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ICC sends prominent Kenyans to trial for post-election violence: Lessons for Sierra Leone

24 January 2012 Sierra Leone is fast becoming notorious for its pre and post elections violence, despite the horrors of a bloody civil war that lasted for over ten years and took the lives of 200,000 people. As the country prepares for presidential, parliamentary and local elections this coming November, [Read More]

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“The Gambia needs greater private sector participation in infrastructure projects” – says the IMF

21 January 2012 The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded its Article IV consultation meeting with the Gambian government early this week. The government of Yayah Jammeh has been struggling to control rising government expenditure and increasing public sector borrowing since 2009, leaving the economy much vulnerable [Read More]

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Africa….winning against AIDS

Michel Sidibé – Under Secretary General of the United Nations (UNAIDS) 21 January 2012 Winning the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2012 is something millions of people across Africa are dreaming of right now as the continent’s most prestigious football tournament gets underway in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. As nations join [Read More]

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The World Bank appoints its new Vice President for Africa

17 January 2012 The World Bank today announced the appointment of Makhtar Diop, a Senegalese national, as its new Vice President for Africa. He succeeds Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili who will return to Nigeria in early May after serving as the region’s Vice President since 2007. Diop, the World Bank’s Country [Read More]


Opposition SLPP Executives speak out as local party chairman – Abdul Aziz Carew remains in coma in hospital

17 January 2012 Violence continued throughout  Saturday night in the Fourah Bay district of eastern Freetown, following a local council by-election, which left several people seriously injured, including the ruling party’s Lansana Fadika and the winner of the election – opposition SLPP candidate – Mohamed Kanu Mansaray. As though Saturday’s [Read More]

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Yet another return of political violence in Freetown

Abdul R Thomas – Editor  14 January 2012 Today is a sad day for politics and democracy in Sierra Leone, as ruling APC party stalwarts recover in hospital from serious wounds, sustained during a political rally at a by-election in Eastern Freetown. It is not certain who is responsible for [Read More]

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World Bank investing $26 million to improve delivery of vital local services in Sierra Leone

21 December 2011   Since the enactment of the 2004 Local Government Act, which devolves power to Local Councils in Sierra Leone, for the delivery of basic services such as education, health, water supply and solid waste management, successive governments in Freetown have failed woefully to provide the human as [Read More]