The power of the governed is mightier than the power of the governors

Mohamed Kunowah Kiellow 18 August 2012 In 2009, after my first assignment as a Legal and Policy Adviser in Sierra Leone, I wrote an open letter to our President of our beloved Sierra Leone. In that letter I pinpointed in a no-nonsense way the state of human rights in Sierra [Read More]

Dr. Sama Banya - Puawui

“Charles Margai to replace Sam Sumana?” – The government is feeling the heat

Dr. Sama Banya 16 August 2012 The signs continue to surface almost on a weekly basis: the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma is beginning to feel the heat, as the main opposition SLPP’s presidential candidate – Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, continues to breathe down their leader’s neck. This [Read More]


Creoles marginalisation – a taboo subject in Sierra Leone faced head on

16 August 2012 The marginalisation of the creoles in Sierra Leone by successive governments is an issue most politicians in the country are fully aware of, but few are prepared and willing to openly discuss. Since Sierra Leone gained independence in 1961, many creoles believe that their powerbase and political [Read More]


Has the government of Sierra Leone lost its sense of purpose?

14 August 2012 When a government finds itself in such desperate political situation, as to tell its citizens living abroad that their homeland is foreign to them – simply because they exercise their right to criticise the government, then you know that it is time for them to quit office. [Read More]

Dr. Sama Banya - Puawui

A divisive and vindictive government deserves to be voted out

Dr. Sama Banya 14 August 2012 This government of President Ernest Bai Koroma has been the most divisive, ethnically and regionally biased and vindictive government that the poor people of Sierra Leone have had the painful experience to suffer. And, if it was not for the fact that the people [Read More]

Dr. Sama Banya - Puawui

National Electoral Commission is in a quandary following its unilateral action

Dr. Sama Banya – Puawui 12 August 2012 There are three people whom I admired for their repertoire, namely; late former president Siaka Stevens, late professor Cyril Foray and late former president Joseph Saidu Momoh, in that order. All three men possessed a great sense of humour. Stevens had an [Read More]

Dr. Sama Banya - Puawui

Can the people of Sierra Leone trust this APC government any longer?

Dr. Sama Banya 9 August 2012 I will begin this column with two quotations: “It is regrettable that in spite of the strenuous efforts on the part of government to ensure that peace, security and stability within a truly democratic environment, some ill motivated persons continue to stoke up the [Read More]


Political tension rises in Sierra Leone – soldiers assault journalists and seize equipment

8 August 2012 The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns an attack on two journalists by soldiers in Sierra Leone and calls on authorities to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice. Soldiers in uniform attacked Poindexter Sama, senior reporter, and Alie Turay, graphic designer, both of the daily Awoko [Read More]

News in Perspective

Political temperature rises in Sierra Leone

7 August 2012 As the political row continues in Sierra Leone over the unilateral and possibly unconstitutional decision of the country’s National Electoral Commission to raise the nomination fees for the forthcoming November’s elections, the National Election Watch (NEW), has added its voice – denouncing the decision. The National Election [Read More]