The wave of institutionalization of democracy through regular elections in Sub-Saharan Africa has intensified over the last two decades. Despite its accompanying challenges, they still give citizens an opportunity to participate in their governance. Whether this is an indication of democratic growth in fledgling democracies like Liberia and Sierra Leone is still up for debate as both countries head to the polls. Liberians will vote in the second round of the Presidential elections in the coming weeks while, Sierra Leoneans go to the multi-tier elections (Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government elections) on March 7th, 2018. Despite their differences, both countries have quite a bit in common, such as similarities in food, sources of income and the unenviable notoriety for bad governance. Each country also has the potential to inspire the other to higher heights in transforming the lives of their citizens.
Politics should not be a battle with bullets. It should be fought on ideas and issues. Civility is core and influential in getting one’s message across, politically. And where there is political decorum, the masses earn the better side of it, through the delivery of result upon one’s election.
When monstrous tendencies and coercion are employed to get a political support, it becomes worrisome for the very survival of the political platform upon which, an individual represents. Political violence in whatever form has no place in modern day democracy. Where such is perpetrated, it should be condemned in its entirety. A political entity should use acceptable means to woo voters, and not seeking brutal means to attain power.
In democratic political systems, those who occupy executive offices enjoy the privileges of incumbency.
During elections for example, they obtain a lot of free publicity and often, public support, by simply doing their normal work of supplying public goods such as job creation programmes and public works. They benefit from information on opponents because they have access and control over security and intelligence agencies.
They get to travel round the country at government expense except when they go out for explicit campaign purposes. The difference between a campaign trip and a trip to open a hospital for example could be difficult to establish. Enjoying the privileges of incumbency is therefore a legitimate benefit that all executives in positions of power enjoy. This is a problem for democracy as it makes it difficult for the opposition to compete effectively against incumbents.
Questions as to whether young people of Sierra Leone are really serious about fixing a brighter future for themselves and taking their rightful position in the political, social or economic landscape of Sierra Leone are what have become very much worrisome to many Sierra Leoneans and by extension the world.
It was in this same country that youth in ghettos, ataya bases, colleges, universities, schools, entertainment centres and youth gathering points have been grumbling and complaining bitterly of total neglect and sidelining by politicians when it comes to providing them their basic needs and also giving them brighter future.
The trepidation, the Da Vinci Code-like cliff-hanger suspense, and the best kept secret of the secrecy that surrounded the succession issue within the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) are now over. For the APC has now minted Dr Samura Kamara, the current Foreign Affairs Minister who has had stints with the Bretton Woods Institutions and the Commonwealth Secretariat, as the mascot to white-flag the party in next year’s presidential election.
China saves an average of 13.9 million people out of poverty each year from 2012 to 2016, and the annual per capita income in impoverished rural areas has grown 10.7 percent every year, according to a report from the State Council Tuesday.
The report on poverty relief work was delivered by Liu Yongfu on behalf of the State Council at the ongoing bimonthly session of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee.
Founded on 3rd October 1973, the Mano River Union is by all intents and purposes an institution that has now come of age. At 44, the Mano River Union exhibits every frailty of a man in his prime though not the athletic type but the average guy who ticks most if not all of the boxes, easy going with still a lot of potential within him. What is most important to appreciate is the knocks and bruises that forty four years have heaped on this institution carved out from the vision to share the burden of security and peace within the borders of two similar though different English speaking countries (one is American English and the other is pure English), that has transformed to a country of four currencies, two official languages, over fifty local dialects, a population of 40 million and a total land mass of around 752,428 Km.2
MOPADA Community Mobilizer explaining how the rationale behind the project
WASH Media Network Sierra Leone with support from WaterAid has visited WaterAid partner’s operational areas in Kenema East of Sierra Leone. The objective of the visit was to identify all developmental works doned by MOPADA in the areas of water, sanitation and best hygiene practices.
Giving an over view of their operations, the Community Mobilizer for MOPADA in Small Bo Chiefdom Kenema, Lansana Ndawah underscored the importance of the visit.He said MOPADA operates in two districts, for Kenema they work in Dodo and Kailahun Yeiwa chiefdom respectively.
