Is Koroma poised to impose an extension to his two terms in office?

Mohamed Kunowah Kiellow The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 February 2014 There are suspicions that sections of the ruling APC party are egging the president on, to tamper with the country’s constitution, so as to see him through a third term in office. And for many in Sierra Leone, such manipulation [Read More]

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“I’ve always respected the democratic will of the people” – says Maada Bio

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 February 2014 Controversial debates surrounding the role of the former presidential candidate of the Sierra Leone’s Peoples party (SLPP) – Julius Maada Bio, in the military interregnum which toppled the despotic government of the APC in 1992, are unlikely to end anytime soon. Although most [Read More]

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Sierra Leone’s musicians call for calm amid threats of violence

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 February 2014 Passion seems to be running quite high among groups of popular musicians in Freetown, following the announcement of Jamaica’s reggae artist – Busy Signal’s maiden visit to Sierra Leone. The reggae star is scheduled to perform live in Freetown in April. But already, [Read More]

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Constitution review – Has president Koroma got an hidden agenda?

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 February 2014 No one has asked the people of Sierra Leone – the ordinary man and woman in the villages, towns and cities – 70% of whom cannot read or write – earning less than one dollar a day, what the Constitution of Sierra Leone [Read More]

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Sierra Leone – land grabbing sowing the seeds of another brutal war

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 February 2014 The government of Sierra Leone has once again come under severe criticisms for its poor record on human rights, corruption, the disproportionate use of force and police brutality, as well as government’s collusion with mining companies – through dodgy contracts, that continues to [Read More]

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UN’s Ban Ki Moon says Central African Republic is facing disintegration

Dennis Kabatto The sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 February 2014 French and African Union troops are struggling to keep the Central African Republic from dangerously splitting into two religious enclaves. But with continuing violence and atrocities committed by both Muslim and Christian militias against civilians, the country is becoming ungovernable. According [Read More]

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Burundi’s fields of Bitterness – the land factor

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 February 2014 After years of tribal war which took the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, the people of Burundi are working hard at putting their brutal past behind them. But some things, it seems, are harder to change. And if the issue of [Read More]

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Yumkella setting the global energy agenda

The sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 February 2014 After several years of success at the helm of the United Nations’ industrial development agency – UNIDO, Sierra Leone’s Kandeh Yumkella is now setting the global agenda for sustainable energy. But this does not come as a surprise. Yumkella’s leadership in transforming the [Read More]