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Head of UN Office for West Africa in talks with president Koroma

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 November 2017 The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) – Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, arrived in Freetown on Monday 20 November 2017, on a five-day mission to Sierra Leone. His visit is part [Read More]

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Kandeh Yumkella contributed immensely to the development of Sierra Leone before leaving the UN

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 November 2017 There have been several reports by pro-government media in Sierra Leone, attempting to diminish and at worse write-off the contributions made by Dr. Kandeh Yumkella whilst he was working as Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to the development of Sierra [Read More]

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Sierra Leone parliament approves social welfare ministry’s 2018 budget allocation

Abdul Malik Bangura Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 November 2017 Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs has yesterday Monday 20th November 2017, successfully defended its 2018 budget requirements to the House of Parliament. The marathon hearing which took place at the Parliamentary Committee Room One saw a [Read More]

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Politics in Sierra Leone – the dangers of partisanship

Yusuf Bangura Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 November 2017 In my paper entitled ‘Why We Need Change : The case for a Developmental, Inclusive and Democratic Party’, I discussed the contributions of Tejan Kabbah’s SLPP government in the field of stabilisation, humanitarian relief and rebuilding, and Ernest Koroma’s APC government’s attempt to [Read More]

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Need for fundamental change and systemic reform in Sierra Leone

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 November 2017 Amid the confetti of eulogies and the blizzards of rhetoric, if we turn off the lights and refuse to dance to the music of our politicians, we might just see the outline of the showmen delighting the crowd with their circus [Read More]

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Maada Bio maps out his 2018 New Direction Vision for Sierra Leone – Part One

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 November 2017 Julius Maada Bio – the presidential candidate for the opposition SLPP party delivered a speech at the Radisson Blue Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown yesterday, 18 November 2017, about his vison for Sierra Leone, which as in his 2012 campaign for the presidency, has [Read More]

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Sierra Leone minister of social welfare – Dr Blyden vindicated by parliament – victory for accountability

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 November 2017 In what many journalists present in parliament this week have termed as a victory for transparency, accountability and the fight against widespread impunity, Sierra Leone Disability Commission has  been ordered  by Parliament to present to the Minister of Social Welfare – Dr. Sylvia Olayinka [Read More]

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President Koroma  versus Sam Sumana – an unprecedented ECOWAS Court case

Tamba Gborie: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 November 2017 The defence from various Media practitioners and political pundits on behalf of the president’s extraordinary action hinging on a constitutional violation came too little too late. Such a defense could have come at a time when the ECOWAS Court wrote to the [Read More]

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Sam Sumana returns to ECOWAS Court for Judgment

Dennis Kabatto Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 November 2017 Former vice president of Sierra Leone Alhaji Samuel Sidique Sam Sumana is hoping to receive judgement when the ECOWAS Court reconvenes in Abuja, Nigeria to hear his $210 million lawsuit – challenging the Government of Sierra Leone for what he calls his [Read More]