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Another opposition politician arrested in Sierra Leone

June 2, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 2 June 2017 With general and presidential elections set to take place in March 2018, president Koroma and his ruling APC are now ratcheting up the political climate and tension in the country. Yesterday, Thursday, 1st of June, the opposition leader of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP)  – [Read More]

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SLPP must urgently conduct a re-run of all thirty-nine disputed constituency elections – says Dr Tengbe

May 28, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 May 2017 Although presidential and general elections are less than ten months away, neither of Sierra Leone’s two main political parties – the APC and SLPP, are anywhere closer to announcing the name of their respective presidential candidate. Both parties are locked in fierce internal divisions [Read More]

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Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa

May 17, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 May 2017 The role of the news media has changed dramatically in countries across Africa, as elsewhere in the world. George Ogola sets out why it’s particularly important for the fourth estate to adapt to these changes when it comes to election coverage, and to act responsibly [Read More]

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Its not about leadership in Sierra Leone anymore – its about all of us

May 10, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 2

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 May 2017 Since my arrival in town, I have realised that by embracing that delusional emotion called expectation, Sierra Leoneans have been able to devise a survival strategy against the steady rumble of the old political clans across the horizon from the existing [Read More]

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Sierra Leone 2018 elections – who can we trust to change our story?

May 1, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 2

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon Sierra Leone Telegraph: 1 May 2017 It is disappointing – but sadly, unsurprising that amidst the clamour for a new brand of politics in Sierra Leone ahead of 2018, another tranche of clapped-out politicians and chorus cheerleaders have been aroused from their slumber. Their existence has inevitably [Read More]

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Sam Sumana returns home – a prodigal son or spanner in the works?

April 15, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 4

Abdulai Mansaray Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 April 2017 The much anticipated return of the erstwhile vice president Sam Sumana to the shores of Sierra Leone is finally here with us. Prior to his return to Freetown, there were a lot of tongues wagging. Speculations are now rife about the how, [Read More]

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Sierra Leone Parliament kicks out statutory instruments as legality of 2018 elections process questioned

April 6, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 6 April 2017 After several days of political wrangling and jostling, the parliament of Sierra Leone yesterday voted unanimously to throw out the constitutional / statutory instruments Nos. 43 and 46 of 2017, tabled by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice for ratification. The Instruments were [Read More]

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Sierra Leone’s Attorney General responds to critics

April 5, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 April 2017 Sierra Leone’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice – Joseph Franklyn Kamara is at the receiving end of what many independent observers describe as a well organised campaign to derail his presidential ambition. And there are suspicions the ongoing parliamentary drama over the alleged [Read More]