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Deputy Speaker of Parliament bags national award

May 31, 2012 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

31 May 2012 Despite enjoying a majority party support, there are few APC stalwarts in the wells of Sierra Leone’s parliament, whose staunch and unwavering loyalty to president Koroma, can be compared to that of the Deputy Speaker – Victor Chukuma Johnson. And although he was once labelled as president Koroma’s ‘bogeyman’ [Read More]

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3rd June 2007 – a very sad day for football in Sierra Leone and relations with the people of Togo

May 31, 2012 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

31 May 2012 When those in power, responsible for ensuring that the system of checks and balances in society are adhered to, regulations, legislations and standards are followed to the letter, choose instead to turn a blind eye and renege on their responsibility, the result is chaos, impunity and rampant [Read More]

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Taylor gaoled for 50 years: “Due process is the best defence we have for the weak, the greatest hope for the vulnerable”

May 30, 2012 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

30 May 2012 Worldwide reaction to the sentencing today of former Liberian warlord – Charles Taylor, by the Special Court sitting at The Hague, has been swift. Mr. Ian Hughes, the British High Commissioner in Sierra Leone had this to say: This morning Mr Justice Lussick, the Presiding Judge in [Read More]

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Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years for brutalising the people of Sierra Leone

May 30, 2012 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

30 May 2012 Former president of Liberia and notorious warlord in the West African sub-region, has this morning received a whopping 50 years prison sentence, passed by the Trial Chamber at The Hague. He was found guilty last month of aiding and abetting the murderous RUF and AFRC rebels in [Read More]

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Youth employment and private sector development are key to Africa’s economic growth – says African Development Bank

May 29, 2012 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

29 May 2012 The African Development Bank (AfDB) yesterday, Monday, 28 May, in Arusha – Tanzania, launched its ‘African Economic Outlook (AEO)’ Report, in collaboration with the OECD Development Centre, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), says the African Press Organisation. [Read More]

Editorial

Sierra Leone’s Civil Service – how did it all go so badly wrong (part two)?

May 24, 2012 Abdul Rashid Thomas 4

25 May 2012 The debate as to when and how it all went wrong for Sierra Leone’s once thriving and highly acclaimed public sector, cannot be pursued without reference to the country’s history, in particular its political development. Although the debate is usually highly polarized and tainted by partisan politics, [Read More]

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The decay of the Sierra Leone Civil Service – when did it all go so badly wrong?

May 23, 2012 Abdul Rashid Thomas 2

24 May 2012 The deplorable performance of Sierra Leone’s public sector is unlikely to become one of the hot issues certain to get to the top of the political agenda as the polls draw closer, nor is it like to exercise the minds of the electorate on 17th November. It [Read More]

Editorial

Can the African Development Bank help in bringing 50 million people out of poverty?

May 22, 2012 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

22 May 2012 Top of the agenda at the G8 summit of world leaders held in the USA, is the thorny issue of Africa’s food crisis, and the emergence of a plethora of initiatives designed to help poor countries grow more food for domestic consumption. But investment in food farming [Read More]

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World leaders discuss Africa’s growing food insecurity

May 22, 2012 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

22 May 2012 Although average Gross Domestic Product (GDP) across the African continent has improved slightly in the last five years, yet poverty and hunger continues to blight communities. The impact of the global economic  downturn on the ability of Africa to become not only food sufficient, but a major [Read More]