Politics

Dr Sylvia Blyden warns President Koroma and his ruling APC

November 24, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 7

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 November 2017 With general and presidential elections just four months away in Sierra Leone, serious questions are now being asked within the ruling APC party, about the wisdom of the president, after his sacking of one of the staunchest members of the party – Dr Sylvia [Read More]

Politics

President Koroma sacks social welfare minister – Dr Sylvia Blyden after standing up against corruption

November 24, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 4

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 November 2017 After ten years of presiding over one of the most corrupt regimes in Africa, president Koroma yesterday once again proved his lack of leadership skills and knowledge of how to run a government, when he sacked the only minister who has been overtly consistent [Read More]

Politics

Is it time for televised presidential candidates debate in Sierra Leone?

November 22, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 4

Abdulai Mansaray Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 November 2017 I once said that the greatest threat to our democracy was our freedom of expression. Many saw this as paradoxically ironical. But as the election fever heats up, and the political clock tick tocks its way to that day, it is becoming [Read More]

Election Watch

Maada Bio delivers his New Direction Strategy for Sierra Leone – Part Two

November 22, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 3

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 November 2017 Julius Maada Bio – the presidential candidate for the opposition SLPP party delivered a policy speech at the Radisson Blue Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown yesterday, 18 November 2017, about his vision for Sierra Leone, which as in his 2012 campaign for the presidency [Read More]

Politics

Dr Samura Kamara’s public service record validates his candidature

November 22, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

John Baimba Sesay-China Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 November 2017 With few months to the next general elections, the debates especially across the country’s political divide have heightened. But the need for a well-mannered discourse on issues around candidates and political parties cannot be downplayed. With this in mind, I am [Read More]

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Head of UN Office for West Africa in talks with president Koroma

November 22, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 November 2017 The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) – Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, arrived in Freetown on Monday 20 November 2017, on a five-day mission to Sierra Leone. His visit is part [Read More]

Politics

Kandeh Yumkella contributed immensely to the development of Sierra Leone before leaving the UN

November 21, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 3

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 November 2017 There have been several reports by pro-government media in Sierra Leone, attempting to diminish and at worse write-off the contributions made by Dr. Kandeh Yumkella whilst he was working as Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to the development of Sierra [Read More]

Politics

Sierra Leone parliament approves social welfare ministry’s 2018 budget allocation

November 21, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Abdul Malik Bangura Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 November 2017 Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs has yesterday Monday 20th November 2017, successfully defended its 2018 budget requirements to the House of Parliament. The marathon hearing which took place at the Parliamentary Committee Room One saw a [Read More]

Politics

Politics in Sierra Leone – the dangers of partisanship

November 21, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 6

Yusuf Bangura Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 November 2017 In my paper entitled ‘Why We Need Change : The case for a Developmental, Inclusive and Democratic Party’, I discussed the contributions of Tejan Kabbah’s SLPP government in the field of stabilisation, humanitarian relief and rebuilding, and Ernest Koroma’s APC government’s attempt to [Read More]