I am putting Sierra Leone first – Yumkella’s agenda for change lives on 

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 March 2018: On the 3rd of July 2017, after months of speculation about whether and how long Dr. Kandeh Yumkella will continue to put up with the harassment and violence that he and some of his supporters had been subjected to by extremists within the opposition [Read More]


Sierra Leone elections 2018 – Time to promise bridges where there are no rivers

Author: Abdulai Mansaray: 21 March 2018: Sierra Leone’s 2018 presidential election has gone to a run-off taking place next Tuesday, 27th March.  No single party was able to win the 55% majority needed. But again, like all elections around the world, fraud, malpractice, violations and allegations always become the currency [Read More]

Election Watch

Sierra Leone Electoral Commission targets NGC votes in Kambia

Louis Brima Conteh: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 March 2018: Reports from Kambia indicate that the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has again requested for a re-count of votes in Kambia District – the same district that Kandeh Yumkella, NGC presidential nominee and parliamentary candidate for Constituency 62, won overwhelmingly by decimating [Read More]


Why China’s removal of term limits is a gift to African despots

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 March 2018: The recent sitting of the central committee of the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) rolled out a big surprise development: a proposed removal of presidential term limits. This came among a raft of other constitutional amendments. The two-term limit had been instituted in 1982 by Deng Xiaoping after his experience [Read More]


Tribalism – the idolatry of 20th century

Abdulai Mansaray: 17 March 2018: The elections have just concluded in Sierra Leone. Better still, Act 1 scene 1 of our democratic process has just been concluded. How democratic it was is anybody’s guess. The accusations, allegations and counter accusations keep flying. But interestingly, our country has never seen the [Read More]


How investigative journalists helped turn the tide against corruption in South Africa

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 March 2018: Every year South African investigative journalists are recognised for their hard work when the winners of the Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism are announced. This year has provided a chance to assess the highs and the lows of our investigative reporting after an extraordinary year. [Read More]