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.