Return of Yenga to Sierra Leone: An open letter to the international community

Michael Fayia Kallon 7 August 2012  Hon. Susan E. Rice – United States Permanent Representative to The United Nations, although I applaud the United Nations for halting ethnic wars in Africa, I must bring to your attention some fresh intentions of war and ethnic disunity, as African dictators have proven to be [Read More]

Dr. Sama Banya - Puawui

The ingredients for future conflagration of Sierra Leone are piling up

Dr. Sama Banya – Puawui 7 August 2012 Over a period of thirty-three years, the ingredients of a future conflagration that engulfed this country were gradually being laid. Very noticeable strides from the previous SLPP government were continuing to the admiration of all. Then Siaka Stevens assumed the leadership of [Read More]

News in Perspective

Political parties question the legality of electoral commissioner’s decision

5 August 2012 The decision of Sierra Leone’s electoral commissioner to increase the nomination fees for candidates contesting the forthcoming local, paramount chief and presidential elections, has been criticised by all political parties, with the exception of the ruling APC. In a joint communiqué signed by most of the opposition [Read More]

In Focus

Sierra Leone, the Olympic spirit and November’s elections

Ian Hughes – British High Commissioner in Freetown 3 August 2012 Last week I joined billions of people around the world watching the incredible opening ceremony for the London Olympics. I was delighted to see the Sierra Leone team marching proudly beneath the national flag. And I thought back to [Read More]

Dr. Sama Banya - Puawui

Is this a kind of joke Christiana?

Dr. Sama Banya – Puawui 2 August 2012 Even the APC propaganda mouth-piece – For-Di-People newspaper has called it a bombshell and that’s what it is. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has announced a series of candidature fees for the forthcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections. The figures for Members of [Read More]

News in Perspective

Ministers and senior APC officials to carry pistols and other personal firearms during elections

2 August 2012 As Sierra Leone’s parliament passed a new law yesterday – ‘The Arms and Ammunitions Bill of 2012’, approving the ownership and carrying of firearms by civilians, questions are being asked about the rationale and motive for such a retrograde decision. In most countries where the ownership and [Read More]