Is the World Bank’s $32 million funding of Sierra Leone’s devolution programme achieving results?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 August 2012:  “Sierra Leone’s councils face collapse under the weight of expectation; and six years since the return of local government many councillors and citizens don’t know how they work”, says a Report conducted for the British Department for International Development in May 2011. Rising poverty [Read More]


Fraud allegations against Vice President Sam Sumana – President Koroma must come clean

Ernest Smith 30 August 2012  As President Koroma remains unmoved by the latest cash for political favour scandal, his Vice President is hoping that the fiasco would go away soon. But international publicity intensifies. In the latest issue of Africa Confidential – the world’s leading fortnightly bulletin on African politics, [Read More]

Dr. Sama Banya - Puawui

Why is the lady bending the rules for the ruling APC to gain an illegal electoral advantage?

Dr. Sama Banya 21 August 2012 A colleague asked me last week whether I now trusted Christiana Thorpe – the chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to conduct transparent, free, fair and credible elections in Sierra Leone next November. Recently, I announced that I had made up my mind [Read More]

Dr. Sama Banya - Puawui

Is Yenga really free from illegal Guinean control?

Dr. Sama Banya 20 August 2012 The editor of the Independent Observer quite rightly echoes the sentiments of veteran journalist Clarence Roy-Macaulay, over the Yenga issue. Their concern is understandable, considering the hypocritical jubilation by the APC operatives and the likes of Sahr Mokuwa and Balogun Koroma that the APC [Read More]


Sierra Leone government criticized for its slow and poor response to cholera outbreak as Red Cross steps in

18 August 2012 Since the outbreak of cholera and diarrhoea in the West African state of Sierra Leone several months ago, hundreds have died needlessly, as the government dithered in amassing a co-ordinated response to stem the outbreak. The government is being accused by local NGOs of indifference to the needless loss [Read More]