Politics

Sierra Leoneans with dual citizenship cannot be members of parliament – A response

November 5, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 4

Adrian Fisher Esq Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 November 2017 I have read with interest, a short article written by my learned friend and senior colleague at the Bar,  Francis Gabbidon Esq, entitled “Sierra Leoneans with dual citizenship cannot be members of parliament”. He premised his article on the basis that: [Read More]

Politics

President Koroma’s decision to select Samura Kamara as presidential candidate – an analysis

November 4, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 4

Abdulai Mansaray Sierra Leone Telegraph: 4 November 2017 The dust seems to have settled, or it is settling after an orgy of political goombay dance. The recently concluded APC convention would be remembered for many things and for many years to come. The pre-election gathering of the APC Party was [Read More]

Dele Awoonor-Gordon

Sierra Leone goes to the polls in March 2018 – there is stench of insincerity in the air

November 3, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 7

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon Sierra Leone Telegraph: 3 November 2017 You know something? As far as I am concerned, unless we review our entire societal ethos and ensure equity and operationally balanced values that will nullify the desire for power grabbing, our cry against corruption in every facet of our national [Read More]

Economy - Business & Environment

President Koroma in Belgium – will he find a buyer for Sierra Leone’s second largest diamond?

October 30, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 7

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 October 2017 President Koroma arrived in Brussels yesterday Sunday, 29th October 2017, after lavishly spending over $700,000 on a political campaign parade on Saturday in the capital Freetown. The parade was organised by ruling APC party central office in violation of general election rules, which clearly [Read More]

Politics

Broken institutions and a reeling opposition – what is next for Kenya?

October 30, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 October 2017 Key institutions steering Kenya’s election have evidently broken down, leaving the country open to an iron fist to re-establish political stability by any means necessary. Dominic Burbidge of the University of Oxford writes in theconversation.com: I remember walking through the rubble of burnt out [Read More]

Politics

Sierra Leone’s Right to Access Information Commission –  a crippling institution

October 19, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 3

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 October 2017 When president Koroma was first elected ten years ago, he promised to bring much needed reforms that will change the way Sierra Leone was being governed. Not least, he said his government will ensure transparency, probity, openness, and accountability – the key principles upon [Read More]

Election Watch

Sierra Leone’s progressive liberal democratic politicians now have their own political party

October 18, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 8

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 October 2017 For the first time in the history of Sierra Leone, since the country gained independence in 1961, politicians from across the political divide have come together to form a broad church of liberal philosophies and values, which they say is a break-away from the [Read More]

Politics

President Zuma loses bid to dodge 783 charges – But will he have the last laugh?

October 16, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 October 2017 A protracted battle to reinstate hundreds of corruption, money laundering and racketeering charges against South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma came to a head last week when the country’s Supreme Court backed a lower court’s finding that they should never have been set aside in [Read More]

Politics

We need a new coalition of enlightened leaders in Sierra Leone

October 8, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 October 2017 Let me say this – should the 2018 elections be shifted by even a day, the opposition collectively has no iota of right to complain or cry foul. Are they just being unhinged? Where are the so-called nationalists or activists? I [Read More]