Sierra Leone Telegraph: 1 January 2017
Speaking in what will be regarded as one of his shortest New Year messages to the people of Sierra Leone, it is clear that this is equally president Koroma’s most important effort at rallying not only his ruling party faithful, but millions of cash strapped, apathetic citizens across the country.
With presidential and general elections just over twelve months away, Sierra Leone’s economy is in deep trouble. Austerity measures announced by president Koroma last month, aimed at curbing government spending, is impacting hardest on the poor and most vulnerable.
Inflation, youth unemployment and the increasing fall in the value of the Leone, have ushered in a New Year that few in the country could afford to celebrate.
Economic hardship, coupled with a chilling sense of the government having lost control of dangerous and armed criminal gangs in the streets of the capital Freetown, will give voters plenty to think about in the coming elections.
But the ruling APC is in dire straits. Electorates across the country are fast losing confidence in their ability to govern the nation and maintain law and order.
Where does the ruling APC and the country go from here?