Gynecologist and Superintendent of Bo Government Hospital, Dr. Roland Williamson Taylor has warned that a particular type Intra-Uterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD could have negative impacts on the user.
“This is a particular type of IUCD and if you don’t get it right, it can create problem for the womb of the woman, with risk of bleeding, infection and perforation of the womb,” he said.
(1) The Sierra Leone Police has always enjoyed 'free airtime' in local Radio Stations across the country, and cannot convincingly relate the establishment of its own Radio Station to 'cost recovery', if not otherwise.
(2) The Police FM Station will have to unnecessarily counter and dispute the fair broadcasts/publications of credible news items that have to do with its membership, in the traditional media, as conflicts of interest may likely arise plus the threats of arrests of practicing journalists, and other fearless members of the public who may be speaking genuinely on issues of national interest.
Can NEC and or the Supreme Court legally set a date for a presidential run-off elections outside the 14 day period mandated by the Constitution?
No. By section 42 (2)(f) of the Constitution of Sierra Leone Act No. 6 of 1991, a presidential run-off election "shall" be held within 14 days from the date of the announcement of the first round of the election result. This is a mandatory constitutional provision. Neither the Supreme Court nor NEC can legally alter this position. By section 108 (1) of the Constitution, only Parliament may alter the Constitution. By ordering that a run-off election be held outside the constitutionally mandated 14 day period, is the Supreme Court not altering the position of and or violating the Constitution in this respect? To my mind, it is and illegally so.
From the outset, to many observers, the two manifestos of the two main political parties in Sierra Leone are similar in many ways, though written using different connotation.
Of course, it is no surprise that the APC and SLPP have similar plans because these two parties have been the only political parties to have ruled this country for the past fifty-six odd years, and therefore, they know the real and artificial problems facing this country; and possibly, even how to resolve these problems.
The one that many thought was a stranger to politics or even to the people of Sierra Leone now seems to be the best weapon the All Peoples Congress has in its arsenal for the coming national elections. The eloquence of Dr Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara is now seen as one of his selling points, a unique advantage that he has over all other contenders. In a campaign where attributes of public speaking and command of economic and geo-political dynamics mark one candidate above the rest, Dr Samura Kamara expertise in articulating the precepts of economic development and strategies to address issues of macro-economic significance to Sierra Leone show why he was chosen as the best out of a field of 28 others for the position of APC flag bearer at Makeni in 2017.
With elections fast approaching, there are clear signs that Sierra Leone’s political discourse is growing up. March 7, 2018 is D-day for Sierra Leone’s electorate. The country will go to the polls and vote for new representatives – MPs, mayors, councillors, district council chairs and of course, a president who will determine our future for the next five years.
Sierra Leone has had over a decade and a half of peace, nevertheless when we hold elections, the rest of the world still looks at us warily.
Sierra Leone returned to the conduct of periodic democratic elections in 1996 following the end of the military regime. In 1996, the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) won (well according the NEC) the elections with late Alhaji Ahmed Tejan Kabbah as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. He was re-elected in 2002 following the declaration of the official end of the 11 years brutal war that left over 50, 000 dead and more displaced and amputated.
Sierra Leone is being predominantly ruled by us the men. The glass ceilings are very much intact and can only be broken if the women say so. I have always argued that women’s political representation and presidency is what will transform Sierra Leone.
The fight for women’s empowerment has eclipsed all other fights even on the global stage. There are countries around the world that women have served and still serving as Heads of States. Yes, there are better developed democracies that should have broken that glass ceilings, but that is not the case.
Politics is the quest for power, influence and authority. And for the simple reason that political office aids the allocation of resources in transition districts it is often viewed as warfare with attendant security implications. Security which is the freedom from danger or damage whether physical or emotional is imperative in the electoral process.
Elections in Sierra Leone are full of animosity and therefore fraught with danger. Election security has been a major challenge to both the election referee and the citizenry as political parties and their supporters view the electoral process as a “do or die” affair resulting in brigandage and electoral malfeasance.
