Political corruption and economics in Sierra Leone

Alpha Kawusu

3 January 2012

Sierra Leone State House


Political corruption in Sierra Leone involves the manipulation of political institutions for personal gain and the deviation from the rational-legal values of the modern state.

It includes extortion, nepotism, bribery, cronyism, patronage, graft, embezzlement, and clientellism.

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New Year 2012 Address to the Nation

His Excellency the President – Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma

1 January 2012

President Koroma has, in his New Year’s address to the nation, called upon both Muslims and Christians in the country to pray for a week – starting 16 January, amid chaos caused by long queues at fuel stations, and banking depositors unable to withdraw money from their accounts.

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2012 – Let the Revolution Begin

28 December 2011

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon

Sierra Leone Parliament

Before some faces turn angrier than a cobbler’s thumb at the statement above, let me first wish all of you a happy new year in advance.

The start of the coming year will as usual be marked by the customary back-slapping and gratitude for seeing the commencement of another brand new three hundred and sixty six days (yes, it’s a leap year) and rounded off with our leaders telling us to be grateful for what we have; especially how much they have made our lives better than they met it.

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“We can no longer attribute the President’s decisions to sheer ignorance”

Professor Kelfala Kallon

17 December 2011

My initial reactions to President Koroma’s economic policies, which I summarized in an article titled “APC KohKhnomimics” in December 2007, was that the economic mis-steps of his government were borne out of ignorance of modern economic principles, and an adherence to economic fetishism that held that the first law of economics (that “there is no such thing as a free lunch”) was actually wrong.

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Is Sierra Leone’s development being crippled by a lack of political vision?

Along with the snowballing fiscal problems that some in the media have cited, I would also add the very discouraging rise of ‘state nannyism’ introduced by both SLPP and APC.

For example: Kabbah was famous for his “no one will go to bed hungry by 2007”, whilst President Bai Koroma responded that “this is a new APC that has come to alleviate the sufferings, but you have to judge me after 36 months”. The PMDC leader Charles Margai trumpeted his “positive change” mantra.

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