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Dr Kandeh Yumkella accused of selling Sierra Leone’s Oil Refinery Plant

February 21, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 February 2018 Last week’s presidential debate in Freetown, not only saw some of the candidates washing their dirty linens on the world stage, but saw mud being thrown at each other. But how much of this mud can be washed off, with presidential and general elections [Read More]

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The $18 Million question that won’t go away

February 20, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 4

Mariama Kamara: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 February 2018 The shocker of the Presidential Debate was the revelation from Samura Kamara, that during the three months as Head of State, in 1996, Julius Maada Bio, misappropriated $18million from the Government of Sierra Leone. Julius Maada Bio’s rejoinder that evening indicated that [Read More]

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Ruling APC party violates the electioneering code of conduct – says PPRC

February 19, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 3

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 February 2018 Sierra Leone’s Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) is taking a tough stance on political parties that are violating the PPRC Code of Conduct during this election period, as polling day approaches. It has today ordered the ruling APC to remove all its banners and [Read More]

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Sierra Leone presidential debate – what does the audience think?

February 18, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 February 2018 The presidential debate is over, but the repercussions and political fallout continues. It was never expected to be a dull contest. Only one of the six candidates on the podium – Mohamed Kamaraimba, had not served in one government or the other in Sierra [Read More]

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APC presidential candidate Dr Samura Kamara accuses Bio of stealing $18 million

February 17, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 12

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 February 2018 Sierra Leone’s televised presidential election debate which took place on Thursday, 15th February 2018, was not for the fainthearted, as war of words was fought across the podiums by the six presidential candidates who took part in the debate. One of the key highlights [Read More]

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What should we do with drunken sailors that steal state funds?

February 17, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 7

Franklyn Davies: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 February 2018 So according to Julius Maada Bio, speaking at the presidential debate on Thursday, Samura Kamara and his ruling APC have been spending money like they are ‘drunken sailors’. This accusation went down quite well, until Dr Kamara responded back. Samura said that [Read More]

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Restricting movements and the dangers for Sierra Leone’s elections – a personal view

February 16, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 4

Dr. Sylvia Blyden: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 February 2018 It was a few minutes to 6pm on Monday this week – 12th February 2018. Dusk was approaching, and I was at my private residence on the top floor, seated in my veranda sipping lemonade and watching the sun cast its [Read More]

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An open letter to Sierra Leone’s Inspector General of Police – Dr. Richard Moigbe

February 16, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Jusu Kallon Esq: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 February 2018 Permit me to start by acknowledging the daily sacrifices of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) in securing our internal peace and security, whilst contending with stormy election issues within our liberal constitutional framework. It is my considered view that one has [Read More]

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Rights group calls for respect for citizens’ rights in Sierra Leone

February 16, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Abdul Fatoma: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 February 2018 The Campaign for Human Rights and Development International-CHRDI, has been following security discussions between the country’s security agencies and political parties about the free movement of people and vehicles in the country on elections day March 7, 2018. CHRDI is further concerned about [Read More]