Editorial

‘Public sector reform can be a success’

30 June 2012 Last year, Sierra Leone’s office of Registrar-General, generated substantial revenue totalling Le 7.6 Billion. This was money collected through fees paid for business registration, registration of business names, registration of conveyances, estate fees, registration of trademarks and marriages as prescribed in the 2007 Review Act. John Baimba Sesay, Sierra [Read More]

Editorial

Huge salary rises for President Koroma’s cronies – while the poor are starving

26 June 2012 Citizens of financially depressed countries, trying to manage crippling austerity measures would be alarmed to discover that, in Sierra Leone – one of the poorest nations in the world, the president and his cronies continue to siphon state funds. The president has approved massive salary increases for [Read More]

Editorial

Presidential and general elections will be fought and won on the ground in Sierra Leone

Abdul R Thomas 23 June 2012 A few weeks ago, some pretty pictures were posted on Sierra Leone’s most popular internet discussion forum – Bintumani, showcasing real and encouraging infrastructural developments in Nigeria. These developments have no doubt made most Nigerians – if not all, proud to be Nigerians. But, [Read More]

News in Perspective

To Rio and beyond: Africa seeks sustainable solutions – paving the path to “the future we want”

22 June 2012 Twenty years ago, world leaders gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a ground-breaking summit on environment and development. They are meeting again this June for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as “Rio+20.” The stakes for Africa are enormous. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon knocks [Read More]

News in Perspective

As police violence escalates in Sierra Leone – South Africa attempts to put its house in order

21 June 2012 Report from APO says that the arrests in South Africa of members of a police unit allegedly linked to numerous unlawful killings and incidents of torture, is a breakthrough in fighting impunity for grave human rights violations in the country, quoting an Amnesty International report today. The [Read More]

Editorial

Waste management in Sierra Leone: ‘Garbage and malaria – two bedfellows?’

Alinah O. Bockarie 21 June 2012 “If proper measures are not taken, the Sierra Leonean population would dwindle.” “Hah! Is this some kind of joke or what? What makes you say such a thing?” I listened to the conversation between two male adults playing a game of draught under a [Read More]

Economy & Business

Decentralised public service in Sierra Leone gets a boost from the European Union

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 June 2012: The growing call for more and better decentralised public services in Sierra Leone has received a financial boost. The European Union has released $6 million it had approved in December last year, in support of the World Bank’s funded project costing $32 million. The government [Read More]

News in Perspective

“President Koroma is too weak to lead this country for another five miserable years”

20 June 2012 Sierra Leone’s main opposition party – the Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party, has today spoken about the series of police shootings, which have had fatal consequences and the worsening security situation in the country. Speaking at the party’s monthly press briefing at their head office in central Freetown, [Read More]

News in Perspective

Has the government of Sierra Leone issued a shoot to kill policy to the police force?

20 June 2012 As a young police officer appeared in court yesterday, charged with the murder – unlawful shooting of a young motorbike rider near York in Freetown, questions must now be asked as to whether the police officer had the authority to open fire on the bike rider. Questions [Read More]