Election Watch

Countdown ends for Jammeh and begins for Trump – the two faces of democracy today

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 January 2017 In the next few hours the world will witness two very ugly faces of democracy, from across the Atlantic – one in Africa and the other in the USA. In America preparations are being made for the inauguration of Donald Trump – the controversial [Read More]


More questions thrown at Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 January 2017 Doubts and concerns about the effectiveness and good governance of Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) are refusing to go away. One of the country’s human rights advocacy groups – the Campaign for Human Rights and Development International (CHRDI) is tonight accusing the ACC of [Read More]

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High stakes as West Africa prepares military action against Gambia’s  Jammeh

Abdul-Jalilu Ateku Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 January 2017 In further escalation of the post-election crisis in The Gambia, President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency just a day before his official mandate was due to come to an end (Today, 19th January 2017). The announcement followed reports that a Nigerian warship was deployed off the [Read More]

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How The Gambia is testing West Africa’s resolve to protect democracy

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 January 2017 On this – the eve of Jammeh’s final day in power, the world waits to see whether he will step down from office tomorrow in line with the country’s constitution and the democratic will of the majority of Gambians who voted against him last [Read More]

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Crisis in The Gambia – ECOWAS must take note – You break it, you own it

Saad Barrie Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 January 2017 I have never been a fan of President Yayah Jammeh and wouldn’t lose sleep over his fate. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) must however be warned that “regime change” is a serious business. Going in is the easy part. [Read More]

In Focus

Senseless killing of a fourteen year old boy on the streets of Freetown by teenagers

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 January 2017 Police in Freetown are investigating the alleged beating to death of a teenage school boy in the village of Gloucester in the capital Freetown, on the 10th of January, 2017. According to reports, three teenage school boys believed to be known to the deceased [Read More]


Maada Bio calls for dialogue with opposition SLPP Alliance

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 January 2017 Presidential and general elections in Sierra Leone are less than fifteen months away. Yet the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) is far from being ready to contest those elections, let alone position itself as a government in waiting, despite the popularity of the [Read More]

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A turning point for The Gambia – the smiling face of Africa?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 January 2017 President Jammeh has less than a week to either make a final stand against the democratic wish of his people, or step down gracefully to allow the newly elected Adama Barrow (Photo) to take over the running of the country. Today as Gambians wait [Read More]


Sierra Leone opposition SLPP crisis cannot be good for Sierra Leone’s national security

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 January 2017  Recent disturbing events in the internal affairs of Sierra Leone’s main opposition party – the SLPP, culminating two days ago in the alleged shooting of a party supporter outside the High Court in Freetown, continue to threaten the party’s fragile existence. Many in Sierra [Read More]