Ebola countdown – setback for Sierra Leone as one person dies in Kambia

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 August 2015

ebola burial teams

After almost 50 days without any new case, and no deaths reported in the last 2 weeks from the Ebola virus in the Kambia district – once at the northern epicentre of the virus, there are confirmed reports today of the death of a woman in the district.

This brings the total cumulative number of people dead from the virus in Kambia to 159.

The World Health Organisation has warned that Sierra Leone cannot be declared Ebola free until after the last victim has died or discharged, and no new cases found in 42 consecutive days.

No deaths had been recorded in the country in the last fifteen days. So today’s announcement will come as a major blow for the people of Sierra Leone, who just cannot wait for the country to be declared Ebola free.

So far, 3,587 people have died of the virus in Sierra Leone, since May 2014 – when official counting began. When will this virus end – if ever?

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Maada Bio is a nationalist – not a tribalist

Yusuf Keketoma Sandi

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 August 2015

Maada Bio preparing for State House

You have to be as powerful as Julius Maada Bio (Photo) to always make the news headline, or have anything you say – every word and sentence, constantly scrutinised.

We accept that with his high level of popularity and being a politician vying for the highest office in Sierra Leone, there will always be public scrutiny.

However, public scrutiny is different from smear campaign, raining insults and spreading lies and senseless imaginative stories about a young man.

The latest interview Julius Maada Bio gave to Kiss 104 FM last week, is one of his most powerful. He was passionate, confident, reassuring, composed, witty, methodological, factual and showed why he is an excellent political communicator.

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SLPP is at crossroads

Amadu Kamara

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 August 2015

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SLPP is now at cross roads, and the survival of the party will depend largely on whether or not they win the 2018 general and presidential elections.

But the problem my dear party is facing right now, is the fact that politically the party has been making the same mistakes since Sir Albert Margai in the 1960s.

Sir Albert sidelined many party members, including M.S. Mustapha and John Kerefa-Smart, which led to many Northerners leaving the party to join Siaka Steven’s APC.

Initially, Paramount Chief Bai Faramah Tass of Kambia district agreed to step down to allow Sir Milton Margai lead the party.

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SLPP presidential aspirant Andrew Keili boosts 2018 electoral chances

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 August 2015

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Over 200 people witnessed the launch of Andrew Keili’s new book at the New Kona Lodge on Friday 28th August, 2015. Andrew Keili is one of the hot favourites in the forthcoming 2018 presidential election in Sierra Leone.

Members of Parliament, heads of business houses, diplomats, senior SLPP stalwarts, representatives of various professional bodies and the Chamber of Commerce, senior clergy of the Anglican Church and the country’s Ombudsman – Justice Edmund Cowan who wrote the Foreword to the book, were all present at the event in Freetown.

The book “Ponder my thoughts on the social, economic and the political scene in Sierra Leone – an anthology of weekly thoughts (vol.1)” is published by the Sierra Leone writers Series (SLWS).

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“I promise to offer a disciplined leadership” – says Maada Bio

Julius Maada Bio Media Team

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 August 2015

Maada Bio 2015

Former head of state and 2012 presidential candidate of the SLPP, Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio, has told radio listeners in Sierra Leone that SLPP must develop the country for ordinary people.

Speaking from London in a radio interview on Kiss 104 FM on Thursday 27th August 2015, Julius Maada Bio thanked the people of Bo District in particular and Sierra Leone in general, for their strong show of support – even in his absence.

A confident Julius Maada Bio told listeners: “I want to assure everybody that no one will stop us this time round.”

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Sierra Leone – a great nation eroded by backward ethnic social engineering

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 August 2015

Boy walks in the river in Kroo Bay slum looking for scrap metal to sell. Kroo Bay, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

A society that places loyalty over objectivity will ultimately be swallowed up by the quicksand of mediocrity.

I’m taking a break from my letter to the President, as a result of a few responses and comments on the two I have written. I promise to continue later.

For the umpteenth time and the information of those who care to know, I am not a politician. I am a pissed off and defrauded citizen who is tired of being raped by political bullshit, blackmail and the propaganda of ‘official and unofficial faithful’.

I also find it disconcerting, when defenders of the current class of uninspiring politicians become apparently too dismissive of the people, especially the internet media generation, who will definitely have a big say in the next level of our political journey – which is changing the nature of political parties and the future of democracy.

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David Tam Baryoh in political hot water again with government

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 August 2018

David Tam Bayoh

There are some people in Sierra Leone today – especially opinion formers that are not lieutenants of the ruling APC party, fifth columnists, or Gestapo sycophants, who sadly have become labelled as enemies of state and subject to constant and persistent political harassment.

They are forever in the bad books of State House and those appointed as the unofficial eyes and ears of government – the hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil rotten lot, for a few crumbs of ill-gotten wealth that comes their way.

And It is now obviously clear that Dr. David Tam Baryoh – editor of the independent Citizen FM and presenter of the popular Monologue radio broadcast programme in Sierra Leone, has in the last three years at least – since the government won the 2012 elections, branded an enemy of state.

Two days ago, the country’s so called Independent Media Commission (IMC) – a group of presidential ego massagers, took another retrogressive step by shutting down the Monologue programme, accusing the presenter – David Tam Bayoh, of infringing national peace and state security, whatever that means.

The IMC is also accusing Tam Baryoh of inciting public violence and disorder.

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IMF did not approve $12 million loan for Sierra Leone government buses

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 August 2015

Koroma commissions 100 buses

The infamous Sierra Leone Treasury Secretary – Edmund Koroma – a cousin of president Koroma and one of his sacred cows that are being allowed to graze on the meager funds meant to pay for healthcare, education and fight poverty in Sierra Leone, has once again used his mastered art of lying and forgery to hide government impropriety.

Edmund Koroma became a well known corruption convict, after swindling millions of Euros from the country’s tax payer a few years ago, in the procurement of two rotten and unseaworthy ferries from Europe.

And as though the Ferrygate scandal was not sufficient embarrassment for the Koroma government, the Sierra Leone Telegraph’s investigation into the illegal purchasing of 100 buses from a Chinese company costing $12 million by the government of Sierra Leone, has now taken a new twist.

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Ebola vaccine trial as Sierra Leone celebrates milestone to ending Ebola

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 August 2015

Adama Sankoh - Ebola survivor sierra-leone

Sierra Leone celebrated an important milestone yesterday, Monday, 24 August 2015.

According to WHO report, for the first time in more than a year, no one in the country is being treated for Ebola virus disease and no confirmed new cases have been found in the past 17 days.

Surrounded by singing, dancing and clapping by health-care workers, Adama Sankoh – a palm oil trader – the last known Ebola patent in Sierra Leone, was released from the Makeni Ebola treatment unit.

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Sierra Leone’s unjust minister of justice must go

Sankara Kamara

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 August 2015

law courts building freetown

The advancement of a nation partly begins in the minds of its citizens, where conscious efforts can be made to abandon unpatriotic politics.  A failed state, like a parolee, can either choose to reform and become successful, or embrace depravity and remain dysfunctional.

The indecency in Sierra Leonean politics came to the fore, yet again, when the country’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Frank Kargbo, recently displayed his capacity for uncouthness.

On August 7, 2015, Charles Margai, a citizen of the Republic of Sierra Leone and member of the opposition, wrote a letter to the Attorney-General, asking him to explain why government continues to wield the repressive provisions in last year’s state of emergency.

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