Dear Friend, I write this letter in response to a genuine concern a friend expressed to me in a text message. She stated emphatically how paranoid she becomes when she meets people on her way to an event and they fail to greet her or give her a smile. She stated that such disdainful behaviour alone can really piss her off. I told her such is life. We often become quick to apportion a chunk of the blame to other people only for us to realize that people apportion that same blame to us.
These are not normal times. As political tensions mount in the All Peoples Congress, the death knell of many a political pretender and usurper is being sounded. For one thing, the definitive conditions imposed on the preference for a successor to President Ernest Bai Koroma as leader of the APC Government opens up clear gaps between the contenders. The recurring narrative is for a person with institutional knowledge to lead the succession and take the Party to victory in the next elections. Now many would ask what criteria would dictate the level of institutional knowledge that can be judged as requisite to pass the threshold that is required. To mention service to the government as institutional knowledge of the Party is like describing sleep and death. They may seem similar but one of them is not desirable as an option for the contender.
Almost two years ago – 2nd November 2015, one of the most underestimated candidates for the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) presidential flagbearership – Dr. Jonathan Tengbe, spoke exclusively to the editor of the Sierra Leone Telegraph about his chances of winning the race.
He told the editor – Abdul Rashid Thomas (ART) back then, that he was travelling to Sierra Leone from the Middle East where he currently works as an Engineer, to attend a conference along with all the other party presidential aspirants, to find a peaceful solution to the infighting that was threatening to destroy the party’s chances at the general elections in 2018.
As the uneasy debate about the causes of the flooding disaster in Freetown and who must be held accountable and responsible continues, there are growing concerns about the misuse and misappropriation of funds meant for the survivors and victims of the disaster, by government officials.
Saturday 29 July 2017, in Makeni City, Bombali District – President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone pronounced the rebirth of one more region [Northwest], two more districts [Karene and Falaba] and 49 more chiefdoms [see footnote] in what he referred to as “correcting historical wrongs” in Sierra Leone. This is against the backdrop of the Berlin Conference [1884-5] outcomes. Before then, the whole of pre-colonial Africa was made up of few empires and kingdoms until that action of the partitionists that divided Africa and subsequently created chiefdoms.
The depth of anger and dismay that are being expressed by Sierra Leoneans on social media at the minister of information – Mohamed Bangura, who is openly advocating for pregnant Sierra Leonean women to go abroad to give birth, so as to receive the healthcare and social security benefits offered in those countries is not surprising.
J.B.Dauda aka ‘Jam Body for Development (JBD)’ led a very successful political life, albeit in our murky political scene in Sierra Leone. And I am seized of the need to write something about this industrious son of Kenema who has been called to rest by nature.
JBD was SLPP through and true. As a student both in and out of Sierra Leone in the 60s and early 70s, he never shied away from SLPP activities and meetings. While he was in the UK pursuing his law degree he was the SLPP student chairman at some point.
In continuation of the philanthropic activitiesof the Chief Executive Officer for Social Corporation for Development Organization Joseph Saidu N'Bompa Turay distributed one thousands ( 1,000)bundles of pure drinking water to people lined up for registration in the eastern areas.
As part of our 56th Independence Anniversary Supplement, we bring you the first Independence Message ever made in our nation on April 27, 1961, by the country’s first indigenous Leader, Prime Minister Sir Milton Margai.
Men, women and children of Sierra Leone, I greet you all on this historic day, and I rejoice with you.
The mandate to maintain law and order and to keep the President’s peace is a statutory duty imposed on the Police together with the responsibility as the agency authorized to impose violence in the name of the state. The history of the Sierra Leone Police is a chequered one, distended by the civil war where all control over violence was taken away from the police in a state of mayhem and a gradual loss of the ability to maintain civilian authority or control over law and order.
Hon. Victor Bockarie Foh was from 2013, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to China until he was announced and sworn-in as the country’s new Vice President on 19th March, 2015, by His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma.
A household name in the country, cherished for his steadfastness in highlighting the ideals of his Party, the APC, Vice President Foh is a respected political loyalist that has, for decades, built a rich pedigree in the senior hierarchy of the governing All People’s Congress, a party he joined in the 70s and had never for once left it for any other.