Sierra Leone loses one of its most remarkable sons – Mr Edward Babatunde Blyden

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 February 2017

The Sierra Leone Telegraph has been sadly informed tonight of the passing of Mr  Edward Babatunde Blyden, the father of the country’s social welfare and children’s affairs minister – Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden.

Mr. Edward Babatunde Blyden died peacefully in London at 7:30pm this evening, Tuesday, 14th February, 2017, aged 74 years.

Born in Freetown on the 12th of June, 1943, Mr.  Edward Babatunde Blyden is one of Sierra Leone’s most iconic personalities, with several years of dedicated public service.

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Abdul Fatoma versus parliament of Sierra Leone – the death of civil liberty in Sierra Leone

Chernoh Alpha M. Bah

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 February 2017

For several days now, the civil society activist and human rights campaigner – Abdul M. Fatoma (Photo), has been the centre of ugly news in Freetown.

He is the latest victim of political intimidation and harassment in Sierra Leone – a practice that has increasingly become the feature of governance in Sierra Leone, since Ernest Bai Koroma and his APC entered State House in 2007.

Abdul Fatoma’s drama started when police officers, without warrant, arrested and frog-marched Fatoma from a radio studio, where he was being interviewed and took him forcefully to parliament.

Once inside the walls of Sierra Leone’s parliament, Fatoma was arraigned in front of angry-wig-totting MPs. One-by-one they spoke, and they described Fatoma with the most unpleasant of adjectives.

The members of parliament, the speaker of the house, his deputy speaker, and their other colleagues – the avant-garde of the law-making body of the land – were all obviously furious and angry.

They are seeking revenge against a civil society activist. Dressed in an elegant western-suit, the soft-spoken Fatoma is the activist, who months ago, had raised the anti-graft floodlights on the nefarious working of the Sierra Leone parliament.

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An appeal to all my SLPP brothers and sisters for sustainable peace and unity 

Abdulai Braima

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 February 2017

Let us please come together and push the Peace Process with the strength of fanatical zeal that was on display during the sad stretch of our factional “warfare”. Right now SLPP needs champions of peace, not heroes of war.

The energy that we wasted in trashing one another in the last few months and years should now be channelled into the peace process.

We all know that the way forward is going to be hard and tempting. We should also recognise that the initial terms of the “treaty” are bound to be riddled with misunderstandings and imperfections.

But at least, we seem to have started from somewhere. All we need to do now is to improve on what we have instead of scrapping it all together.

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Parliament of Sierra Leone invites social welfare minister Blyden for clarification

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 February 2017

Sierra Leone’s parliamentarians have today granted the wishes of those that have been calling for minister Blyden to be summoned for questioning, as well as the desire of the minister herself to publicly put on record her job performance and lay to rest allegations of corruption and maladministration.

Writing to friends and well-wishers today, minister Blyden could scarcely hide her excitement at the opportunity to address the people of Sierra Leone, after weeks of what she regarded as witch-hunt and political intimidation by her enemies. This is what she said.

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Sierra Leone opposition SLPP disunity and the importance of Alie Kabba’s leadership

By a patriotic Sierra Leonean

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 January 2017

SLPP has to make an important decision concerning its presidential flag bearer of choice, and this decision will either make or break the party.

And as things stand, the APC is attempting to take Sierra Leone back to a one party state. The only major opposition party – the SLPP, that could ensure that this does not happen has been plagued with a unique form of internal struggle for power.

The SLPP crisis has degenerated to an extent that, if the SLPP delegates fail to make the correct presidential candidacy decision, they will enter the 2018 general elections bruised and weak, and possibly disintegrated forever.

With the advantage of being the current party in power, the failed APC party has the might of money, power of oversight on the election process, control of the army, police and judiciary. So with all that, SLPP should not be contemplating entering into the 2018 elections as a weak party. Instead they must be unified. But how?

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Sierra Leone children’s affairs minister Sylvia Blyden facing death threats

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 January 2017

Despite serious and credible death threats to stop today’s programme, Hon. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden will at 1:00pm today Saturday, 28th January, 2017, break her silence on the CFN issue live on AY TV and radio, surrounded by children from western area, Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Bo,  Bonthe, Moyamba, Koinadugu, Tonkolili, Port Loko, Bombali and Kambia

The Hon. Minister has chosen to break her silence to the CHILDREN, through their various elected representatives from all over Sierra Leone.

However, the public is hereby informed that attempts have been made to stop today’s live programme from being aired, including DEATH THREATS by persons who do not want the truth to finally be known.

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Sierra Leone implements International Monetary Fund’s Enhanced General Data Dissemination System

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 January 2017

Report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that Sierra Leone has implemented the recommendations of the Enhanced General Data Dissemination System (e-GDDS), endorsed by the IMF Executive Board in May 2015. A National Summary Data Page (NSDP) has been published. (Photo: Screen shot).

The Page serves as a one-stop publication vehicle for essential macroeconomic data, in both human and machine-readable formats.

The IMF believes that this achievement places Sierra Leone in the first wave of countries to implement the recommendations of the e-GDDS.

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