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What hope for a better Sierra Leone?

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 January 2014 There seems to be a rare outbreak of sanity rearing its head in Sierra Leone, where years of gorging on a diet of cheap ethno-religious politics, has clogged all the arteries of our society. But by chance, the most significant [Read More]

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“That resolution was quite simply not my creation” – says Maada Bio

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 January 2014 Sierra Leone’s main opposition party – the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), came close to annihilating itself last year, following its defeat at the polls in 2012 and the leadership battle that enraged within its senior rank. The argument and rancour which erupted, [Read More]

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Koroma mending political bridges – or looking for a way out?

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 January 2014 If the saying ‘never burn your bridges, for you do not know whether you will need them to return’ is ever so true, Thursday’s meeting of political party leaders at State House – courtesy of president Koroma, tells you why. But is this [Read More]

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Justice for sale – 23 innocent lives lost

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 9 January 2014 Many Sierra Leoneans are wondering and concerned about the whereabouts and fate of the crew of the local passenger boat, which was struck by a foreign vessel hired by a mining company on the 28th December 2013. Dozens of people including children travelling [Read More]

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President Koroma’s new ‘network of monitors’

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 January 2014 January 6th will always be remembered by Sierra Leoneans old enough to have experienced the worst forms of brutality, that humans are capable of inflicting on their own. For it was on the 6th January 1999, that rebels made up of Foday Sankoh’s [Read More]

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‘Where is the enabling environment for citizens’ participation?’

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 6 January 2014 From the evidence that litters the place, what has emerged is that alas, our lofty dreams at independence were taken over and re-written for the razzmatazz of cinematography, by actors who pretended to be leaders. And all we could do [Read More]

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President Koroma has lost control of his government

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 January 2014 It is the first week of 2014 and the capacity of government to deliver its ambitious Agenda for Prosperity, has been severely damaged by another volcanic eruption within State House. Barely three days after president Koroma thought he had firmly laid down the [Read More]

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Another wolf in sheep’s clothing?

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 3 January 2014 As I was saying in my response to President Koroma’s puzzle about our national existence and the scars of our society, probably what best sums up our beloved country right now, is what the playwright, Ola Rotimi said in his [Read More]

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President Koroma calls for national resolution for 2014

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 1 January 2014 President Koroma has delivered his 2014 New Year’s address to the people of Sierra Leone. And as is traditional, he announced his resolution for 2014, prompting questions about his achievement of last year’s resolution, as well as raising expectations. Today, he called for [Read More]