News in Perspective

Police brutality must be punished – says Amnesty International

20 September, 2012 The killing of a young woman by police in the northern town of Bumbuna in Sierra Leone early this year, had attracted widespread condemnation and anger. Several people were injured and properties destroyed. She and hundreds of local people had joined local mining workers in protest against [Read More]


The politics of election nomination fees – President Koroma was wrong

Messeh Kamara 19 September, 2012 As a scholar of law and government, I am disturbed by President Koroma’s action to “subsidize the National Electoral Commission (NEC) nominations fees”. The President’s action is not good for our democracy. It undermines the sovereignty of parliament. His decision is not about the furtherance [Read More]

Economy & Business

Did the government of Sierra Leone lie to the IMF about its alarmingly high debt figures?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 September 2012: President Koroma has taken much pride in being upheld as an experienced and successful entrepreneur by his supporters and admirers, including former British Prime Minister – Tony Blair. But with eight weeks to presidential election, the president’s economic record in office is now looking [Read More]


Election in Sierra Leone must be free of violence and fair – says Manor River Union

17 September 2012 The decision of Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission to raise the nomination fees for the forthcoming elections, had sent alarm bells across the sub-region; sparking fears of political instability, should opposition parties be denied the right to participate on grounds of affordability. The decision to increase the [Read More]

News in Perspective

Legalising the private ownership of arms and ammunition is bad for stability in Sierra Leone

17 September 2012 The recent passing of a law in Sierra Leone legalising the ownership and use of arms and weapons by individuals,  has been widely condemned, especially following the government’s importation of $5 million of military grade weapons, many of which, critics believe could be used to wage political [Read More]

Dr. Sama Banya - Puawui

An open letter to President Ernest Bai Koroma

Dr. Sama Banya 15 September 2012 Your Excellency, the Thursday, 13 September, 2012, front page of the Awareness times newspaper carried a report of an interview, which its publisher – Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, said you granted her, following the decision at State House on Thursday to return to the 2007 [Read More]

Dr. Sama Banya - Puawui

“Bio is the fittest person to be next President of Sierra Leone” – says Tejan Kabbah

Dr. Sama Banya 11 September 2012 The publisher of the Standard Times newspaper is notorious in the profession for his malevolence, character assassination and of course prejudice. He is among the majority of journalists who in recent times have looked at ‘The Truth’ straight in the eye and then turned [Read More]