The late Edward Babatunde Walter Gustavus Blyden will be laid to rest in Freetown on 5th of March

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 February 2017

A Service of Thanksgiving and Commendation will take place on Monday 27th February, 2017 at 6pm at Forest Hill Methodist Church, Normanton Street, London, SE23 2DS.

On Tuesday 28th February 2017, the remains leave London for Freetown on Air France.

On Wednesday 1st March 2017, the remains arrive at Lungi Airport to be formally received by COLUMBIA DAVIES MEMORIAL FUNERAL PARLOUR.

Vigil and wake-keeping will take place on Saturday 4th March, 2017 at 6pm at the Zion Methodist Church, Wilberforce Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

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SLPP’s search for its 2018 presidential candidate starts in earnest

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 February 2017

Peace may have returned to Sierra Leone’s main opposition SLPP, but the hard road to selecting the party’s presidential candidate for the 2018 elections is paved with thorns.

There are difficulties ahead that need to be resolved now, before the party national convention in a few months. This is also true for the ruling APC, who are yet to publish the names of those contesting for their presidential candidacy.

According to the constitution of both parties, nomination for presidential flagbearership must be received at a date prior to their national convention, at which election will be held respectively to decide who will lead and contest the 2018 general and presidential elections.

Although a peace accord has been agreed and signed by all the aspiring SLPP candidates, outlining the principles upon which the various factions of the party can be united, it does not resolve the issue of who will contest the presidential candidacy at the convention.

Last night, the All Aspirants Alliance of the SLPP which includes Kandeh Yumkella, Alpha Timbo, Munda Rogers, Andrew Keili, Earnest Domahena and Mr. Franklin Rogers, issued a public statement explaining the process they have agreed upon to decide who in the Alliance shall be nominated as their presidential candidate. This is what the statement says:

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Sierra Leone opposition SLPP succeeds in reducing ruling APC majority as confidence in APC slides

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 February 2017

Sierra Leone’s opposition SLPP party has made a Herculean start in reducing the 60% national electoral majority gained by the ruling APC in 2012, after a tough show of strength and unity at last Saturday’s by-election in Bumbuna, Tonkolili district.

The by-election came about as the result of the death of sitting APC Member of Parliament – Dr. Taworo Ansumana Bockarie Tara-Koroma of Sambaia Chiefdom, representing Constituency 066. Dr. Koroma passed away on the 16th of December, 2016, and was buried on the 9th January, 2017.

In 2007 APC won the seat after polling 11,602 votes and SLPP 2,972, with a turnout of 15,513.

But in 2012 the turnout was even larger – 21,899. Dr. Taworo Ansumana Bockarie Tara-Koroma of Sambaia Chiefdom won the seat for the ruling APC with a much larger majority, after polling 88% of the votes cast – 19,318, and SLPP trailing second with only 1,856 (8.4%) – losing over one thousand of the votes won in 2007.

That was in 2012, and the opposition SLPP has realised the errors of its ways. After years of bitter political wrangling and jostling for the leadership of the party, and a peace deal brokered by Alie Kabba just two weeks ago, SLPP supporters have every reason to celebrate last Saturday’s by-election result, increasing their votes in Tonkolili by almost 3,000 votes, thus closing the gap massively on the ruling APC.

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What the rest of Africa can learn from The Gambia’s transition to democracy

Romola Adeola

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 February 2017

The tensions that followed the historic electoral defeat of Gambia strongman President Yahya Jammeh has been a litmus test for democracy in Africa beyond the tiny West African nation.

It is five years since the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance came into force.

When it was adopted there were high hopes for a new democratic Africa. African leaders sought to consolidate a collective commitment to promote democratisation. The adoption of the charter was seen as an important step towards the AU’s democratic agenda.

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Sierra Leone constituency 066 Bye election – An analysis

Concerned Citizen (Culled)

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 February 2017

Constitution 066 has unique attributes, and the tussle there cannot be applied to the nation in general. The ruling APC party must be reeling at having been made to work so hard in a constituency that has traditionally given them the least of headaches.

The APC candidates in constituency 066 have always been genuinely returned unopposed by mutual consent and local agreement without any central involvement: 1967- Alimamy Konkoro Koroma -unopposed; 1973- Alimamy Konkoro Koroma – unopposed; 1977- Abdul Karim Koroma -unopposed; 1982- Abdul Karim Koroma- unopposed.

And in 1986 it was Abdul Karim Koroma. But there was a huge tussle in the constituency, because the APC party meddled with the local agreement and awarded party symbol to Abdul Karim Koroma, against the wishes of the people.

Abdul Karim Koroma should have only served two terms in accordance with the local agreement.

In 2002 president Kabbah brought in proportional representation for parliamentary election; and in 2007 there was district block voting and APC won the constituency with 11,602 votes and SLPP polled 2,972 votes.

In 2012, APC’s victory was overwhelming, due to the selection of the right candidate in the person of late honourable doctor Taworo Tara-Koroma.

After last Saturday’s by-election in Tonkolili, SLPP party are in buoyant mood having achieved a feat they could only have imagined in their wildest dreams: SLPP 4,678 votes against APC’s 7,393 votes.

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Edward Babatunde Blyden – Gone too soon but not forgotten

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 February 2017

The Edward Blyden family regrets to announce the passing away of their patriarch – Mr. Edward Walter Babatunde Gustavus Blyden in London, UK, on the 14th of February 2017, aged 74.

He is survived by his wife Mrs. Sylvia Blyden; his children – Pastor Mrs. Babsy Kaye, Honourable Government Minister Dr Sylvia Blyden, Miss Cheryl Blyden and Mr. Edward Babatunde Blyden Jnr; sons-in-law – Mr. Ashley Kaye and Mr. Isaac Adegboyega; daughter-in-law – Mrs. Elsa Blyden.

Edward Babatunde Blyden will be sorely missed by his grandchildren – Sylvester, Linda, Samuel, Ashanti, Akintoye, Miles and Mia-Rose; and his father-in-Law – Professor Solomon Pratt.

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Our case for change in Sierra Leone

Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 February 2017

Sierra Leone, the motherland has had its share of tragedy in recent years. It suffered an eleven years internecine war and lately an Ebola epidemic that has today resulted in an unprecedented economic hardship that has further deepened poverty and unleash anger against a failed vision.

We are in this current state of penury because of an uninterrupted nine years of mismanagement of state resources, a complete lack of foresight and vision to diversify a mineral dependent economy and the absence of a genuine and sustained fight against the scourge of corruption that continues to deter our progress and cloud our dream.

Further, the current state of our social services is even more disheartening as our school class sizes are perhaps the largest in the sub region. Maternal and child mortality rate continues to be high despite the partial free health care for a few vulnerable groups.

Clean running water for the majority is still a major delinquent. And youth unemployment is at its highest since the war with adverse effects for our economy and the security of the state.

The question then is “Where do we go from here: chaos or community” (Martin Luther King)? The answer can only be the latter, as we have tried the former with devastating consequences.

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