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ECOWAS losing patience over political stalemate in Guinea Bissau

African Press Organization (APO) 30 April, 2012 The Gambian President, Alhaji Yahya Jammeh, has warned that the region was “losing its patience” over the perennial political crisis in Guinea Bissau and would not allow a tiny minority to take the country and region hostage to their interests.


Sierra Leone’s presidential election: Is Julius Maada Bio unelectable?

Dr. Alpha Kawusu 30 April 2012 With barely six months to general and presidential elections in Sierra Leone, the political mood in the country continues to be restless and polarized. A major contributing factor to this atmosphere is the ruling All People’s Congress’ discomfort with the man at the apogee [Read More]


President Koroma speaks to the nation: Is this his last after five years in power?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 April 2012 Last Friday, 27 April 2012, the president of Sierra Leone – Ernest Bai Koroma , possibly delivered his last independence anniversary broadcast to the people, after five years in power. Yet, he sounded more like a general preparing for battle at the polls in [Read More]


Sierra Leone at 51 – our political leaders must think long and hard

Mohamed Kutubu Koroma 27 April 2012 Fifty-one years ago today, the citizens were swept off their feet in great euphoria, when just a minute past midnight on April 27, 1961, they proudly watched, along with the Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Kent, the prime minister – Sir. Milton [Read More]

In Focus

Weep not for Mama Salone on her 51st independence anniversary: Take a ‘New Direction’

Yusuf Keketoma Sandi 27 April 2012   S – So your children are here again Mama Salone to celebrate your 51st anniversary, since your independence from British rule in 1961. But what have we got to celebrate mama? I – In sadness, we recount our history with tears as your [Read More]


Sierra Leoneans will today enjoy 51 years of independence without looking over their shoulders for Charles Taylor

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 April 2012: “Today is for the people of Sierra Leone” – says Special Court Prosecutor Brenda Hollis . Today is Sierra Leone’s 51st independence anniversary, and Sierra Leoneans across the world will be celebrating the country’s independence from British colonial rule. But amid these celebrations, the people [Read More]


Justice at last for the people of Sierra Leone – Charles Taylor is found guilty of war crimes

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 April 2012: Throughout the course of human history, there has been a handful of very bad men who have done very bad things to humanity, and today, Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia has won his place in the annals of the world’s most wicked and [Read More]


“Butterfly politics lifts the veil of secrecy from fakes”: Which way Sierra Leone?

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon 24 April 2012 Forgive me for breaking my promise that I was taking a short break in honour of my brother, the late Olu Gordon. But even he would have been filled with rage as he surveys the political scene and sees the chilling and ruthless determination [Read More]