The toll road is basically a road in which there is a form of road pricing with the view of covering the cost of construction and maintenance of that particular road as well as providing funds to government which could be used for various projects not excluding roads. Toll roads have existed in various shapes and forms in the development of human history. The term toll road may also be referred to as a turnpike or toll way and may also exhibit itself in the form of traffic congestion charges. Some researchers put the existence of toll roads for more than 2700 years, corresponding to the era before Christ.
It was Grahame Green who wrote the epic tome, “the heart of the matter,” a book that became an all-time bestseller. Significantly, Grahame Green became more popular for his travelogues which provided graphic pictures of empire and British garn living in the colonies. He mentioned Freetown in one of his travel stories and made such references to City Hotel and the new Lebanese community that was growing within the colony as a separate class between the White men and Colonial Administrators and the indigenous people of this city. He painted a picture of serene town, a city full of life and leisure but nonetheless a momentous colonial outpost where white men and the Lebanese lived a joyous life at the expense of the very pliant local indigenous peoples. He made some scant references to the upcoming Creole class but never went beyond the cover of their astute Englishness as civil servants underpinning the British colonial administration.
The Institute of Governance Reform has described the 2018 National Elections as a test case for the ruling APC Government, in view of the series of controversies around the processes, including serious funding challenges facing the National Electoral Commission.
See details in the governance perspective Vol VIII of the institution below.
Not so long ago in various blogs, we made the case that it is time to consider a woman president in Sierra Leone.Some people jumped all over it and thought it wrong that it does not have to be a woman, but anyone who is qualified.I could not agree with them more after the fact, but back then when I made that initial statement I did not have a specific female candidate in mind.Today I do!
When I learned that Haja Dr. Zainab Hawa Bangura may be running for the Presidency of Sierra Leone, I got even more interested in my female candidate aspirations and became more vocal in the usual social media spaces I participate in.Not because she is a woman per se, but because she is arguably, more qualified than all of the other aspirants.She just happens to be a woman!
According to UN HABITAT, a slum is an unplanned and overcrowded settlement with deplorable sanitary conditions that make it prone to diseases and natural calamities.
A slum is a heavily populated urban informal settlement characterized by substandard housing and squalor. While slums differ in size and other characteristics, most lack reliable sanitation services, supply of clean water, reliable electricity, law enforcement and other basic services. Slum residences vary from shanty houses to professionally built dwellings that because of poor-quality construction or provision of services have deteriorated into slums.
Heavy rains during the months of April to September is a known phenomenon, and during the 2015 flood in the capital it was evident that because of the encroachment on the hills, water streams and bridges there was a 100% likelihood of re-occurrence.
Despite support from international agencies and other civil society groups no plans are currently in place to respond to such emergencies. A ‘do nothing’ strategy is not an option. In this my concluding analysis, I discuss some of the issues that should be considered to mitigate climate – related disasters in Freetown.
As an unabashed, unflinching, uncompromising, and biased supporter of our beloved APC party, I am writing this open letter to you to express a sense of frustration on the current events and direction many of us APC supports in the Diaspora are experiencing. I hope you will appreciate and understand where our frustrations are coming from.
There is a feeling in many of us Diasporans that the traumatic Mudslide event of August 14 has unintended blinded us all from focusing on the March 2018 elections next year. Decisions taken before and after August 14, i.e. postponement of the party conventions, have created not only hardship for us in the Diaspora, but confusion, and a semblance of a lack of strategic direction. The information flow needed for party mobilization and strategy seems to be grounded to a halt except perhaps for a very select few who may be privy to what is going.
The recent announcement by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) following the exhaustive research and implementation, the MAFFS in collaboration with farmers has been able to harvest the first crop of Irish Potatoes in the hilly areas of Kono, eastern part of Sierra Leone.
The increasing urbanization of the Western Region in Sierra Leone has equally led to the demand for land to build affordable housing. Unplanned development and encroachment on forest land, water tributaries and catchment areas is rendering the peninsular forest reserve a disaster-prone area.