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Yumkella’s national cross-cutting appeal and the 2018 Elections

Jimmy D. Kandeh Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 September 2017 In a country where social cleavages seldom cross-cut, it is refreshing to have a candidate in the person of Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella whose political appeal cuts across parties, regions, ethnicity, religion and other solidarities.  The APC and SLPP, as presently constituted, [Read More]

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How SLPP passed off a chance to win the 2018 elections

Bockarie K. Sama Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 September 2017 To many of us who quietly support the party but have become rather embarrassed by its self-destructive character of recent, the just concluded Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) delegates’ conference in Kenema has been my last barometer before deciding whether the [Read More]

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SLPP elects a pro-Maada Bio national executive council – has the party shot itself in the foot?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 September 2018 After a weekend of excitement and drama, wrapped up in political machinations and chicanery at the SLPP convention in Kenema, the party has in the very early hours of this morning, elected a new National Executive Council that will oversee the election of its [Read More]

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In politics absurdity is not a handicap

Abdulai Mansaray Sierra Leone telegraph: 17 September 2017 The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), the oldest surviving political party in Sierra Leone commenced its three- day election convention in Kenema this weekend, and reports reaching the Sierra Leone Telegraph describe the event as anything but conventional. If anything, the convention [Read More]

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Is this the moment that the Sierra Leone opposition SLPP showed the country it is unfit to govern?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 September 2017 There was high drama at the opposition SLPP convention last night in Kenema, which many observers say is fast becoming a fiasco. The party’s three days national convention which was expected not only to elect their presidential candidate for national elections taking place on [Read More]

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President Koroma’s time in office to be extended at the expense of Sierra Leone’s democracy

Abdul Fonti Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 September 2017 Next year’s elections in Sierra Leone are now most likely to be postponed; the National Electoral Commission’s boss may face the sack; and president Ernest Bai Koroma will get more time in office. This is  my prediction, based on the sad political [Read More]

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Sierra Leone toll road may disadvantage opposition parties at the 2018 elections campaign

Pastor Mohamed Sesay Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 August 2017 President Koroma was elected to office in 2007 on the platform that his All Peoples Congress party had shaken off its bad habits of old under the despots – Siaka Stevens and Saidu Momoh; with him even naming the party “New [Read More]