserted in the revised constitution which stipulates that any person who has served in a military junta should not be eligible to contest for the presidency of the Republic of Sierra Leone, noting that the clause forms part of the governing All People’s Congress (APC) submission to the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) and was allegedly submitted with the main objective of banning Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio and Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella.
Sierra Leone is vastly rich in natural resources, and its government is woefully incapable of exploiting this wealth creating potential, for the good of its population of six million.
Corruption, poor governance, and inept leadership are responsible for the abject poverty that the people of Sierra Leone are facing today.
But the communist tendency of those governing the ruling APC party, is a serious concern for those in the country that are committed to building a vibrant liberal democracy and a prosperous nation, based on honest personal enterprise, and an open and free market economy – not controlled by the Koroma family and their patrons.
Recent visit of senior members of the Chinese Communist Party to Sierra Leone raise serious questions about the true purpose of their meeting with president Koroma at State House, and with senior members of the ruling Communist APC party.
A recently launched coalition report led by the Institute of Governance Reform (IGR) has established that at least Le81 billion worth of illicit payments were made to traffic officials in the last one year by nearly 60% of traffic offences. The report, ‘Critical Perspective of Governance’ Volume 6 titled: ‘Corruption stops with us ending bribery for traffic offences in Sierra Leone,’ also states that ‘Government lost an estimated Le700 billion (32% of revenue) from licences fees and potential fines for traffic offences that are not paid to authorized revenue collection agencies.’
Holidaymakers returning to the diaspora from Freetown are commending President Ernest Bai Koroma and the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ) for the outstanding progress they saw in Sierra Leone where they spent the last Christmas and New Year holidays.
One of them, Madam Marie Turay, who is an active participant in the social media, said she spent Christmas at Binkolo . These were her exact words : “Good Morning Sir. Hope all is well. I was in Sierra Leone for a month and I came back on the 16th. The Western side of the country is beautiful.
Sierra Leone must be seen as a country where its citizens and other nationals obey it laws. It should NOT be seen as a country where its citizens and other nationals are above the laws of the state if we really need good progress and development in the country. In view of that it must be seen as a country where its laws can bit every individual or group, regardless of status, position or title. Indiscipline and lawlessness issues in the country are not only among the common people, like commercial drivers, orka dar riders, traders, cult gangs etc. Therefore, I’m sorry to say many so-called Senior Sierra Leoneans, especially the elites educated fools are also too indiscipline and lawless individuals in the country.
The Twentieth Century is long gone, but the celebrations that marked the beginning of the twenty-first century on January 1, 2000, reverberated throughout the world.
The new Millennium was considered by many, especially development practitioners, as a period of hope for the eradication of poverty, to ensure peace at all times, as well as restore the dignity of the entire human race.
For Africa in particular, this was seen as a moment for the continent to take its rightful place among civilized nations. Unfortunately, the development trajectory of most of the 54 countries on the continent is lamentable.
On a scale between -1 and 1, where -1 to 0 is considered “underdevelopment” and 0 to 1 considered “development”, most African countries will cluster from -0.5 to 0.3. This implies that their development paths are not encouraging (see IMF Publication on “Regional Economic Outlook, SSA – Staying the Course”, October 2014 edition).
In Sierra Leone, the new Millennium started with rehabilitation, construction and settlement, which eclipsed into “development” by the end of the first decade, and then continued extensively into the second decade.
Please remember that development means different things to different people, but all definitions point towards a common goal – “improvement in the lives of the people, more commonly called welfare improvement”.
But it seems the modern meaning of development is simply “the degree of the lives people are living and the associated freedoms they are enjoying” (Sen, 2000).
This piece is therefore an attempt to explain some of the issues on the “dark side” of Sierra Leone’s development in the 21st Century.
In a news publication last week by Noozz ( a London based market intelligence service focusing on countries in Middle East and North Africa), the Dutch firm Howa BV at the centre of the APC Trashgate said about its work in Lebanon “We have up to 900,000 tons of non-hazardous and hazardous waste under contract.” To put that into some context, for instance, in one of its contracts Howa BV is partnered with a Saudi Company ERS to supply 9,500 tons of industrial waste daily to an ammonia plant in Belgium and that project which begins in 2019 will cost a whopping $4 billion.
The truism, no news is good news cannot be further from the truth when the no news is displaced by false news, lies and innuendo. The damage that is done to good governance is uncountable and so it is that Sierra Leone suffers from a whole raft of lies and misinformation that is peddled on the social media networks. This not only accords for a bad image of the country being portrayed in the international stage but a lack of coherent Government response or a diminished reaction to falsehoods leaves the Government open to ridicule. In the recent past, the campaign of misinformation has shown itself to result in a direct attack on the President, who has in any event, worked very hard to build a very good reputation on the international stage.