Sierra Leone presidential aspirant Alie Kabba speaks about the importance of peace and unity in the opposition SLPP

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 February 2017

Fellow Sierra Leoneans, Sisters and Brothers in the great SLPP:

The quest to make our beloved Sierra Leone a happy progressive nation is one that deserves all of our energies and every pull of our efforts.

This is a sacred journey that we should all walk together, as a people, if we intend to arrive in the right place.

The unfortunate challenges that threatened to divert the focus of our party and diminish the prospects of electoral victory are now receding very fast.

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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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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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President Koroma announces election date – March 7th 2018

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 February 2017

President Koroma has finally yielded to strong demands from civil society groups and the media for the 2018 elections date to be announced.

It is not clear as to why the president, who is not known for good decision making, has dithered and wasted time in making the announcement.

Critics say that by pushing back the constitutional deadline for the announcement, president Koroma had created unnecessary political tension and uncertainty in the country.

But what is now certainly clear, according to the president’s national radio broadcast is that local, constituency and presidential elections will all be held on the 7th of March 2018.

Constitutional lawyers say that this date is outside the mandated period set by the country’s constitution, which stipulates that presidential election must be held not later than three months after the end of the five-year term of the president.

President Koroma was sworn in on 23 November 2012, and his mandated term limit expires on the 23rd of February 2018. But presidential spokesman – Abdulai Bayraytay told reporters that the president’s announcement meets with the constitutional mandate.

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