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]


Picking cherries from the tree of treachery

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon 28 August 2012 Why is blowing the trumpets and beating the drums of our political realities not at the epicentre of political discussions today, less than a hundred days to national polls? When the populace do not even know that they have a right to certain necessities [Read More]

Dr. Sama Banya - Puawui

The APC is caught in a web of its own making

Dr. Sama Banya 25 August 2012 The ruling “new” All Peoples Congress Party (APC), like its predecessor, has always boasted of ninety-nine ways with which they would win elections. Like I have stated over and over again, violence has always been an integral part of that practice and worked to [Read More]


Government’s allocation of funds to Local Councils is politically driven

Abdul R Thomas 24 August 2012 The government of Sierra Leone  announced this week that it has allocated over Le3.5 Billion to eight Local Councils, which ministers say is for the for the delivery of devolved services in the period – April to June 2012. The current outbreak of cholera [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]